Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born
October 5, 1983) is an American actor.
He has played notable roles in films
such as Adventureland
The Squid and the
was born in Queens, New York City, New
York, the son of Amy, who worked as a clown, and Barry Eisenberg, who ran a hospital and
later became a college professor.
His sister, Hallie Kate Eisenberg
, is a former
child actress. His family is Jewish
was raised in Queens and New Jersey, attending the East Brunswick
Public Schools at Frost School, Hammarskjold Middle School,
Junior High School, and his sophomore year at East Brunswick
had originally applied to New York University but declined enrollment in order to complete a film
He subsequently enrolled at The New School
in New York.
Eisenberg made his Broadway debut as an understudy in a 1996
revival of Summer and
. He made his screen debut on the 1999 television
, which was canceled in 2000. After appearing in the
Lightning: Fire from the Sky, he starred in the independent film, Roger Dodger (for which he won an
award at the San
Diego film festival), and in
The Emperor's Club, both
of which were released in 2002 to generally positive
In 2005, Eisenberg appeared in Cursed
, a horror film directed by
, and The Squid and the Whale
well-reviewed independent drama also starring Laura Linney
. His stage credits include Scarcity
at the Atlantic
Theater Company (2007) and a workshop production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans in Los Angeles
(2006). In 2007, he starred opposite Richard Gere and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party, a
comic thriller in which he plays a young journalist in Bosnia.
Eisenberg played the lead role in Adventureland, a comedy directed
by Greg Mottola and filmed in Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Filming ended in October 2007 and the movie
premiered at the Sundance Film
in 2009. Fellow cast members included Kristen Stewart
and Bill Hader
. In November 2007, Eisenberg was cast
in an indie comic-drama
, Holy Rollers
. He plays a young
who gets lured into becoming
took place in New
York in 2008.
, Eisenberg will star in another
, Camp Hope
directed by George Van
He plans to write for stage and screen.
- Jesse Eisenberg Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- Ross, Mary Anne. "‘Same sweet kid,’ but now he’s a movie star: Jesse
Eisenberg, 23, tells local audience about his roles in major
films", Old Bridge Suburban, December 14, 2006. Accessed December 9, 2007. "Growing up in East Brunswick, Eisenberg attended
the Frost and Hammarskjold schools and Churchill Junior High
School. He went to East Brunswick High School for one year before
switching to a performing arts school in New York."
- Jesse Eisenberg Topline's 'Camp Hope' Horror Film