|Birthplace||Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France|
|2 Broke Girls|
Early Life and education[edit | edit source]
Marini was born in Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France to a Greek mother and Italian father. After working as a baker in his father's bakery since he was eight years old and graduating from high school, Gilles joined the French army and was stationed in Paris, where he acted as a fireman for the famous Brigade des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris.
It was in Paris where Marini met Fred Goudon, a photographer who introduced him to the world of modeling. After fulfilling his military duties, he went to the United States to learn English while working as a model. He began his career as a model in his early twenties.
One of his first jobs was a television commercial for Bud Light beer. He made his acting debut at the age of 29, in the 2005 horror flick Screech of the Decapitated
Career[edit | edit source]
He played Dante in Sex and the City: The Movie in which he did a full frontal nude scene. He has been seen on Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, The Bold and the Beautiful and Passions. His recent film credits include One and the Other (L'Une et L'Autre) and The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down.
On February 8, 2009, it was announced that Marini would participate in the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. His professional partner was Cheryl Burke. He also took part in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for another chance to win the mirrorball trophy. He danced with season 14 winner, Peta Murgatroyd. They were the eighth couple eliminated from the competition.
He was introduced as a recurring character on ABC's hit family drama Brothers & Sisters. He played Luc Laurent, the French love interest of Rachel Griffiths' character Sarah Walker in what was originally was supposed to be a five episode arc, but was promoted to a series regular. The series was cancelled in May 2011 after the fifth season ended. He also appears as Bay Kennish's biological father, Angelo Sorrento, in Switched at Birth. On September 18, it was announced that he would become a series regular for the second season.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
He married his wife, Carole, in 1998. They have two children, a son Georges and a daughter, Julianna.
Marini became an American citizen in June 2012. Marini said after being sworn in as an American citizen that he was very emotional and very proud to be an American now. He also said that it was ten years in the making to become a US citizen.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- He is 6' 1" (1.85 m)
- His smile is maintained by a Burbank celebrity dentist.