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Ethan Peck

Stepping into the role of Patrick Verona, originally played by Heath Ledger, Ethan Peck brings his own take on the popular character. While not much is truly known about Patrick, there is much said about him – and that's fine by him. He is a dark, brooding figure on the fringe of Padua High School. Patrick has a genuine mysteriousness that is at once intriguing and unsettling. Will he ever let himself open up to anyone?

Having been cast in the role of Patrick in the new ABC Family series, 10 Things I Hate About You, Peck now adds the category ‘series regular' to his acting resume. This comes on the heels of his film debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008, where his film Tennessee premiered. In the Lee Daniels-produced, Aaron Woodley-directed feature Peck co-stars opposite Mariah Carey and Adam Rothenberg portraying a young man afflicted with a terminal illness. In order to bring authenticity to the role, Peck researched the physical and emotional effects the illness would have on the character, then lost 15 pounds in preparation for the part. That performance earned him praise in a Tribeca review by Joel Keller at cinematical.com with the following: "Peck, in his first film role, is remarkable as Ellis. Tennessee" will be released nationwide on June 5th.

Following Tennessee, Peck segued to his second feature film, Adopt a Sailor, directed by Charles Evered, playing the lead role of Sailor opposite Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote. Adopt a Sailor recently screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and for his performance as Sailor, Peck was awarded the 2009 Sonoma International Film Festival Best Actor Award. He recently filmed a brief role in Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Joel Schumacher's Twelve.

Although Peck is new to feature film, he has been acting since he was nine years old. Aside from having done a number of commercials as a child and in his teens, his TV resume includes roles in Marshall Law,a film for Showtime TV in which he played Jimmy Smits' son and Camilla Belle's older brother; That 70's Show, playing a young Ashton Kutcher in flashback; various roles on The Drew Carey Show, Charlie Grace and The O'Keefes, plus a number of pilots. He worked opposite the Olsen Twins on Passport to Paris, a film for their direct-to-video series.

A native of Los Angeles, Peck is the son of Stephen Peck, who serves as a community liaison for U..S vets, and the artist Francine Matarazzo. His older sister, Marisa Matarazzo, is a fiction writer. He attended private schools in North Hollywood -- Campbell Hall from K-8 and then high school at the exclusive prep school Harvard Westlake. At Harvard Westlake he played defensive end in varsity football, ran varsity track and excelled in varsity lacrosse. Aside from a full academic and athletic slate, and in between auditions, throughout junior and senior high school he studied classical cello, earning membership in the advanced high school orchestra at Harvard Westlake. In his senior year Peck was accepted on early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and was selected for drama studies in their ETW (Experimental Theater Wing) studio. There he received a wide range of training in voice, movement and acting while learning to create, perform and direct his own work. He took a leave of absence after his third year, as his career was gearing into full swing. He has since left NY and is now living and working in Los Angeles.

As the grandson of the late great Hollywood icon, Gregory Peck, he is ready not only to continue his grandfather's legacy in film but, as importantly, to create a legacy in the name Ethan Peck.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Ethan Peck Facts

Birth Name Ethan Gregory Peck
BirthdayMarch 2, 1986 (36)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Ethan Peck compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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