April 24, 2016
Wentworth E. Miller III, an Arab American?
As I was doing some research on Arab American singers, songwriters, and actors, I found out that one of my favorite actors was of Arab ancestry. Wentworth E. Miller III is an American actor, model, screenwriter, and producer. I was shock to find out that he his mother is half Lebanese and half Syrian.
Wentworth E. Miller III was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom) on June 2, 1972. Miller’s mother, Roxann was a special education teacher, and his father, Wentworth E. Miller II was a lawyer and teacher. Miller's family moved Park Slope, Brooklyn when he was a year old. He graduated from Princeton University in 1995 with a bachelor degree in English literature. While at Princeton, he performed with a cappella group the Princeton Tigerton’s, and was a member of the Quadrangle Club and Colonial Club.
In 1995, Miller returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His first TV appearance was as student-turned-sea monster Gage Petronzi on Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Go fish”, in 1998. Miller's first starring role was in 2002 as the sensitive, introverted David Scott in ABC’s mini-series Dinotopia. After appearing in a few minor television roles, he moved on to co-star in the 2003 film The Human Stain, playing the younger version of the Anthony Hopkins character, Coleman Silk. In this movie, he strongly identified with the core dilemma about a black man who chooses to “pass” as white. In 2003, he had another minor role in the film Underworld, playing a doctor and friend of the character Michael Corvin.
In 2005, Miller was cast as Michael Scofield in Fox Network’s television drama Prison Break where he played the role of a caring brother who created an elaborate scheme to help his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) escape death row after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. His character had a full upper body (front and back) tattoo. His performance in this show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor in a Dramatic Series. Miller was also a guest-starred in the Season 11 premiere of Law & Order.
Miller wrote the screenplay for the film Stoker, as well as a Prequel to Stoker and Uncle Charlie. His script was voted to the 2010 “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays then making the rounds in Hollywood. He scripted the film the loft, an American-Belgian thriller film, which is a remake of 2008 Dutch-language Belgian film loft by Erik Van Looy. He also sold a screenplay for a film called The Disappointments Room, the story reportedly also a family drama with horror elements similar to Stoker, to Voltage Pictures and Killer Films.
In 2007, Wentworth E. Miller III denied to in style magazine that he was gay. However, he came out as gay in 2013 when he posted a letter on GLAAD’s website declining an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt "deeply troubled" by the Russian government's treatment of its gay citizens (referring to Russian LGBT Propaganda Law enacted the previous June which banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations”). At the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle, Washington, Miller said he had attempted suicide multiple times as a teenager before coming out as gay.