Milo Anthony Ventimiglia decided at 8 years old that he wanted to win an Oscar. Ten years later, after starring in numerous high school plays, he received a scholarship from San Francisco’s prestigious American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) for their summer program.
The young actor returned to Southern California and entered UCLA where he majored in theater. During that time, he made his professional acting debut on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Shortly thereafter, he was cast as the lead in the short film Must Be the Music which earned kudos at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
Over the past five years, Milo has built a varied resume balancing film, television and theater. On the big screen, he has appeared in the independent films Massholes and Sheer Bliss as well as the short film Nice Guys Finish Last. His small screen experience includes the lead series regular role on Opposite Sex and staring as a regular on hit series Gilmore Girls as Jess Mariano. Milo has also guest-starred on CSI., Promise Land and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
After joining the cast of Gilmore Girls in the series’ second season, Milo quickly won over viewers with his multi-layered portrayal of Jess, the new reckless youth in town who quickly complicates the love life of Alexis Bledel’s character, Rory.
The youngest of three children, he is close to his two older sisters and parents. A natural athlete, Ventimiglia enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding. His favorite hobby is restoring muscle cars made between 1964 and 1972.
Similar to his fellow Gilmore Girls cast, Milo also donates to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, one of his favorite charities.