Jake Johnson

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Jake Johnson
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Johnson at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger

(1978-05-28) May 28, 1978 (age 44)
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2002–present
Erin Payne
(m. 2006)

Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger (born May 28, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, film producer and screenwriter best known for his role as Nick Miller in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011–2018), for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2018, and as Spider-Man in the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), a role he will reprise in its sequel (2023). He also starred in Let's Be Cops (2014), and appeared in Paper Heart (2009), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Drinking Buddies (2013), Jurassic World (2015), The Mummy (2017), and Tag (2018). He co-starred as Greyson "Grey" McConnell in the ABC drama series Stumptown (2019–2020).

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Evanston, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, to Ken Weinberger, who owned a car dealership, and Eve Johnson, an artist who made stained glass windows.[2][3] He was named after his maternal uncle, Mark Johnson, who died at the age of 26 in a motorcycle accident in 1977, a year before Jake was born. Johnson attended New Trier High School in Winnetka. His parents divorced when he was two, and he and his older siblings, brother Dan and sister Rachel, were raised by his single mother. Johnson then took his mother's last name during high school.[2] He has stated that when he was 17, his father resurfaced and now they are close.[4]


Johnson grew up a fan of the Second City improv troupe. Raised in Wilmette, he graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka and started his post-secondary education at the University of Iowa. While in Iowa City, he wrote a play, which wound up earning him admission to the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, followed by the 2002 John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Sloan Fellowship for Screenwriting. The New York City off-Broadway group The Ensemble Studio Theater produced his play Cousins.

While in New York, Johnson started a sketch comedy troupe The Midwesterners, modeling their material and style after HBO's sketch comedy Mr. Show with Bob and David. After moving to Los Angeles, Johnson supported himself as a waiter and a production assistant, also scoring a series of bit feature and guest TV roles. In 2007, he landed a more regular gig with the TBS mini-show Derek and Simon: The Show, produced by Bob Odenkirk.[5]

In 2009, he appeared in the mockumentary Paper Heart. In 2010, Johnson was cast in a small role in the Russell Brand comedy, Get Him to the Greek. He played Uma Thurman's character's brother in the romantic comedy Ceremony, and as a buddy of Ashton Kutcher's character in No Strings Attached. In 2011, he played Jesus in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. In 2012, he appeared in the film version of 21 Jump Street, which starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Johnson made an appearance at the 2012 Sundance Festival as one of the leads in Safety Not Guaranteed.[6]

From 2011 to 2018, Johnson starred as Nick Miller alongside Zooey Deschanel on New Girl. In 2013, he appeared in the music video for "Rouse Yourself", a song by indie-soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound alongside his Safety Not Guaranteed co-star Aubrey Plaza.[7] He also starred (as a fictional version of himself) in a series of Dodge Dart commercials with Craig Robinson. In 2015, he played park informatician Lowery Cruthers in Jurassic World.[8][9] In 2017, Johnson starred as Eddie Garrett in the Netflix comedy film Win It All.[10]

The web series Drunk History was inspired by a 2007 conversation that Johnson had with series creator Derek Waters. Johnson, while drunk, was trying to describe the story of Otis Redding's death to Waters, and Waters was inspired to build a series around history narrated by drunk people. Johnson later appeared in the first episode of the web series as Aaron Burr. After it was adapted for television under the same title on Comedy Central, he appeared in the eighth episode as William B. Travis,[11] and the ninth episode of season three as Boris Spassky.

In 2018, Johnson appeared in the comedy film Tag as Randy Cilliano.[12] In the same year, it was announced that Johnson was cast in the lead role of Ben Hopkins in the Netflix adult animation series Hoops.[13] Also that year, Johnson provided the voice of Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

In 2019, Johnson was cast in the lead role of Grey McConnell in the ABC drama series Stumptown. He took over the role from Mark Webber, who played the character in the original pilot episode.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson married artist Erin Payne in 2006 and has twin daughters Elizabeth and Olivia, born in 2014. Johnson and Payne have been together since 2003.[1][15]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bunny Whipped Basketball Player
2008 Redbelt Guayabera Shirt Man
2009 Paper Heart Nicholas Jasenovec
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jazz Man
Ceremony Teddy
Spilt Milk Todd
2011 No Strings Attached Eli
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Jesus Christ
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Jeff Schwensen
21 Jump Street Principal Dadier
2013 Drinking Buddies Luke Darlingson
The Pretty One Basel
Coffee Town Will's Roommate
2014 The Lego Movie Barry Voice role[16]
Neighbors Sebastian Cremmington
Let's Be Cops Ryan J. O'Malley
2015 Digging for Fire Tim Also co-writer and producer
Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers
2016 Joshy Reggie
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Ronnie
Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape Lowery Cruthers Voice role, short film series, direct-to-video[16]
2017 Win It All Eddie Garrett Also co-writer and producer
Smurfs: The Lost Village Grouchy Smurf Voice role[16]
Flower Raymond Vandross Uncredited cameo
Becoming Bond Peregrine Carruthers Documentary
The Mummy Chris Vail
2018 Tag Randy "Chilli" Cilliano
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man Voice role[16]
2019 Hot Shower (Music Video) Jimmy Dickerson
2021 Ride the Eagle Leif Also co-writer and producer
2023 Self Reliance[17] Also writer, director, and producer; Completed
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Not yet released Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man Voice role; in production
2024 Wildwood Not yet released Voice role; in production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Derek and Simon: The Show Jake 6 episodes
Curb Your Enthusiasm Man on Cell Phone Episode: "The N Word"
The Unit Martin Episode: "MPs"
2009 Lie to Me Howard Crease Episode: "Love Always"
2010 FlashForward Powell Episode: "Countdown"
2011–2018 New Girl Nick Miller Main cast, 7 seasons
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2013)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Actor Comedy (2012, 2013)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2013)
2011 Allen Gregory Joel Zadak (voice) 6 episodes[16]
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jorgen Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2013 Ghost Ghirls Eddie Hanson Episode: "Home Is Where The Haunt Is"
2013; 2015 High School USA! Mr. Structor (voice) Main role[18]
2013–2019 Drunk History Various 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jake Johnson Wears a Light Blue Button-Up Shirt and Brown Shoes"
No Activity Cutler Episode: "The American"
2015–2017 BoJack Horseman Oxnard (voice) 3 episodes
2016 We Bare Bears Dave (voice) Episode: "The Island"
2016–2017 Idiotsitter 2 episodes
2016–2019 Easy Drew 2 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Stan (voice) Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017–2019 No Activity DEA Agent John Haldeman 3 episodes
2019–2020 Stumptown Grey McConnell Main cast
2020 Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Doc Michael Episode: "A Dark Quiet Death"
Hoops Ben Hopkins (voice) Lead role[19]
2022 Roar Greg Episode: "The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her Skin"
Lost Ollie Daddy Main cast
2022–present Minx Doug Renetti Main cast
2023 History of the World Part II Marco Polo Upcoming

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers Voice
Lego Dimensions Voice[20]


Year Title Role Publisher
2002 Cousins Writer Ensemble Studio Theater


  1. ^ a b Skipper, Clay (June 14, 2018). "New Girl's Jake Johnson Is Hollywood's Humblest (and Handsomest) Everyman". GQ.
  2. ^ a b "Rising Star: 'New Girl's' Jake M. Johnson". Access Hollywood. November 15, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "New Girl: 10 Things About Jake". FOX. October 31, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jake Johnson on His SXSW Comedy 'Drinking Buddies,' 'New Girl' Success". The Daily Beast. March 9, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Q&A with Jake Johnson | Anthem Magazine". anthemmagazine.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jake M. Johnson". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE". EW.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Woerner, Meredith (June 11, 2015). "Who wears a 'Jurassic Park' T-shirt to 'Jurassic World?' Jake Johnson does". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Marnell, Blair (May 9, 2015). "Jurassic World Cast–A Look at the Characters". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Koazk, Liz (August 20, 2015). "Jake Johnson Improvised a Whole Dang Movie". Second City. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  11. ^ ""Drunk History" Creator Derek Waters & Director Jeremy Konner Interview". Complex. July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Weintraub, Steve (October 3, 2018). "Jake Johnson Talks 'Tag' and Shares Some Great Tom Cruise Stories". Collider. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 3, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Hoops' Adult Animated Series Starring Jake Johnson From Ben Hoffman, Phil Lord, Chris Miller & 20th TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 29, 2019). "Jake Johnson To Co-Star On New ABC Drama Series 'Stumptown' In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Radloff, Jessica (August 22, 2013). "Jake Johnson's thoughts on married life, drinking too much, and his New Girl co-stars". Glamour.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Jake Johnson (8 Character Images)". Behind The Voice Actors.
  17. ^ SXSW 2023 Lineup Includes ‘Dungeons & Dragons‘ Opening Night World Premiere; ’Evil Dead Rise‘, Eva Longoria’s ‘Flamin’ Hot‘, A24’s ‘Problemista’ & More
  18. ^ Guide, T. V. "Journal Standard". www.journalstandard.com.
  19. ^ "Jake Johnson to Play 'Foul-Mouthed' High School Basketball Coach in Netflix Adult Animated Comedy 'Hoops'". October 3, 2018.
  20. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.

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