1. He starred as Donovan “Van” Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003.
2. He played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novel series, and is also known for his role as Mike Dexter in the 1998 film Can’t Hardly Wait.
3. Facinelli was a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch “Coop” Cooper.
4. Facinelli grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants Bruna (ne Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. His parents are from the Val di Non valley, which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy.
5. His father is from Rev, while his mother is from Spormaggiore.
6. He studied acting at New York University, as well as at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City; his teachers there included William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.
7. Facinelli made his feature film debut in Rebecca Miller’s Angela in 1995 and came to the attention of critics in the TV-movie The Price of Love later that year.
8. In 1996, Facinelli played opposite his then-future wife Jennie Garth in An Unfinished Affair.
9. Other TV roles followed, including a part in After Jimmy (1996) and a college dropout in Calm at Sunset.
10. Facinelli co-starred with Amanda Peet and Michael Vartan in the 1997 AIDS-themed drama Touch Me (1997) and co-starred as a high school student in two 1998 features with Ethan Embry and Breckin Meyer, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, and Can’t Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt.
11. Facinelli appeared in the sci-fi film Supernova starring James Spader in 2000.
12. He made appearances in Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001 and The Scorpion King in 2002, followed by a leading role in the Fox drama Fastlane.
13. Facinelli had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under in 2004 and a role in the FX original series Damages beginning in 2007.
14. After wrapping up Finding Amanda with Matthew Broderick, Facinelli played Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptation of Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. According to an interview, “I almost didn’t read for Twilight.
15. My agent said, ‘Do you want to do a vampire movie?’
16. I was totally thinking blood and guts and bats in caves, like some kind of horror movie.
17. They literally talked me into reading the book and I actually enjoyed the book a lot.”
18. He stars as Dr. Fitch Cooper in the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.
19. Their first feature film, Loosies, which was written entirely by Facinelli, was filmed in 2011. In 2011 he also wrote and produced the Hallmark Channel telefilm Accidentally in Love which starred his then-wife Jennie Garth.
20. Facinelli met actress Jennie Garth on the set of An Unfinished Affair in 1995.
21. Facinelli began dating actress Jaimie Alexander in 2012 after meeting on the set of Loosies.
22. Facinelli is a Roman Catholic and then-wife Garth converted before their wedding.
23. “Peter Facinelli Talks Producing His First Indie Film, Loosies, Nurse Jackie, & Almost Passing on Twilight.”.
24. Jaimie Alexander has reunited with her “Kyle XY” producer Julie Plec, and the two are animatedly chatting along with Alexander’s beau Peter Facinelli