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Pete Wentz

Biography

An especially polarizing musician — something of the pop-punk figurehead and entrepreneur within a picture that once prided itself in having no superstar — Pete Wentz produced a name for himself in the first 2000s because the outspoken bassist and lyricist for the favorite Chicago pop-punk device Fall Out Son. Created Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III within the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Wentz (b. June 5, 1979) was raised a devoted soccer participant and music lover. He liked the Smiths, discovered to try out piano at a age, and finally found the bass acoustic guitar, deciding he wished to maintain a punk music group. At age group 14, during his freshmen yr of senior high school, Wentz began regularly skipping college, so much in order that his parents had been eventually persuaded to send out him to some tough-love training for eight weeks to straighten him out. Hating every second, Wentz discovered to internalize his feelings during the plan; down the road, music and composing thus became one of is own only real outlet stores for appearance — the extremely personal character of his lyrics and his smart wordplay conveniently resonated with supporters and added to FALLOUT Boy’s reputation. As a teenager, Wentz eventually started cutting his tooth in a variety of punk and hardcore rings throughout the regional picture, frequently playing in multiple groupings simultaneously and creating a name for himself amid Chicago punk circles. He especially served amount of time in the ’90s using metalcore serves Racetraitor and Arma Angelus, portion because the growling business lead vocalist for the last mentioned, by which he fulfilled guitarist and upcoming FALLOUT Boy bandmate Joe Trohman. Trohman contacted Wentz about setting up a poppier punk group jointly, and FALLOUT Boy was hence blessed in 2001; Wentz eventually still left Arma Angelus to focus on the new music group full-time. FALLOUT Boy steadily developed a devoted grassroots following in the united states (Wentz specifically spent lots of time communicating straight and building kinships with supporters) before exploding in to the mainstream awareness making use of their 2005 record, From Beneath the Cork Tree. During focus on the record, pressure and tension began greatly impacting him; he started isolating himself and eventually overdosed on nervousness medicine in early 2005, resulting in a weeklong medical center stay. He retrieved, and as FALLOUT Boy’s celebrity increased — thrusting emo and pop-punk onto radio and MTV airwaves alongside NJ peers My Chemical substance Romance — therefore do Wentz’s, and he essentially became the facial skin (and mouth area) of FALLOUT Boy and a whole picture. Wentz (eyeliner, limited jeans and everything) abruptly became an individual appealing to gossip columns and tabloids; they specifically fed off a definite event in early 2006 where nude photos used of him on his cellular phone leaked online. The paparazzi also liked documenting his later on love with pop vocalist Ashlee Simpson. A lot more than only a musician — and far like his idol Jay-Z — Wentz got involved with a number of projects apart from FALLOUT Boy, including performing as the mind of his vanity label Decaydance (an imprint of Fueled by Ramen Information), where his A&R function resulted in the signing from the broadly successful Panic! in the Disco, amongst others. Wentz further began a clothing business/publication distributor known as Clandestine Sectors, and had written a graphic book entitled The Boy using the Thorn in His Part, which was influenced by the persistent sleeping disorders and nightmares he’d got as a youngster. In the summertime of 2007, Wentz opened up a pub with a few of his musical co-workers and close friends (including members from the Academy Is usually… and Gym Course Heroes) in NY City’s East Town known as Angels and Kings.

Quick Facts


Full Name Pete Wentz
Height 1.68 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Entrepreneur, Bassist, Businessperson, Lyricist, Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Music Video Director
Education DePaul University, North Shore Country Day School, New Trier High School
Nationality American
Spouse Ashlee Simpson
Children Bronx Mowgli Wentz, Saint Lazslo Wentz
Parents Pete Wentz II, Dale Wentz
Siblings Andrew Wentz, Hillary
Partner Meagan Camper
Music Groups Fall Out Boy, Arma Angelus, Racetraitor, Cinematic Sunrise
Music Songs Centuries, Immortals, Thnks fr th Mmrs, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, Irresistible, Dance, Dance, Sugar, We're Goin Down, I Don't Care, The Phoenix, Uma Thurman, Alone Together, This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race, Just One Yesterday, Young Volcanoes, Rat a Tat, Young and Menace, Save Rock and Roll, "The Take Over, the Breaks Over", Where Did the Party Go, What a Catch, Donnie, Jet Pack Blues, The Mighty Fall, Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy, A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me", Novocaine, Twin Skeleton's, Miss Missing You, Beat It, 20 Dollar Nose Bleed, America's Suitehearts, I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off, Death Valley
Albums Infinity on High, From Under the Cork Tree, Take This to Your Grave, Folie à Deux, Save Rock and Roll, American Beauty/American Psycho, Welcome to the New Administration, Live in Phoenix, Burn the Idol of the White Messiah, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, Believers Never Die - Greatest Hits, Make America Psycho Again, PAX AM Days, My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue, Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy, Limited Black Clouds and Underdogs Edition - EP, Leaked in London
Nominations Kerrang! Tweeter of the Year Award, People's Choice Award for Favorite Star Under 35, Teen Choice Award for Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Male
Movies The Young Blood Chronicles, School Gyrls, Degrassi Goes Hollywood
TV Shows Best Ink, Opening Act, F'N MTV Premieres


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#Fact
1 Pete's paternal grandparents, Roy Albert Wentz and Phyllis Norbury, were both of German and English descent. Pete's maternal grandparents, Arthur Winston Lewis and Dolores Laura Kirlew, were both born in New York, and all of their own parents were black Jamaican immigrants. Pete's grandfather Arthur, who is related to General Colin Powell, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone (from 1983 to 1986).
2 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 35 when his girlfriend Meagan Camper gave birth to their son Saint Lazslo Wentz on August 20, 2014.
3 Has just completed US Honda Civic Tour with Fall Out Boy, will be touring in early fall/winter. [July 2007]
4 Recently opened his own bar in New York City called Angels and Kings. [April 2007]
5 Starting his US tour with Fall Out Boy. [March 2006]
6 Just finished his American tour with Fall Out Boy. And, in January, he's going to start their European tour. [December 2005]
7 Ex-son-in-law of Joe Simpson and Tina Simpson.
8 Became a father for the 1st time at age 29 when his ex-wife Ashlee Simpson gave birth to their son Bronx Mowgli Wentz on November 20, 2008.
9 [May 2008] Is expecting his first child with wife Ashlee Simpson.
10 Married girlfriend Ashlee Simpson on May 17, 2008 in an intimate ceremony at her parents' home in Los Angeles.
11 Ex-brother-in-law of Jessica Simpson.
12 [April 2008] Announced engagement to Ashlee Simpson.
13 Has two dogs - Hemingway (an English Bulldog) and Rigby.
14 Plays the piano.
15 The eldest of three children. Has a younger brother and a younger sister.
16 Plays bass guitar.
17 Was an all-state soccer player.
18 Owns his own record label, Decaydance Records.
19 He wrote all the songs on "From Under The Cork Tree".
20 He wrote a book called The Boy With a Thorn in His Side.
21 He owns Clandestine Industries.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ice Age: Collision Course 2016 writer: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark"
Scorpion 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero Live 2015 Video Game writer: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark Light Em Up"
Rock Band 4 2015 Video Game writer: "Centuries"
Friday Night Football 2015 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pitch Perfect 2 2015 writer: "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark Light Em Up" - as Peter Wentz
2015 MTV Movie Awards 2015 TV Special writer: "Centuries"
The DUFF 2015 writer: "Favorite Record" - as Peter Wentz
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Today 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards 2015 TV Special writer: "Centuries"
The Voice 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2008
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Hero 6 2014 writer: "Immortals"
NHL 15 2014 Video Game writer: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark Light Em Up"
Step Up All In 2014 writer: "Back to Earth" - as Peter Wentz
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2012-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 writer: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark Light 'Em Up" - as Peter Wentz
Criminal Minds 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
90210 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Documentary of Life 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Video Game writer: "Dance, Dance"
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love 2009 Video writer: "Dance, Dance" - as Peter Wentz
I Love You, Beth Cooper 2009 writer: "Catch Me If You Can"
One Tree Hill 2005-2009 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
The Last House on the Left 2009 writer: "Catch Me If You Can" - as Peter Wentz
Sex Drive 2008 writer: "I Don't Care", "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy", "Fame < Infamy"
SingStar Amped 2007 Video Game writer: "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race"
Canadian Idol 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 2007 Video Game "Sugar, We're Going Down"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Dead on Arrival"
Stick It 2006 writer: "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me", "Our Lawyers Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" - as Peter Wentz
SingStar Rocks! 2006 Video Game writer: "Dance, Dance"
Saturday Night Live 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Fog 2005 writer: "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" - as Peter Wentz
Supernatural 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Madden NFL 2006 2005 Video Game writer: "Dance, Dance"
Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood 2004 Video Game writer: "Grenade Jumper"
Burnout 3: Takedown 2004 Video Game writer: "Reinventing the Wheel to Run Myself Over"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
School of Rock 2016 TV Series Colin Stuebner
Fall Out Boy: Centuries 2014 Video short
Fall Out Boy: The Young Blood Chronicles 2014 Video Fall Out Boy / Defenders of the Faith
90210 2013 TV Series Fall Out Boy
Robot Chicken 2011 TV Series Tin Man / Soldier
Friends with Benefits 2011 TV Series Joe
Team Unicorn 2011 TV Series The Bassist
Moustachette 2009 Short Travis Pullman (as Peter Wentz)
CSI: NY 2009 TV Series Chester Byron
Winter Tales 2007 TV Mini-Series Narrator: Devil's Peak
Bedussey 2005 Short Pancho (as Peter Wentz)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Permanent Vacation 2017 TV Mini-Series
Fall Out Boy: The Young Blood Chronicles 2014 Video

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fall Out Boy: The Young Blood Chronicles 2014 Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Permanent Vacation 2017 TV Mini-Series Himself
Match Game 2016 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Panelist
The Talk 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Co-Host
2016 Billboard Music Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
IHeartRadio Music Awards 2016 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Fall Out Boy: Irresistible, Version 3 2016 Video short Himself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Hollywood Game Night 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Player / Himself - Panelist
2015 MTV Video Music Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
2015 Much Music Video Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015 TV Series Himself
The Best Hit USA 2013-2015 TV Series Himself
Fall Out Boy: Uma Thurman 2015 Video short Himself
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself
Fall Out Boy: Irresistible, Version 1 2015 Video short Himself
Fashion News Live 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself
Today 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest: Fall Out Boy
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards 2015 TV Special Himself (as Fall Out Boy)
Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Voice 2014 TV Series Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Abuses Superman
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest DJ / Himself - Guest
Vevo Certified Superfanfest 2014 TV Movie Himself - Host
Motor City Masters 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
E! News 2014 TV Series Himself
2014 Logo Trailblazers 2014 TV Movie Himself
Click on This 2014 TV Series Himself
2014 Billboard Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Best Ink 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Katie 2014 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Watch What Happens: Live 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Day L.A. 2014 TV Series Himself
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 TV Special Himself - Performer
Vevo's Tour Exposed 2013 TV Series
The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting 2013 Short Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011-2013 TV Series Himself
Ben Baller 2012 TV Series Himself - Client
Game Over 2012 TV Series Himself (as Peter Wentz)
Opening Act 2012 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Eric Andre Show 2012 TV Series Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Miami Beach Ocean Drive Music Festival 2011 TV Special Himself
iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Greatest Songs of the 00s 2011 TV Series Himself -Host (as Peter Wentz)
13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
When I Was 17 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Dow Live Earth Run for Water 2010 TV Special Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Styl'd 2009 TV Series Himself
2009 American Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Australian Idol 2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Judge
The 7PM Project 2009 TV Series Himself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
mtvU Woodie Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Electric Company 2009 TV Series Himself
Degrassi Goes Hollywood 2009 TV Movie Himself
Soundstage 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself
MTV Australia Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself
Real World 2009 TV Series Himself
Privileged 2009 TV Series Himself
Fall Out Boy: Live from the Nokia Theater 2009 Video Himself
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan 2008 TV Series Himself
FNMTV Premieres 2008 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Larry King Live 2008 TV Series Himself
MTV News 2008 TV Series Himself
Sex Drive 2008 Himself (Fall Out Boy) (as Peter Wentz)
The Girls Next Door 2008 TV Series Himself - Musician, Fall Out Boy
Californication 2008 TV Series Himself
2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
Fall Out Boy: Live from UCF Arena 2007 Video
What Perez Sez 2007 TV Series Himself
2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Scream Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
Grand Theft Autumn 2006 Short Himself
MTV Movie Awards 2006 Pre-Show 2006 TV Special Himself - Host
One Tree Hill 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 2006 TV Series Himself
Punk'd 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2005 TV Series Himself
Fall Out Boy Makes a Video 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue 2008 TV Series Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Big Hero 6 (2014) · Joseph Trohman
· Patrick Stump


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#Quote
1 It's important for girls to understand that they don't need to just be coat hangers for boys. It's not all about being groupies.
2 I can be unhappy and I can be happy, I am just one human being that thinks about my life and tries to figure myself out. When I write about feeling ****** it's not because I want to put on black nail varnish and when I write songs about being happy it's not because I sold a million records. It's because I am going through my life and figuring it out as I go along.
3 I obsessively wanted to be in bands. I was probably fourteen when I got my first bass it was my friend's brother's, and we stole it. I was really into the idea that we could just play basement shows. The name of the first band was First Born, and it was terrible. We played this hair-metal place in Iowa they gave you 150 tickets to sell, and you give them the money. We gave the tickets away, said we lost the money, and this old Italian guy almost beat the f**k out of us. But to me it was awesome.
4 I guess we're just one of those bands that just polarizes people. Some people worship the ground we walk on, and some people say we're ruining music and should just shut out mouths. If you want to keep either of those opinions, you should try not to engage us in a real conversation. (On being voted worst band of 2005 by Spin magazine.)
5 Underwear. It's like a god damned leash. It also constantly reminds me of how funny I look naked.
6 I was isolating myself further and further, and the more I isolated myself, the more isolated I'd feel. I wasn't sleeping. I just wanted my head to shut off, like, I just wanted to completely stop thinking about anything at all. - Rolling Stone Magazine On Ativan O.D Incident
7 We're sick of hearing people say "that band is so gay" or "those guys are fags". Gay is not a synonym for shitty. If you want to say something's shitty, say it's shitty. Stop being such homophobic assholes!
8 See, there's the bands that you say you like to sound smart, and there's the bands you say you like to get laid. And then there's the bands you really listen to. -Rolling Stone Interview
9 My parents treat me like I'm 14. They make me clean my room and stuff like that. They're always like "I don't care what MTV says you are.
10 You can live with me in this house I've built out of writers blocks.
11 If you know me you know how uncool I am. I stutter, wear bad clothes, make bad jokes, make conversation uncomfortable, the list goes on. Thank you for making me feel okay.

#Trademark
1 Guyliner
2 Hoodies

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