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Spence Kovak.
His choleric behaviour and his assaulting got Spence out of his medicine and into the apartment of his niece Ellen. With his affairs he is more considerate, but on the other hand he's no big romanticist that's sure.

According to the producers of Ellen, it was his "charismatic, sexy maleness" which got Jeremy Piven the part as Spence. And now he's allowed to use that a lot, although at the beginning there were protest, he should not ruine the "cool femaleness" of the show. Since he doesn't have to be the personified self-pity in the show, Spence is allowed to present himself as kind of a roughneck for his lawyer career and to tease with Paige all the time.

But Spence and Paige have something in common with their inconsiderateness, and when she says I'm a doer, not a dreamer, it's I'm a doer, not a thinker with Spence. Diffenrent from Paige, Spence still has charming infantilety and is at the same time more sharp-witted than Paige would find it chic.

[Soundclip] "The man overreacts to everything!" out of What's Up, Ex-Doc? (.wav, 219k)

Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven.
Born in New York, New York and grown up in Evanston, Illinois, Piven got his first acting experiences in the Piven Theatre Workshop of his parents. There he also met John Cusack (Stand By Me) and together with his friend John he started lots of projects, one of them was the New Criminals Theater Company, first in Chicago, later in Los Angeles. He had lots of engagements in the states and he also performed on stage in the London National Theatre. Although he was offered his own TV show, he rather joined the Ellen-cast.
After the end of Ellen he got his own show named "Cupid" on ABC.
Piven is single: "I don't have a girlfriend, I don't even have a plant. I guess I have a career."
(info)Internet Movie Database
Links to Cupid pages


Spike in Lucas
1986. Directed by David Seltzer. Starring Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place), Winona Ryder, Charlie Sheen.
Ty in One Crazy Summer
1986. Directed by Savage Steve Holland. Starring John Cusack, Demi Moore.
Mark in Say Anything
1989. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring John Cusack.
The Grifters
1990. Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Anjelica Huston, John Cusack.
Kahn in White Palace
1991. Directed by Luis Mandoki. Starring Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates.
Bob Roberts
1992. Directed by Tim Robbins. Starring Tim Robbins, Alan Rickman, Gore Vidal.
Body Chemistry II: The Voice of A Stranger
1992. Directed by Adam Simon.
Doug Hughley in Singles
1992. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon.
Steve Reeves in The Player
1992. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Tim Robbins, Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Pollack, John Cusack.
Albert Lodge in There Goes the Neighbourhood
1992. Directed by Bill Phillips. Starring Rhea Perlman, Chazz Palminteri.
Arnie in Twogether
1992. Directed by Andrew Chiaramonte. Starring Nick Cassavetes.
Ray Cochran in Judgement Night
1993. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Starring Emilio Estevez, Denis Leary.
Twenty Bucks
1993. Directed by Keva Rosenfeld. Starring Christopher Lloyd, David Schwimmer (Friends).
Herbert Hortz in Car 54, Where Are You?
1994. Directed by Bill Fishman. Starring Fran Drescher (The Nanny), John McGinley.
1994. Directed by Peter McCarthy. Starring John Cusack, Ethan Hawke.
Droz in PCU
1994. Directed by Hart Bochner.
Pete Walston in Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
1995. Directed by David Price. Starring Sean Young, Harvey Fierstein.
Dr. Bob in Heat
1995. Directed by Michael Mann. Starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer.
Mitchell in Miami Rhapsody
1995. Directed by David Fankel. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonio Banderas, Mia Farrow, Paul Mazursky.
Walter in Larger Than Life
1996. Directed by Howard Franklin. Starring Bill Murray, Linda Fiorentino, Matthew McConaughey.
Layin' Low
Livers Ain't Cheap
1997. Starring Gary Busey, Emily Lloyd.
The Cable Guy
1996. Directed by Ben Stiller. Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick.
Paul Spericki in Grosse Point Blank
1997. Directed by George Armitage. Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack.
1997. Directed by Danny Cannon. Starring Daniel Baldwin, Giancarlo Esposito, Anjelica Houston, Ray Liotta.
Music From Another Room
1997. Directed by Charlie Peters. Starring Brenda Blethyn, Jude Law, Jennifer Tilly.
Harold McMurphy in Just Write
1997. Directed by Andrew Gallerani. Starring Sherilyn Fenn.
Henry Castillo in Kiss the Girls
1997. Directed by Gary Fleder. Starring Morgan Freeman.
Michael Berkow in Very Bad Things
1998. Directed by Peter Berg. Starring Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater.

TV productions.

Carol & Company
The Larry Sanders Show
1992. Directed by Dennis Erdman, Todd Holland, Ken Kwapis.
Howard Richter in 12:01
1993. Directed by Jack Sholder. Starring Martin Landau, Paxton Whitehead.
Nathan Green in Pride & Joy
Don King: Only In America
1997. Directed by John Herzfeld. Starring Ving Rhames.

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