• Born in Boca Raton, Florida in 1993
• Interest in acting from a young age
• Animal lover and basketball fan
• Appeared in "The Goldbergs", "Bad News Bears", "The Middle" and more
• Net worth estimated at close to $5 million
Troy Gentile is the stage name of the renowned American actor, Troy Farshi., who is probably most famous for his lead role in the show “The Goldbergs.”
Age, Early Life, Education Background
Gentile was born Troy Francis Farshi in Boca Raton, Florida, under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 27 October 1993, which makes him 28 years old as of early 2022. His family relocated from his birth-town when he was four years old, and he spent the rest of his childhood in Los Angeles, California. Troy was born to Debbie Gentile and her husband Albert Farshi, who are of Italian and Iranian descent respectively; his mother worked for Boca Raton News’ Advertising Department.
He developed an interest in acting when he was a child, and his parents were very supportive of his dreams. However, they divorced when he was a child and he moved in with his father – he frequently posts about his other mother on his Twitter account. Gentile attended a local high school, and matriculated to a community college, but later dropped out to pursue an acting career.
Hobbies and Facts
“The Goldbergs” star is an animal lover, and has adopted a pet dog named Ruby. He spends most of his free time listening to trap and hip-hop music – his favorite artists are 2Pac, Juice WRLD, and Andre 3000. Troy is a basketball fanatic and is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, as he’s revealed on Twitter.
He spends his free time watching movies, and his favorite entertainers are Jim Carrey and Philip Seymour Hoffman, while his favorite films are “White Chicks” and “Blade Runner 2049.”
Career and Awards
Troy made his film debut at the age of 12, when he was selected to portray Matthew Hooper in Richard Linklater’s 2005 sports comedy “Bad News Bears,” starring Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear, and Billy Bob Thornton. which saw him bagging several awards for his praised performance. He was later seen in the films “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” and “Nacho Libre” (2006), before he made his TV show debut in the same year in the series “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
2007 saw him cast in the comedy drama film “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” whose writer and director is Amy Heckerling, starring alongside Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer. Before the year ended, he appeared in several other films such as “Fugly,” “9 Lives of Mara,” and “Good Luck Chuck.” In 2008, Troy was seen in the film “Drillbit Taylor,” which starred Owen Wilson and was written by the late John Hughes, who used the pseudonym of Edmond Dantes in the movie. He later appeared in the comedy “Pineapple Express”, and in the same year was selected to play a guest starring role in HBO’s comedy series “Entourage” before appearing in TNT’s medical series “Hawthorne” a year later.
2009 saw Troy landing a role in the comedy film “Hotel for Dogs,” which is based on a self-titled 1991 novel by Lois Duncan, and follows the story of two orphans who are committed to rescuing (and housing) stray animals from animal pound workers and police officers, before he appeared in the short movie “Pig Lady” two years later. He also boasts of his minor roles in shows such as “Those Who Can’t” and “American Dad!”
“The Goldbergs” and Rise to Stardom
Troy rose to prominence in 2013 when he was cast to play the major role of Barry Goldberg in the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” created by Adam Goldberg.
A young version of Goldberg, played by Sean Giambrone, is the protagonist and narrator, while Troy is the family’s middle child who is dim-witted and overconfident – he is great in wrestling and ice-hockey, but is poor at almost everything else but despite this, he has a very high self-esteem. In 2015, Troy was seen in the film “The Middle” playing a teenager at a party, and is credited with voicing a character in “American Dad!” in 2017. He also appeared in 2019’s “Schooled” as Barry Goldberg.
Troy’s acclaimed performance in the film “Bad News Bears” saw him and his co-stars winning 2006’s Young Artist Award.
He was nominated for the similar award in 2007, in the category of Supporting Young Actor’s Best Performance in a Feature Film, for his performance in “Nacho Libre.” In 2008, he bagged a Tabloid Witch Award for his contribution to “9 Lives of Mara”, and recently in 2020, he won the CinEuphoria award, which was shared with the rest of “The Goldbergs” cast. Troy is active on several social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – he launched the latter in 2011 and is followed by over 40,000 followers. His Instagram account has nearly 80,000 followers while his Facebook account has around 1,500 fans.
Troy is very secretive when it comes to his romantic life and has neither introduced anyone as his girlfriend nor revealed who he’s previously dated. As a result, many rumours regarding his sexuality have been circulating on the internet – some believe that the Californian actor is gay. He hasn’t addressed any of these rumours and it remains a mystery whether he’s gay or not. Rumors have it that he was previously romantically linked to actress AJ Michalka, who also featured in “The Goldbergs.” They reportedly met on the show’s set, and were seemingly close to each other and allegedly started dating in 2014. Neither Gentile and Michalka have addressed the rumor and it’s not clear whether they were lovers. As of early 2022, Troy is unmarried and doesn’t have children.
Height, Physical Appearance, and Dramatic Weight Loss
Troy is of white ethnicity, and has dark brown hair and a set of light brown eyes. He’s 5ft 10ins (1.72m) tall and weighs approximately 132lbs (60kgs). When Troy was making his film debut as a child, he was overweight and was in a wheelchair; he has experienced severe weight loss and now looks unbelievably fitter in comparison. People have speculated that he went for a complex weight loss procedure, but he hasn’t publicly addressed this allegation.
Sources reveal that Troy is earning an annual salary of $50,000 from his career in showbiz. He has made a name for himself in the industry, and his net worth is currently estimated at close to $5 million.