Jeremy Piven, Actor: Sweetwater

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Since his breakout role as neurotic comedy writer Jerry on the Larry Sanders Show, Jeremy Piven has taken on both dramatic and comedic roles. He’s a natural at comedy and has the range to deliver serious drama within his signature persona—so few actors could be better suited to portray Mick, the man who tries to reconcile his hooligan ways with his Jewish roots in Sweetwater, which debuts on Hulu September 1st.

Piven has a deep connection to the arts, having spent a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT, and is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, where he studied under mentor John Cusack (also from Evanston and a fellow alumnus of the workshop). He’s also a devoted practitioner of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness practices, which help him stay grounded while on set.

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As for his acting career, Piven has been nominated for multiple awards for his work in television and film. He’s best known for his role as foul-mouthed talent agent Ari Gold on the hit HBO series Entourage, a role that earned him multiple Emmy nominations over four consecutive years between 2005 and 2008.

After leaving Entourage in 2011, Piven appeared in a handful of small-budget movies, including My Dad’s Christmas Date, Last Call, American Night, and The Walk. More recently, he’s expanded into the world of podcasting and interviews with his “How U Livin’ J. Piven?” podcast, in which he talks with a variety of celebrities and personalities.