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Also Known As: Vinnie Kartheiser, Vincent Paul Kartheiser Died:
Born: May 5, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor

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Named after the famed Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, actor Vincent Kartheiser made his mark as a child actor with supporting roles in mostly family-friendly fare like "Little Big League" (1994) and "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995). But as an adult actor, it was his performance as the ambitious, but amoral Pete Campbell on "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ) that transformed Kartheiser into a star. Prior to "Mad Men," the young actor established himself on the small screen with more mature roles, most notably in playing a homeless, drug-addled street hustler in Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" (1998). Moving over to the small screen, Kartheiser spent three seasons on "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2006) playing Connor, the superhuman son of the series' titular vampire, which led directly to his better known role on "Mad Men," where his Pete Campbell used his cunning ambition to climb from account executive to partner of Madison Avenue advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Because of the popularity of his character, Kartheiser landed substantial roles in films like "Rango" (2011) and "In Time" (2011), while maintaining his presence on "Mad Men" as the character everybody loved to...

Named after the famed Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, actor Vincent Kartheiser made his mark as a child actor with supporting roles in mostly family-friendly fare like "Little Big League" (1994) and "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995). But as an adult actor, it was his performance as the ambitious, but amoral Pete Campbell on "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ) that transformed Kartheiser into a star. Prior to "Mad Men," the young actor established himself on the small screen with more mature roles, most notably in playing a homeless, drug-addled street hustler in Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" (1998). Moving over to the small screen, Kartheiser spent three seasons on "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2006) playing Connor, the superhuman son of the series' titular vampire, which led directly to his better known role on "Mad Men," where his Pete Campbell used his cunning ambition to climb from account executive to partner of Madison Avenue advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Because of the popularity of his character, Kartheiser landed substantial roles in films like "Rango" (2011) and "In Time" (2011), while maintaining his presence on "Mad Men" as the character everybody loved to hate.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day Out of Days (2015)
2.
 Red Knot (2014)
3.
 Rango (2011)
4.
 In Time (2011)
5.
 Elektra Luxx (2010)
6.
7.
 Alpha Dog (2006)
8.
 Dandelion (2004) Mason Mullich
9.
 Unsaid, The (2001) Thomas Caffey
10.
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1986:
Began acting at age seven with the Minneapolis Children's Theater Company
1990:
Toured the U.S. and Canada with the Minneapolis Children's Theater Company
1993:
Moved to Los Angeles
1993:
Film debut in Tony Bill's "Untamed Heart"
1995:
Made TV acting debut with a bit role on an episode of NBC's "Sweet Justice"
1995:
Had featured role in "The Indian in the Cupboard"
1995:
Starred as a troubled teen befriended by an angel in the direct-to-video release "Heaven Sent"
1996:
Co-starred in "Alaska" starring Charlton Heston and directed by Heston┬┐s son, Fraser Clarke Heston
1997:
Starred opposite Patrick Stewart in "Masterminds"
1998:
Appeared in the ensemble of "The Hairy Bird"
1998:
Co-starred as a cocky petty thief taken under the wing of a more accomplished couple in Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise"
2000:
Starred opposite Monica Keena in "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia"
2002:
Landed a regular role on the fourth season of The WB's "Angel" as Connor, the son of vampires Darla and Angel
2004:
Starred in the well-received coming-of-age drama "Dandelion," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2007:
Co-starred in the Nick Cassavetes' directed "Alpha Dog"
2007:
Cast as Pete Campbell, a junior account manager on the AMC drama series "Mad Men"
2011:
Cast opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the futuristic thriller "In Time"
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

While there have been reports on the Web that his real name is Christopher Peter Kieffer, Kartheiser has vigorously denied this in interviews.

"This one girl wrote me and was like, 'Your role in "Alaska" made me cry,'" says Kartheiser. He wrote her back, gently suggesting she shoot herself. (A joke, he assures. A JOKE.) "That's what I mean when I say I'm an asshole," he says, laughing. "I'm really unsupportive of my fans," --From Spin, February 1999.

"I burn to act." --Kartheiser to Interview, January 1999.

"in the end, you could read Bobbie's whole history in Vinnie's face and his acting amazed me--especially his scenes with Jimmy [Woods]. When Jimmy is really being Jimmy to the max, it's hard to stay with him, and I don't know too many actors who wouldn't step back. But Vinnie never fucking backed down. A lot of the crew would freak when that happened, but I was in heaven. It got so real it was past acting." --"Another Day in Paradise" director Larry Clark on Kartheiser to Out, March 1999.

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companion:
Rachael Leigh Cook. Actor. Dated briefly; co-starred with Kartheiser in "Strike!/The Hairy Bird" (1998).

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father:
Jim.
mother:
Janet.
sister:
Elise. Born c 1971.
sister:
Theresa. Born c 1973.
sister:
Andrea. Born c 1974.
sister:
Colette. Born c 1976.
brother:
Nathan. Born c 1978.
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