Baruchel in May 2007
|Born||Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
April 9, 1982
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actor, writer, comedian|
Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He has had a successful career in comedy films, appearing in supporting roles in such box office successes as Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, and starring in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, How to Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and This Is the End.
Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He grew up and still lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, and has a younger sister, Taylor. His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent). Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".
One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Baruchel won the role of Steven Karp on Judd Apatow's acclaimed yet short-lived television series Undeclared, where he starred alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, and Monica Keena. He then appeared with James Van Der Beek in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction.
In 2004, Baruchel played boxing hopeful Danger Barch in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, which received an Oscar for Best Picture the following year. He was among those thanked by Eastwood during his acceptance speech. Baruchel then starred in Nemesis Game and Fetching Cody, before appearing opposite Don Johnson on the WB's Just Legal in 2005, and guest-starring on CBS's Emmy Award-nominated Numb3rs in 2006.
Baruchel appeared in the films Knocked Up (which reunited him with Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen), I'm Reed Fish, Just Buried, and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, alongside Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan and Robert Downey, Jr. He co-starred with Seth Rogen in the 2007 trailer for Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, created by Rogen and Evan Goldberg as a strategy to garner interest and funding for a similar, larger-scale project (later made in 2013 as This Is the End). In 2008, he appeared in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also made a brief appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.
In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve), and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He also voiced the starring role in the acclaimed animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, a role he has subsequently continued throughout the franchise, including its television series. Also in 2010, he played two supporting characters in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour. He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation. Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy. Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.
Baruchel also appeared in the 2010 Adidas Originals ad campaign, "Cantina", in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup, and in video clips for Canadian prog-rockers Rush's 2012–13 Clockwork Angels tour.
In July 2012, Baruchel appeared in the music video for the song "Toxsik Waltz" by rapper Necro. In the summer of 2013, he starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, and in 2014, he appeared in the RoboCop remake. He is set to star in Rebel Kind, based on the memoirs of John Armstrong, the former lead singer for the Vancouver 1980s punk band The Modernettes.
He has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm), his mother's maiden name (on his forearm), and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral (which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, and This Is the End).
|1999||Running Home||Kid #2|
|1999||Who Gets the House?||Jonathan|
|2000||Almost Famous||Vic Munoz|
|2002||The Rules of Attraction||Harry|
|2003||Nemesis Game||Jeremy Curran|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Danger Barch|
|2005||Fetching Cody||Art Frankel|
|2007||Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse||Jay||Short|
|2007||I'm Reed Fish||Reed Fish|
|2007||Just Buried||Oliver Whynacht|
|2008||Real Time||Andy Hayes|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||Kevin Sandusky|
|2008||Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Tal Hanson|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Joey Motorola||Cameo|
|2009||Edgar and Jane||Short; also writer, producer and director|
|2010||She's Out of My League||Kirk Kettner|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Hiccup (voice)|
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Dave Stutler|
|2013||This Is the End||Jay Baruchel||Also executive producer|
|2013||The Art of the Steal||Francie|
|2014||How To Train Your Dragon 2||Hiccup (voice)||Post-production|
|1995||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Joe||1 episode|
|1996||My Hometown||Thomas Thompson||3 episodes|
|1997||Popular Mechanics for Kids||Himself|
|1998||The Worst Witch||Bean Pole||1 episode|
|1999–2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Alex, Ross Doyle, Jason Midas||3 episodes|
|2001–2002||Undeclared||Steven Karp||17 episodes|
|2002||Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher||Jimmy Fleming|
|2004||The Stones||Winston Stone||6 episodes|
|2005–2006||Just Legal||Skip Ross||8 episodes|
|2006–2007||Numb3rs||Oswald Kittner||2 episodes|
|2011||The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour||Private Prosciutto
|2012–present||DreamWorks Dragons||Hiccup (voice)|
|2012||Being Human||Stu||2 episodes|
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- "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- McLeod, Andre (2008). "Jay Baruchel: Breaking Out". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
- "Montreal actor improvising his way to the top". Canada.com. January 3, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
- INTERVIEW: Jay Baruchel On She’s Out Of My League – Rip It Up Magazine Retrieved September 15, 2010
- "The Boys are back and on drugs". The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
- Kit, Borys. "Uni stumbles onto Jay Baruchel's 'Klutz'" The Hollywood Reporter March 11, 2009
- McClintock, Pamela (October 27, 2010). "Eugene Levy joins 'Goon' squad, Variety".
- Creepy, Uncle (March 10, 2010). "Is There a New Psycho Cop Getting Ready to Walk the Beat?". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/alison-pill-jay-baruchel-call-off-engagement-201343 "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly Retrieved March 4, 2013
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- Farquharson, Vanessa (May 11, 2010). "The Trotsky's Jay Baruchel: On moviemaking, microphones and mom tattoos". The National Post. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
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