Wentworth Miller is known as Wentworth Earl Miller III. Miller is an American actor and screenwriter, born on June 2, 1972.
Miller moved to prominence following his role as Michael Scofield in the fifth seasons of the Fox drama series ‘Prison Break.’ Miller received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Miller had his screenwriting debut with the 2013 thriller film ‘Stoker.’ In 2014, he started playing Leonard Snart / Captain Cold as a recurring role on The CW drama series ‘The Flash’ before becoming a series regular on the spin-off ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’
Wentworth Miller reprised his character of Michael Scofield for the fifth season of the limited-run ‘Prison Break’ revival. The series aired on April 4, 2017, and concluded on May 30, 2017.
Wentworth Miller is 6 ft 1 in (1.85) tall.
Wentworth Miller, an English-born American actor, model, and screenwriter who worked in television series ‘Prison Break’ has a net worth of $4 million. Miller earned his net worth from his acting and screenwriting profession.
Early Life and Career
Wentworth Miller was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. He is the son of American parents, Roxann (née Palm) who was a special education teacher and Wentworth E. Miller II who was a lawyer and teacher.
Miller’s father who was a Rhodes Scholar was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller’s birth.
In 2003, Miller stated that his father is black and his mother is white. Miller’s father is of Afro-American, Jamaican, German, and English ancestry whereas his mother is of Russian, Swedish, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry.
When Miller was a year old, his family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn. He completed his graduation from Princeton University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Miller performed with the a cappella group the ‘Princeton Tigertones’ while he was at Princeton. Miller also was a member of the Quadrangle Club and the Colonial Club.
Miller moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 1995. Miller stated about his commitment and rocky road to stardom “was a long time in the coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks, but I couldn’t walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air, it was just something I had to do.
Miller’s first TV role was as student-turned-sea monster Gage Petronzi on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (“Go Fish,” 1998).
Miller’s first introducing role was in 2002 as the sensitive, introverted David Scott in ABC’s mini-series ‘Dinotopia.’ Miller appeared in a few minor television roles, and then he moved on to work for the film ‘The Human Stain’ in the 2003.
Miller portrayed the younger version of the Anthony Hopkins character, Coleman Silk. He was identified remarkably with the core dilemma of the movie which was about a black man who chooses to “pass” as white.
Miller continuously worked on the role, not only in researching Anthony Hopkins but furthermore embarking on a four-month course to accurately portray Silk as a boxer.
Miller also appeared in a minor role in the film ‘Underworld,’ in 2003. He had played a doctor and friend of the character, Michael Corvin.
Miller appeared as Michael Scofield in Fox Network’s television drama ‘Prison Break,’ in 2005. He portrayed the character of a caring brother who created an elaborate scheme to help his brother; Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell)
In the movie, he escapes death row after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. Miller character had a full upper body (front and back) tattoo, covering both the front of Miller’s chest and his back. Miller also has an attractive tattoo on both of his arms from shoulders to wrists. As a result, the special effects for the tattoo took over four hours to apply.
Miller amazing performance in the show let him receive a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. The show was completed in 2009 after four seasons. However, a new nine-episode fifth season was released on April 4, 2017, with Miller reprising his character.
Miller appeared in the music videos of Mariah Carey, “It’s Like That” as a party guest and “We Belong Together” as her love interest.
Director Brett Ratner had directed the pilot episode of Prison Break, and he was also signed on to direct the two Carey videos. Later, Ratner decided to take Miller in the videos as well.
Accordingly, Miller guest-appeared in the Season 11 premiere of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ He appeared as Detective Nate Kendall who was a detective from Precinct 24 of the New York City Police Department.
In 2010, Miller also worked in action-horror film in ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife.’ Miller worked in the commercially successful film ‘Resident Evil’ film series. It was an action-horror film based on the video game series of the same name. Miller was cast as Chris Redfield who was one of the protagonists of the video game series.
Miller also wrote the screenplay for the psychological thriller film ‘Stoker,’ as well as a prequel to Stoker as Uncle Charlie. He used the pseudonym Ted Foulke and later explained that “I just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own.”
For this work, Miller’s script was voted to the 2010 “Black List” of the top 10 best-unproduced screenplays then making the rounds in Hollywood. The movie is all about a teenage girl who had to deal with a mysterious uncle following the death of her father.
Miller has described the film as a “horror film, a family drama, and a psychological thriller.” Miller is influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula but has clarified that Stoker is not a vampire story.
Moreover, ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ by Hitchcock’s also influenced the film but only as a jumping-off point that takes the story in a different direction.
Park Chan-wook directed the film with movie stars Mia Wasikowska as the teenager, Nicole Kidman as the mother, and Matthew Goode as the uncle. The film released in 2013 and received generally positive acclaims from critics.
In July 2014, Miller made his first appearance in the fourth episode of the first season in the series ‘The Flash,’ and again reprised his role on ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’ Those shows brought back together with him with his ‘Prison Break’ co-star Dominic Purcell. Purcell portrayed Mick Rory / Heat Wave. Miller left ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ as a series regular at the end of season one, but at the same time signed a contract with Warner Bros. TV to continue portraying Snart on multiple shows in the Arrowverse.
Miller penned the screenplay for the 2016 horror film ‘The Disappointments Room.’ The film was produced by Voltage Pictures and Killer Films. However, the film received negative acclaim from critics.
Miller was reportedly in negotiations to write the screenplay adaptation of the novel ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle’ by David Wroblewski. The film was set to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks.
Miller resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Miller has dual British and US citizenship due to his birth in the United Kingdom to American parents.
Miller denied in an interview to InStyle magazine that he was gay. Later, he talked about his being gay in August 2013. The same year, Miller declined to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt “deeply troubled” by the Russian government’s treatment of its gay citizens.
Miller stated that he “cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
At the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle, Washington, Miller stated that he had attempted suicide multiple times as a teenager due to his gender reality and before coming out as gay. He told, “When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no because I told no one. You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for.”
Miller explained his struggle in Hollywood as a gay actor. Furthermore, he also explained how his involvement in the ManKind Project helped him know about brotherhood, sisterhood, humankind and being part of a community. According to Miller’s 2016 Facebook post, he revealed that he had seriously struggled with depression since his childhood. It was like a battle that’s cost him time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights. Miller also had made this emotional post in reaction to a meme of himself which poked fun at his weight gain in 2010. But, Miller protected himself by stating that his weight gain was due to him finding comfort in food as he was suicidal.
In 2016, Active Minds, a mental health charity, declared that Miller would be Ambassador for the organization.
In 2015, Wentworth Miller received ‘Saturn Award’ for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series in ‘The Flash.’
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Wentworth Miller appeared in the music video for the song “It’s Like That” (2005) by Mariah Carey.
Miller appeared in the role of lover to Mariah Carey in the video ‘We belong together,’ released in 2005.
Miller appeared opposite Eric Roberts who happens to be the fiancé of Mariah Carey.
Miller worked as Michael Scofield in a commercial for Israeli satellite provider, Yes promoting the 3rd season of Prison Break in 2005.