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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 in mostly family-friendly fare like 1994's "Little Big League' and 1995's delightful fantasy "The Indian in the Cupboard." Continuing his career into the 2000s, Kartheiser established himself a presence on the small screen, graduating to more mature roles. An alum of director Larry Clark's ensemble company of young adult actors, Kartheiser gained some edgy street cred as a homeless, drug-addled hustler in Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" (1997). Kartheiser was best known, however, for his work in television. After a comfortable two-year stint on the modern-day goth horror series, "Angel" (WB, 1999-2006), Kartheiser landed a regular role as a grown-up eager beaver 1960s ad exec in the well-received cable dramedy "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ).A native of Minneapolis, MN, Vincent Paul Kartheiser was born on May 5, 1979 - one of five children born to Marie Gruye and James Ralph Kartheiser. Young Vincent -nicknamed "Vinnie" as a child - was home-schooled for most of his life, but received his formal college education at the University of California, Los Angeles. His acting career,...

Named after the famed Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, actor Vincent Kartheiser made his mark as a child actor in mostly family-friendly fare like 1994's "Little Big League' and 1995's delightful fantasy "The Indian in the Cupboard." Continuing his career into the 2000s, Kartheiser established himself a presence on the small screen, graduating to more mature roles. An alum of director Larry Clark's ensemble company of young adult actors, Kartheiser gained some edgy street cred as a homeless, drug-addled hustler in Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" (1997). Kartheiser was best known, however, for his work in television. After a comfortable two-year stint on the modern-day goth horror series, "Angel" (WB, 1999-2006), Kartheiser landed a regular role as a grown-up eager beaver 1960s ad exec in the well-received cable dramedy "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007- ).

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Vincent Paul Kartheiser was born on May 5, 1979 - one of five children born to Marie Gruye and James Ralph Kartheiser. Young Vincent -nicknamed "Vinnie" as a child - was home-schooled for most of his life, but received his formal college education at the University of California, Los Angeles. His acting career, though, began way before then. At age 12, Kartheiser made his screen acting debut with a bit part in the Marisa Tomei-Christian Slater romantic drama, "Untamed Heart" (1993). This led to more work, primarily in G and light PG-rated fare, most notably in the underrated "The Indian in the Cupboard" and the adventure drama "Alaska" (1996), in which he starred opposite Thora Birch and Charlton Heston. While the movie took a critical drubbing from reviewers, "Alaska" led to Kartheiser getting his first lead role in the light-hearted kiddie comedy, "Masterminds" (1997) starring Patrick Stewart.

Kartheiser's next role firmly established his range and capacity to take on more complex parts. In 1997, Kartheiser played the drug-addicted street urchin, Bobby, in director Larry Clark's unsettling drama, "Another Day in Paradise," opposite James Woods and Melanie Griffith. In 2000, Kartheiser's excellent turn in director Rob Schmidt's "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia" further solidified the young star's desire to re-invent himself. A loosely based modernized take on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Kartheiser's performance in "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia" was singled out as a highlight of an otherwise mediocre film when it screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2002, Kartheiser landed his first series regular role as David Boreanaz's son, Connor, on the supernatural action-drama "Angel." The offspring of Boreanaz's eponymous bloodsucking anti-hero and a beautiful vampiress named Darla, Connor was kidnapped soon after birth by Angel's hated arch-enemy, the demon Holtz. Raised to adolescence in a hellish alternate dimension called Quor-Toth, Connor grew up brainwashed by Holtz into hating his father. Due to the slower passage of time in the "real world," however, only days passed since the infant's abduction. Unfortunately, by the time Angel and company finally managed to rescue Connor from Quor-Toth, the boy had been driven mad with grief. Feeling betrayed, Connor blamed his father for abandoning him and attacked him as his enemy - just as Holtz had planned. Eventually, however, Connor discovered the truth about his past and returned to the real world with Angel. Unfortunately, Connor's abrupt transition from the bowels of Hell to modern-day Los Angeles proved too much for the youth to handle. Connor's gradually unraveling mental state subsequently became one of the main focuses of the show's fourth season.

Returning to film work, Kartheiser starred in the well-received coming-of-age drama "Dandelion," which was shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Two years later, Kartheiser popped up in a supporting role as one of Jesse James Hollywood's drug-dealing cronies in director Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog" (2006). In 2007, Kartheiser hop-scotched back to the small screen for his most serious role to date - that of roving-eyed accounting executive Pete Campbell in Matthew Weiner's superb black comedy "Mad Men." An ambitious, amoral go-getter, Pete was presented in the "Mad Men" pilot as a soon-to-be husband, who despite his pending nuptials, has no intention of giving up his womanizing ways.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rango (2011)
2.
 In Time (2011)
3.
 Elektra Luxx (2010)
4.
5.
 Alpha Dog (2006)
6.
 Dandelion (2004) Mason Mullich
7.
 Unsaid, The (2001) Thomas Caffey
8.
 Luckytown (2000) Colonel
9.
 Bad Seed (2000)
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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