|A.K.A.||Miles Alexander Teller|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||20 February 1987, Downingtown, USA|
|Residence||Los Angeles, USA|
Miles Alexander Teller (born February 20, 1987) is an American actor. His films include The Spectacular Now, Whiplash, The Divergent Series, Bleed for This and Thank You for Your Service.
Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the son of Merry, a real estate agent, and Michael Teller, 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. The family moved to Citrus County, Florida, when Teller was 12. He also lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware. At Lecanto High School, he played the alto saxophone in a rock band, was a drummer for a church-youth group band, and was president of the drama club. He can also play piano and guitar and was on the baseball team, hoping to turn professional. Aside from high school, Teller worked as a server at a restaurant called Crackers. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
In 2007, Teller was a passenger in a car that lost control at 80 mph and flipped eight times. Teller was ejected through a window; he has multiple visible scars on his face from the accident.
Teller appeared in many short films. After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, he made his film debut Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role. Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school. Years later, he was cast in the film remake of Footloose (2011) starring Kenny Wormald, in which he played the same character as in his high school musical.
He starred in 21 & Over, and The Spectacular Now opposite Shailene Woodley. In Damien Chazelle’s second directorial film Whiplash, Teller played a drummer who tries to impress his abusive jazz teacher (J. K. Simmons). The film was released in 2014. He was nominated 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 when he portrayed Peter Hayes in the commercially successful Divergent (2014), followed by the film’s sequels Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). Teller played Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the reboot film Fantastic Four.
Teller played arms dealer David Packouz in War Dogs, and Vinny Paz in the biopic boxer film Bleed for This (2016). In 2017, he starred in drama films based on true stories, including Only the Brave and Thank You for Your Service.
Teller is a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry. They became engaged August 20, 2017, at the Molori Safari lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve while on an African safari. Teller and Sperry got married on September 1, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. In 2019, Teller became a co-owner of the award-winning Finnish Long Drink.
Awards and nominations
|2013||Sundance Film Festival||Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting||The Spectacular Now||Won|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|2014||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|
|2015||CinemaCon Award||Ensemble Award||Fantastic Four||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Combo||Fantastic Four||Nominated|