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DiedFebruary 18, 2002, Evanston, Illinois, United States
SpouseJoyce Piven
FactGrandfather of Pearl McKay and Lili Rose McKay.

Byrne Piven is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his work on the television series Entourage and the film The Fighter.

Piven was born in New York City, New York, on October 28, 1965. His father, Joyce, was a teacher and his mother, Byrne, was an actress. He has two sisters, Shira and Lauren. Piven was raised in a Jewish household and attended Hebrew school.

Piven’s interest in acting began at a young age. He made his film debut in the 1981 film The Lords of Flatbush. He also appeared in the films Lucas (1986), Say Anything… (1989), and PCU (1994).

In 2004, Piven starred in the HBO series Entourage. The show was a critical and commercial success. It ran for eight seasons and ended in 2011.

Piven’s other television credits include guest appearances on Seinfeld, Ellen, The Larry Sanders Show, and Just Shoot Me!.

In 2010, Piven starred in the film The Fighter. The film was a critical and commercial success. Piven’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Piven has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Lisa Kudrow. They divorced in 1995. He married his second wife, Julie Yaeger, in 1997. They have two children together.

Piven has a net worth of $30 million.

General Info

Full NameByrne Piven
DiedFebruary 18, 2002, Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height1.82 m
ProfessionActor, Theatre Director


SpouseJoyce Piven
ChildrenJeremy Piven, Shira Piven
ParentsSamuel Piven, Katie Piven
SiblingsHerman Piven


MoviesBeing John Malkovich, Very Bad Things, Creator, The Jack Bull, Madison, Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story, Temporary Girl, E=mc2, Missing Persons

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1Co-director with his wife Joyce Hiller Piven of Piven Theater Workshop, a Chicago-area school whose alumni include Jeremy Piven, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Aidan Quinn, and Rosanna Arquette, among others. [2000]
2Grandfather of Pearl McKay and Lili Rose McKay.
3He was awarded the 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Man in 605", at the Performance Community/Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.
4Father-in-law of Adam McKay.
5Father of Jeremy Piven and Shira Piven
6During its 30 years, the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, has shaped the work of stage and film actors including John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Ann Cusack; Lili Taylor; Aidan Quinn; and his two children, Shira Piven and Jeremy Piven.



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Shadow of the Blair Witch2000TV MovieDr. Clayton Larson
Strong Medicine2000TV Series
Being John Malkovich1999Captain Mertin
The Jack Bull1999TV MovieTub Weller
Early Edition1999TV SeriesRabbi Ginsburg
Cupid1998TV SeriesDr. Stroud
Temporary Girl1998Leonard Byrnestein
Very Bad Things1998Rabbi
Born Free1998TV SeriesStephen Jeffries / Jeffries / Stephen Jefferies
Home Improvement1997TV SeriesRolf
Trojan War1997Mr. Crosby
The X-Files1996TV SeriesRobert Sparks
Pandora's Clock1996TV Movie
Frasier1996TV SeriesDr. Sigmund Freud
Lover's Knot1996William Shakespeare
E=mc21996The President
Biography1995TV Series documentaryAndrew Jackson
Miracle on 34th Street1994Dr. Hunter
The Untouchables1993TV SeriesJohnny Torrio
Missing Persons1993TV SeriesMr. Rudolph
Mario and the Mob1992TV MovieVincent Vitale
Pyrates1991Rabbi Lichenstein
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill1991TV Series
L.A. Law1990TV SeriesDr. Kayhill
Unspeakable Acts1990TV Movie
Quantum Leap1989TV SeriesCaptain Cotter
Desperate1987TV MovieLaw Judge
Werewolf1987TV SeriesDr. Victor Degoethels
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1987TV SeriesRabbi Weiss
Hunter1987TV SeriesDr. Lyle Shapiro
Magnum, P.I.1987TV SeriesPasqual Valez
Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story1986TV MovieLocal Fisherman
The A-Team1986TV SeriesBennie Conway
Jack and Mike1986TV SeriesNelson Kimball
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesHector Sandoval
Two Fathers' Justice1985TV MovieLandis
Adams House1983TV MovieMr. Webster
The Powers of Matthew Star1983TV SeriesVan Dyke
Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy1982TV Movie
Chicago Story1981TV Movie
The Duke1979TV Series
The Awakening Land1978TV Mini-SeriesDr. Pearsall
The Double-Barrelled Detective Story1965Bill Stone

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