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Favreau in 2014
|Born||Jonathan Kolia Favreau
October 19, 1966
Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Joya Tillem (m. 2000)|
Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau (//; born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers (which he also wrote), Very Bad Things, The Break-Up, and Chef. His notable directorial efforts include Elf, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, and Chef. He also served as an executive producer on The Avengers and Iron Man 3. His most prominent television role was that of Pete Becker, Monica Geller's boyfriend during season three of the television sitcom Friends. He produces films under his banner Fairview Entertainment. The company has been credited as co-producers in most of Favreau's directorial ventures.
Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. His mother was Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry. Favreau attended Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah.
Favreau graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out. His friend from college, Mitchell Pollack, said that Favreau went by the nickname "Hack" because of his talent in the game Hacky Sack. He briefly worked for Bear Stearns on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988. He dropped out of college for good (a few credits shy of completing his degree), and in the summer of 1988, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy. He performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute.
While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first film role alongside Sean Astin as the pudgy tutor D-Bob in the classic sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn – who played a small role in this film – during shooting. The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled "The Fire" as Eric the Clown. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was also Vaughn's breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a perfect foil to Favreau's heartbroken Mike Peters. In 1997, he appeared on the popular TV sitcom Friends, portraying Pete Becker, whom Monica Geller dates for several episodes, and who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Favreau made appearances in the sketch-comedy series, Tracey Takes On... in both 1996 and 1997.
He rejoined Piven in 1998 as part of Very Bad Things (1998). In 1999, he starred in the TV movie Rocky Marciano, based on the life of the only undefeated world heavyweight champion. He later appeared in Love & Sex (2000), co-starring Famke Janssen. Favreau appeared in 2000's The Replacements as maniacal linebacker Daniel Bateman, and that same year he played himself in The Sopranos episode "D-Girl", as a Hollywood director who feigns interest in developing mob associate Christopher Moltisanti's screenplay in order to collect material for his own screenplay.
He was a guest-director for an episode of the college dramedy Undeclared in 2001, and Favreau got some screen time as lawyer Foggy Nelson in the 2003 movie Daredevil (2003) (considerably more in the Director's Cut version). He also starred in The Big Empty, directed by Steve Anderson. His character was John Person, an out of work actor given a strange mission to deliver a blue suitcase to a man named Cowboy in the desert.
In 2001, he made his (film) directorial debut with another self-penned screenplay, Made. Made once again teamed him up with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn. In the fall of 2003, he scored his first financial success as a director of the hit comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Peter Dinklage. Also in 2003, Favreau had a small part in Something's Gotta Give (a film starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson); Favreau played Leo, Harry Sanborn's (Nicholson) personal assistant, who visited Harry in the hospital. In 2005, Favreau directed the film adaptation of Zathura. Never to turn his back on acting, Favreau still makes regular appearances in film and television. He reunited with friend Vince Vaughn in the much-hyped hit romantic comedy The Break-Up and appeared in My Name Is Earl as a reprehensible fast food manager. Favreau also made a guest appearance in Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.
Also in 2005, Favreau appeared as a guest judge and executive representative of Sony corporation in week five of NBC primetime reality TV business show, The Apprentice. He was called upon to judge the efforts of the show's two teams of contestants, who were assigned the task of designing and building a float to publicise his 2005 Sony Pictures movie, Zathura.
Favreau also has a TV series called Dinner for Five which airs on the cable TV channel IFC. On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Favreau was signed to direct the long awaited Iron Man movie. Released on May 2, 2008, the film was a huge critical and commercial success, solidifying Favreau's reputation as a director.
Iron Man was the first Marvel-produced movie under their alliance with Paramount, and Favreau served as the director and an executive producer. He recently told MTV that he would like to be at the helm of an Avengers film. During early scenes in Iron Man, Favreau appears as Tony Stark's loyal friend, and driver, Happy Hogan. He also wrote two issues of a planned mini-series for Marvel Knights titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas, that debuted in September 2008 before being cancelled in November 2008. Favreau also directed the film's sequel, Iron Man 2.
Favreau was the third director attached to John Carter of Mars, the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' swashbuckling space hero. While he did not ultimately direct it, he did have a cameo in the film, as a bookie.
Favreau co-starred in 2009's Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort, which he also wrote. The film saw him reunited with co-star Vince Vaughn, and Kristin Davis played his wife.
In July 2011, Favreau was featured in a YouTube video by visual effects artists Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch (known on YouTube as the popular channel, "freddiew"), in a spoof of his then-upcoming summer film, Cowboys & Aliens. He lent the movie's iconic gauntlet prop to Wong & Laatsch for use in the short.
In 2013, he shot a pilot for a TV series based on the novel About a Boy, but set in San Francisco. He also directed the Destiny trailer named "The Law of the Jungle." Favreau is also set to direct The Jungle Book for Disney, which is set for an April 15th, 2016 release.
Favreau married physician Joya Tillem on November 24, 2000. The couple have three children: a son, Max, born July 25, 2001, and two daughters, Madeleine, born April 2003, and Brighton Rose, born August 2006. Tillem is the niece of lawyer/talk show host Len Tillem.
|Title||Release date||Studio||Budget||Gross||Rotten Tomatoes|
|Made||July 13, 2001||Artisan Entertainment||$5 million||$5 million||71%|
|Elf||November 7, 2003||New Line Cinema||$33 million||$220 million||84%|
|Zathura||November 11, 2005||Columbia Pictures||$65 million||$64 million||75%|
|Iron Man||May 2, 2008||Paramount Pictures
|$140 million||$585 million||93%|
|Iron Man 2||May 7, 2010||$200 million||$623 million||73%|
|Cowboys & Aliens||June 29, 2011||Paramount Pictures
|$163 million||$174 million||44%|
|Chef||May 9, 2014||Open Road Films||$45 million||86%|
|The Jungle Book||April 15, 2016||Walt Disney Pictures|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||No||No||No||Yes||Elmer Rice|
|1994||Seinfeld||No||No||No||Yes||Eric the Clown (1 episode)|
|1996||Tracey Takes On...||No||No||No||Yes||Douglas Lund|
|1997||Friends||No||No||No||Yes||Pete Becker (6 episodes)|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||No||No||No||Yes||Douglas Lund|
|1998||Very Bad Things||No||No||No||Yes||Kyle Fisher|
|1998||Deep Impact||No||No||No||Yes||Dr. Gus Partenza|
|1999||Rocky Marciano||No||No||No||Yes||Rocky Marciano|
|2000||Love & Sex||No||No||No||Yes||Adam Levy|
|2000||The Replacements||No||No||No||Yes||Daniel "Danny" Bateman|
|2001||The Sopranos||No||No||No||Yes||Himself (episode "D-Girl")|
|2002||The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest||No||No||Yes||No|
|2003||Something's Gotta Give||No||No||No||Yes||Leo|
|2003||Daredevil||No||No||No||Yes||Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson|
|2003||The Big Empty||Yes||No||No||Yes||John Person|
|2004||The King of Queens||No||No||No||Yes||Sean McGee|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||No||No||No||Yes||Mr. Patrick|
|2006||The Break-Up||No||No||No||Yes||Johnny O|
|2006||Open Season||No||No||No||Yes||Reilly (Voice)|
|2006||Monk||No||No||No||Yes||Dr. Oliver Bloom (Episode "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist")|
|2008||Iron Man||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Happy Hogan|
|2008||Four Christmases||No||No||No||Yes||Denver McVie|
|2009||I Love You, Man||No||No||No||Yes||Barry|
|2009||G-Force||No||No||No||Yes||Hurley the Guinea Pig (voice)|
|2010||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||No||No||No||Yes||Pre Vizsla (voice) (TV series: 6 episodes)|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Happy Hogan|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|2012||John Carter||No||No||No||Yes||Thark Bookie|
|2012||The Avengers||Yes||No||No||No||Executive producer|
|2012||People Like Us||No||No||No||Yes||Richards|
|2012||Revolution||Yes||Yes||No||No||Directed "Pilot" episode, executive producer|
|2013||The Office||No||Yes||No||No||TV series (Episode "Moving On")|
|2013||Identity Thief||No||No||No||Yes||Harold Cornish|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Yes||No||No||Yes||Happy Hogan, also executive producer|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||No||No||No||Yes||Manny Riskin|
|2014||Chef||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Carl Casper, also producer|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Yes||No||No||No||Executive producer|
|2016||The Jungle Book||No||Yes||No||No|
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