|Wentworth Miller Plays Michael Scofield on Prison Break
Born in the United Kingdom, raised in Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of Princeton University, Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed young actor whose credits include both television and feature film.
Miller began his career in the industry on the other side of the camera. After graduating from a college with a degree in English literature, Miller headed to LA in the spring of 1995 to work for a small production company specializing in movies made for television. However, it wasn’t long before Miller’s childhood dream to become an actor was undeniable.
Within the next few years, Miller landed guest spots on a variety of shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “ER,” and “Popular.” Miller also starred in the Hallmark mega-series “Dinotopia.”
Miller then landed a role in “The Human Stain,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. A movie examining questions of race, class, and identity, it featured Hopkins as an embattled college professor struggling to conceal an incredible secret, with Miller playing the professor as a young man.
Miller subsequently appeared in the movie “Underworld” and guest-starred on “Joan of Arcadia” and “Ghost Whisperer” before joining the cast of Prison Break, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2006.
As Michael Scofield on Prison Break, Miller has taken this character beyond what directors could have imagined. Michael’s educational background leaves questions as to why such a man would commit the crime he did. Beginning with an immaculate record at Morton East High School, he would later graduate Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Loyola University of Chicago.
At the time of his arrest, Scofield was employed as a structural engineer at the prestigious firm of Middleton, Maxwell and Schaum located in Chicago, Illinois. Scofield was convicted of armed robbery after attempting to steal over half a million dollars from the downtown Chicago branch of United Savings Bank. At his trial, Scofield pled no contest and requested to serve time in the Level One facility closest to this Chicago home. Prior to his escape, the inmate had logged visits with Veronica Donovan, his attorney, and was approved for monthly conjugal visits with Nika Volek, his wife.
Now at large, Scofield is believed to have reunited with his long lost father, Aldo Burrows. Aldo, a former member of the company also on the run, is responsible for exposing the embezzlement of EcoField’s funds by President Reynolds’ brother Terrence Steadman into his sister’s election campaign. This prompted The Company and Reynolds to subsequently frame-up Lincoln for Steadman’s murder to draw out Aldo Burrows. Scofield and Burrows were recently apprehended by Border Patrol in New Mexico, but slipped out of their handcuffs while in transport and escaped. Prison Break can be seen at 8 pm on Monday nights on Fox.