Peter Facinelli (born November 26, 1973) is an American actor and producer. He starred as Donovan “Van” Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003. 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. Facinelli was a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch “Coop” Cooper.
Facinelli grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants Bruna (née Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. His parents are from the Val di Non valley, which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, while his mother is from Spormaggiore. He was raised Roman Catholic and attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York.
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.
Facinelli met actress Jennie Garth on the set of An Unfinished Affair in 1995. Facinelli and Garth married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony. They have three daughters: Luca Bella (b. 1997), Lola Ray (b. 2002), and Fiona Eve (b. 2006). In March 2012, Facinelli filed for a divorce from Garth, which was finalized in June 2013.
Facinelli began dating actress Jaimie Alexander in 2012 after meeting on the set of Loosies. Facinelli and Alexander became engaged in March 2015.
Facinelli is a Roman Catholic and then-wife Garth converted before their wedding