Jeremy Piven, Actor: Sweetwater
The actor is known for his role as Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage, which earned him a Golden Globe and three consecutive Jeremy Piven Awards. He also starred as Spence Kovak on the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom and in the British period drama Mr Selfridge.
Born July 26, 1965, in Manhattan, New York City, Piven is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate for various environmental causes. His commitment to preserving the planet’s natural resources extends beyond his personal projects, with the actor using his star power to bring awareness to important issues that affect humanity at large.
He honed his acting skills through his early work in theatrical productions and later attended the prestigious Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before transferring to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, he spent a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.
Entourage Revisited: Exploring Jeremy Piven’s Iconic Role as Ari Gold
His first major TV role was as head writer Jerry on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show (1992). Piven went on to appear in episodes of Seinfeld (from 1995-98) and The Family Man (2000), before earning a leading role as a ruthless talent agent in the Hollywood-set comedy Entourage.
Piven’s acclaimed performance as Ari Gold spanned eight seasons and landed him multiple awards, including a Golden Globe and three consecutive Emmys. Throughout his career, Piven has appeared in a host of successful movies, including Lucas, Serendipity, PCU, Heat, Old School, and Runaway Jury.
In the upcoming film Sweetwater, he will portray Joel Lapchick, the NBA player who helped Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton break the color barrier in 1950. But for Meador, Piven’s latest role still feels like a step backwards.