Jon Heder

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Jon Heder
Jon Heder by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Jonathan Joseph Heder
(1977-10-26) October 26, 1977 (age 38)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Kirsten Bales (m. 2002)
Children 3

Jonathan Joseph "Jon" Heder (/ˈhdər/) (born October 26, 1977)[1] is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama's Boy, and When in Rome, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House, Walt Before Mickey as Roy Disney and Surf's Up, as well as the Napoleon Dynamite animated series.

Early life[edit]

Heder was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Helen (née Brammer) and Dr. James Heder, a practicing physician. He has an identical twin brother,[2] Dan, as well as an older sister and brother, Rachel and Doug, and two younger brothers, Adam and Matt. Heder is the nephew by marriage of former NFL running back and current WCAU sportscaster, Vai Sikahema.[3] Heder is of part Swedish descent.[4] Heder and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, when he was about two years old.[5] He attended Walker Middle School in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1996,[5] where he was on the swim team and was a member of the Drama Association.

A 2002 alumnus of Brigham Young University, Heder worked on the short CGI animated film "Pet Shop", written by Logan Deans, which earned a non-traditional animation student Emmy in 2005. After his movie career took off, he did not return to complete the work he started on the short, although his name does appear in the credits. While attending BYU he befriended Jared Hess and starred in Hess' short film Peluca, which was later expanded into Napoleon Dynamite. Peluca received rave reviews on the BYU campus after showing at a few college and local film festivals and competitions.


Napoleon Dynamite, filmed in Preston, Idaho, earned $44.5 million at the box office.[6] For his appearance, Heder was paid $1,000.[7] In June 2005, Heder received the MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance and Breakthrough Male Performance for the role. On October 8, 2005, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ashlee Simpson. After his success with Napoleon Dynamite, Heder and his film co-star Efren Ramirez filmed a series of commercials to promote the Utah's 2005 State Fair. They reprised their roles in a self-parody sketch called "Napoleon Bonamite" on the animated series Robot Chicken.[citation needed]

Heder appeared in the film The Sasquatch Gang. He had a supporting role as a clerk in a new age bookstore in the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. Heder also appeared with Rob Schneider and David Spade in producer Adam Sandler's The Benchwarmers (2006), a comedy about three grown men making up for lost chances by creating their own Little League baseball team. He was the voice of the character Skull in the animated film Monster House, and starred in the comedy School for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jacinda Barrett. With the exception of the Academy Award-nominee Monster House, Heder's post-Dynamite movies were widely panned[citation needed] and he risked becoming a one-hit wonder until he co-starred in 2007 with Will Ferrell in the well-received Blades of Glory (2007). Like many of Heder's films, Blades of Glory is an absurd, slapstick caricature, in this case revolving around male figure skaters who must team up in a pairs competition.

Heder's second turn at voice acting came in 2007 when he voiced the character of Chicken Joe, a surfing chicken, in the animated film Surf's Up. His first foray into web television was in the 2008 web series Woke Up Dead starring and produced by Heder.[8] Woke Up Dead is a web-based, live-action sci-fi comedy thriller about Drex, a twenty-something USC student who wakes up underwater in the bathtub one morning and suspects that he might be dead.

Jon and his twin brother Dan star together as villains in the fourth installment of the popular internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby. Jon's performance in When in Rome was praised by New York Times critic A. O. Scott: "Jon Heder as a goofy street magician is the funniest of the bunch."[9] In 2012, Heder returned to the role that made him famous by supplying the voice of Napoleon Dynamite in the Fox Network animated series, Napoleon Dynamite, which debuted in January 2012. In 2013, Heder appeared in the music video for "On Top of the World" with numerous other Utah based actors and musicians, and in 2014 he appeared in the music video for the Chromeo song "Old 45s".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Jon Heder lives with his wife, Kirsten, in Los Angeles, California. The two have been married since 2002. The couple have three children.

He, like his brothers and father, is a Scouting enthusiast having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.[11] In 2010, he served as a Scoutmaster for the organization.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Wrong Brother Audience Member Short
2000 Funky Town Officer Hardy Short
2003 Peluca Seth Short
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Dance Scene
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance - Male
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Blush Scene
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Love Scene
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble
2005 Just Like Heaven Darryl Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor: Comedy
2005 Tankman Begins Batman Short
2006 The Benchwarmers Clark Reedy Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Rumble
2006 Monster House Reginald "Skull" Skulinski Voice
2006 School for Scoundrels Roger Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
2007 The Sasquatch Gang Lazer Tag Employee Cameo
2007 Blades of Glory Jimmy MacElroy Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Dance Scene
2007 Surf's Up Chicken Joe Voice
2007 Moving McAllister Orlie
2007 Mama's Boy Jeffrey McMannus
2008 Sockbaby 4 Manatu Short
2010 When in Rome Lance
2011 Life Happens Wrong Number Caller Cameo
2011 Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit Fu Voice
2012 For Ellen Fred Butler
2012 Drained Producer
DC Independent Film Festival for Best Experimental/Animation
2012 Peter at the End Peter Short
2013 Pororo, The Racing Adventure Mango Voice
2013 Killing Winston Jones Edwin Jones Post-production
2013 Bud Selig Must Die Tim Short
2013 Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede Oliver Vale
2013 On Top of the World Russian Cosmonaut Music video cameo
2014 Reality Denis
2015 Walt Before Mickey Roy Disney
2015 The Tiger Hunter Alex In post-production
2015 Christmas Eve James Also known as Stuck
2015 Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure Mickey Mallard Voice
2015 A Mouse Tale Sir Jonas Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Robot Chicken Astronaut
Bully's Friend
Napoleon Bonamite
Episode: "The Black Cherry"
2008 My Name Is Earl Joel Malone Episode: "Girl Earl"
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Voice
Main role
2012 Gulliver Quinn Gulliver Quinn Pilot
2012 The Aquabats! Super Show! Eagle Claw Episode: "Eagle Claw"
2014 How I Met Your Mother Narshall Episode: "Vesuvius"
2014 Uncle Grandpa Kev Voice
Episode: "Viewer Special"
2014 Kroll Show Himself Episode: "Blisteritos Presents Dad Academy Graduation Congraduritos Red Carpet Viewing Party"
2014 The Legend of Korra Ryu/Ryu's Dad Voice
Episode: "Rebirth"
Episode: "Beyond the Wilds"
2014 Clarence Randy Voice
Episode: "Rise 'n' Shine"
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Napoleon Bonafrog Voice
Episode: "The Croaking"
2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Clyde Five Voice
Episode: "Clyde 5"
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Oskar Voice
Episode: "Cheer up Star"
2015 Pickle and Peanut Pickle Voice
Main role[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Woke Up Dead Drex Greene Main role
2010 Fact Checkers Unit Jon Series regular
2011 Dead Grandma Series Host Main role
2014 TableTop Guest Gamer Cameo

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Seth Voice
2014 Armikrog Vognaut Voice


  1. ^ Jon Heder profile,; accessed February 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jon Heder biography and filmography". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Dan Gross: Vai not big fan of actor/kin" article from
  4. ^ B. Alan Orange (2007-06-04). "Shia LaBeouf and Jon Heder Compete for Waves in 'Surf's Up'". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b Owen, Rob (January 12, 2012). "Heder returns as 'Dynamite' gets animated". The Oregonian. p. E1. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Napoleon Dynamite". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Napoleon Dynamite - then and now". Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jon Heder To Star in Electric Farm’s ‘Woke Up Dead’
  9. ^ Chris Hicks. Deseret News, February 5, 2010, p. W1
  10. ^ "Chromeo - Old 45's". Retrieved February 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Boy Scouts Prepared To Celebrate A Century". National Public Radio. February 6, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Greg/Gramma Jail". Pickle and Peanut. Season 1. Episode 1. September 7, 2015. Disney XD. 

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