Jonah Hill at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Jonah Hill Feldstein
December 20, 1983
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||The Center for Early Education
|Alma mater||The New School|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, screenwriter, comedian|
Jonah Hill Feldstein, known professionally as Jonah Hill (born December 20, 1983), is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, comedian and voice artist. He is best known for his roles in Superbad (2007), Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Moneyball (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012), and This Is the End (2013), as well as for his voice role in How to Train Your Dragon (2010). He made his feature film debut in I Heart Huckabees (2004). He also co-created and starred in the animated comedy Allen Gregory on Fox. Hill was first nominated for a Teen Choice Award for his role in Accepted (2006) as Sherman Schrader and in 2011 was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his dramatic turn in Moneyball.
Hill was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sharon Lyn (née Chalkin), a costume designer and fashion stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. Hill was raised Jewish. His parents were originally from Long Island, New York, and the family vacationed in the Catskills. He attended The Center for Early Education, Brentwood School, and then Crossroads School, in Santa Monica. After graduating from high school, Hill left California to attend The New School, where he studied music and sports.
While in college, Hill began writing his own plays and performing them in the Black and White bar in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. His plays developed a small following and helped him realize that his true desire was to act in films. Hill was befriended by Dustin Hoffman's children, Rebecca and Jake, who introduced Hill to their father. The elder Hoffman asked him to audition for a role in I Heart Huckabees, in which Hill made his film debut.
Hill then made a brief appearance in Judd Apatow's directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which eventually led to him starring in a larger supporting role in the Apatow-directed Knocked Up, an uncredited role of Dewey Cox's grown-up brother Nate Cox in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and leading roles in the Apatow-produced Superbad and Get Him to the Greek. On television, Hill played the "RA Guy" on the first season of the Oxygen Network sitcom Campus Ladies. He also guest-starred in an episode of Clark and Michael. He was scheduled to host Saturday Night Live on November 17, 2007, which would have featured musical guest Kid Rock, but the episode was canceled due to the Writers Guild of America strike which lasted from November 5, 2007, to February 12, 2008. Instead, he hosted the March 15, 2008, show, which featured musical guest Mariah Carey (who was a replacement for the originally scheduled musical guest Janet Jackson). He guest-starred in an episode of Reno 911! which aired on April 1, 2009.
Hill was in negotiations for a part in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as Sam Witwicky's sidekick, but this did not go through. He next starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature, Funny People, which also starred Adam Sandler, Eric Bana and Seth Rogen. He also was an associate producer of the 2009 Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary Brüno. He guest starred on an episode of The Simpsons called "Pranks and Greens", portraying an immature man named Andy Hamilton who was hailed the best prankster in Springfield Elementary School history. In July 2011, Hill appeared at ESPN's ESPY awards sporting a much slimmer physique. He claimed to have lost 40 pounds. In November 2011, Hill, along with Sam Worthington and Dwight Howard, starred in commercials for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, making his first appearance with his new look. Hill was scheduled to guest star on the November 21, 2011 edition of WWE Raw, but he skipped the event; a reason was not made clear.
Hill received a Golden Globe nomination, his first nomination, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance in the 2011 sports film Moneyball, in which he portrayed his first dramatic role as Peter Brand. In late January 2012, Hill received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Moneyball. In 2012, Hill co-starred with Channing Tatum in the film 21 Jump Street, and with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the film The Watch. In 2011, it was announced that Hill was in talks to appear in Quentin Tarantino's movie Django Unchained. Hill almost had to decline a possible role due to his prior commitment to The Watch, lamenting that to act in a Tarantino movie was "the perfect next step" in his career. Hill later rejoined Django Unchained, which was released in 2012.
Hill has wanted to be a writer since he was young, dreaming of someday joining the writing teams of The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The Larry Sanders Show. At one point, Hill was writing a screenplay with close friend and I Heart Huckabees co-star Jason Schwartzman. At another, he was writing Pure Imagination, a comedy for Sony about a man who develops an imaginary friend after a traumatic experience. Filming was expected to begin in 2008, but it has been in development since then. Hill recently co-wrote the treatment for 21 Jump Street with screenwriter Michael Bacall.
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Bret|
|2005||Pancho's Pizza||Actor||Short film|
|The 40 Year Old Virgin||eBay Customer|
|2006||Click||Ben Newman at 17 Years Old|
|Accepted||Sherman Schrader||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scream|
|10 Items or Less||Packy|
|2007||Rocket Science||Junior Philosopher|
|Evan Almighty||Eugene Tannenbaum|
|Superbad||Seth||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Older Nate||Uncredited|
|Horton Hears a Who!||Tommy||Voice role|
|Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Matthew the Waiter|
|Just Add Water||Eddie Tuckby|
|2009||Night at the Museum 2||Brandon/Brundon the Security Guard||Uncredited|
|The Invention of Lying||Frank|
|Funny People||Leo Koenig|
|How to Train Your Dragon||Snotlout||Voice role|
|Get Him to the Greek||Aaron Green||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock (shared with Russell Brand)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fight/Action Sequence (shared with Russell Brand and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs)
|Megamind||Hal Stewart/Titan||Voice role|
|Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon||Snotlout||Short
|2011||Moneyball||Peter Brand||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|The Sitter||Executive producer||Noah Griffith|
|Gift of the Night Fury||Snotlout||Short
|2012||21 Jump Street||Writer (story) & Executive Producer||Morton Schmidt/Doug McQuaid||Nominated — MTV Movie Awards Best Cast (shared w/ cast)
Nominated — MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared w/ Channing Tatum)
Nominated — MTV Movie Awards Best Gut-Wrenching Performance (shared w/ Rob Riggle)
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Hissy Fit (shared w/ Channing Tatum)
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Fight (shared w/ Channing Tatum)
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry (shared w/ Channing Tatum)
|Django Unchained||Bag Head #2||Cameo appearance|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself|
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Danny Porush||Post-Production|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Snotlout||Filming
|True Story||Michael Finkel||Filming|
|22 Jump Street||Writer (story) & Executive Producer||Morton Schmidt / Doug McQuaid||In production|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Clerk||"You're Buggin' Me" (#12.5)|
|2006||Clark and Michael||Derek|
|Campus Ladies||Guy||Episodes 1-10|
|2007||Human Giant||Weenie King Customer||"Ta Da" (#1.8)|
|Wainy Days||Neil||2 episodes|
|2009||Saturday Night Live||Segment Writer||Himself - Host/Various||Jonah Hill/Mariah Carey (#33.8)|
|Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||John A. Hill||"Road Trip" (#4.4)|
|Reno 911!||Daniel Shaheen||"Training Day" (#6.1)|
|The Simpsons||Andy Hamilton||"Pranks and Greens" (#21.6)|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Creator, Writer & Executive Producer||Allen Gregory||Voice role|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Himself - Host/Adam Grossman/Various||Jonah Hill/The Shins (#37.17)|
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