Peter Facinelli
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Peter Facinelli (pronounced FAH-chin-elly; born November 26, 1973) is an 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.

Early life
Facinelli grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants, Bruna (née Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter.His parents are from Val di Non which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, while 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 New York University,as well as 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. Facinelli 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.
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.According to an interview, "I almost didn’t read for Twilight. My agent said, “Do you want to do a vampire movie?” And I was like, “No.” I was totally thinking blood and guts and bats in caves, like some kind of horror movie. They literally talked me into reading the book and I actually enjoyed the book a lot."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 which released on November 18, 2011.
He stars as Dr. Fitch Cooper in the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.
He is the founder of the production company Facinelli Films. Their first feature film Loosies, which was written entirely by Facinelli, was filmed in 2011.He starred in the film, which is a story of a New York pickpocket that being produced by Verdi Corrente Productions.
Personal life
Facinelli met Jennie Garth, on the set of An Unfinished Affair, a 1996 television film. They married in 2001. They are parents to Luca Bella (born 1997), Lola Ray (born 2002), and Fiona Eve (born 2006).In 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce.Infidelity on his side may be a part of it.

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Price of Love, TheThe Price of Love Brett TV
1995 Angela Lucifer  
1995 Law & Order Shane Sutter 1 episode
1996 Calm at Sunset James Pfeiffer TV
1996 After Jimmy Jimmy Stapp TV
1996 Foxfire Ethan Bixby  
1996 Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished Affair Rick Connor TV
1997 Touch Me Bail  
1998 Telling You Phil Fazzulo  
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Actor  
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Mike Dexter  
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Terrell Lee Lusk  
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Danny Shepherd  
1999 Big Kahuna, TheThe Big Kahuna Bob Walker  
2000 Honest Daniel Wheaton  
2000 Ropewalk Charlie  
2000 Supernova Karl Larson  
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Tommy Butcher  
2001 Tempted Jimmy Mulate  
2001 Stealing Time Alec Nichols  
Fastlane Donovan 'Van' Ray TV Series with Tiffani Thiessen
2002 Scorpion King, TheThe Scorpion King Takmet  
Six Feet Under Jimmy Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)
2005 Lather Effect, TheThe Lather Effect Danny  
2005 Chloe    
2005 Enfants terribles Curtis  
2006 Hollow Man 2 Det. Frank Turner Video
2006 Touch the Top of the World Erik Weihenmayer TV
2006 Arc Paris Pritchert Indie Gathering Award for Best Actor
2007 Damages Gregory Malina TV
2007 Lily The Man  
2007 That Guy Jack  
2007 Battle Olympia Possessed Office High Jumper  
2008 Finding Amanda Greg  
2008 Reaper Jesus  
2008 Twilight Dr. Carlisle Cullen  
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Dr. Carlisle Cullen  
2009 Nurse Jackie Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper 2009–present
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Dr. Carlisle Cullen  
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Dr. Carlisle Cullen  
2012 Loosies Bobby  
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Dr. Carlisle Cullen  
2012 The Absinthe Drinkers Lucciola Filming

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