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Miles Teller
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Teller at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 35)
Alma mater New York University (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s)
Keleigh Sperry
(m. 2019)

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.

Early life

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.

Career

Miles Teller March 18, 2014 (cropped)
Teller at the film premiere of Divergent in March 2014

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.

Personal life

Miles Teller Deauville 2014
Teller in 2014

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.

Filmography

Film

Key
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Rabbit Hole Jason
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt
2012 Project X Miles (College Jock)
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely
21 & Over Miller
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman
That Awkward Moment Daniel
Divergent Peter Hayes
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
Spiderhead Jeff
TBA The Ark and the Aardvark Not yet released Gilbert (voice) In production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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"

Short films

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Moonlighters Miles
2007 A Very Specific Recipe Lee
2008 The Musicians Miguel
2010 The Track Meet Andrew

Music video

Year Title Role Artist Notes
2021 "I Bet You Think About Me" Groom Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton Directed by Blake Lively

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
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
Nominated
BAFTA Rising Star Award Whiplash Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated
#... Moment 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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