From camp to ‘Prison….Break’

Hey, Summer Campers!

The world is certainly crazy about camp! From singer/songwriters to famous athletes and big-name Hollywood stars, it seems EVERYONE goes to camp! Wrongfully convicted inmates and their loyal little brothers are no exception either—at least the actors that play them, anyway! A few years back, I told you about ‘Prison Break’ star Paul Adelstein’s time at North Star Camp. This stud helped his brother escape his wrongful imprisonment on death row in the TV show 'Prison Break'.

Best known for his role as Agent Paul Kellerman in the TV series ‘Prison Break’, Paul isn’t the only star of the show to attend camp. The lead role of Michael Scofield is played by Wentworth Miller who went to Frost Valley, a YMCA camp, located on 5000 acres in the Catskill Mountains, just two-and-a-half hours north of New York City.

Born in England, Wentworth’s parents moved when he was just one year old and raised him in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He had a pretty normal upbringing, attending Midwood High School and later transferring to Quaker Valley Senior High School in Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1990 a straight-A student and moved on to study at Princeton University.

A cartoonist for the school paper and also baritone for the A Capella group called ‘The Princeton Tigertones’, Wentworth’s interests were all over the map. It was during Tigertones’ shows, however, that Wentworth realized he wanted to perform in front of an audience for a living. After graduating from Princeton, he moved to California, seeking out an acting career.

He made his television debut in the cult classic TV show, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and went on to make lots of appearances in shows like ‘ER’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘House’, and—most currently—‘The Flash’. ‘Prison Break’, however, is what really boosted his career. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a leading role for his lead part in the show.

Making his way to the top wasn’t always easy. In his words, it was “a long time…coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks, but I couldn’t walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air. It was just something I had to do.”

While he hasn’t lost interest in acting, Wentworth has been trying his hand at screenwriting and producing more so these days, writing the horror movie ‘Stoker’, released in 2013. Wentworth is obviously an individual who understands hard work and determination—two qualities that summer camp teaches.

Summer camp did good for Wentworth. What will it do for you? As always, thanks for reading, campers!

- John

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