Jason Biggs

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Jason Biggs
Biggs at PaleyFest 2014 panel for Orange Is the New Black
Biggs at PaleyFest 2014 panel for Orange Is the New Black
Jason Matthew Biggs

(1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 45)
Years active1991–present
(m. 2008)

Jason Matthew Biggs (born May 12, 1978) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Jim Levenstein in the American Pie comedy film series, Leonardo in the first two seasons of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), and Larry Bloom in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. He also starred in Boys and Girls, Loser, Saving Silverman, Anything Else, Jersey Girl, Eight Below, Over Her Dead Body, and My Best Friend's Girl. Biggs initially gained recognition from his role in the soap opera As the World Turns, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 1995.

Early life and education[edit]

Jason Matthew Biggs[1] was born on May 12, 1978,[2] in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, to Angela (née Zocco), a nurse, and Gary Louis Biggs, a shipping company manager.[3][4] His father is of English and Italian descent and his mother is of Sicilian descent. His last name is derived from his English ancestry.[3] He was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

Biggs grew up in Hasbrouck Heights and attended Hasbrouck Heights High School,[6][7] where he achieved success in tennis.[8] He attended New York University before transferring to Montclair State University, where he eventually dropped out.[9][10]


Biggs at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2006

Biggs began acting at the age of five. In 1991, he made his television debut in the short lived FOX series Drexell's Class.

In 1988, aged 10, he received his Screen Actors Guild card for appearing in a TV commercial for Pathmark. He later recalled in a 2015 interview in TV Guide, "I remember I had to eat a doughnut in one of the shots. Over and over again. Awesome."[11]

When Biggs was 12, he starred in a one-off HBO special, The Fotis Sevastakis Story, but due to licensing arguments, it was never aired. That same year, Biggs debuted on Broadway in Conversations with My Father with Judd Hirsch.[12] He then starred in the daytime soap opera, As the World Turns, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Younger Actor.[13]

Biggs attended New York University briefly from 1996 to 1997, but soon afterwards, he left to pursue acting. And soon he would be seen again in another short lived television series, 1997's Camp Stories. He starred in American Pie, which went on to become an international hit that has spawned three sequels (also starring Biggs) and four spinoffs (that did not star Biggs). He accepted starring roles in movies such as Loser in 2000, and others. He also starred (along with his Loser co-star Mena Suvari) in the music video for the song "Teenage Dirtbag" by American rock band Wheatus. In 2001, Biggs starred in the comedy Saving Silverman.

He appeared in the 2002 Broadway production of The Graduate as Benjamin Braddock alongside Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. In 2003, Biggs appeared as Jerry Falk in the Woody Allen romantic comedy Anything Else. In the 2004–2005 season, Biggs portrayed an Orthodox Jew in Daniel Goldfarb's comedy, Modern Orthodox, staged at Dodger Stages theater in New York City. In 2006, Biggs was seen in the MTV reality show Blowin' Up with Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone which led to his participation in a hip-hop recording with Bay Area rapper E-40. Biggs returned to the stage in the fall of 2008 in Howard Korder's Boys' Life at New York City's Second Stage Theatre.

Biggs has appeared in several other films, including Eight Below and Over Her Dead Body. In 2010, Biggs made his literary debut by contributing "Scratch-and-Sniff", a poem about growing up in New Jersey, to the anthology, What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour through New Jersey (Word Riot Press, 2010). In 2012, he contributed to the anthology Oy! Only Six? Why Not More: Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life with the self-ironic article "This is a Roman nose, OK?" (Biggs is not Jewish.) A year later, Larry Smith, the editor of the anthology, and creator of Six-Word Memoirs, would be the basis for Bigg's Orange Is the New Black character Larry Bloom. He departed the series in February 2015 after two seasons.[14]

Biggs in 2012 at the American Reunion premiere in Sydney, Australia

Biggs reprised his role as Jim Levenstein in American Reunion, which was released on April 6, 2012. In the summer of 2012, Biggs took a job voicing Leonardo on Nickelodeon in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He left the series during its second season and was temporarily replaced by Dominic Catrambone.[15] Seth Green permanently took over the role from Biggs beginning in season 3, with Leonardo's voice change being explained in the show's universe, as it was due to his throat getting injured in a battle against Shredder.[16] Biggs also plays the cowbell in the supergroup Yukon Kornelius.[17]

It was announced in September 2014, that Biggs would star on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles.[18] The play opened on March 19.

In December 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced Biggs was cast to star in the comedy Amateur Night. Biggs plays a well-meaning expectant father who unwittingly accepts a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale) around Los Angeles. Jenny Mollen, who is Biggs' wife in real life, appears as his wife in the film.[19]

In 2023, Biggs starred as Rob Sanders in the Netflix Christmas-themed film Best. Christmas. Ever. alongside Brandy, Heather Graham and Matt Cedeño.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Biggs grew up Catholic.[5][21]

In January 2008, he became engaged to his My Best Friend's Girl co-star, actress Jenny Mollen; they married on April 23, 2008.[22][unreliable source?] They have a son, Sid, who was born on February 15, 2014.[23] Their second son, Lazlo, was born on October 2, 2017.[24][25] Biggs and Mollen sold their house in Los Angeles, California, which was situated near the Sunset Strip, in 2015[26] and moved to Manhattan, New York City. The family resides in the West Village, as of 2017.[27]

From 2012 to 2014, Biggs regularly caused controversy with his posts on Twitter, including sexual jokes about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan in response to the 2012 Republican National Convention,[28] joking about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014,[29] joking about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down later that year,[30] and mocking the death of The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill.[31][32]

In a 2012 interview, Biggs stated that he has "a very fucked up sense of humor" and said he enjoyed the ability to "surprise people on a daily basis" on Twitter because his real personality is so different from those of the characters he usually plays.[33]

He apologized for and deleted his tweet about Malaysian Flight 17; in a later interview he said that it had led to death threats against him.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Boy
The Boy Who Cried Bitch Robert
1997 Camp Stories Abby
1999 American Pie Jim Levenstein Young Hollywood Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actor – Best Newcomer
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry
Detroit Rock City Student/Guy in Red Track Suit uncredited
2000 Boys and Girls Hunter/Steve
Loser Paul Tannek Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Wipeout
2001 Saving Silverman Darren Silverman
American Pie 2 Jim Levenstein MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared w/ Seann William Scott)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Line
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Himself Cameo
Prozac Nation Rafe
2003 American Wedding Jim Levenstein Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock (shared w/ Alyson Hannigan)
Anything Else Jerry Falk
2004 Jersey Girl Arthur Brickman
2005 Guy X Corporal Rudy Spruance Taormina Film Fest Award for Best Actor
2006 Farce of the Penguins Insecure Penguin Voice
Eight Below Charlie Cooper
Wedding Daze Anderson
2007 The Glitch Alan Short film
2008 Over Her Dead Body Dan Sianidis
My Best Friend's Girl Dustin
Lower Learning Tom Willoman
2009 Kidnapping Caitlynn Max Short film
2010 The Third Rule Don
2011 Life Happens Sergei
Grassroots Phil Campbell
2012 American Reunion Jim Levenstein Executive Producer;
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
2016 Amateur Night Guy Carter
2017 Who We Are Now Vince
2018 Dear Dictator Mr. Spines
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Himself
2020 The Subject Phil Waterhouse
2023 Best. Christmas. Ever. Rob Sanders Netflix Christmas film


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Fotis Sevastakis Story TV movie; unaired
1991–92 Drexell's Class Willie Trancas Series regular; 14 episodes
1994–95 As the World Turns Pete Wendall Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1995)
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer (1995)
1997 Total Security Robbie Rosenfeld 7 episodes
2002 Off Centre Rick Steve Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Lazy"
2004 Frasier Dr. Hauck Episode: "Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2"
Sesame Street Himself Episode: 4078
2005 Will & Grace Baby Glenn Episode: "The Hole Truth"
2006 Blowin' Up Himself Episode: "The Break-Up"
2007 I'm in Hell Nick TV movie, also producer
2009 Happiness Isn't Everything Jason Hamburger CBS pilot, also producer
2011 Mad Love Ben Parr Main cast & producer; 13 episodes
2012–14 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo
Rat Man Freak
Main cast, voice (Seasons 1–2)
Episode: "Of Rats and Men"; Voice
2012, 2013 The Good Wife Dylan Stack 2 episodes
2012 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself Guest appearance, 1 episode
2017, 2019
Orange Is the New Black Larry Bloom Main cast, 22 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015)
2014 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "Game Night: Behind Bars"
Deadbeat Reed Kelly Episode: "Out-Of-Body Issues"
2016 Nightcap Himself Episode: "Mean Guest"
2017 The Good Fight Dylan Stack Episode: "Chaos"
Angry Angel Himself
2018 The Wendy Williams Show Himself (Host) Episode: "Brian Balthazar; Jason Biggs"
2019 The Bachelorette Himself (Guest) Episode: "Week 3"
2020 Outmatched Mike Main cast
2020 The Masked Singer Guest panelist Episode: "The Playoffs: Group A"
2021 Cherries Wild Himself (host) Main cast
2021–present Jason Biggs' Cash At Your Door Himself (host) Main cast
2022 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Andy Parlato-Goldstein 2 episodes
Music videos
Year Title Artist Role
2000 "Teenage Dirtbag" Wheatus Nerd


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
1991–93 Conversations with My Father Young Joey Royale Theatre
2002 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
2004–05 Modern Orthodox Dodger Stages Theatre
2008 Boys' Life Second Stage Theater
2015 The Heidi Chronicles Scoop Rosenbaum Music Box Theatre


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