Date of Birth
Wentworth Earl Miller III
6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Born in England, raised in Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of Princeton University, Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed young actor whose credits span both television and feature film.
Miller began his career in the industry on the other side of the camera. After graduating from college with a degree in English Literature, Miller headed to Los Angeles in the spring of 1995 to work in the development department of a small production company specializing in movies made for television. However, it wasn’t long before his desire to realize the acting ambitions of his childhood became undeniable.
Within the next few years, he landed guest spots on a variety of shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), “ER” (1994) and “Popular” (1999). He also starred in the Hallmark “mega-series” “Dinotopia” (2002/I).
Miller then segued to The Human Stain (2003), a feature film directed by Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. A movie examining questions of race, class and identity, it featured Hopkins as an embattled college professor struggling to conceal an incredible secret, with Miller playing the same character as a young man.
Miller subsequently appeared in the movie Underworld (2003) and guest-starred on “Joan of Arcadia” (2003) and “Ghost Whisperer” (2005) before joining the cast of “Prison Break” (2005), a groundbreaking television series that’s quickly become an international phenomenon. Playing a structural engineer who gets himself thrown into the same prison where his brother is on death row in order to break his brother out, Miller was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2006.
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Graduated from Princeton with a degree in English.
Miller’s father is African-American, Somalian, Jamaican, British, German and part Cherokee; his mother is Russian, French, Syrian, and Lebanese.
He is a 1990 graduate of Quaker Valley High, Miller moved to Sewickley Heights for his senior year of high school with his father, Wentworth Earl Miller II.
His mother, Roxann, is a Special Education Teacher and a graduate from Yale.
His father, Wentworth Earl Miller II is a Lawyer and a graduate of Yale.
He has 2 younger sisters, Gillian and Leigh, who is the youngest. Gillian is a Lawyer and Leigh is in Law School.
A snippet of Wentworth’s guest star role on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), “Go Fish” Season 2, (Episode 20: 5 May 1998), is used in the montage of images in the opening credits for the third season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997).
He is allergic to cats and dogs as well as certain foods.
His tattoos for the show “Prison Break” (2005) are a 4 hour make-up process.
Was one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2007).
When I got to college, acting suddenly seemed like a very risky proposition and all my friends were going to law school or med school or Wall Street.
You might look at my CV and see I’ve had 12 jobs, but I’ve been to over 450 auditions so I’ve heard ‘no’ a lot more than I’ve heard ‘yes’. So if I go in looking only to meet my own standards, then that will make taking that rejection a little bit easier. And when I do get that job it will seem like icing on the cake.
The show is completely preposterous. But that aside, it’s a great ride.
“My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out. The quote that’s helped me the most through that is from Toni Morrison‘s “Beloved” where she says, “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined” – so I find myself defining myself for other people lest I be defined by others and stuck into some box where I don’t particularly belong”.
My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, caught between two communities.
“I’m kind of a dork. I don’t have much game. I’m not particularly comfortable in bars or clubs. I much prefer being home playing Scrabble, having dinner with a couple friends, going to see a movie, or losing a whole weekend to Season 14 of “Law & Order” (1990) or “The Simpsons” (1989).
“I made a decision not to work out because I’m lazy and also, the character is not a superhero. I didn’t want him to be a buff guy with Jackie Chan moves because the point is he’s smarter than your average Joe” – on playing “Michael Scofield” with his regular physique.
When asked what character from literature he would like to play: “Well, if we can expand the definition of literature to include comic books, I’d definitely love a crack at “General Zod” from “Superman”. So I’m hoping that Bryan Singer makes a sequel to the “Superman” that’s coming out and casts me” (TV Guide, April 10-16,2006).
I have a little fantasy where in the last episode of the season, we slip into the prison‘s sewer system, up through the grate, and pop out a hatch – and we’re face to face with Matthew Fox and spend season 2 on a tropical beach – jokingly linking his show, “Prison Break” (2005) to “Lost” (2004).