Since Prison Break will be making a comeback to Fox on April 4th, 2017, and Netflix added it to it’s roster, I thought it would be appropriate to put together some must-know facts about lead actor Wentworth Miller.
It’s been almost 8 years since Prison Break‘s finale aired; and I’m sure there are plenty of fans just itching for it’s—and Miller’s—return.
The show ended in 2009 after just four seasons, with Miller’s character Michael being killed off. Fox CEO Dana Walden attests that the series will provide a “logical and believable explanation to why the characters are alive and still moving in the world.”
The fifth season will be a 10-episode limited series, much like NBC’s Will and Grace revival, and will see several original cast members reprise their roles; in addition to Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein will return.
Here are 13 facts about Miller to help you brush-up on your trivia before the shows hits TV again!
1. He rose to prominence as Michael Scofield in Prison Break and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
2. Prior to his big break, he worked as a temp for studios, agencies and production companies. “There were some lean years,” he recalls. “I remember going through my CDs figuring out what I was willing to hock because I needed an extra $15 to make rent.”
3. His first TV appearance was on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer titled “Go Fish”, where he played Gage Petronzi, a member of the swim team that turns into a sea monster.
4. He is partially black. His father, on the far right in the pic below, Wentworth Miller II, is of African-American, Jamaican, Jewish, English, Cherokee and German descent.
5. His mother, Joy Marie, is of Syrian, Lebanese, Dutch, Russian and French descent, so he is of quite the racial blend.
6. He graduated from Princeton University, where he was a member of the a cappella group the Princeton Tigertones, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature.
7. He holds dual British and U.S. citizenship since he was born in the U.K.
8. In August 2013, he came out as gay, after previously denying it.
9. He has struggled with depression for most of his life and admitted to attempting suicide a few times as a teenager before he came out. He now seeks solace in a group called the ManKind Project, where a group of men come together every week to discuss their lives.
10. He is named after his grandfather and father. All three men were named Captain Wentworth, after a character in the Jane Austen novel Persuasion.
11. He wrote the successful screenplay for psychological thriller Stoker after Prison Break ended in 2009. Nicole Kidman starred in the 2013 movie.
12. He claims to be severely allergic to animals, and even some people: “There was a scene where I had to give Dominic Purcell a hug—you know, a touching embrace between the brothers—and at the end of the night I had a rash on my neck. I got a lot of teasing on that.”
13. He appeared as Mariah Carey’s love interest in two of her music videos: “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together.”
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