Milo Ventimiglia, a fan-favorite from the acclaimed NBC series This Is Us, received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame next to his onscreen wife Mandy Moore on Monday.

Ventimiglia began acting at the age of 18 and landed guest roles on television series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His major breakout came from playing Jess Mariano on the comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls from 2001 to 2006. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was one of several people to speak at the ceremony in praise of Ventimiglia’s talents as an actor. He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards for his role as Jack Pearson in This Is Us.

“I am the sum of many people who have been an important and impactful part of my life through the years,” Ventimiglia began during his remarks at the ceremony. This star represents a large group of people – it may say Milo Ventimiglia but it is actually made up of 26 years worth of names both in front of and behind the camera professionally and personally.”

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