Peter Facinelli


Date Of Birth

26 November, 1973


Born on November 26, 1973 in Queens, New York, Peter Facinelli is an actor best known for his role as the lead in the Fox series Fastlane in 2002 and as Carlisle Cullen in the movie adaptation of the widely popular vampire-themed novel Twilight.

Growing up in Ozone Park, Queens, he was the son of Italian immigrants Bruna, a homemaker, and Peter Sr., a waiter. He started acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City, where he was taught by the likes of William Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito, and Carmyn Manheim. He studied St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, New York. This vegetarian is 5 feet 10 inches tall and is then perfect for the role of Cullen, who was described to look like a model with blond hair.

Facinelli met his future wife Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth on the set of the 1996 made-for-television movie An Unfinished Affair. The two were married in 2001 and they have three daughters together, with the eldest born June, 1997.

He has also appeared in Hollow Man 2 alongside Christian Slater. His other credits include Riding in Cars with Boys, The Scorpion King, and Can’t Hardly Wait. In 2004, he landed a recurring guest role on the critically acclaimed hit HBO series Six Feet Under. He was also on the FX series Damages with Glenn Close. He played Carlisle Cullen, Esme’s husband and the adoptive father of Edward, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, and Jasper, in the film Twilight.

Facinelli’s other screen credits include The Price of Love (1995), Foxfire (1996), Touch Me (1997), Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998), The Big Kahuna (1999), Supernova (2000), Tempted (2001), and The Lather Effect (2005). He has also obtained a role in the series Nurse Jackie, playing Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper.

Place of Birth

Queens, New York, USA

Birth Name

Peter Facinelli



Fun Facts

Daughter, Luca Bella, with Jennie Garth. [1997]

Met Jennie Garth while filming An Unfinished Affair (1996) (TV).

Grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, New York.

Studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, New York City, New York under such teachers as William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.


Birth of his second daughter, Lola Ray (7 lbs. 7 oz., 18 inches) with wife, actress Jennie Garth. [December 6, 2002]

Attended St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, New York.

Peter and his wife, Jennie Garth, became the parents of their third child, a girl named Fiona Eve Facinelli, on September 30, 2006. Fiona weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz.

Is no longer a vegetarian since he played Carlisle Cullen in Twilight.


2006: Cleveland Indie Gathering's Indie Gathering Award - Best Actor for: Arc (2006)


2010: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2009: The Absinthe Drinkers - Lucciola
2009: Thicker (2009).... Holloway
2009: Nurse Jackie (TV series) - Dr. Cooper
2009: The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2008: Reaper - Jesus
2008: Twilight - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2008: Finding Amanda - Greg
2007: Damages(TV series) - Gregory Malina
2007: Lily - The Man
2007: Battle Olympia - Possessed Office High Jumper
2007: Insatiable (TV series) - Paris
2006: The Lather Effect - Danny
2006: Touch the Top of the World (TV) - Erik Weihenmayer
2006: Hollow Man II - Det. Frank Turner
2006: American Dad! (TV series) - Miles
2006: Enemies (TV series)
2005: Enfants terribles - Curtis
2005: Chloe
2004: Six Feet Under (TV series) - Jimmy
2002-2003: Fastlane (TV series) - Donovan 'Van' Ray
2002: The Scorpion King - Takmet
2001: Riding in Cars with Boys - Tommy Butcher
2001: Tempted - Jimmy Mulate
2001: Stealing Time - Alec Nichols
2000: Welcome to Hollywood - Actor
2000: Honest - Daniel Wheaton
2000: Ropewalk - Charlie
2000: Supernova - Karl Larson
1999: Blue Ridge Fall - Danny Shepherd
1999: The Big Kahuna - Bob Walker
1998: Telling You - Phil Fazzulo
1998: Can't Hardly Wait - Mike Dexter
1998: Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 - Terrell Lee Lusk
1997: Touch Me - Bail
1996: Calm at Sunset (TV) - James Pfeiffer
1996: After Jimmy (TV) - Jimmy Stapp
1996: Foxfire - Ethan Bixby
1996: An Unfinished Affair (TV) - Rick Connor
1995: The Price of Love (TV) - Brett
1995: The Runaways (TV) - Bret
1995: Law & Order (TV series) - Shane Sutter
1995: Angela - Lucifer




5' 10" (1.78 m)

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