Wentworth Miller

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Wentworth Miller

Born Wentworth Earl Miller III
2 June 1972 (1972-06-02) (age 36)
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Years active 1998–present

Wentworth Earl Miller III (born 2 June 1972) is a Golden Globe-nominated British-born American actor who rose to stardom following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network television series Prison Break.


[edit] Life and career

[edit] Early life

Miller was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England; the son of Roxann, a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II, a lawyer and teacher. [1] Miller's father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller's birth. Miller has stated that his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, and Jewish descent; his mother is of Russian, Dutch, French, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry.[2][3][4]

His family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, when he was one. He retains dual citizenship.[5] He has two sisters, Leigh and Gillian. Miller attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was a member of SING!, an annual musical production that was started by Midwood. He graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. While at Princeton, he performed with the a cappella group the Princeton Tigertones.

[edit] Career

In 1995, he went to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[6] "It was a long time in the coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks,"He has stated about the rocky road to stardom, "but I couldn’t walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air, it was just something I had to do." [7]

Miller's first starring role was as the sensitive and introverted David in ABC's mini-series Dinotopia. After appearing in a few minor television roles, he moved on to co-star in the 2003 film The Human Stain, playing the younger version of the Anthony Hopkins character, Coleman Silk. He identified strongly with the core dilemma of the movie, being that of a man struggling with his heritage. “My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities.”[8] Miller worked extensively on the role, not only in researching Anthony Hopkins, but by embarking on a 4 month regime to accuratly portray Silk as a boxer. All in all, Miller has extremely fond memories of the experience, quoting from Toni Morrison’s novel BELOVED... “Definitions belonged to the definers - not the defined.” [9]

Miller's first TV appearance was as student-turned-sea monster Gage Petronzi on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Go Fish", 1998).

In 2005, Miller was cast as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama Prison Break. He plays the role of a caring brother who created an elaborate scheme to help his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) escape death row after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. His performance in the show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.[10]

Miller appeared in two Mariah Carey music videos, "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" as a party guest. Director Brett Ratner, who directed the pilot episode of Prison Break, was signed on to also direct the two Carey videos. Ratner brought up the idea to Carey about using Miller in the videos. After showing her Miller's picture, she agreed to use him. Since both the videos and the pilot episode of Prison Break were being filmed at the same time, a special set was constructed on the set of the videos, so that Miller would be able to work simultaneously on both projects. He says, "Mariah's an international icon. The two days I spent working on her video did more for my career, gave me more exposure, than anything I'd done before Prison Break. I'm grateful for the opportunity."[11]

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Romeo & Juliet Paris
2001 Room 302 Server #1 Short film
2003 The Human Stain Young Coleman Silk Based on the novel The Human Stain (2000) by Philip Roth.
Underworld Dr. Adam Lockwood
2005 The Confession The Prisoner/Tom Short film
Stealth EDI Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gage Petronzi Season two, episode 20: "Go Fish"
1999 Time of Your Life Nelson Season one, episode 6: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
2000 Popular Adam Rotchild Ryan Season one, episode 16: "All About Adam"
Season one, episode 18: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
Time of Your Life Nelson Season one, episode 11: "The Time They Got E-Rotic"
ER Mike Palmieri Season seven, episode one: "Homecoming"
2002 Dinotopia David Scott Television miniseries
2005 Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter Season two, episode 21: "Common Thread"
Season two, episode 22: "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Ghost Whisperer Sgt. Paul Adams Season one, episode one: "Pilot"
2005–2009 Prison Break Michael Scofield Nominated: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

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NAME Miller, Wentworth
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Miller, Wentworth Earl, III
SHORT DESCRIPTION Golden Globe-nominated British-born American actor
DATE OF BIRTH 2 June 1972
PLACE OF BIRTH Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
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