Wentworth Earl Miller III

Born : June 2, 1972
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Role(s): Michael Scofield
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Wentworth Earl Miller III (born June 21, 1972) is an English-born American actor, model, screenwriter and producer who achieved fame as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network's television series Prison Break.


Early life

Miller's father is of African, Jamaican, English, German Jewish, and Cherokee [1] descent, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese descent.[2] In an interview, Miller said: "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities."[3]

He was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, where his father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying.[4] His family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, when he was one. He has two sisters, who are both currently practicing law. [5]

Miller's first three years of high school were spent at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, where his nickname was "Stinky".[6] He then transferred to Quaker Valley Senior High School in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 1990. In 1995, he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature. While at Princeton, he performed with the school's a cappella group, The Princeton Tigertones.

Subsequently, he headed to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career. He ended up spending years doing behind-the-scenes work to support himself before devoting himself seriously to auditioning for acting roles.


Miller's first starring role was as the sensitive and introverted David in ABC's mini-series Dinotopia. After appearing in a few minor television roles, he moved on to co-star in the film The Human Stain (2003), playing the younger version of Anthony Hopkins' character.

Miller further increased his profile in 2005 by obtaining the starring role as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama, Prison Break. His performance in the show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.[7]

Also in 2005, Miller made appearances in the music videos of Mariah Carey's "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" (consequently, Entertainment Weekly's website named it the 2nd sexiest music video cameo of all-time). Both music videos were directed by Brett Ratner, who directed the series pilot of Prison Break. According to Brett Ratner on the DVD audio commentary for the "Pilot" episode of Prison Break, Wentworth Miller auditioned for the role of Superman/Clark Kent when the Superman Returns project was still under Ratner's directorial control.

Personal life

In 2003, Miller was cast as 'Coleman Silk' in The Human Stain. It was revealed that he had an intense personal connection to this mixed-race character. Not only did Miller possess a similar racial background, but he also was involved in a controversial racial incident during his time at Princeton, when he was mistakenly believed to have written a derogatory remark about African-Americans, similar to the situation with his character in the movie.

In 1994, while he was a junior at Princeton, Miller published a cartoon in The Daily Princetonian featuring Cornel West, who was then a professor of African-American Studies there but who had just been hired away by Harvard University. The cartoon depicted Muffy, a white Harvard student, imagining her first class with West, who is saying, "Today's lecture is entitled, Rhythm—Why None of You Have It, and How You Can Get It." It also described West as "newly purchased," which is an innocent academic term for newly hired that was taken as a reference to slavery.

Within days the paper had run angry letters signed by dozens of students and faculty members, including novelist Toni Morrison, who according to the The New York Times wrote an angry letter to Miller. A symposium was even convened on campus on the issue. Miller, who everyone assumed was white, was considered a campus racist. Like 'Coleman Silk', Miller declined to bring up his own African-American heritage.

Years later when discussing the controversy, Miller remarked: "To be perfectly clear, passing is something that has never crossed my mind. Instead of stepping forward and explaining what I'd meant by the cartoon and positing my own racial background as evidence that I'd really meant no harm, I chose to remain silent. My attitude was, If they don't get it, I don't have to explain it, which was my way of saying that if they don't get me, I don't have to explain me. The people who knew me on campus and knew my background knew where I was coming from, but I think for most people I was just a name in the paper, and they probably assumed I was white."[8]

After filming The Human Stain, Miller wrote a letter to West apologizing for the cartoon, but received no replies. However, West was present at the premiere of the movie. Incidentally, West is a friend of actress Anna Deavere Smith, who played Coleman Silk's mother in the film. He unexpectedly gave Miller a bear hug (implying to some observers that West had decided to forgive, if not forget, what had happened).

In 2007, Miller denied to InStyle magazine that he was gay.  He publicly came out as gay in August 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 anti-LGBT legislation enacted the previous June banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations". Miller wrote, "I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.

At the 2013 Seattle, Washington, Human Rights Campaign Dinner, Miller said he had attempted suicide multiple times as a teenager before coming out as gay. He said, "When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no, because I told no one. You only cry for help if you believe there's help to cry for." He discussed struggling in Hollywood as a closeted actor. 


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Prison Break Michael Scofield

Main Role
TV series

2016-present Legends of Tomorrow Leonard Snart/Captain Cold

Main Role
TV series

2014-present The Flash Leonard Snart/Captain Cold

Recurring Role
TV series

  • Season 1, episode 4 - "Going Rogue"
  • Season 1, episode 10 - "Revenge of the Rogues"
  • Season 1, episode 16 - "Rogue Time"
  • Season 1, episode 22 - "Rogue Air"
  • Season 1, episode 23 - "Fast Enough"
  • Season 2, episode 1 - "The Man Who Saved Central City"
  • Season 2, episode 3 - "Family of Rogues"
  • Season 2, episode 9 - "Running to Stand Still"
2013 Young Justice: Invasion Deathstroke (Voice)
  • Season 2, episode 12 - "True Colors"
  • Season 2, episode 13 - "The Fix"
2011 House Benjamin
  • Season 8, episode 3 - "Charity Case"
2009 Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit Nate Kendall
  • Season 11, episode 1 - "Unstable"
2009 Family Guy Jock #4/Kid #2
  • Season 7, episode 13 - "Stew-Roids"
2005-2009 Prison Break Michael Scofield Main Role
TV series
2005 Ghost Whisperer Sgt. Paul Adams
  • Season 1, episode 1 - "Pilot"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter
  • Season 2, episode 21 - "Common Thread"
  • Season 2, episode 22 - "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
2002 Dinotopia David Scott TV miniseries
2000 ER Mike Palmieri
  • Season 7, episode 1 - "Homecoming"
2000 Time of Your Life Nelson
  • Season 1, Episode 6 - "The Time the Truth Was Told"
  • Season 1, Episode 11 - "The Time They Got E-Rotic"
2000 Popular Adam Rothchild Ryan
  • Season 1, episode 16 - "All About Adam"
  • Season 1, episode 18 - "Ch-Ch-Changes"
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gage Petronzi
  • Season 2, episode 20 - "Go Fish"
2014 The Loft Luke Seacord
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution Chris Redfield Archive Footage
2012 The Mourning Portrait Photographer
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife Chris Redfield
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Michael Scofield Straight-to-DVD
2005 Stealth voice of EDI
2005 I love you, Lorena Director: Anita Dinamita Made in Spain
2003 Underworld Dr. Adam Lockwood
2003 The Human Stain Young Coleman Silk
2001 Room 302 Server #1 Short film
2000 Romeo and Juliet Paris


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