Jeremy's character in Entourage 'Ari Gold', is based on real life Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel.
Jeremy was in 2008 nominated for a SAG Award along with his Entourage castmates for 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series'.
On January 13, 2008, Jeremy Piven won the Golden Globe Award in the 'Actor In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie' category for his performance on Entourage.
Jeremy was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.
Jeremy has stated that the death of his father to lung cancer, was one of the hardest moments in his life.
In 1989, Jeremy appeared in the play Knuckle at the Next Theatre Company in his hometown of Chicago.
Jeremy participated in the 2nd Annual GM All-Car Showdown, showcasing his 2006 Cadillac XLR.
Jeremy used to be a member of the Second City National Touring Company.
One of Jeremy's biggest acting influences when young, was Marlon Brando's performance in Apocalypse Now.
Jeremy is interested in keeping the oceans clean, and has donated money and expressed interest in aiding the cause.
Jeremy most enjoys playing what he calls "tragically flawed" characters.
Jeremy is of Eastern European ancestry.
Jeremy considers his father, Byrne Piven, to be the best actor he ever knew.
As of 2007, Jeremy has owned a cat named Zooey, who he acquired in 2004. Zooey used to belong to Jeremy's father, and Jeremy took him in after his father's death.
Jeremy was the featured guest at the Piven Theatre Workshop's 2006 benefit gala.
Jeremy is a huge fan of Chicago sports, including the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks, and has done commercials for the Blackhawks and thrown the first pitch and hosted the 7th inning stretch at a Cubs game.
Jeremy was ranked at 49 on the AskMen.com Top 49 Men of 2006 list.
Jeremy appeared as a psychologist in the 1998 music video for God Made Velcro's Shock The Mind.
Along with Johnny Depp and other celebrities, Jeremy contributed to a coffee table book, proceeds of which went to Katrina victims.
Although Jeremy refuses to smoke cigarettes, he can sometimes be seen smoking cigars.
As of 2007, Jeremy owns and drives a '77 Ford Bronco.
Jeremy was named one of Hollywood's Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine in June, 2004.
Jeremy has formed a production company with another Evanstonian, Leelai Demoz, called Luscious Mayhem.
Jeremy's co-star in the 2006 movie Keeping Up With the Steins, Jami Gertz, also attended the Piven Theatre Workshop.
Jeremy collects sports memorabilia, and has a basketball signed by Michael Jordan.
Jeremy's dream roles include Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly.
Jeremy has practiced yoga for over 15 years.
Jeremy's favorite playwrights include Arthur Miller and Eugene Ionesco.
Jeremy loves to read, and he recommends checking out Henry Holt's The Book of Illusions.
If Jeremy could pick anyone, living or dead, to be a member of his entourage, he would pick writer Hunter Thompson.
Jeremy's high school ambition was to become the first Jewish football player at Notre Dame.
Jeremy's favorite movie is Dr. Strangelove, favorite album is The Police's Outlandos d'Amour, his Favourite band is U2, and favorite hotel is Hotel Costes in Paris.
Jeremy's hobbies include kick boxing and watching movies.
Jeremy is a fan of George Clinton & the Parliament Funk. In fact, growing up his favorite song was Flashlight.
Jeremy co-founded the New Criminals Theatre Company with John Cusack in 1988. Since then, the Chicago-based company has changed its name into New Crime Productions.
As of 2007 Jeremy has a cat named Zooey.
Jeremy has brown eyes and brown hair. He is 5'9" (1.75 m) tall.
Jeremy loves drumming. He has drum kits, congas, and bongos all throughout his home.
Jeremy not only starred, but also produced on the 1998 TV show Cupid.
Jeremy is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Jeremy is known to have shared an apartment with John Cusack, and has often appeared in smaller parts on movies Cusack have starred.
Jeremy accidentally stole a car in October 2006. He had been out for dinner in Hollywood, returned to his Range Rover at the valet stand and went to drive away. He then realized he was in someone else's vehicle, which was exactly as his. This was used in an episode of Entourage in 2007, where his 'Ari Gold' character does the same thing.
Jeremy hit himself in the head kissing his Emmy for 'Best Supporting Actor' for Entourage.
From November 2004 to January 2005 Jeremy Piven starred with former Felicity star Keri Russell in Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play Fat Pig, for which he was distinguished with an honor/nomination from the Drama League.
Jeremy Piven is a Reconstructionist Jew and was Bar Mitzvahed. In order to learn his haftorah portion for his Bar Mitzvah, Jeremy Piven learned how to rap it with a hip-hop beat because he grew up listening to hip-hop. His ability to rap in Hebrew can be seen in the 2004 film Chasing Liberty.
Jeremy was supposed to star alongside his close friend John Cusack in the New Crime Productions' High Fidelity in 2000, but had to pull out due to other commitments.
Jeremy Piven auditioned and was considered for the role of Dolarhyde in the 2002 movie Red Dragon, the prequel to the movie Silence of The Lambs.
Piven attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, WI as a teenager. He played Bernardo in West Side Story there.
Jeremy Piven came up with the idea for "The Journey of a Lifetime with Jeremy Piven," by himself and pitched it to the Discovery Channel. The show followed Piven's two week spiritual and cultural journey across India.
As of 2007, Piven resides in Malibu, California. He has also owned homes in Chicago, Illinois, including one on Lake Shore Drive.
Jeremy, cast as Ari Gold, agent of the fictional young movie star Vincent Chase on Entourage, received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as winning Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Jeremy got malaria while filming PCU and had to be rushed to the hospital.
(on working for three years on Ellen)
Jeremy: It was the first and last time in my life that I dragged myself to work.
Jeremy: One of the great things that you should never do that I learned from John Malkovich is to never judge your characters.
Jeremy: We all have so many different elements inside of us and we're not all one thing.
Jeremy: I'm not a boy now. I'm a man, I hope. I hope I've had my artistic bar mitzvah somewhere.
Jeremy: The stage is my love, it's where I started and where I do my best work.
Jeremy: I remember I was in high school and it was very late at night. I was in the middle of watching It's a Wonderful Life and my dad came downstairs and wanted me to go to bed. But after he found out that I hadn't seen it before, he told me I had better stay up and watch it. So I stayed up until dawn, with my dad, watching the movie while it snowed outside. It was a beautiful moment and is something that really stands out in my mind. I'll cherish that moment forever.
Jeremy: The biggest compliment to me is that guys really approach me and they have a connection with me, so there must be something I'm doing that is authentic, otherwise they wouldn't connect with me so strongly. It's a real compliment.
Jeremy: I want to be radical on the inside, but not on the outside.
Jeremy: The Dalai Lama was once asked for his favorite chant, and
he said it was better not to have a favorite anything, which I think is a great thought. Also, I did this sort of thing once and I gave away the name of my favorite acupuncturist, who's my hero, and now I can't even find him anymore. I don't know if I can give away all my secrets.
Jeremy: I'm not a pretty boy who came to town and burst out of the gate, which is a good thing, because if I was, I probably wouldn't have been good enough then. I probably wouldn't have lasted. So I was very lucky not to be pretty.
Jeremy Piven: I'm just mystified and fascinated by women, and I'm still single. Hence all of that, and the fact that I celebrate them so much, I understand that I'm unevolved at this exact moment to share my life with one. I wouldn't inflict that upon anyone yet. But, I'm getting closer.
Jeremy Piven: I think just a combination of being able to be comfortable with your own voice, your own opinion, and take on life. And to be able to be open to someone else's, to have your own loves and skills and talents, and yet be able to have enough room for someone else's. Those are really interesting things to me.
Jeremy Piven: I have a place in Chicago and I get there as much as I can. ... The city is so unbelievably beautiful. It's one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I'm in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease.
Jeremy Piven: I feel, as a person, very uninteresting.
Jeremy Piven: Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job.