Adrian Grenier (pronounced /ˈɡrɛnɪjeɪ/, GREN-yay; born July 10, 1976) is an American actor, musician and director. He is best known for his lead role on the HBO original series, Entourage, as Vincent Chase.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards and nominations
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Grenier was born in Colorado and raised in Miami, Florida, by his mother, Karesse Grenier, a real estate agent. His mother met his father, John Dunbar, in a commune in the 1970s and the two were never married. Grenier is of Apache and European descent. He attended Stuyvesant High School and went to Bard College where he studied molecular biology but then discovered that drama was his passion.
In 1997, Grenier made his film debut in the independent drama Arresting Gena. In 1999, he played opposite Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy as well as in Britney Spears' music video "Crazy", and in 2001, starred in James Toback's Harvard Man. In 2002, Grenier made his directorial debut with the documentary, Shot in the Dark. The documentary chronicles his years-long search for his father, with whom Grenier's mother broke up when Adrian was still a baby. Grenier and Dunbar remained estranged for 18 years, and in 2001, Adrian began work on the documentary in an attempt to forge a relationship with Dunbar. The two eventually reunited and maintain a warm relationship. HBO premiered the documentary on June 3, 2007.
In 2004, Grenier landed the lead role in the HBO series Entourage, which has brought him his most substantial notice and success. In 2006, he won a role in The Devil Wears Prada, as Anne Hathaway's boyfriend, Nate.
On June 2,2008, Grenier's new show, Alter Eco, premiered on Planet Green. The show features the actor and his team of green experts showing changes that can be made to become more eco-friendly.
On September 27, 2010 HBO premiered the documentary Teenage Paparazzo, a film concerning the relationship between the celebrity and society that Grenier worked on for three years as a producer. The work features interviews with celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Alec Baldwin, and Whoopi Goldberg.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Grenier is also a musician, playing guitar, drums, French horn, and the piano. He is a member of two New York bands, lead singer in Kid Friendly and drummer in The Honey Brothers.
Grenier is a member of the Democratic Party; in November 2009 he joined former President Bill Clinton in launching the Clinton Foundation's Millenium Network in Los Angeles, CA.
Year Film Role Notes
Film 1997 Arresting Gena Kabush
Hurricane Streets Punk Alternative title: Hurricane
1998 Fishes Outta Water
Celebrity Darrow's Entourage
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Sebastian Cole
1999 Drive Me Crazy Chase Hammond
2000 Cecil B. Demented Lyle
2001 Harvard Man Alan Jensen
Artificial Intelligence: AI Teen in van
2002 Love in the Time of Money Nick
Hart's War Pvt. Daniel E. Abrams
Shot in the Dark Himself Documentary film, director, producer
2003 Bringing Rain Clay Askins
Anything Else Ray Polito
2004 Tony N' Tina's Wedding Michael
2005 A Perfect Fit John
Across the Hall Julian Short film, associate producer
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Nate
2007 Off Hour Bruno
2008 Adventures of Power Dallas Houston
2009 Where Are Who Now
2010 Teenage Paparazzo Himself Documentary film, director, producer
Year Title Role Notes
Television 2002 Freshening Up Noah Short film
2004–present Entourage Vincent Chase 84 episodes
2008 Alter Eco Himself 9 episodes
2010 90210 Himself 1 episode
Awards and nominations
Year Award Result Category Film or series
2006 Teen Choice Awards Nominated TV - Choice Chemistry Entourage (Shared with Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven)
2007 Choice TV Actor: Comedy Entourage
2007 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Won Best Actor Off Hour
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Entourage (Shared with Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Jeremy Piven, and Perrey Reeves)
2008 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Entourage (Shared with Rhys Coiro, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Rex Lee, Jeremy Piven, and Perrey Reeves)
2008 Vail Film Festival Won Blue Sky Tribute Award