Peter Facinelli, born November 26, 1973, is an American actor, producer and author. He is known for his roles in the Twilight series, Nurse Jackie, and Can't Hardly Wait, and beginning in 2013 started a recurring role in Glee's fifth season.

Personal life

Facinelli was born to Bruna Reich and Pierino (Peter) Facinelli Sr. He grew up in Ozone Park, Queens,[1]  the youngest out of four children; has three sisters, Jo Anne, Lisa, and Linda.[1]

Facinelli briefly attended St. John's University, before transferring to New York University. He is 15 credits shy of graduating, since he landed a role in Angela, and didn't go back. He soon moved to Los Angeles thereafter.[1]

Facinelli married Jennie Garth in January 2001, and they have three daughters: Luca Bella (June 30, 1997) , Lola Ray (December 6, 2002), and Fiona Eve (September 30, 2006). After eleven years of marriage, he filed for divorce in March 2012,[2] and it was finalized in June 2013.[3]

Facinelli has been in a relationship with Jaimie Alexander since late 2012.[4] Facinelli and Alexander became engaged in New York in March 2015[5], however the engagement was called off due to conflicting family and work schedules in February 2016.[6]


Facinelli made his film debut in Angela in 1995. He had a recurring role on Six Feet Under in 2004, a role on Damages in 2007, and a recurring role on Fastlane for twenty-two episodes between 2002 and 2003.

He appeared in the Twilight film series, based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, as Dr. Carlisle Cullen between 2008 and 2012. He has a main role on Nurse Jackie since 2009, and he has a recurring role on Glee for the fifth season.

Facinelli wrote a book, along with Rob DeFranco and Barry Lyga, titled After the Red Rain. It was released in August 2015 by Little, Brown.[7]

He had a recurring role on CBS's Supergirl as Maxwell Lord.

In Februray 2016, Facinelli was tapped as the male lead in FOX's light medical procedural titled Zoobiquity.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Price of Love Brett TV movie
The Wright Verdicts Vincent Costanza ("Sins of the Father")
Law & Order Shane Sutter ("Performance")
Angela Lucifer
1996 Calm at Sunset James Pfeiffer TV movie
After Jimmy Jimmy Stapp
An Unfinished Affair Rick Connor
Foxfire Ethan Bixby
1997 Touch Me Bail
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Actor
Telling You Phil Fazzulo
Can't Hardly Wait Mike Dexter
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Terrell Lee Lusk
1999 Blue Ridge Fall Danny Shepherd
The Big Kahuna Bob Walker
2000 Honest Daniel Wheaton
Ropewalk Charlie
Supernova Karl Larson
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Tommy Butcher
Tempted Jimmy Mulate
Rennie's Landing Alec Nichols
2002 Fastlane Donovan 'Van' Ray 2002 - 2003 (22 episodes)
The Scorpion King Takmet
2004 Six Feet Under Jimmy 2004 - 2005 (9 episodes)
2005 Enfants terribles Curtis
Chloe The Boyfriend short
2006 Arc Paris
The Lather Effect Danny
Touch the Top of the World Erik Weihenmayer TV movie
Hollow Man II Frank Turner video
American Dad! Miles voice ("Roger 'n' Me")
Enemies ("Pilot")
2007 Damages Gregory Malina (8 episodes)
Lily The Man short
Insatiable Sandy ("Pilot")
That Guy Jack short
Battle Olympia Possessed Office High Jumper
2008 Twilight Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Finding Amanda Greg
Reaper Jesus short
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Nurse Jackie Dr. Fitch Cooper 2009 - (68 episodes)
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2011 Loosies Bobby
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
CollegeHumor Originals Zan ("Superhero Auditions: Callbacks" and "Superhero Auditions: The Wonder Twins")
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2013 Glee Rupert Campion 2013 - 14 ("Love Love Love", "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds", "The End of Twerk", and "Frenemies")
The Damned David Reynolds
2014 Gallows Hill David Reynolds
Freezer Detective Sam Gurov
2015 Walter Jim
Odyssey Peter Drucker TV Movie
Supergirl Maxwell Lord recurring role




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