Jeremy Piven has been an actor for decades, earning numerous awards and accolades for his work. He’s best known for his role as Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage, which earned him a Golden Globe and three consecutive Emmy nominations. In addition to his acting career, he’s also an active philanthropist and advocate for various causes.

Jeremy Piven was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. He attended the Piven Theatre Workshop, which his parents cofounded and where he learned the Meisner technique, a method that emphasizes emotional truth and connection between scene partners. He also spent time at the Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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After graduating from high school, Piven began to build his acting career. He appeared in a variety of films, including Black Hawk Down and Old School, as well as TV shows such as The Larry Sanders Show and The West Wing.

In 2005, Piven landed the role of Ari Gold in Entourage. The character was a tough-talking talent agent who frequently got into fistfights with other Hollywood insiders, and Piven’s performance earned him critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy nominations.

In 2017, actress Ariane Bellamar accused Piven of sexually assaulting her in his trailer on the Entourage set. Piven denied the allegations, but Bellamar says she’s disappointed that the actor skirted accountability and continued to work without apologizing or acknowledging his behavior. Meador agrees, saying that Piven needs to take responsibility for his actions if there’s any hope of redemption.