Born on November 26, 1973, in Queens, New York, Peter Facinelli began building his acting skills at New York City's Atlantic Theater Company Acting School with the help of his renowned drama teachers, including Felicity Huffman. In 1995, Peter made his film debut in the drama Angela and attracted Hollywood's attention with his performance in the made-for-TV film The Prince of Love.
In the following year, Peter co-starred alongside his future ex-wife Jennie Garth in the TV movie An Unfinished Affair (1996) and landed additional TV roles in After Jimmy (1996) and Calm at Sunset (1996). He went on to star in the drama Touch Me (1997) with Amanda Peet and the family comedy Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998) before gaining stardom in the teenage romance drama Can't Hardly Wait (1998) opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Peter began to gain substantial ground in the early 2000s, with appearances in the sci-fi horror film Supernova (2000), the comedy-biopic Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) alongside Drew Barrymore, the fantasy action flick The Scorpion King (2002) with Dwayne Johnson, and a starring lead role in the Fox drama Fastlane (2002). His success as a rising talent continued when he landed a recurring role in HBO's Six Feet Under (2004), followed by FX's TV series Damages in 2007.
Ensuing his performance in the comedy drama Finding Amanda (2008) alongside Matthew Broderick, Peter propelled his career forward when he was cast to play Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel Twilight (2008). Due to the film's immediate success, Peter later reprised the role in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012).
Peter's most recent roles include, Dr. Fitch Cooper in Showtime's Nurse Jackie (2009 - 2012), Bobby in the crime comedy Loosies (2012), David Reynolds in the mystery thriller Gallows Hill (2013) and Lucciola in the drama The Absinthe Drinkers (2014).