Theroux at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
August 10, 1971 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
Justin Paul Theroux (born August 10, 1971) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch, appearing in 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. Since 2014, he has starred in the HBO series The Leftovers.
Early life and family
Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis (née Grissim), is a journalist and author who worked for The Washington Post, and his father, Eugene Theroux, is a corporate lawyer. His brother JP is a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Washington. 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. Through his mother, Theroux is a great-great-grandson of financier, banker and railroad magnate H.B. Hollins, and of music critic and author Gustav Kobbé.
Theroux 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
In 2010, Theroux was announced to write and direct a proposed sequel to the 2001 film Zoolander.
In August 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Theroux would be directing and rewriting the script for the comedy film Swear to God,  about a hedge fund manager who thinks he has seen God. The film has been in development since June 29, 2011, with Steve Carell and Will Ferrell cast as the leads.
In June 2013, Cinemablend reported Theroux would be the lead character in HBO's TV pilot The Leftovers. In September 2013 Deadline Hollywood reported that HBO greenlighted the series for 10 episodes. The series, which premiered June 29, 2014, is based on a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta which follows a group of people left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton after mysterious disappearances, world-wide.
Theroux was in a long-term relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens until 2011. Theroux began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in 2011, after working together on the film Wanderlust. They became engaged in August 2012.
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Mark|
|1997||Dream House||Mark Brooks|
|1997||Below Utopia||Daniel Beckett|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Clarence the Cowboy|
|1998||Frogs for Snakes||Flav Santana|
|1999||Sirens||Officer David Bontempo||Television film|
|2000||American Psycho||Timothy Bryce|
|2000||The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Marshall|
|2001||Mulholland Dr.||Adam Kesher|
|2001||The Sleepy Time Gal||Rebecca's Boyfriend|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Seamus O'Grady|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Carlo Honklin|
|2005||The Baxter||Bradley Lake|
|2006||The Legend of Lucy Keyes||Guy Cooley|
|2006||Return to Rajapur||Jeremy Reardon|
|2006||Miami Vice||Detective Larry Zito|
|2006||Inland Empire||Devon Berk/Billy Side|
|2007||Broken English||Nick Gable|
|2007||The Ten||Jesus H. Christ|
|2007||Dedication||Lawyer on phone||Director and executive producer|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||DJ at Party scene||Writer and executive producer|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Writer|
|2010||Megamind||Megamind's Father (voice)||Executive producer and creative consultant|
|2012||Rock of Ages||Writer|
|1996||Central Park West||Gary Andrews||Episode: "Stephanie and the Wolves"|
|1998||Spin City||Pete||Episode: "Local Hero"|
|1998||New York Undercover||Frankie Stone||3 episodes|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Raymond Brown||Episode: "Just Looking"|
|1998–1999||Sex and the City||Jared / Vaughn Wysel||2 episodes|
|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||Pilot|
|2008||John Adams||John Hancock||2 episodes|
|2010||Parks and Recreation||Justin Anderson||4 episodes|
Director and writer
|2014–present||The Leftovers||Kevin Garvey||10 episodes|
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- Justin Theroux at the Internet Broadway Database
- Justin Theroux at the Internet Movie Database
- Justin Theroux at the Internet Off-Broadway Database