Jon Heder

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Jon Heder
Jon Heder by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Jonathan Joseph Heder
(1977-10-26) October 26, 1977 (age 36)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor, filmmaker
Years active 2000–present
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Spouse(s) Kirsten Bales (2002-present; 2 children)

Jonathan Joseph "Jon" Heder[pronunciation?] (born October 26, 1977)[1] 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[edit]

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,[2] 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.[3] Heder is of part Swedish descent.[4] Heder and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, when he was 2 years old.[5] He attended Walker Middle School in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1996,[5] 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.

Career[edit]

Napoleon Dynamite, filmed in Preston, Idaho, earned $44.5 million at the box office,[6] more revenue than almost any other Sundance movie.[citation needed] For his appearance, Heder was paid just $1,000.[7] 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. They also reprised their roles in a self-parody sketch called "Napoleon Bonamite" on the animated series Robot Chicken.

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[citation needed] 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.[8] 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. Heder's performance in When in Rome was praised by New York Times critic A. O. Scott: "Jon Heder as a goofy street magician is the funniest of the bunch."[9] In 2012 Heder returned to the role that made him famous by supplying the voice of Napoleon Dynamite in the Fox Network animated series, Napoleon Dynamite, which debuted in January of that year.

In 2013, Heder appeared in the music video for "On Top of the World" with numerous other Utah based actors and musicians.

Personal life[edit]

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.[10] He currently serves as a Scoutmaster.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Wrong Brother Audience Member Short
Funky Town Officer Hardy Short
2003 Peluca Seth Short
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Dance Scene
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance - Male
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Blush Scene
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Love Scene
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble
2005 Just Like Heaven Darryl Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor: Comedy
Tankman Begins Batman Short
2006 The Benchwarmers Clark Reedy Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Rumble
Monster House Reginald "Skull" Skulinski Voice
School for Scoundrels Roger Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
2007 The Sasquatch Gang Lazer Tag Employee Cameo
Blades of Glory Jimmy MacElroy Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Dance Scene
Surf's Up Chicken Joe Voice
Moving McAllister Orlie
Mama's Boy Jeffrey McMannus
2008 Sockbaby 4 Manatu Short
2010 When in Rome Lance
2011 Life Happens Wrong Number Caller Cameo
Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit Fu Voice
2012 For Ellen Fred Butler
Drained Producer
Short
DC Independent Film Festival for Best Experimental/Animation
Peter at the End Peter Short
2013 Pororo, The Racing Adventure Mango Voice
Killing Winston Jones Edwin Jones Post-production
Bud Selig Must Die Tim Short
Complete
Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede Oliver Vale
On Top of the World Russian Cosmonaut Music video cameo
2014 Walt before Mickey Roy Disney

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Robot Chicken Astronaut
Bully's Friend
Napoleon Bonamite
Voice
Episode: "The Black Cherry"
2008 My Name Is Earl Joel Malone Episode: "Girl Earl"
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Voice
Main role
Gulliver Quinn Gulliver Quinn Pilot
The Aquabats! Super Show! Eagle Claw Episode: "Eagle Claw"
2014 How I Met Your Mother Narshall Episode: "Vesuvius"
Uncle Grandpa Kev Voice
Episode: "Viewer Special"
Kroll Show Himself Episode: "Blisteritos Presents Dad Academy Graduation Congraduritos Red Carpet Viewing Party"
The Legend of Korra Ryu Voice
Episode: "Rebirth"

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Woke Up Dead Drex Greene Main role
2010 Fact Checkers Unit Jon Series regular
2011 Dead Grandma Series Host Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Seth Voice
2014 Armikrog TBA Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jon Heder Biography from FilmReference.com
  2. ^ "Jon Heder biography and filmography". Tribute.ca. 1977-10-26. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Dan Gross | Vai not big fan of actor/kin" article from Philly.com
  4. ^ 0 Like0 Dislike0 Jun 4, 2007 by B. Alan Orange (2007-06-04). "Shia LaBeouf and Jon Heder Compete for Waves in 'Surf's Up'". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b Owen, Rob (January 12, 2012). "Heder returns as 'Dynamite' gets animated". The Oregonian. p. E1. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Napoleon Dynamite". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  7. ^ http://screencrush.com/napoleon-dynamite-then-and-now/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_70652.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Jon Heder To Star in Electric Farm’s ‘Woke Up Dead’
  9. ^ Quoted by Deseret News editor Chris Hicks, 5 February 2010, p. W1
  10. ^ a b "Boy Scouts Prepared To Celebrate A Century". National Public Radio. 6 February 2010. 

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