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Michael Austin Cera ( ; born June 7, 1988) is a Canadianmarker actor best known for his roles in Arrested Development, Superbad, Juno, and Year One. Cera received two Canadian Comedy Award Best Actor nominations in 2008 for his work in Juno and Superbad, winning for Superbad.

Early life and education

Cera was born in Bramptonmarker, Ontariomarker, Canada. He is the son of Linda, a native of Quebecmarker, and Luigi Cera, a Xerox technician who is originally from Italymarker. Cera has an older sister, Jordan, and a younger sister, Molly. He attended Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School, and Heart Lake Secondary Schoolmarker until grade nine, but then completed high school through correspondence. His first role was an unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial. That eventually led to a Pillsbury commercial in which he poked the Pillsbury Doughboy, his first role with lines.



Cera's career began when he was cast as Larrabe Hicks in the television series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999. In 2002, Cera played the young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and he also provided the voice for Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears animated series; he also voiced Josh Spitz in the cartoon Braceface. He played George Michael Bluth in the award-winning television series Arrested Development for three seasons before it was cancelled. In 2005, he starred as Harold in the award winning short film Darling Darling, for which he was awarded Best Actor at the San Gio Festival in Verona, Italymarker. In 2006, he created and starred in a parody of Impossible is Nothing, a video résumé created by Aleksey Vayner. He also guest-starred in an episode of teen noir drama Veronica Mars – in the episode "The Rapes of Graff", which also featured Arrested Development co-star Alia Shawkat – and also in the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Cera, along with best friend Clark Duke, wrote and starred in a series of short videos released on their website. In 2007, they signed a deal with CBS Television to write, produce, direct, and act in a short-form comedy series entitled Clark and Michael. The show featured guest stars such as David Cross, Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt, and was distributed via CBS's new internet channel, CBS Innertube. Duke and Cera are both members of the band The Long Goodbye.

Cera also appeared in a staged comedy video that shows him being fired from the lead role of the film Knocked Up after belittling and arguing with the director, in a scene that mocks the David O. Russell blow up on the set of I Heart Huckabees.

Continuation into movies

Cera starred alongside Jonah Hill in the film Superbad, which was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film opened in North America on August 17, 2007, with Cera playing a character named Evan. In November 2007, he hosted Saturday Night Live on strike, a live staged version of SNL not shown on television due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike. Also in 2007, Cera co-starred in Juno as Paulie Bleeker, a teenager who unexpectedly impregnates his long-time schoolfriend Juno (Ellen Page). Arrested Development star Jason Bateman co-starred in the movie, but they didn't share any scenes together. For Superbad and Juno, Cera won Breakthrough Artist in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007.

In 2007, Cera appeared in the comedy short "Drunk History", playing Alexander Hamilton in a comedic retelling of Hamilton's duel with Aaron Burr.

Cera stars in the independent film Paper Heart, released August 7, 2009. It was written by and co-stars Charlyne Yi, and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won a screenwriting award. Cera and Yi composed the movie's soundtrack. He also starred alongside Jack Black in the 2009 comedy Year One.

In 2009, Cera's first published short story, "Pinecone", appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly.


Cera will next star in a film adaptation of the novel Youth in Revolt, in the role of the lead character, Nick Twisp. He will also play the titular character in graphic novel adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. According to press reports, Cera will appear in the Arrested Development film.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Switching Goals Taylor
2000 Frequency Gordy Jr., Age 10
Steal This Movie! America Hoffman, Age 7-8
Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream Young Zac
2001 My Louisiana Sky Jesse Wade Thompson
The Familiar Stranger Young Ted Welsh TV
Walter And Henry Crying Kid TV
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris, Age 8 and 11
2007 Superbad Evan
Juno Paulie Bleeker
2008 Extreme Movie Fred
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Nick O'Leary
2009 Paper Heart Himself
Year One Oh
2010 Youth in Revolt Nick Twisp awaiting release
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim post-production
Arrested Development The Movie George Michael Bluth pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 I Was A Sixth Grade Alien Larrabe Hicks Series regular
1998–2001 Rolie Polie Olie Little Gizmo Series regular, voice only
2000 La Femme Nikita Jerome Season four, One episode
2001–2003 The Berenstain Bears Brother Bear Series regular, voice only
2001–2005 Braceface Josh Spitz Series regular, voice only
2003–2006 Arrested Development George Michael Bluth Series regular
2005–2007 Wayside Todd Pilot, voice only
2006 Veronica Mars Dean Rudolph The Rapes of Graff, Guest Spot
2007 Clark and Michael Mikey Cera Series regular
2007 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Jaime Stevens Season One, One Episode
2008 Children's Hospital Sal Viscuso Series regular

Awards and honors

  • 2005 Best Actor Award for the short comedy Darling, Darling at the San Gio Festival.
  • 2007 Breakthrough Artist Award from the Austin Film Critics Association.
  • 2008 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actor - Film, for Superbad. He was also nominated for Best Actor for his role in Juno.
  • 2009 Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award


  2. Jones, Chris (July 2009), "Michael Cera". Esquire. 152 (1):86-88
  3. [1] Youtube Impossible is the Opposite of Possible
  4. [2]Clark and Michael website
  5. [3] Wired Sitcom to Bitcom
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