Peter Facinelli (born November 26, 1973) is an Italian American actor.
He became known as the star of Fox's 2002 television series Fastlane. He
plays Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight series.
He is also well known for his role as Mike Dexter in the film Can't
Hardly Wait. He is currently a regular on the television series Nurse
Jackie portraying the role of Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper.Facinelli grew up
in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants, Bruna, a
homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. Both of his parents are from
Val di Non which is located in the province of Trento in Trentino-Alto
Adige region in Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, meanwhile his
mother is from Spormaggiore. He was raised Roman Catholic and attended
St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York. He studied
acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City;
his teachers there included William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo
Esposito, and Camryn Manheim. Facinelli made his feature film debut in
Rebecca Miller's Angela in 1995 and came to the attention of critics in
the TV-movie The Price of Love later that year. In 1996, Facinelli
played opposite future wife Jennie Garth in An Unfinished Affair. Other
TV roles followed, including a part in After Jimmy (1996) and a college
dropout in Calm at Sunset.
co-starred with Amanda Peet and Michael Vartan in the 1997 AIDS-themed
drama Touch Me (1997) and co-starred as a high school student in two
1998 features with Ethan Embry and Breckin Meyer, Dancer, Texas Pop.
81, and Can't Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and
co-starred Melissa Joan Hart and Jerry O'Connell. Facinelli appeared in
the sci-fi film Supernova starring James Spader in 2000. He made
appearances in Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001 and The Scorpion King
in 2002, followed by a leading role in the Fox drama Fastlane.
Facinelli had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under in 2004
and a role in the FX original series Damages beginning in 2007.
Facinelli starred in Hollow Man 2 with Christian Slater. It was released
direct-to-video in May 2006. After wrapping up Finding Amanda with
Matthew Broderick, Facinelli played Carlisle Cullen in the film
adaptation of Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. Facinelli
reprised his role in the sequels of the film, The Twilight Saga: New
Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He will also continue to portray
the role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the last installment of
the saga, which is set to be released in 2011. They have started filming
in Louisiana. He costars as Dr. Fitch Cooper in the Showtime dark
comedy series Nurse Jackie. He will soon star in "Loosies," a story of a
New York pickpocket that he wrote himself and being produced by Verdi
Corrente Productions. Facinelli met his wife, Jennie Garth, on the set
of An Unfinished Affair, a 1996 television film. They married in 2001.
They are parents to Luca Bella, Lola Ray and Fiona Eve.
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