Date of Birth 26 July 1965, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Jeremy Samuel Piven Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m) Jeremy Samuel Piven is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated American actor. He is known for his role as Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage. Personal Life Piven was born in New York, New York, USA and grew up in Evanston, Illinois, in north suburban Chicago. There he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by his parents Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller, both of whom were actors and drama teachers. He has a sister, Shira, and attended Camp Chi, a Jewish Community Center camp in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, in the 1970s. He graduated from Evanston Township High School before attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Drake he became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He has appeared in a number of films with John Cusack, who is also from Evanston and is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop (as are Cusack's sisters Joan and Ann). Piven once shared an apartment with fellow actor John Cusack, whom he has been friends with since high school. Although Piven is Jewish, he shares beliefs of many Eastern Religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Piven starred in a Travel Channel special detailing his journey across India. Career As of 2007, Piven plays Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in 2005 and won the award in 2006. Piven was also the star and producer of the short-lived ABC dramedy series Cupid, and was a supporting cast member on the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen. Piven performed "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field on Father’s Day, 2006. Piven gave the cue to Chicago Cubs fans by saying, "Let's hug it out, you little bitches", a line he made famous as his character Ari Gold on the hit HBO show Entourage. The Chicago Tribune reported that he was to have said, "Hug it out, Cubs fans". He apologized on WGN-TV, and later claimed it was an accident during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Piven can be seen in local television advertisements for Cincinnati Bell Telephone, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell, Inc. He ends each commercial with the tagline, "Welcome to Cincinnati Bell", these advertisement's will end on 2/28/2007 as the rights end on that date. He also appeared in Paul Westerburg's "Dyslexic Heart" video for the movie Singles and played Michael Barth playing George Costanza on the Seinfeld episode "The Pilot". Piven was in a series of 1998 TV commercials for the Chicago Blackhawks and hosted Saturday Night Live on January 20, 2007 with musical guest AFI.