Heder at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Jonathan Joseph Heder
October 26, 1977
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
|Spouse(s)||Kirsten Bales (2002-present)|
Jonathan Joseph "Jon" Heder (born October 26, 1977) is an American actor and filmmaker. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama's Boy, and When in Rome, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House and Surf's Up, as well as the Napoleon Dynamite animated series.
Early life 
Heder was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Helen (née Brammer) and Dr. James Heder, a practicing physician. He has an identical twin brother, Dan, as well as an older sister and brother, Rachel and Doug, and two younger brothers, Adam and Matt. Heder is the nephew by marriage of former NFL running back and current WCAU sportscaster, Vai Sikahema. Heder is of part Swedish descent. Heder and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, when he was 2 years old. He attended Walker Middle School in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1996, where he was on the swim team and was a member of the Drama Association.
A 2002 alumnus of Brigham Young University, Heder worked on the short CGI animated film "Pet Shop", written by Logan Deans, which earned a non-traditional animation student Emmy in 2005. After his movie career took off, he did not return to complete the work he started on the short, although his name does appear in the credits. Also, while attending BYU he befriended Jared Hess and starred in Hess' short film Peluca, which was later expanded into Napoleon Dynamite. Peluca received rave reviews on the BYU campus after showing at a few college and local film festivals and competitions.
Napoleon Dynamite, filmed in Preston, Idaho, earned $44.5 Million at the box office, more revenue than almost any other Sundance movie. In June 2005, Heder received the MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance and Breakthrough Male Performance for the role. On 8 October 2005, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ashlee Simpson. After his success with Napoleon Dynamite, Heder and his film co-star Efren Ramirez filmed a series of commercials to promote the 2005 Utah State Fair. They appear as their characters from Napoleon Dynamite; in at least one commercial, they are shown with the FFA medals that they won in the context of the movie.
Heder appeared in the film The Sasquatch Gang. He had a supporting role as a clerk in a new age bookstore in the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. Heder also appeared with Rob Schneider and David Spade in producer Adam Sandler's The Benchwarmers (2006), a comedy about three grown men making up for lost chances by creating their own Little League baseball team. He was the voice of the character Skull in the animated film Monster House, and starred in the comedy School for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jacinda Barrett. With the exception of the Academy Award-nominee Monster House, Heder's post-Dynamite movies were widely panned and he risked becoming a one-hit wonder until he co-starred in 2007 with Will Ferrell in the well-received Blades of Glory (2007). Like many of Heder's films, Blades of Glory is an absurd, slapstick caricature, in this case revolving around male figure skaters who must team up in a pairs competition.
Heder's second turn at voice acting came in 2007 when he voiced the character of Chicken Joe, a surfing chicken, in the animated film Surf's Up. His first foray into web television was in the 2008 web series Woke Up Dead starring and produced by Heder. Woke Up Dead is a web-based, live-action sci-fi comedy thriller about Drex, a twenty-something USC student who wakes up underwater in the bathtub one morning and suspects that he might be dead.
Jon and his twin brother Dan star together as villains in the fourth installment of the popular internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby.
Personal life 
Heder lives with his wife Kirsten Heder in Los Angeles, California. The two have been married since 2002. The couple have a daughter and a son, born in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Heder is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served an LDS mission in Japan, for which he learned to speak Japanese. He, his brothers and father are Scouting enthusiasts with Heder and several of his brothers becoming Eagle Scouts. He currently serves as a Scoutmaster.
Jon and Dan 
Jon stated during an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman that he and his identical twin, Dan, think alike and, as children, often finished each other's sentences. When Letterman asked him whether being an identical twin is a good experience, Jon replied that it is mostly good and that as children "we caused a lot of trouble by pretending to be the other, the memories still give me a good chuckle."
|2000||The Wrong Brother||Audience Member|
|Funky Town||Officer Hardy||as Jonathan Heder|
|2004||Napoleon Dynamite||Napoleon Dynamite||Lead Role|
|2005||Just Like Heaven||Darryl||Supporting Role|
|Tankman Begins||Batman/Napoleon Dynamite||TV movie|
|2006||The Benchwarmers||Clark Reedy||Main Role|
|Monster House||Reginald "Skull" Skulinski||Voice Role|
|School for Scoundrels||Roger||Main Role|
|2007||The Sasquatch Gang||Lazer Tag Employee||Cameo|
|Blades of Glory||Jimmy MacElroy||Main Role|
|Surf's Up||Chicken Joe||Voice Role|
|Moving McAllister||Orlie||Main Role|
|Mama's Boy||Jeffrey McMannus||Main Role|
|2008||Sockbaby 4||Manatu||Pool diver (with his brother, Dan)|
|2009||Woke Up Dead||Drex Greene||Main Role|
|2010||When in Rome||Lance|
|2012||For Ellen||Fred Butler||Supporting Role|
|2013||Alive and Well||Oliver Vale||(pre-production)|
|Three Men Seeking Monsters||TBA||in development|
|Killing Winston Jones||Edwin Jones||(pre-production)|
|Mr. Machine||TBA||in development|
- Dead Grandma- 2011 as Himself
- My Name Is Earl - 2008 as Joel Maloney
- Late Show with David Letterman (as Napoleon Dynamite)
- Woke Up Dead - 2009 as Drex Greene, all episodes, executive producer
- Saturday Night Live - 2005
- The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn - 2004
- The View - 2004
- The Teen Choice Awards 2004
- The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards - 2005
- Dinner for Five - 2005 as Himself
- 2005 MTV Movie Awards Himself - Winner
- The Teen Choice Awards 2005
- Robot Chicken - 2005
- MADtv - 2004-2005 as Himself/Various
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Jim Rome is Burning - 2006 Himself
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - 2005-2006 (3 episodes)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! - 2006 (2 episodes)
- Last Call with Carson Daly - 2006 (2 episodes)
- Fuse Celebrity Playlist - 2006
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show - 2006
- Celebrities on Thin Ice - 2007 Himself/Jimmy MacElroy
- 2007 Kids' Choice Awards
- Up Close with Carrie Keagan - 2007
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - 2007
- Entertainment Tonight - 2007-2008 (4 episodes)
- WWE Raw - Jan 18, 2010 episode as guest host (with Don Johnson)
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (as Napoleon Dynamite, 2012)
- Napoleon Dynamite – Napoleon Dynamite (voice)
- The Aquabats! Super Show! - 2012 (1 episode)
- Jon Heder Biography from FilmReference.com
- "Dan Gross | Vai not big fan of actor/kin" article from Philly.com
- Owen, Rob (January 12, 2012). "Heder returns as 'Dynamite' gets animated". The Oregonian. p. E1. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Jon Heder To Star in Electric Farm’s ‘Woke Up Dead’
- Quoted by Deseret News editor Chris Hicks, 5 February 2010, p. W1
- "Boy Scouts Prepared To Celebrate A Century". National Public Radio. 6 February 2010.
- Jon Heder at the Internet Movie Database
- One of Jon Heder's first projects
- Snopes article debunking the myth of his death
- Video and transcript of an interview with Heder
- Jon Heder on The Hour