Jay Baruchel

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Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel, 2014 WonderCon-1-crop.jpg
Baruchel in April 2014
Born Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 32)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian
Years active 1995–present

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.

Early life[edit]

Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer.[1][2] He grew up and still lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec,[3] and has a younger sister, Taylor.[4] His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent).[5][6][7] Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".[8][9]

Career[edit]

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),[10] 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.[11] He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation.[12] Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy.[13] Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.[14]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Baruchel was previously engaged to actress Alison Pill. He alluded to their breakup in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[15]

He has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm),[16] 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).[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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 Knocked Up Jay
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 Fanboys Windows
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 Trotsky Leon
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Dave Stutler
2010 Good Neighbours Victor
2011 Goon Pat Also writer
2012 Cosmopolis Shiner
2013 This Is the End Jay Baruchel Also executive producer
2013 The Art of the Steal Francie
2014 RoboCop Tom Pope
2014 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Hiccup (voice) Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
Falcon
2012–present DreamWorks Dragons Hiccup (voice)
2012 Being Human Stu 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quick Study". People. November 12, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rich, Katey (March 10, 2010). "Interview: Jay Baruchel On Why He Won't Do Nude Scenes". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "JAY BARUCHEL: CANADA'S PROUDEST SON". Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jay Baruchel Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Simonpillai, Radheyan (May 13, 2010). "Jay Baruchel is the Trotsky". NOW Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2010. "The funny thing is, Baruchel is only a quarter Jewish... His background is also French and Irish-Catholic... He may be hard to identify ethnically..." 
  6. ^ "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0059431/bio
  8. ^ McLeod, Andre (2008). "Jay Baruchel: Breaking Out". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Montreal actor improvising his way to the top". Canada.com. January 3, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ INTERVIEW: Jay Baruchel On She’s Out Of My League – Rip It Up Magazine Retrieved September 15, 2010
  11. ^ "The Boys are back and on drugs". The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys. "Uni stumbles onto Jay Baruchel's 'Klutz'" The Hollywood Reporter March 11, 2009
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (October 27, 2010). "Eugene Levy joins 'Goon' squad, Variety". 
  14. ^ Creepy, Uncle (March 10, 2010). "Is There a New Psycho Cop Getting Ready to Walk the Beat?". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". TV3. April 7, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ 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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