Actor Peter Facinelli

Peter Facinelli (born November 26, 1973) is an American actor, producer, and director. He starred as Donovan “Van” Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003. He played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novel series, and is also known for his role as Mike Dexter in the 1998 film Can’t Hardly Wait. Facinelli was a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch “Coop” Cooper. He portrayed Maxwell Lord on the first season of the TV series Supergirl.

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 the Val di Non valley, 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 his then-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.

In 2006, he was cast in Touch the Top of the World, a true story of Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. The film is based on his best selling autobiography.

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 continued his portrayal in the sequels of the film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

He played Dr. Fitch Cooper for seven seasons on 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. In 2011 he also wrote and produced the Hallmark Channel telefilm Accidentally in Love which starred his then-wife Jennie Garth. In 2015, he played Maxwell Lord in Supergirl.

In 2015 Facinelli co-wrote the novel After the Red Rain with Barry Lyga and Robert DeFranco. It is set on a future Earth whose population is grappling with dwindling resources.

Personal life

Facinelli met actress Jennie Garth on the set of An Unfinished Affair in 1995. Facinelli and Garth married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony. They have three daughters. In March 2012, Facinelli filed for a divorce from Garth, which was finalized in June 2013.

Facinelli began dating actress Jaimie Alexander in 2012 after meeting on the set of Loosies. After a break, Facinelli and Alexander became engaged in March 2015. In February 2016, Facinelli and Alexander announced they had called off their engagement. In January 2020, he proposed to girlfriend and actress Lily Anne Harrison, the daughter of actors Gregory Harrison and Randi Oakes, in Mexico.[citation needed]

Facinelli is a Roman Catholic. Garth converted before their wedding, but left the denomination after their divorce.

In 2009, Facinelli had his Italian citizenship recognized in order to shoot a film in Europe, which required that all actors be European citizens. This was possible because his parents are Italian.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Angela Lucifer
1996 Foxfire Ethan Bixby
1997 Touch Me Bail
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Terrell Lee Lusk
1998 Can’t Hardly Wait Mike Dexter
1998 Telling You Phil Fazzulo
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Actor
1999 The Big Kahuna Bob Walker
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Danny Shepherd
2000 Supernova Karl Larson
2000 Ropewalk Charlie
2000 Honest Daniel Wheaton
2001 Stealing Time Alec Nichols
2001 Tempted Jimmy Mulate
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Tommy Butcher
2002 The Scorpion King Takmet
2005 Chloe The boyfriend Short film
2005 Enfants terribles Curtis
2006 Touch The Top of the World Eric Weihenmayer
2006 Hollow Man 2 Detective Frank Turner
2006 Arc Paris Pritchert
2007 Battle Olympia Possessed office high jumper Short film
2007 That Guy Jack Short film
2007 Lily The man Short film
2008 Finding Amanda Greg
2008 Twilight Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2008 Reaper Jesus Short film
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2012 Loosies Bobby Corelli Also producer and writer
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2013 The Damned David Reynolds
2014 Freezer Detective Sam Gurov
2015 Walter Jim
2017 Heartthrob Mr. Rickett
2017 The Wilde Wedding Ethan Darling
2017 Gangster Land George “Bugs” Moran
2018 Asher Uziel
2019 Running with the Devil Number One
2019 Countdown Dr. Sullivan
2019 Famous Adjacent Flanny Short film,completed
2020 The Vanished – Hour of Lead Deputy Rakes Also director, producer, and writer


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Law & Order Shane Sutter Episode: “Performance”
1995 The Wright Verdicts Vincent Costanza Episode: “Sins of the Father”
1995 The Price of Love Brett Television film
1996 An Unfinished Affair Rick Connor Television film
1996 After Jimmy James “Jimmy” Stapp Television film
1996 Calm at Sunset James Pfeiffer Television film
2002–2003 Fastlane Donovan “Van” Ray Main role; 22 episodes
2004–2005 Six Feet Under Jimmy Recurring role; 9 episodes
2006 American Dad! Miles Episode: “Roger ‘n’ Me”; voice role
2007 Damages Gregory Malina Recurring role; 8 episodes
2009–2015 Nurse Jackie Dr. Fitch “Coop” Cooper Main role (seasons 1–7); 73 episodes
2011 Accidentally in Love N/A Television film; producer and writer
2013–2014 Glee Rupert Campion Recurring role; 4 episodes
2015 American Odyssey Peter Decker Main role; 13 episodes
2015–2016 Supergirl Maxwell Lord Recurring role; 14 episodes
2017–2018 S.W.A.T. Michael Plank Recurring role; 7 episodes
2019 FBI Michael Venutti Episode: “Most Wanted”
2019 Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter Keith Raniere Television film
2019 Magnum P.I. Gene Curtis / Ivan Episode: “Day I Met the Devil”

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Actor Peter Facinelli – Wikipedia

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