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Teller at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
February 20, 1987 |
|Alma mater||New York University (BFA)|
Miles Teller (born February 20, 1987) is an American actor known for his roles as jazz drummer Andrew Neiman in Whiplash and pilot Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw in Top Gun: Maverick.
Teller made his feature film debut in 2010 and gained recognition for his starring role in the 2013 coming-of-age film The Spectacular Now and the Divergent film trilogy (2014–2016), both opposite Shailene Woodley. His role in the 2014 Academy Award-winning drama Whiplash served as his breakthrough and earned him wide acclaim. Following Whiplash, he became a leading man, starring in multiple romantic comedies, the superhero film Fantastic Four (2015), and the 2016 biographical films War Dogs and Bleed for This, among others.
In 2022, Teller starred in the action film Top Gun: Maverick. The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski, whom Teller had previously collaborated with on the film Only the Brave (2017). The pair teamed up again for the Netflix film Spiderhead (2022). On television, he has starred in the Amazon crime drama Too Old to Die Young (2019) and the Paramount+ miniseries The Offer (2022) about The Godfather.
Teller was born in Pennsylvania to parents Merry, a real estate agent, and Michael, a nuclear power plant engineer. He has two older sisters, Erin and Dana. His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, and his ancestry also includes English and Irish forebears.
Teller spent his early years in Pennsylvania and Delaware before his family moved to Citrus County, Florida, at age twelve. Growing up, he was involved with acting, was president of his high school's drama club, and played alto saxophone, drums, piano, and guitar. He also played baseball competitively and had dreams of turning professional. He graduated from Lecanto High School in Lecanto, Florida.
Subsequently, he attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts; there, he studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and screen acting with Stonestreet Studios. He earned a BFA in drama in 2009.
In 2007, Teller was a passenger in a car that lost control at 80 mph (130 km/h) and flipped eight times. He has multiple scars on his face from the crash.
Teller appeared in many short films between 2004 and 2010. After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, he made his major film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010), after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role. Teller starred in the stage musical Footloose in high school, and later starred in the 2011 remake film of the same name. In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over and The Spectacular Now, opposite Shailene Woodley.
In Damien Chazelle's second film Whiplash (2014), Teller played a drummer who tries to impress his abusive jazz teacher (J. K. Simmons), which earned him nominations for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor, the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Teller received further recognition for playing Peter Hayes in Divergent (2014), and the film's sequels, Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). He has also played Mister Fantastic in the reboot film Fantastic Four (2015) and arms dealer David Packouz in War Dogs (2016). He trained for 5 months to get in shape for the role of biopic boxer Vinny Paz in film Bleed for This (2016).
In 2017, he starred in two biopic films, Only the Brave and Thank You for Your Service. In November 2020, it was announced that Teller will star in a political satire called The Fence. In September 2021, it was reported that filming on The Offer, the Paramount+ miniseries about the production of the film The Godfather in which Teller plays producer Albert S. Ruddy, was temporarily halted due to COVID concerns. The miniseries ran from April to June 2022. In November 2021, he appeared in Taylor Swift's music video "I Bet You Think About Me" directed by Blake Lively.
In 2022, he starred in Top Gun: Maverick. He was initially hesitant to accept the role, as he was wary of the potential success and attention he would receive from starring in a major film alongside Tom Cruise. He was convinced to accept it by Cruise himself, who persuaded him that he was perfect for the role. In May 2022, Miles Teller stated that he had been pitching a follow-up film centered around his character to the studio. The actor referred to his pitch as Top Gun: Rooster. By July of the same year, he stated that he has been having ongoing discussions regarding a sequel with Tom Cruise. In regard to the popularity and support, Teller said that the experience has "been awesome" and that "I've never really experienced something like this in my life."
Teller made his hosting debut on the opener of the 48th season of Saturday Night Live.
Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry. They were engaged at the Molori Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, on August 20, 2017, and were married on September 1, 2019, in Maui, Hawaii.
Teller is a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2012||Project X||Miles (College Jock)|
|2013||The Spectacular Now||Sutter Keely|
|21 & Over||Miller|
|That Awkward Moment||Daniel|
|Two Night Stand||Alec|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Peter Hayes|
|Fantastic Four||Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Peter Hayes|
|Get a Job||Will Davis|
|War Dogs||David Packouz|
|Bleed for This||Vinny Pazienza|
|2017||Only the Brave||Brendan "Donut" McDonough|
|Thank You for Your Service||Adam Schumann|
|2022||Top Gun: Maverick||Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw|
|TBA||The Ark and the Aardvark||Gilbert (voice)||In production|
|2009||The Unusuals||James Boorland||1 episode|
|2019||Too Old to Die Young||Martin Jones||Miniseries; 10 episodes|
|2022||The Offer||Albert S. Ruddy||Miniseries; 10 episodes|
|2022||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Miles Teller/Kendrick Lamar"|
|2007||A Very Specific Recipe||Lee|
|2010||The Track Meet||Andrew|
|2021||"I Bet You Think About Me"||Groom||Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton||Directed by Blake Lively|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Rabbit Hole||Nominated|
|2013||Sundance Film Festival||Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting (shared with Shailene Woodley)||The Spectacular Now||Won|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Depiction of ..., ..., or ...||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Actor||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley)||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Napa Valley Film Festival||Rising Star Award (shared with Dianna Agron)||Himself||Won|
|2014||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||The Spectacular Now||Nominated|
|CinEuphoria Awards||Best Supporting Actor - International Competition||Rabbit Hole||Nominated|
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Breakthrough Award||21 & Over
The Spectacular Now
|BAFTA||Rising Star Award||Whiplash||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||Nominated|
|Best Musical Moment||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Golden Schmoes Awards||Breakthrough Performance of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||CinemaCon Award||Ensemble Award (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell)||Fantastic Four||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Nominated|
|Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||Whiplash||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Breakthrough Performer||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Combo (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell)||Fantastic Four||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Actor||Bleed for This||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Nominated|
|2022||Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Film Award||Best Supporting Actor||Top Gun: Maverick||Nominated|
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