“I'm pretty laid back and I don' take success too seriously.” Adrian Grenier
Multi talented Adrian Grenier is best known for portraying Vincent Chase in the Golden Globe nominated TV series “Entourage” (HBO, 2004-present), from which he earned nominations at the Screen Actors Guild, Teen Choice and Astra Awards. Making his professional debut in the 1997 independent film “Arresting Gena,” he went on to appear in the Sundance favorite “Hurricane Street” (1997) and the Woody Allen comedy “Celebrity” (1998) before netting his first leading role in the art house hit “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole” (1999). He hit the mainstream with “Drive Me Crazy” (1999) where he costarred with young teen queen Melissa Joan Hart. His subsequent film credits include John Waters' “Cecil B. Demented” (2000), James Toback's “Harvard Man” (2001), Stephen Spielberg's “Artificial Intelligence: AI” (2001), Gregory Hoblit's “Hart's War” (2002), Allen’s “Anything Else” (2003), Ron Brown's “A Perfect Fit” (2005), David Frankel's “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and Ari Gold's “Adventures of Power” (2008). Grenier directed the documentary “Shot in the Dark” (2002) and the short film “Euthanasia” (2006) and executive produced the reality series “Alter Eco” (2008). The recipient of Vail Film Festival's Blue Sky Tribute Award of 2008 will be directing and/or producing documentaries such as “Teenage Paparazzi,” “Where Are Who Now” (both 2009), “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” “Media” and “The Money” (all 2010).
Apart from acting and filmmaking, Grenier is interested in music and plays the piano, guitar, drums and French horn. Grenier was in a band called Safe Transmissions and became the lead vocalist of the band Kid Friendly. He also played drums for the band The Honey Brothers. He stated, “The Honey Brothers are the masters of Appalachian glam rock according to the Village Voice. We're coming out with an album, so we'll be out promoting it.”
Grenier was romantically involved with actress Melissa Joan Hart (born on April 18, 1976) while on the set of “Drive Me Crazy” (1999). Later, he had an on and off again relationship with “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit model Melissa Keller (2005 to 2007). After they broke up, Grenier was linked to actress Isabel Lucas (born on January 29, 1985) but they split up after Lucas was involved in an automobile crash with actor Shia LaBeouf. In June 2009, he began dating actress Ashley Greene (born on February 21, 1987) of “Twilight” fame. Grenier was also once rumored to be dating socialite Paris Hilton. Although the two were frequently seen together at New York City clubs, he later denied the rumors they were dating.
Childhood and Family:
“I'm one with New York and New York is one with me. I grew up there. There's no escaping it. We're like Siamese twins. If you separate us, I'll die.” Adrian Grenier
Adrian S. Grenier was born on July 10, 1979, in New Mexico to Karesse Grenier and John Dunbar. His parents met while living in a commune in the 1970s and separated shortly after his birth. He was raised in Manhattan, New York, primarily by his mother, who was a real estate agent.
Nicknamed A, Adrian attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York and went on to major in drama at Bard College. He also attended the Fieldston Summer Performing Arts Institute.
Adrian is of Apache Native American and European lineage. He can speak French and German. His hobbies include baseball and gambling. He mentions “Heart of Darkness,” “Lolita,” “Fennegan's Wake” and “The Trial” among his favorite books and “The Simpsons” as his favorite television series.
Drive Me Crazy
Adrian Grenier participated in several productions while still in school. In 1997, he made his big screen debut in the independent drama “Arresting Gena.” Directed and written by Hannah Weyer, the film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prix Asturias for Best Feature at the 1997 Gijón International Film Festival. Later that same year, he was cast as a street punk in “Hurricane Street,” the debut feature film from director/writer Morgan J. Freeman. Premiering at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 1997, the drama was a success at the festival and nabbed the Audience Award, the Directing Award and the Cinematography Award. It hit theatres on February 1998.
Following an appearance in “Fishes Outta Water” (1998), Grenier played a role in the Leonardo DiCaprio starring movie “Celebrity” (1998), a comedy helmed and written by Woody Allen. He received his first leading role when he won the title role in Tod Williams' “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11, 1998, before receiving a limited release in August 1999. The film was a critical success but was largely ignored by moviegoers. As for Grenier, his impressive performance charmed critics and audiences. He closed out the decade with a starring role opposite Melissa Joan Hart in the teen oriented romantic comedy “Drive Me Crazy” (1999), which was adapted from Todd Strasser's novel “How I Created My Perfect Prom Date.” The film was a minor success at the box office.
Entering the new millennium, Grenier worked with Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the comedy “Cecil B. Demented” (2000), from filmmaker John Waters. He next starred as Alan Jensen, the point guard of the Harvard basketball team and boyfriend of an organized crime boss' daughter (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), in “Harvard Man” (2001), which was written and directed by James Toback. Grenier also appeared in a bit part in Stephen Spielberg's “Artificial Intelligence: AI” (2001), which starred Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, Jude Law and William Hurt.
2002 saw Grenier star as Noah in the short film “Freshening Up” (TV), costar with Vera Farmiga, Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson, Malcolm Gets, Jill Hennessy, and Michael Imperioli in Peter Mattei's drama “Love in the Time of Money,” and have a memorable supporting role in “Hart's War,” a film adaptation of John Katzenbach's novel of the same name that was directed by Gregory Hoblit and starred Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard. It was also in 2002 that the talented actor tried his hand behind the camera as the director for “Shot in the Dark,” a documentary covering his search to find out who his father was. The film, which he also produced, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 5, 2002, and would later be shown at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival in Canada and the 2008 Biografilm Festival in Italy.
Back to acting, Grenier took the leading role of Clay Askins in the drama film “Bringing Rain” (2003), by first timer Noah Buschel, was reunited with Woody Allen for “Anything Else” (2003), a comedy that starred Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci, and teamed up with Krista Allen, Mila Kunis, Joey McIntyre and John Fiore in the independent comedy “Tony N' Tina's Wedding” (2004). In addition, he played John in the film “A Perfect Fit” (2005, directed and written by Ron Brown), starred in the short “Across the Hall” (2005, also served as associate producer), had the prominent supporting role of Nate in David Frankel's “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006, starred Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway), portrayed Bruno in the Daniel Frei short “Off Hour” (2007), from which he won the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival's Short Film Award for Best Actor, and appeared in Ari Gold's “Adventures of Power” (2008).
However, Grenier did not really hit the big time until he was hired to star as Vincent Chase in the HBO series “Entourage,” created by Doug Ellin. Loosely based on Mark Wahlberg's experiences as an up-and-coming movie star, the show debuted on July 18, 2004, and began its sixth season on July 12, 2009. It has collected a number of awards and nominations, including a 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical (2005 to 2009). For his acting, Grenier received Teen Choice nominations for TV - Choice Chemistry (2006), which he shared with costars Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon, and Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2007), a 2009 Astra nomination for Favorite International Personality or Actor, and three Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008 and 2009).
In the meantime, Grenier also continued his filmmaking career. In 2006, he wrote, directed and produced “Euthanasia,” a 17 minute film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Under his own production company, Reckless Productions, Grenier produced the reality TV series “Alter Eco” (2008).
Grenier will be producing the documentary films “Teenage Paparazzi” (2009, also a writer and director), “Where Are Who Now” (2009, also a director), “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” “Media” and “The Money” (all 2010).
Vail Film Festival: Blue Sky Tribute Award, 2008
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Short Film Award, Best Actor, “Off Hour,” 2007