Justin Theroux

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Justin Theroux
Justin Theroux at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.JPG
Theroux at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1971-08-10) August 10, 1971 (age 42)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present

Justin Paul Theroux (born August 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch, appearing in two of his films, Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). He is also known as a screenwriter for films such as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2, and Rock of Ages.


Theroux's mother, Phyllis (née Grissim), is a journalist and author who worked for The Washington Post, and his father, Eugene Theroux, is a corporate lawyer.[2][3] Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, author Peter Theroux, and novelist and educator Joseph Theroux; he is the cousin of British journalists and documentary filmmakers Louis and Marcel Theroux. His father is of half French Canadian and half Italian descent.[4][5] Through his mother, Theroux is a great-great-grandson of financier, banker and railroad magnate H. B. Hollins,[6][7] and of music critic and author Gustav Kobbé.[8][9][10]

Early life[edit]

Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Lafayette Elementary School for K-6. He then went to Annunciation School for 7th grade, The Field School for 8th grade, before he transferred to Buxton School where he began his acting training. He graduated from Bennington College in 1993 with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.[11]


Theroux made his film debut in 1996 in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then, he has performed both on Broadway, starring in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; in numerous off-Broadway productions; and in comedy films such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club, and Zoolander.

The stars and director of the film Mulholland Drive at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Left to right: actor Naomi Watts, director David Lynch, and actors Laura Harring and Justin Theroux.

He has also performed in more serious films such as American Psycho. He appeared in the film versions of the cult television shows Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. He starred in David Lynch's films Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.

In 2003, he was featured in a music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria". Theroux also has appeared on television, having starred in The District and appeared on episodes of shows such as Alias, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City (in which he guest starred in two episodes as different characters), and Six Feet Under (in which he played a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons).

In 2006, he directed his first film, Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A fan of the band Deerhoof, Theroux chose them to score Dedication.[12] Theroux also had roles in two other films at the festival, Broken English and The Ten, in which he played Jesus Christ alongside Gretchen Mol. Theroux co-wrote the Ben Stiller-directed Oscar-nominated film Tropic Thunder, and also appeared in the behind-the-scenes mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness.[13]

In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO miniseries John Adams. In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also played Justin in Parks and Recreation. Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey, Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau. Theroux returned to acting in the film Your Highness (2011), as Leezar, an evil wizard who kidnaps a princess. He starred in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, playing the leader of a hippie commune. In 2010, Theroux was announced to write and direct a proposed sequel to the 2001 film Zoolander.[14] He is directing and rewriting the script for the upcoming 2013 movie Swear to God with Steve Carell and Will Ferrell as the leads.[15] In June 2013, it was announced that he would be the lead character in HBO's TV pilot The Leftovers.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Theroux began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in 2011, after working together on the film Wanderlust.[17] They became engaged in August 2012.[17]


Year Title Role Notes Rotten Tomatoes
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Mark Film debut 77% [18]
1997 Dream House Mark Brooks
1997 Below Utopia Daniel Beckett
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Clarence the Cowboy 69% [19]
1998 Frogs for Snakes Flav Santana 27% [20]
1998 Dead Broke James
2000 American Psycho Timothy Bryce 67% [21]
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Marshall 63% [22]
2001 Mulholland Dr. Adam Kesher 81% [23]
2001 The Sleepy Time Gal Rebecca's Boyfriend 79% [24]
2001 Zoolander Evil DJ 64% [25]
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Seamus O'Grady 44% [26]
2003 Duplex Coop 36% [27]
2003 Happy End Jack
2005 Strangers with Candy Carlo Honklin 52% [28]
2005 The Baxter Bradley Lake 32% [29]
2006 The Legend of Lucy Keyes Guy Cooley
2006 Return to Rajapur Jeremy Reardon
2006 Miami Vice Detective Larry Zito 47% [30]
2006 Inland Empire Devon Berk/Billy Side 72% [31]
2007 Broken English Nick Gable 64% [32]
2007 The Ten Jesus H. Christ 37% [33]
2008 Dedication Lawyer on phone Director and executive producer 41% [34]
2008 Tropic Thunder DJ at Party scene Screenplay, story, and executive producer 83% [35]
2010 Iron Man 2 Screenplay 73% [36]
2010 Megamind Megamind's Father (voice) Also executive producer 73% [37]
2011 Your Highness Leezar 27% [38]
2012 Wanderlust Seth 59% [39]
2012 Rock of Ages Screenplay 41% [40]
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Central Park West Gary Andrews 1 episode
1998 Spin City Pete 1 episode
1998 New York Undercover Frankie Stone 3 episodes
1998 Ally McBeal Raymond Brown 1 episode
1998–1999 Sex and the City Jared/Vaughn Wysel 2 episodes
1999 Sirens Officer David Bontempo (TV movie)
2000–2001 The District Nick Pierce 27 episodes
2003 Alias Simon Walker 2 episodes
2003–2004 Six Feet Under Joe 8 episodes
2005 Confessions of a Dog (TV movie)
2008 John Adams John Hancock (TV mini-series)
2010 Parks and Recreation Justin Anderson 4 episodes
2011 Documental Jan Jurgen Television movie
TBA The Leftovers Kevin Garvey TV pilot


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  6. ^ Staff (undated). "HollinsGrissim" (title abstract only). The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
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  9. ^ Staff (October 23, 1909). "Hewlett – Schoonmacher Wedding" (abstract (click "preview" for full article in PDF format; Adobe Reader required)). The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
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  13. ^ Database (undated). "Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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  15. ^ "Justin Theroux To Helm 'Swear To God' With Will Ferrell And Steve Carell". Deadline.com. August 9, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ West, Kelly (June 4, 2013). "Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot The Leftovers Casts Justin Theroux". cinemablend.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Jordan, Julie (August 12, 2012). "Jennifer Aniston Is Engaged to Justin Theroux!". People. Time Inc. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ I Shot Andy Warhol. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  19. ^ Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  20. ^ Frogs For Snakes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  21. ^ American Psycho. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  22. ^ The Broken Hearts Club. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  23. ^ Mulholland Drive. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  24. ^ The Sleepy Time Gal. Rotten Tomatoes (2007-04-18). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  25. ^ Zoolander. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  26. ^ Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  27. ^ Duplex (Our House). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  28. ^ Strangers with Candy. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  29. ^ The Baxter. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  30. ^ Miami Vice. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  31. ^ Inland Empire. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  32. ^ Broken English. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  33. ^ The Ten. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  34. ^ Dedication. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  35. ^ Tropic Thunder. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  36. ^ Iron Man 2. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  37. ^ Megamind. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  38. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/your_highness/
  39. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wanderlust_2011/
  40. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rock_of_ages_2012/

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