Peter Facinelli has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors with distinctive and impressive performances. He recently formed his own production company, Facinelli Films, and is currently working on a variety of projects which allows him the opportunity to expand his creative talents as a writer, producer, director and actor.
Peter is currently starring as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the altruistic patriarch of the Cullen coven, in the blockbuster feature films, Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Breaking Dawn – Part 2 for Summit Entertainment. The studio’s Twilight film franchise is based on Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series. The films have broken multiple box office records. Twilight earned the 2nd biggest opening day for a non-sequel, behind only Spider-Man, and opened at #1 in 23 international territories. The Twilight Saga: New Moon shattered the records for opening day and midnight showings. In addition, with $142.8 million its opening weekend New Moon earned the third highest-grossing opening behind only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3 and the biggest of 2009. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film based on the blockbuster book series, sold $68.5 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada on its opening day. That’s the second-highest total for a single day in box office history. Peter reprises his role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 which opened on November 18, 2011 earning $72 million on opening day. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will open in theaters on November 16, 2012.
Peter also stars opposite Edie Falco in Showtime’s critically acclaimed new comedy series “Nurse Jackie”. He appears as Dr. Fitch Cooper, a handsome golden boy afflicted with a quirky variation of Tourette’s Syndrome. “Nurse Jackie” was named one of the American Film Institute’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2009 and was also nominated for a 2010 Writers Guild Award in the “New Series” category. The show won the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco). The show was picked up for a second season the day after the series premiere aired. Season 4 of “Nurse Jackie” premiered in March 2012 on Showtime. It is on Sunday nights, 9 pm EST.
Peter also can be seen in the movie “Loosies” which he wrote and stars in. Peter plays a young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle when is confronted by a woman whom he had a one night affair. She informs him that she is pregnant with his child. He must now choose between continuing the lifestyle he leads or take responsibility for his actions. The movie was released On Demand and via iTunes in November, 2011 and in theaters January 4, 2012. It is now available on DVD & Blu-Ray.
Peter starred opposite Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow in the dramedy, Finding Amanda, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. His portrayal in The Big Kahuna as a Bob Walker, a devout Baptist whose strong religious beliefs bring him into sharp conflict with his older and more cynical colleagues, earned Facinelli rave reviews. Also starring Kevin Spacey and Danny De Vito, the film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and was also accepted at the Toronto Film Festival that year. His additional feature film credits include The Scorpion King opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars with Boys opposite Drew Barrymore, a starring role in Walter Hills’ sci-fi thriller Supernova with James Spader and Angela Bassett, Can’t Hardly Wait opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 with Breckin Meyer, and Foxfire opposite Angelina Jolie.
Peter also had a recurring role on “Damages”, FX’s award winning legal thriller starring Glenn Close. The show’s first season finds Patty Hewes (Close) attempting to win a class-action lawsuit against the former CEO of a corporation (Ted Danson). Her entire case hinged on the concealed testimony of Gregory Malina, portrayed by Facinelli. His additional television credits include a starring role in McG’s sexy one-hour drama “Fastlane” and a recurring role as a promising art student and love interest for Lauren Ambrose’s character in the award winning HBO Series “Six Feet Under.” Facinelli shared the cast’s 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama.
Peter Facinelli was born and raised in New York, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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