Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. – known as Perez Hilton in his blog posts, columns, and appearances – was born on March 23, 1978 in Miami, Florida. Raised in Little Havana and Westchester, nothing much happened in his early life to give him an idea of where he wanted to go in his adult life. However, he graduated the Belen Jesuit Preparatory school (an all boys Catholic school) in 1996 with something important: a scholarship to New York University and a dream of becoming an actor. He graduated New York University and attempted to start his career as an actor. It didn’t work well, but fortunately for him, he had been blogging during this time.