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Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (born July 8, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the television series Gilmore Girls, American Dreams, Heroes, and the film Rocky Balboa.


Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, CA, where he wrestled and held the office of president in student government(ASB).

At 18 years of age, Ventimiglia started auditioning, booking jobs, and working his way up. He received a scholarship to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California for their summer program.[citation needed] From there, Ventimiglia studied for a while at the University of Southern California and UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.[citation needed] Ventimiglia has also guest starred on series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. From 2001 to 2003, Ventimiglia played broody teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls. He signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls, entitled Windward Circle, which was going to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father, but the proposed series never made it to the air due to high filming costs. He also directed the 2003 and 2004 WB Image Campaigns for the WB. Ventimiglia has returned to Gilmore Girls for a few episodes since his 2003 departure.
In the third and final season of the NBC drama American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow). Pierce and his single mother, Shelly (Daphne Zuniga), a Playboy bunny, move into the house next to the Pryors. Chris Pierce evades the draft, fearing he would be forced to fight in the Vietnam War, where Meg Pryor's older brother, J.J. (Will Estes) was wounded. Chris and Meg escape Philadelphia in the series finale to Berkeley, California, much to the sadness of Meg's best friend, Roxanne Bojarski (Vanessa Lengies). He starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries in 2005 but the show lasted only 8 episodes. Currently, he stars in Heroes, a show about ordinary people discovering they have superpowers. He plays Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the new Rocky film Rocky Balboa released in December 2006.