• Troy Gentile is an American actor born in Boca Raton, Florida USA in 199•
• He won a joint Young Artist Award in 2005 for his first role in "Bad News Bears."
• He is best known for his role as Barry Goldberg in "The Goldbergs" TV series.
• He is rumored to be gay but has not addressed the matter.
• He is active on social media, with close to 80,000 followers on Instagram.

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Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1993
FactTwice played a young Jack Black: in Nacho Libre (2006) and in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006).

Troy Gentile Wiki Biography

Troy Francis Farshi, better known under his professional name of Troy Gentile, was born in Boca Raton, Florida USA, on 27 October 1993, so under the zodiac sign of Scorpio and holding American nationality – Troy came under the spotlight due to his acting skills, initially thanks to his role of Mark in the “Hotel for Dogs” family comedy movie shot in 2009.

Early life and education

Troy spent only the first four years of his childhood in Florida, as his family moved to live in Los Angeles, California. Troy prefers to keep his parents Albert Farshi and Debbie Gentile away from the media’s attention, and has only shared a couple of details regarding them – his father was born in Iran, while his mother was born in the US after her parents moved there from Italy.

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Troy fell in love with acting at a very young age, and as his parents supported him and his dreams, he managed to win his first role at the age of 12. Troy was very popular while attending high school, thanks to the fact that he was already steadily working on his career of an actor – after he matriculated, he enrolled at the community college but as he became more focused on his acting career he dropped out, but is planning on obtaining his degree in the future.

Career of an actor

Troy won his first role when he appeared as Matthew Hooper in the “Bad News Bear” movie shot in 2005 – his first role is considered to be one of his best performances, and it won him the joint Young Artist Award for the best performance by an ensemble in a feature film (it is the only award Troy has so far won while he was nominated for two others in 2006 and 2008).

He went on to win roles in “Nacho Libre” and “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” movie shot in 2006, while he also made his TV series debut in the same year, in “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and then in “Zip”. He went on to play Nathan in a single episode of the “Fugly” TV series in 2007, and appeared in four movies in the same year, including “9 Lives of Mara”, “I Could Never Be Your Woman”, “Order Up” (short movie), and “Good Luck Chuck”. Troy went on to play Mitchell Levine in the “Entourage” TV series, and then appeared in “Pineapple Express” and “Drillbit Taylor” movies all shot in 2008 – in 2009, he won the role of Mark in the “Hotel for Dogs” TV movie which also made him popular in the US and Europe.

In 2010, Troy was playing R. J. Paxton in a single episode of the “Hawthorne” TV series and in 2011 had his last role in a movie in the “Pig Lady” film. In 2013, Troy started playing Barry Goldberg in “The Goldbergs” TV series, through to its finale in May 2023 – the show made Troy famous on several continents. Troy  appeared in several  other TV series in recent years – he played a kid at a party in “The Middle” in 2015, and Barry Goldberg in “Schooled” in 2019. More recently, he appeared in five episodes of “Schooled” in 2019-2020, then as Kevin Brooks in “That One Time” in 2020.

Troy’s love life. Is he gay?

Troy is one of the most secretive people in the film industry, as he hasn’t shared any details regarding any women he might have dated throughout the years – however, his secrecy has only led people to start rumors and create their own theories, and a rumor stating that Troy is gay began circulating the internet. Troy allegedly knows about the rumor, but is not interested in addressing the matter and there is currently no proof that the popular actor is gay, nor that he is entirely straight.

Another rumor has it that Troy was dating an actress in 2014 – he and AJ Michalka acted together in “The Goldbergs” TV series, and because they were quite fond of one another in the show and were also spending time together off set, people started believing that the two were dating.

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Neither Troy nor Michalka have commented on this, and therefore it isn’t known whether the two were ever romantically linked. Judging by his social media accounts and his secrecy, Troy is currently single, hasn’t married, and has no children.

Hobbies and interests

Troy is currently completely focused on his acting career, but there are still a couple of other things he is fond of doing. Troy is a huge fan of music, and can often be seen with headphones on his head – he has a DJ friend who has been teaching him about this work for some time now. Troy enjoys travelling, and often uploads pictures from his road trips onto his Instagram account.

He was quite sporting in high school and later in college as well, playing both football and baseball, however, after the launch of his acting career, he became less involved in sports and soon completely stopped playing – today, he occasionally goes to watch tennis matches live.

Troy has his own favorite actors, movies, and TV series. His favorite movie of all times is “The Addams Family” shot back in 1991 – he fell in love with this movie due to the family’s sense of humor and their weird lives. His favorite actor is Johnny Depp, favorite actress Angelina Jolie, and his favorite TV series is “Third Rock from the Sun”.

Appearance and net worth

Troy is currently 25 years old. He has short curly black hair, brown eyes, and is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall while his weight isn’t known – Troy was overweight at the start of his career, but was steadily working on losing weight, and is doing quite well today.

According to authoritative sources, Troy’s current net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million as of mid-2024, with much of it coming from “The Goldbergs” TV series.

Presence on the social media networks

Troy is quite active on the internet, as he has accounts on several popular social media networks. He launched his Twitter account in May 2011, but is more than twice as popular on his Instagram account.  Troy has a Facebook page as well, but it’s only followed by about 1,500 people.

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General Info

Full NameTroy Gentile
Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1993
Height1.72 m


ParentsDebbie Gentile, Albert Farshi


NominationsYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor
MoviesHotel for Dogs, Drillbit Taylor, 9 Lives of Mara, Good Luck Chuck, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Nacho Libre, Bad News Bears
TV ShowsThe Goldbergs, Zip

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1[observation, 2014] I'm trying to establish myself as a young adult now. I'm no longer the chubby kid in the wheelchair [Bad News Bears (2005)] or the young Jack Black [Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)]. I've seen how you can hit rock bottom in this industry, and you need to have something to fall back on. Right now, being an actor is on my plate, but I was going to community college before I got The Goldbergs (2013). All of a sudden, life's a trip. So now I'm like, okay, I guess this is my craft.


1Twice played a young Jack Black: in Nacho Libre (2006) and in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006).




The Goldbergs2013-2017TV SeriesBarry Goldberg
The Middle2015TV SeriesKid at Party
Pig Lady2011ShortJustin
Hawthorne2010TV SeriesR.J. Paxton
Hotel for Dogs2009Mark
Entourage2008TV SeriesMitchell Levine
Pineapple Express2008Troy (uncredited)
Drillbit Taylor2008Ryan
Fugly2007TV MovieNathan
Good Luck Chuck2007Young Stu
Order Up2007ShortBoy
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Fighting Boy
9 Lives of Mara2007Larry
Zip2007TV MovieNelson
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny2006Lil' JB
Nacho Libre2006Young Nacho
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody2006TV SeriesJeremy
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesYoung Craig Ferguson
Bad News Bears2005Matthew Hooper


The Goldbergs2013-2016TV Series performer - 11 episodes


The Goldbergs: An '80s Rewind2016TV Movie thanks


The Goldbergs: An '80s Rewind2016TV MovieHimself / Barry Goldberg
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2014TV MovieHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Home for Everyone: The Making of 'Hotel for Dogs'2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'The Pick of Destiny'2007Video documentaryHimself
Access Hollywood2006TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Your Movie Show2006TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2008Tabloid Witch AwardTabloid Witch AwardsBest Supporting Actor9 Lives of Mara (2007)
2006Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble CastBad News Bears (2005)

Nominated Awards

2009Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble CastDrillbit Taylor (2008)
2007Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActorNacho Libre (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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