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Jonah Hill Feldstein (born December 20, 1983) is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. Hill has had a successful career as an actor in comedy films, and has appeared in Accepted, Grandma's Boy, Evan Almighty, Superbad, Strange Wilderness, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Funny People.

Personal life

Hill was born into a Jewish family in Mill Valley, Californiamarker, and attended Brentwood School and then Crossroads School, in Santa Monicamarker. After graduating from high school, Hill left California to attend school at The New School, where he studied acting. He also attended the University of Colorado at Bouldermarker for one semester as a freshman after having left The New School. Hill's brother Jordan is the manager of the bands Staind, Collective Soul, Maroon 5, Big City Rock and others. .

Career

Actor

While in college, Hill began writing his own plays and performing them in the Black and White bar in the East Villagemarker neighborhood of New York City. His plays developed a small following and helped him realize that his true desire was to act in films. Hill was befriended by Dustin Hoffman's children, Rebecca and Jake, who introduced Hill to their father. The elder Hoffman asked him to audition for a role in I Heart Huckabees, in which Hill made his film debut.

Hill then made a brief appearance in Judd Apatow's directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which eventually led to him starring in a larger supporting role in the Apatow-directed Knocked Up, a short role in "Click" playing Ben Newman at 17 years old, an uncredited role of Dewey Cox's grown-up brother Nate Cox in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story", and a leading role in the Apatow-produced Superbad.

On Television, Hill played the "RA Guy" on the first season of the Oxygen Network sitcom Campus Ladies. He also guest-starred in an episode of "Clark and Michael".

He was scheduled to host Saturday Night Live on November 17, 2007 which would have featured musical guest Kid Rock, but the episode was cancelled due to the Writers Guild of America strike which lasted from November 5, 2007 to February 12, 2008. Instead, he hosted the March 15, 2008 show, which featured musical guest Mariah Carey.

He guest-starred in an episode of "Reno 911" which aired on April 1, 2009.

Hill was in negotiations for a part in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as a minor character named Chuck (later Leo), but opted out. According to writer Roberto Orci, he enjoyed the script but turned down the offer. He next starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature, entitled Funny People, which also starred Adam Sandler, Eric Bana and Seth Rogen. He also was an associate producer of the 2009 Sacha Baron Cohen mocumentary Bruno.

He guest starred on a recent episode of The Simpsons called "Pranks and Greens," portraying an immature man named Andy Hamilton who was hailed the best prankster in Springfield Elementary School history.Jonah Hill also guest starred in an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Writer

Hill has wanted to be a writer since he was young, dreaming of someday joining the writing teams of The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The Larry Sanders Show. He is currently writing two screenplays, both of which are scheduled to be produced by Judd Apatow, producer of Superbad. One of the films, The Middle Child, would star Hill as a young man who returns from college to find that his parents gave a child up for adoption before he was born. The role of Hill's older brother was written with frequent collaborator Seth Rogen in mind.

At one point, Hill was writing a screenplay with close friend and I Heart Huckabees co-star Jason Schwartzman.However, he is now writing Pure Imagination, a comedy for Sony about a man who develops an imaginary friend after a traumatic experience. Filming was expected to begin in 2008.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2004 I Heart Huckabees Bret
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin eBay Customer cameo
2006 Grandma's Boy Barry
Click Ben Newman - at age 17
Accepted Sherman Schrader
10 Items or Less Packy
2007 Knocked Up Jonah
Evan Almighty Eugene Tenanbaum
Rocket Science Lionel
Superbad Seth
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Nate Cox's Ghost Uncredited role
2008 Strange Wilderness Lynn Cooker
Horton Hears a Who! Tommy voice only
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Matthew
Just Add Water Eddie
2009 Reno 911! Daniel TV Series
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Brandon (pronounced Brundun) cameo
Funny People Leo
The Invention of Lying Frank
The Simpsons Andy Hamilton Guest Star
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Snotlout (voice) Post-production
Get Me to the Gig Aaron Greenberg Filming
Oobermind Titan (voice)


References

  1. " One on One with... Jonah Hill", Hobo Trashcan, August 2006. Retrieved on June 29, 2007.
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  3. Carroll, Larry. " ‘Superbad’ Star Re-Teams With Apatow For ‘Imagination’", MTV News, 2007-07-09. Retrieved on July 11, 2007.


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