Jay Duplass

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Jay Duplass
Jay Duplass in October 2011
Duplass in October 2011
Lawrence Jay Duplass

(1973-03-07) March 7, 1973 (age 46)
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • writer
  • actor
  • author
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Tracy-Duplass
RelativesMark Duplass (brother)

Lawrence Jay Duplass (born March 7, 1973)[1] is an American film director, author, and actor widely known for his films The Puffy Chair (2005), Cyrus (2010), and Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), made in collaboration with his younger brother, Mark Duplass.

Duplass stars in the Amazon Video comedy-drama series Transparent (2014–2019), and co-created the HBO comedy-drama series Togetherness (2015–16).

Early life[edit]

Duplass was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Cynthia (née Ernst) and Lawrence Duplass.[2][3][4] He was raised in a Catholic family,[5][6] and attended Jesuit High School. Duplass graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in film.[7] Duplass is of part Cajun ancestry.[8]



Duplass attributes much of his and his brother's love for film to his appreciation for Raising Arizona. In an interview with Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life,[9] Duplass speculates on what might have happened had he not seen the film in his youth.

I probably wouldn't be making movies—seriously. It held over for so long. It really was the root of everything that Mark and I always hold ourselves to in making movies. That is to say that Raising Arizona is the most inspired movie that I have ever seen.[9]


In 2014, he starred as Josh Pfefferman in the Amazon Prime Original Comedy-Drama Series Transparent, alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Judith Light. The series was met with widespread critical acclaim, earning 11 Primetime Emmy nominations, including nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jeffrey Tambor. In the second season of the show, Duplass' role became more prominent, and he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Prior to Transparent, Duplass had never acted in a featured part. He was talking with director Jill Soloway at a dinner party about the difficulty they were having finding an actor to play what would end up being Duplass' role. After suggesting many actors for the part to Soloway, Soloway turned to Duplass and told him that he should play the part.[10]


Year Title Type Role Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor
2020 Horse Girl Feature film No Yes No Yes
2019 Pink Wall Feature film Leon No No No Yes
2018 The Oath Feature film Clark No No No Yes
2018 Duck Butter Feature film Jay No Yes No Yes
2018 Wild Wild Country Documentary No Yes No No
2018 Prospect Feature film Damon No No No Yes
2017 Outside In Feature film Chris No Yes Yes Yes
2017–present Room 104 TV series Daniel No Yes No Yes
2017 Take Me Feature film No Yes No No
2017 Table 19 Feature film No No Yes No
2017 Beatriz at Dinner Feature film Alex No No No Yes
2017 Landline Feature film Ben No No No Yes
2016 Rainbow Time Feature film Adam No Yes No Yes
2016–2018 Animals. TV series Dennis (voice) No Yes No Yes
2015 6 Years Feature film No Yes No No
2015 Paper Towns Feature film English Teacher No No No Yes
2015 The Bronze Feature film No Yes No No
2015 Manson Family Vacation Feature film Nick No Yes No Yes
2015 Tangerine Feature film No Yes No No
2014 Wedlock TV series No Yes No No
2015–16 Togetherness TV series Yes Yes Yes No
2014 Adult Beginners Feature film No Yes No No
2014–2019 Transparent TV series Josh Pfefferman No No No Yes
2014 The One I Love Feature film No Yes No No
2014 The Skeleton Twins Feature film No Yes No No
2013 Bad Milo! Feature film No Yes No No
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Feature film No Yes No No
2012 Black Rock Feature film No Yes No No
2012–17 The Mindy Project TV series Duncan Deslaurier No No No Yes
2012 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Feature film Yes Yes Yes No
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Feature film Yes Yes Yes No
2011 Kevin Documentary Yes Yes Yes No
2011 Slacker 2011 Feature film Boyfriend Yes No No Yes
2010 Cyrus Feature film Yes Yes Yes No
2008 Baghead Feature film Yes Yes Yes No
2008 Nights and Weekends Feature film James' brother No No No Yes
2005 The Intervention Short film Yes No No No
2005 The Puffy Chair Feature film Yes Yes Yes No
2004 Scrapple Short film Yes Yes Yes No
2003 Death for Sale Short film No Yes No No
2003 This is John Short film Yes No No No
2002 The New Brad Short film Yes Yes Yes No
1996 Connect 5 Short film No Yes No No



  1. ^ "Jay Duplass - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Low budget and brotherly". Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. ^ King, Susan (July 6, 2006). "Puffy Chair carves out a living". Newsbank.com.
  4. ^ "Mr. John Anthony Ernst, Jr. obituary". Stei-23818.tributes.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Hood, Shannon (March 19, 2010). "SXSW Interview: 'Cyrus' Directors Mark and Jay Duplass". The Flickcast. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Jay Duplass Talks Moving To The Mainstream At The 2011 Savannah Film Festival". Indiewire. March 2, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Kelly, Christopher (July 2012). "Sibling Revelry". Texas Monthly.
  8. ^ Lamble, David (March 28, 2013). "The Bay Area Reporter Online". Ebar.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Elder, Robert K. (2011). "Interview with Jay Duplass". The Film That Changed My Life. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. p. 209. ISBN 9781556528255.
  10. ^ Lincoln, Kevin (6 January 2016). "After Years Directing Indie Films, Transparent Star Jay Duplass Found Himself in an Unlikely Place: In Front of the Camera". Vulture. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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