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Gilles Marini
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Celebrity Profile
Birth Date January 26, 1976 (1976-01-26) (age 41)
Hometown Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Known For Actor

Dancing with the Stars 8
Dancing with the Stars 15

Partner(s) Cheryl Burke (Season 8)
Peta Murgatroyd (Season 15)
Placement 2 (Season 8)
6 (Season 15)
Highest Score 30 (Argentine Tango, Waltz, Salsa
& Paso Doble; Season 8)
29.5 (Rumba, Quickstep & Salsa; Season 15)
Lowest Score 24 (Cha-Cha-Cha; Season 8)
24 (Foxtrot; Season 15)
Average Score 28.1 (Season 8)
26.2 (Season 15)

Gilles Marini is a celebrity from season 8 and season 15 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early lifeEdit

Marini was born in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, 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 high school, he joined the French army and was stationed in Paris, where he served as a fireman in the Paris Fire Brigade. 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.

CareerEdit

He played Dante in Sex and the City: The Movie, in which he did a full frontal nude scene. He has appeared on Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, The Bold and the Beautiful, Passions, and 2 Broke Girls. His 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 fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars for another chance to win the mirrorball trophy. He danced with season fourteen winner, Peta Murgatroyd. They were the eighth couple eliminated from the competition, alongside Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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. In season three, episode sixteen, the character of Angelo Sorrento died due to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident due to an aneurysm. Marini will possibly make occasional appearances in flashbacks or fantasy appearances about how he may have been had he been alive.

Personal lifeEdit

Marini married his wife, Carole, in 1998. They have two children, a son Georges (born 1998) and a daughter, Julianna (born 2006).

Dancing with the Stars 8Edit

Gilles and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke came in as the runners-up of the American televised ballroom dancing competition, Dancing with the Stars. On May 19, 2009, then seventeen-year-old gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner, Mark Ballas were crowned champions of that season, defeating Marini & Burke by 1%.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Addicted to Love" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Kryptonite" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Samba / "El Matador" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Argentine Tango / "Assassin's Tango" 10 10 10 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Habanera" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Jive / "Dance, Dance" 9 8 9 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "I Go to Sleep" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Lindy Hop / "Go Daddy-O"
Tango / "Womanizer"
9
9
9
9
9
10
Safe
9 Foxtrot / "Fever"
Rumba / "Sexual Healing"
10
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
10
Semi-finals
Waltz / "Come Away with Me"
Salsa / "I Know You Want Me"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
11
Finals
Paso Doble / "So What"
Freestyle / "Flashdance (What a Feeling)"
Argentine Tango / "Assassin's Tango"
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
Second place

Dancing with the Stars 15Edit

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Call Me Irresponsible" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Jive / "Don't Stop Me Now" 8.5 8.5 8.5 Safe
3
Iconic dances
Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" 8.5 8.5 8.5 Safe
4
Opponents choices
Bollywood / "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" 10 9.5 / 10* 10 Safe
5
Guilty pleasures
Rumba / "I Will Always Love You"
Team Gangnam (Freestyle) / "Gangnam Style"
10
9
9.5
9
10
9
Safe
6
Country Night
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
Group country western dance / "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy"/
"I Play Chicken with a Train"
9
Awarded
9
0
9.5
points
Safe
7
Dance fusion
Argentine Tango & Samba / "When I Get You Alone"
Swing dance marathon / "Do Your Thing"
9.5
Awarded
9.5
5 extra
9.5
points
Safe
8
Veterans Day/Trio dance challenge
Quickstep / "Danger Zone"
Salsa* / "Rebelion"
9.5
9.5
10
10
10
10
Eliminated
  • Additional score from guest judge: singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Abdul.
  • For that week's salsa trio challenge, Marini & Murgatroyd chose Chelsie Hightower to dance alongside them.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

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