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Peter Facinelli

Peter Facinelli

American actor
Peter Facinelli
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American actor
Is Actor Film producer Film actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 26 November 1973, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Age 47 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Spouse: Jennie Garth
Height: 1.78435 m
The details


Peter Facinelli (born November 26, 1973) is an American actor and producer. He starred as Donovan "Van" Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003. He played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novel series, and is also known for his role as Mike Dexter in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait. Facinelli was a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper.

Early life

Facinelli grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants Bruna (née Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. His parents are from the Val di Non valley, which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, while his mother is from Spormaggiore. He was raised Roman Catholic and attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York.

He studied acting at New York University, as well as at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City; his teachers there included William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.


Facinelli made his feature film debut in Rebecca Miller's Angela in 1995 and came to the attention of critics in the TV-movie The Price of Love later that year. In 1996, Facinelli played opposite his then-future wife Jennie Garth in An Unfinished Affair. Other TV roles followed, including a part in After Jimmy (1996) and a college dropout in Calm at Sunset. Facinelli co-starred with Amanda Peet and Michael Vartan in the 1997 AIDS-themed drama Touch Me (1997) and co-starred as a high school student in two 1998 features with Ethan Embry and Breckin Meyer, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, and Can't Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Facinelli appeared in the sci-fi film Supernova starring James Spader in 2000. He made appearances in Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001 and The Scorpion King in 2002, followed by a leading role in the Fox drama Fastlane. Facinelli had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under in 2004 and a role in the FX original series Damages beginning in 2007. Facinelli starred in Hollow Man 2 with Christian Slater. It was released direct-to-video in May 2006.

in 2006 he was cast in Touch the Top of the World, a true story of Eric Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. The film is based on his best selling autobiography.

Facinelli with his daughters Luca, Lola, and Fiona at the World of Color premiere at Disney California Adventure on June 10, 2010

After wrapping up Finding Amanda with Matthew Broderick, Facinelli played Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptation of Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. According to an interview, "I almost didn't read for Twilight. My agent said, 'Do you want to do a vampire movie?' And I was like, 'No.' I was totally thinking blood and guts and bats in caves, like some kind of horror movie. They literally talked me into reading the book and I actually enjoyed the book a lot." Facinelli continued his portrayal in the sequels of the film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

He played Dr. Fitch Cooper for seven seasons on the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.

He is the founder of the production company Facinelli Films. Their first feature film, Loosies, which was written entirely by Facinelli, was filmed in 2011. He starred in the film, which is a story of a New York pickpocket that being produced by Verdi Corrente Productions. In 2011 he also wrote and produced the Hallmark Channel telefilm Accidentally in Love which starred his then-wife Jennie Garth.

Personal life

Facinelli met actress Jennie Garth on the set of An Unfinished Affair in 1995. Facinelli and Garth married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony. They have three daughters. In March 2012, Facinelli filed for a divorce from Garth, which was finalized in June 2013.

Facinelli began dating actress Jaimie Alexander in 2012 after meeting on the set of Loosies. After a break Facinelli and Alexander became engaged in March 2015. In February 2016, Facinelli and Alexander announced they had called off their engagement.

Facinelli is a Roman Catholic and then-wife Garth converted before their wedding.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Angela Lucifer
1996 Foxfire Ethan Bixby
1997 Touch Me Bail
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Terrell Lee Lusk
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Mike Dexter
1998 Telling You Phil Fazzulo
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Actor
1999 Big Kahuna, TheThe Big Kahuna Bob Walker
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Danny Shepherd
2000 Supernova Karl Larson
2000 Ropewalk Charlie
2000 Honest Daniel Wheaton
2001 Stealing Time Alec Nichols
2001 Tempted Jimmy Mulate
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Tommy Butcher
2002 Scorpion King, TheThe Scorpion King Takmet
2005 Chloe The boyfriend Short film
2005 Enfants terribles Curtis
2006 Touch The Top of the World Eric Weihenmayer
2006 Hollow Man 2 Detective Frank Turner
2006 Arc Paris Pritchert
2007 Battle Olympia Possessed office high jumper Short film
2007 That Guy Jack Short film
2007 Lily The man Short film
2008 Finding Amanda Greg
2008 Twilight Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2008 Reaper Jesus Short film
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2012 Loosies Bobby Corelli Also producer and writer
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2013 Gallows Hill David Reynolds
2014 Freezer Detective Sam Gurov
2015 Walter Jim
2017 Wilde Wedding Ethan Darling
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Law & Order Shane Sutter Episode: "Performance"
1995 Wright Verdicts, TheThe Wright Verdicts Vincent Costanza Episode: "Sins of the Father"
2002–03 Fastlane Donovan "Van" Ray Main role; 22 episodes
2004–05 Six Feet Under Jimmy 9 episodes
2006 American Dad! Miles (voice) Episode: "Roger 'n' Me"
2007 Damages Gregory Malina 8 episodes
2009–15 Nurse Jackie Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper Main role (seasons 1–7): 73 Episodes
2011 Accidentally in Love N/A Television film; producer and writer
2013–14 Glee Rupert Campion 4 episodes
2015 American Odyssey Peter Decker
2015–present Supergirl Maxwell Lord Recurring role
2017- Zoobiquity Dr. Lucas Cort
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