At the age of 18, Milo Ventimiglia was sure he wanted to pursue a career in acting, so he started doing just that. While he was in the University of California, Los Angeles, he got a role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He would later go on to star on Gilmore Girls, Heroes and This Is Us, as part of an impressive catalog of credits.
He has also expanded his work behind the camera, with a budding career as a director and producer, making him an all-round filmmaker. His success has been an excellent reward for daring to pursue his dream, even though he was a teenager.
Milo Ventimiglia’s Career Beginnings
The charming actor was born with the full name Milo Anthony Ventimiglia on July 8, 1977, in Anaheim, California. He is the youngest of Carol and Peter Ventimiglia’s three children, his older ones being two sisters named Leslie and Laurel.
His father, a Vietnam War veteran, was in the printing business while his mother was a school teacher. The actor has Italian and Sicilian ancestry from his father’s side and English, Irish, Scottish, French, Cherokee, and black roots from his mother’s side.
Milo Ventimiglia graduated from El Modena High School, Orange, California, in 1995. While there, he took part in wrestling, acted in stage plays, and served as president in the student government. He later did a summer program at the American Conservatory Theater and enrolled in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to study theatre major.
Ventimiglia was just eighteen years old when he made his first on-screen appearance as an extra in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1995. He appeared in an episode of two shows in the following year as well as a role in the short film, Must Be the Music, as Jason, a gay teenager.
Milo continued with a series of episodic appearances in shows like EZ Streets, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, One World, and a few others. Milo Ventimiglia appeared in his first feature-length film, She’s All That, in 1999. Later, he starred in his first recurring role as Jed Perry in Opposite Sex in 2000.
Hitting it Big with Gilmore Girls and Heroes
Milo Ventimiglia appeared in seventeen films, short films, and TV shows before he found his first breakthrough in Gilmore Girls. He starred in the critically acclaimed TV show as Jess Mariano, a brooding teen who was also Rory Gilmore’s love interest. Milo joined the show in its second season as the main character up to the third season.
So popular was his character on the show that a spin-off, Windward Circle, came into consideration. Unfortunately, it never came to fruition. After his Gilmore Girls role ended in 2006, after appearances in 37 episodes, he began appearing in another major TV role as Peter Petrelli in Heroes.
If Gilmore Girls introduced him to a broader audience and gave him a sizeable fanbase, Heroes established his fame. He was a lead actor in the uber-popular sci-fi show, and he starred in 69 episodes across its four seasons.
After his Heroes stint came to an end, things stalled a bit for the actor. Milo Ventimiglia spent a few years on the voice acting circuit. He lent his voice as Wolverine/Logan in animated shows like Marvel Anime and Wolverine. In live-action, Milo starred in modestly popular shows like Mob City, Chosen. He also appeared in films like Static, Killing Season, and Grace of Monaco.
After a series of mildly successful appearances across films, animations, and TV, he returned to television in 2016 as Jack Pearson in NBC’s This Is Us. In the lead role, he became one of the high points of one of the best and most popular shows on television. The part brought Milo Ventimiglia into global limelight again and has lasted 74 episodes across five seasons.
Award Achievements and Net Worth
Since taking that brave decision at the age of 18, Milo has starred or appeared in more than 76 films and TV shows. Some of his appearances have also brought him several award nominations, most notably for his fame-making roles in Heroes and This Is Us.
He has three Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as Jack Pearson. Milo has also received nominations from Gold Derby Awards, Critics Choice Award, MTV Movie + TV Award, and People’s Choice Award. He has two SAG Awards to his name, as part of the NBC show’s ensemble cast.
Outside of accolades via This Is Us, he also has two Teen Choice Award nominations for Heroes. Others are one Golden Nymph and Saturn Award nomination each for his performance as Peter Petrelli. In all, the actor has 15 award nominations to his name thus far, winning six of them.
Beyond awards and plaques, Milo Ventimiglia has also accrued a personal net worth estimated at $12 million. His wealth has come primarily from his long-running appearances in popular TV shows. This Is Us, in particular, contributes a sizeable sum at $250,000 per episode since the show’s third season. He previously earned $115,000 per episode in the first two seasons.
Milo Ventimiglia is also a Director and Producer
Shows like Heroes, Gilmore Girls and This Is Us guaranteed that the Anaheim-born actor would go down in TV history as one of the medium’s best performers. But it is not the only place where he has flexed his creative muscles.
He has worked as a director. His debut project was a mini web series, It’s a Mall World, for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007. Milo directed other works like Dave Knoll Finds His Soul and Ultradome. Afterward, he directed his first major scripted drama, an episode of Suite 7, in 2011.
The episode, That Guy, was critically successful, receiving a rating of 9.1 on IMDb. Later, he directed an episode of This Is Us, the fifth episode of the fourth season, Storybook Love. It aired on October 22, 2019, and received plenty of critical praise, including another 9.1 rating from 743 reviewers.
Also, a producer, Milo Ventimiglia has 12 credits to his name, across film and TV. Beyond the works he has directed, he has produced Chosen, The PET Squad Files, Relationship Status, Tell, Static and Evel. The latter is an oncoming miniseries where he will star as the stunt and daredevil star, Evel Knievel.
Despite Years in Hollywood, Milo Ventimiglia is Still Single
The Gilmore Girls star is single and has never been married. He has, however, been in two high-profile romantic relationships with his co-stars, Alexis Bledel, and Hayden Panettiere. The actor dated the former from 2002 to 2006. At the time, he was portraying her love interest in the TV series Gilmore Girls.
After they broke up, he dated Hayden, with whom he had a 12-year age difference. Their relationship, which was at the center of media attention, lasted only two years, from December 2007 to February 2009. Following their break-up, Milo in an interview with Mr Porter said he learned from the experience never to date a co-star again.
Milo Ventimiglia is famous for keeping his love life away from the media. However, there have been reports that he may have found love again, this time, outside Hollywood.
He was reportedly dating Kelly Egarian, a marketing coordinator for fashion designer, Stella McCartney. He was first linked to her in 2016 after they were seen together in December of that year.
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The duo made their first public appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. They sat together at the event and even attended the after dinner together. This outing may likely be the only way Milo would confirm their relationship.
Most recently in March 2018, he was spotted with a mystery woman in Disneyland. Her identity remains undetermined. Since then, she is the last woman to be seen with the actor in a romantic context ever since.