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American artist and actor Greg Lauren, the nephew of fashion designer and business executive Ralph Lauren, has appeared in the box office movies “Batman Forever” (1995), “Batman & Robin” (1997), “A Time to Kill” (1996, all directed by Joel Schumacher), “The Wedding Planner” (2001) and “Boogie Nights” (1997). Other film credits include “The Prophet's Game” (1999), “Friends and Family” (2001), “The Learning Curve” (2001), “Time of Fear” (2002) and “Women in Trouble” (2009). On the small screen, Lauren is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Brett Nelson on the hit daytime series “The Young and the Restless,” a role he played from 1998 to 1999. He has also appeared in “Melrose Place,” “Silk Stalkings,” “The Practice,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “V.I.P.” and “Pasadena.”
As an artist, Lauren has sold his paintings to a number of celebrities and designed covers for the DC Comics’ “Hellblazer.”
Lauren has been married to “Showgirls” star Elizabeth Berkley since 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Greg Lauren was born in New York City in 1970. His birth name is Greg Lauren Dana Smith. He is the nephew of prominent fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Greg’s father serves as an Executive Vice President of Men's Design at Ralph Lauren/Polo. Greg graduated from Princeton University with a BA degree in art history.
On November 1, 2003, Greg married actress Elizabeth Berkley (born July 28, 1972) at the Esperanza Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple met in 2000 during a dance class.
Women in Trouble
Greg Lauren began his acting career in 1994 with guest spots in “Melrose Place” and “Silk Stalkings.” The same year, he also costarred in the short film “A Friend of Dorothy,” which was written by, directed and starred Raoul O'Connell. Lauren next appeared in Marc Forster's “Loungers” (1995), which won an Audience Award for Best Feature at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival, the Golden Globe winning made for television film “Indictment: The McMartin Trial” (1995, starred James Woods and was directed by Mike Jackson) and Joel Schumacher's “Batman Forever” (1995). Starring Val Kilmer as Batman, “Batman Forever” was a big box office success despite earning mixed reviews from critics and became the second highest grossing film of 1995. He also portrayed Richard Klein in “Sawbones,” a horror TV film that aired on Showtime on July 25, 1995. The film was helmed by Catherine Cyran, written by Sam Montgomery and starred Adam Baldwin and Nina Siemaszko.
Next up for Lauren, he played Uncle Mick on Matthew Reichman's award winning short “Twelve” (1996), which received the CINE Eagle for Amateur/Pre-Professional at the 1996 CINE Competition, the Golden Knight for Short Film (Student) at the 1996 Golden Knight International and Video Festival, a Chugoku Shimbun Prize for Short Subject Films and Videos - Graduate Student Film at the 1996 Hiroshima International Amateur Film and Video Festival, and the Hamburg Short Film Award for Short Film (Student) at the 1997 Hamburg International Short Film Festival. After a small role in the independent film “The Little Death” (1996), starring Brent David Fraser, he played the role of Taylor in the 1996 film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989's novel “A Time to Kill,” which reunited him with director Joel Schumacher. The film performed well at the box office and received generally favorable reviews from critics. The cast of the movie included Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, Charles S. Dutton and Patrick McGoohan. Also in 1996, he returned to television with a second appearance on the CBS series “Silk Stalking,” this time portraying Jeffrey Ventnor.
In 1997, Lauren teamed up again with Schumacher for the sequel “Batman & Robin,” where Kilmer was replaced by George Clooney in the role of Batman. The film also starred Chris O'Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone. “Batman & Robin” was a commercial success, but earned primarily negative reviews. It was nominated for 11 Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Director and won one in the category of Worst Supporting Actress (Silverstone). The same year, Lauren also appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson's “Boogie Nights.” The drama, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Heather Graham, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle and William H. Macy, met with critical acclaim and received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture (Reynolds). At the box office, “Boogie Nights” grossed over $26 million in the U.S. and nearly $17 million in foreign markets. Meanwhile on television, Lauren played Greg in the pilot of the NBC sitcom “Working,” which starred Fred Savage and Arden Myrin, and appeared in an episode of “The Practice” called “The Means” that aired on November 8, 1997. He also guest starred in the Fox sitcom “Between Brothers” (also 1997) and CBS’ “Diagnosis Murder” (1998, as Freddie). From 1998 to 1999, Lauren played Brett Nelsen in the Daytime Emmy award winning soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
In 1999, Lauren worked in two movies. He first played Kevin Bochelli in “What Angels Fear,” directed by Jim Friedman and written by Alex Michaels, and then costarred with Dennis Hopper and Stephanie Zimbalist in the David Worth directed thriller “The Prophet's Game,” where he portrayed Detective James.
Entering the new millennium, Lauren worked with Ice-T, Erin Daniels and Eva Mendes in the made for TV film “The Disciples” (2000) and portrayed Keith in the Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey popular romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” (2001), for director Adam Shankman. Despite its success at the box office (grossed over $94 million worldwide against its $35 million budget), “The Wedding Planner” was not well received by critics. 2001 also saw Lauren in the TV film “The Elevator” (opposite Christopher B. Duncan and Elizabeth Berkley), the Kristen Coury comedy “Friends and Family” (with Christopher Gartin, Rebecca Creskoff and Allison Mackie) and the thriller “The Learning Curve” (written and directed by Eric Schwab). He also appeared in episodes of “V.I.P.” and “Pasadena.”
The following year, Lauren portrayed Steve Benton in the thriller “Time of Fear,” which was written and directed by Alan Swyer. Costars of the film included Nick Mancuso, Kristofer McNeeley, Robert Walden and Vanessa Lee Evigan. He was also cast alongside Robert Davi, Costas Mandylor, Frank Stallone, Louis Mandylor and Louis Lombardi in the movie “Hitters,” for director/writer Eric Weston.
After a break from acting, Lauren resumed his acting career by appearing as a fireman in “Women in Trouble” (2009), a comedy film written, directed and produced by Sebastian Gutierrez. The movie starred Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki, Marley Shelton, Connie Britton and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Lauren is a successful painter. Celebrities who have purchased his art include Cuba Gooding Jr., Demi Moore, Ben Stiller, Renée Zellweger and his uncle, Ralph Lauren. He has also been the cover artist for “Hellblazer,” a contemporary horror comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.