Peter Facinelli has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors with distinctive, versatile, and impressive performances.
Peter was most recently seen on the big screen as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Since opening on November 18, 2011, it has made over $700 million worldwide at the box office. He also starred in the first three installments of the blockbuster franchise, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, for Summit Entertainment. The Twilight film franchise is based on Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestselling literary series. All four films shattered multiple box office records. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will be released in November 2012.
He currently stars on season four of Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Nurse Jackie, which has officially been picked up for a fifth season. He appears as Dr. Cooper, a golden boy afflicted with a quirky variation of Tourette’s Syndrome opposite Edie Falco. For its second season, Nurse Jackie earned 8 Emmy nominations, a record for the network, including a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show was also nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe Award in the Best TV Series Comedy category and a 2011 Writers Guild Award for Comedy Series. Nurse Jackie was also named one of the American Film Institute’s “Top Ten TV Shows of 2009”.
Peter’s career boasts over thirty feature films in which he has starred alongside award winning actors such as Matthew Broderick in the dramedy, Finding Amanda, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. His portrayal in The Big Kahuna had Peter co-starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito and earned him rave reviews. Other feature film credits include Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars with Boys opposite Drew Barrymore, The Scorpion King opposite Dwayne Johnson, a starring role in Walter Hills’ sci-fi thriller Supernova with James Spader and Angela Bassett, Tempted, opposite Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burroughs, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 with Breckin Meyer, Foxfire opposite Angelina Jolie, and the cult classic Can’t Hardly Wait opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt.
He also has an impressive television resume including a pivotal supporting role on the 2007 season of Damages, FX’s award winning legal thriller starring Glenn Close. Additional television credits include a recurring role on the award winning HBO Series Six Feet Under, for which Peter shared the cast’s 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama; as well as the starring role in McG’s sexy one-hour drama Fastlane in 2003.
In 2010, Peter started a production company, A7sle Films. A7sle Films’ first feature, Loosies, was recently released by IFC for Video On Demand and in select theaters. Peter wrote and stars in the fast-paced dramatic comedy about a successful pickpocket in the New York City subways. A7sle Films has also acquired the rights to the autobiography Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob by Edward Mackenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas. With an adapted screenplay written by Nick Gordon, the untitled film will tell the story of Edward Mackenzie Jr., a drug dealer and merciless enforcer for notorious Boston crime kingpin, James Whitey Bulger. Brookstreet Pictures will co-produce. A7sle Films has optioned the rights to Jennifer Fosberry’s New York Times bestselling children’s storybooks My Name Is Not Isabella and My Name Is Not Alexander for film and television development opportunities. The storybooks explore some of the amazing people in history who have changed the world. Through a heartwarming story, the tales of these historical figures unfold and are told in a captivating way that inspire children to learn and let their own personalities shine. Peter has also written and will produce and star in El Chico Blanco, which is slated to shoot next year. The film follows the story of Ben Harper, a white kid growing up in a Hispanic community who rises against racial tension and a stint in prison to lead the most powerful and feared gang in the city. A7sle Films is also adapting the documentary The Last Word into a feature film. The Last Word is the true story of Johnny Frank Garrett, a convicted and executed man in Texas, who professed his innocence until his last breath. On the night of his execution, Garrett cursed everyone that was involved in convicting him. Almost immediately after his death, others involved began to pass – seventeen in total.
He was born and raised in New York, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.