Vincent Kartheiser

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Vincent Paul Kartheiser

(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 39)
Years active1993–present
Alexis Bledel (m. 2014)

Vincent Paul Kartheiser (born May 5, 1979) [1] is an American actor. He played Connor on The WB television series Angel and as Pete Campbell on the AMC television series Mad Men , for which he received six Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and won twice along with the cast.

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Connor (<i>Angel</i>) fictional character in the television series Angel

Connor is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and Tim Minear for the television series Angel. The character is portrayed as an infant by the triplets Connor, Jake, and Trenton Tupen and as a teenager by Vincent Kartheiser. Connor has a recurring role in season three, becomes a regular in season four, and has his last television appearance in the series finale as a guest star. He continues his story in the canonical comic book series Angel: After the Fall.

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Early life

Kartheiser was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Janet Marie (née Gruyé), who ran a nursery, and James Ralph Kartheiser, who sold construction equipment. [2] [3]

The youngest of six children, he has four sisters, Andrea, Colette, Elise and Theresa, and a brother, Nathan. [4] Kartheiser attended Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is of German, and to an extent Polish, Finnish, and Swedish ancestry. [5]

Apple Valley, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Apple Valley is a city in northwestern Dakota County in the State of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 49,084, making it the 18th most populous city in Minnesota. In 2013, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 17th best place to live in the United States, up from 20th in 2010, 24th in 2008 and 28th in 2007.


Some of Kartheiser's first acting experiences were on stage of Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, including roles in Pippi Longstocking, Our Town , Dr. Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. [6]

The Children's Theatre Company is a regional theatre established in 1965 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in plays for families, young audiences and the very young. The theatre is the largest theatre for multigenerational audiences in the United States and is the recipient of 2003 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. The founding is credited to John Clark Donahue and Beth Linnerson. Many productions are adaptations from children's literature including Pippi Longstocking, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Cinderella, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Year with Frog and Toad and Alice in Wonderland that have been in the company's repertoire for many seasons. Among their early premiere productions was Richard Dworsky's musical version of The Marvelous Land of Oz, which was one of several productions to be issued on video in the early 1980s. The casts themselves are a mix of adult and young adult performers.

<i>Our Town</i> play by Thornton Wilder

Our Town is a 1938 metatheatrical three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

He made his screen debut with a bit role in the 1993 film Untamed Heart . Kartheiser found himself cast in mostly family fare, including The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) and a starring role in the film Alaska (1996). The film led to Kartheiser getting the lead role in Masterminds the following year.

<i>Untamed Heart</i> 1993 film by Tony Bill

Untamed Heart is a 1993 American romantic drama film directed by Tony Bill, written by Tom Sierchio, and starring Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei. It tells the story of a young woman unlucky in love finding true love in a very shy young man. The original music score was composed by Cliff Eidelman, and includes a classical arrangement of "Nature Boy". A remixed version of Suzanne Vega's 1981 song "Tom's Diner" is featured in the opening scene of the film.

<i>The Indian in the Cupboard</i> (film) 1995 film by Frank Oz

The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 American family fantasy drama film directed by Frank Oz and written by Melissa Mathison, based on the children's book of the same name by Lynne Reid Banks. The story is about a boy who receives a cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday. He later discovers that putting toy figures in the cupboard, after locking and unlocking it, brings the toys to life.

<i>Alaska</i> (1996 film) 1996 action-adventure film directed by Fraser Clarke Heston

Alaska is a 1996 American adventure survival film directed by Fraser Clarke Heston and produced by Andy Burg. The story, written by Burg and Scott Myers, centers on two children who search through the Alaskan wilderness for their lost father. During their journey they find a polar bear that helps lead them to their father. However, a poacher with a desire to capture the bear follows close behind the kids and the polar bear. The movie was filmed primarily in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia in Canada and the city of Vancouver. The film was a box office bomb, grossing only $11,829,959 over a $24,000,000 budget. It received negative reviews upon its release.

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Kartheiser in 2009

He was next cast as Bobby, a drug-addicted, homeless street urchin in Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise . He had two explicit sex scenes with Natasha Gregson, one of which was cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The film earned the young actor significant accolades, and he went on to appear in Strike! (later retitled All I Wanna Do) and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia .

Larry Clark American photographer and filmmaker

Lawrence Donald Clark is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for his controversial teen film Kids (1995) and his photography book Tulsa. His work focuses primarily on youth who casually engage in illegal drug use, underage sex, and violence, and who are part of a specific subculture, such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding.

<i>Another Day in Paradise</i> (film) 1998 Crime Drama by Larry Clark

Another Day in Paradise is a 1998 crime drama film directed by Larry Clark, and released by Trimark Pictures. It is based on the novel Another Day in Paradise written by Eddie Little. The movie won the Grand Prix award at the 1999 Festival du Film Policier de Cognac. The film starred James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

<i>Crime and Punishment in Suburbia</i> 2000 film by Rob Schmidt

Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is a 2000 film directed by Rob Schmidt and starring Monica Keena, Ellen Barkin, Michael Ironside, James DeBello and Vincent Kartheiser.

Screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia was a moody, updated take on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment , set in a modern high school. Kartheiser co-starred on the supernatural drama series Angel in 2002, playing Connor, the son of the title character Angel, appearing in a total of 28 episodes. [7] Returning to film work, Kartheiser starred in the well-received coming-of-age drama Dandelion , which was shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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Kartheiser at PaleyFest in 2014

Kartheiser played the role of ambitious young ad man Pete Campbell in the AMC television series Mad Men (2007–2015). Along with the rest of the show's cast, Kartheiser won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 and 2010. [8]

Kartheiser filmed his role as Fielding in the BBC's two-part adaptation of Martin Amis' novel Money in the winter of 2009. The adaptation began airing on BBC Two on May 23, 2010. In 2011, he appeared in In Time and provided a voice for Rango .

Kartheiser's short film, Fruit of Labor, made its Orange County debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2013. [9] In the summer of 2013, he returned to his theatrical roots in Minneapolis to portray Mr. Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie Theater.

Personal life

Kartheiser dated The Hairy Bird co-star, Rachael Leigh Cook, for four months in 1998. He began dating his Mad Men co-star Alexis Bledel in mid-2012. [10] He and Bledel announced their engagement in March 2013, [11] and were married in California in June 2014. [12] They have one son. [13] [14] The couple sold their Brooklyn duplex penthouse for $1.32 million in May 2016. [15]

In a 2010 interview with The Observer , Kartheiser revealed that he eschewed the extravagant lifestyle of a Hollywood celebrity in favor of simple living. [16]



1993 Untamed Heart Orphan Boy
1994 Little Big League James
Heaven SentEddie Chandler
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard Gillon
1996 Alaska Sean Barnes
1997 Masterminds Ozzie Paxton
1998 Another Day in Paradise Bobbie
All I Wanna Do Snake – Flat Critter
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Vincent
Bad Seed Dillon
Ricky 6 Ricky Cowen
Luckytown Colonel
2001 The Unsaid Thomas Caffey
2004 Dandelion Mason Mullich
2005Shakespeare's SonnetsSebastianShort film
2006 Alpha Dog Pick Giaimo
Waning MoonMichaelShort film
2007 Killing Zelda Sparks Craig Blackshear
2010 Elektra Luxx Jimmy
2011 Rango Ezekiel / Lasso Rodent (voice)
In Time Philippe Weis
Fruit of LaborAlfredShort film
2012Cussing in the WorkplaceJackShort film
2014Beach PillowsNick
Red KnotPeter Harrison
2015Winter LightSamuelShort film
Day Out of Days Tark
2016The Second Sound BarrierCharles Michael Fortitude as The ArtistShort film
A Kind of Murder Detective Lawrence Corby
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America William J. Murray III
My Friend Dahmer Dr. Matthews
2018 Most Likely to Murder Lowell
2019 Crypto Filming


1994 Sweet Justice NicholasEpisode: "Story of My Life"
1999 ER Jesse KeenanEpisode: "Truth & Consequences"
2002–2004 Angel Connor 28 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Pete Campbell 87 episodes
2010 American Experience Thomas Nickerson (voice)Episode: "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World"
MoneyFielding Goodney2 episodes
2011 The Cleveland Show (voice)Episode: "Like a Boss"
2013 Axe Cop Bat Warthog Man (voice)2 episodes
2013–2015 High School USA! Marsh Merriwether (voice)12 episodes
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Juror #4Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"
Saints & Strangers William Bradford 2 episodes
2016 Casual Jordan Anderson7 episodes
2017 Genius Raymond H. Geist 2 episodes
2018 The Path Congressman Buck Harbaugh4 episodes
2018 Das Boot Samuel Greenwood5 episodes

Video game

2011 L.A. Noire Walter Clemens (voice)

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