Justin Long

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Justin Long
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Born
Justin Jacob Long

(1978-06-02) June 2, 1978 (age 41)
Alma materVassar College
OccupationActor, comedian, humorist, director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Amanda Seyfried (2013–2015)
Parent(s)R. James Long
Wendy Lesniak

Justin Jacob Long[1] (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, humorist, screenwriter, and director known for roles in such films as Jeepers Creepers (2001), Dodgeball (2004), Accepted (2006), Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009), Alpha and Omega (2010), Tusk (2014), Comet (2014) and The Lookalike (2014). He played Brandon St. Randy in the films Galaxy Quest (1999), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), Warren P. Cheswick on the NBC TV series Ed and appeared with John Hodgman in TV commercials for Apple's "Get a Mac". He hosted the Disney+ original series Shop Class.

Early life[edit]

Long was born the middle son of three boys in Fairfield, Connecticut, to father R. James Long, a philosophy and Latin professor at Fairfield University, and mother Wendy Lesniak,[2] a former actress who has mostly appeared on stage.[3] His paternal grandmother was of Italian descent.[4] Long had a "kind of conservative" Roman Catholic upbringing.[5] His older brother, Damian, is a local stage actor, teacher, and theater director at Weston High School.[6] Long attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, a Jesuit school, and Vassar College, where he was a member of the sketch comedy group Laughingstock and starred in several plays, including Butterflies Are Free.[6]

Career[edit]

Long's film credits include Idiocracy, Waiting..., Jeepers Creepers, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Break-Up, Crossroads, Galaxy Quest, Dreamland and Live Free or Die Hard. He was also a regular on the NBC TV series Ed (2000–04), playing socially awkward Warren P. Cheswick. He was offered the opportunity to replace Steve Burns on Blue's Clues after he left the show, but ultimately declined.[7] He was the voice of the character Alvin in Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.[8] He also played the main character in the comedy film Accepted (2006).

Long made a guest appearance in the documentary, Wild West Comedy Show (2006). In 2007, he co-starred with Bruce Willis as a "white-hat hacker" in Live Free or Die Hard[9] and had a role in the comedy The Sasquatch Gang. Long is known for his depiction of a Mac in Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign. The campaign featured commercials in which Long as a Mac and John Hodgman as a PC engaged in playful banter about "the strengths of the Mac platform and weaknesses of the PC platform."[10]

Long also had a small role in the comedy film Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), where he plays Brandon St. Randy, a gay porn star. In 2009, he starred in He's Just Not That into You along with co-star Ginnifer Goodwin and After.Life opposite Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci. He also provided the voice of Humphrey in Alpha and Omega (2010), starring with Hayden Panettiere. Also in 2010, Long starred in the comedy film Going the Distance with Drew Barrymore. He was cast as a one-armed Civil War veteran in Robert Redford's The Conspirator.[11]

Long read the audiobook version of Judy Blume's Then Again, Maybe I Won't and Stephen King's Everything's Eventual. From July 7–18, 2010, he appeared in a production of Samuel J. and K. at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.[12] On August 16, 2010, he co-hosted WWE Raw with Going the Distance co-stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[13] In 2014 he starred in the independent love drama Comet, which he and his co-star Emmy Rossum also produced. He also was in a few skits on the show ‘Inside Amy Schumer’. In April 2019, Long started the podcast, Life Is Short with Justin Long, with its introductory episode airing through Wondery on April 29, 2019. His first guest was actor Dax Shepard.[14]

On June 24, 2019 Long, along with an ensemble cast, presented The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, a dramatic reading of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Long portrayed former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He had a relationship with Drew Barrymore,[16] but they broke up in July 2008.[17] He also dated Amanda Seyfried from mid-2013[18] for two years, breaking up in September 2015.[19]

During an episode of the podcast [20] Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Long revealed that he was the victim of a drugging and abduction during the filming of Youth In Revolt while in Michigan. According to Long, after an evening of drinking he left with several local individuals who offered him marijuana but, he believes, in fact gave him the drug Phencyclidine, more commonly known as PCP. After getting him severely intoxicated, these individuals took him to various locations against his will and avoided taking him to his hotel as he repeatedly requested. According to Long, the individuals made reference to filming him while high on hard drugs and selling the footage to TMZ or another website dedicated to celebrity gossip. Long was so concerned that he eventually leapt from the moving vehicle in order to escape the ordeal. Long commented that he has faced lingering nerve damage in his leg due to the injuries he sustained in escaping from their car.

Long endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[21] He endorsed Sanders again in the 2020 Democratic primary, has been seen at Sanders rallies,[22] and has appeared on the campaign trail as a surrogate.[23]

Filmography[edit]

(left-right) Jonah Hill, Long, and Blake Lively promoting Accepted at Comic-Con in 2006

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Galaxy Quest Brandon Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2001 Happy Campers Donald
2001 Jeepers Creepers Darry Jenner Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2002 Crossroads Henry
2004 Raising Genius Hal Nestor
2004 Hair High Dwayne Voice
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Justin Redman
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Chris Harken Direct-to-DVD
2005 Robin's Big Date Robin Short film
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Kevin
2005 Waiting... Dean
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Zerk Wilder
2006 Dreamland Mookie
2006 The Break-Up Christopher Hirons
2006 Accepted Bartleby "B" Gaines
2006 Idiocracy Dr. Lexus
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Matt Farrell Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Battle for Terra Senn Voice
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Alvin Seville Voice
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story George Harrison Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Strange Wilderness Junior
2008 Just Add Water Spoonie
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Brandon St. Randy
2008 Pineapple Express Justin Deleted scene[24]
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Alex
2009 Still Waiting... Dean Uncredited[citation needed]
2009 Taking Chances Chase Revere
2009 Serious Moonlight Todd
2009 Drag Me to Hell Clay Dalton
2009 Funny People Re-Do Guy Cameo
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Corp. James R. Garrett / Sgt. John H. Morris Voice; Short film
2009 Planet 51 Lem Voice
2009 Old Dogs Troop Leader Adam Devlin Uncredited[citation needed]
2009 After.Life Paul
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Alvin Seville Voice
2010 Youth in Revolt Paul Saunders
2010 Going the Distance Garrett
2010 Alpha and Omega Humphrey Voice
2011 The Conspirator Nicholas Baker
2011 10 Years Marty Burn
2011 Free Hugs Checkout Boy Short film
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Alvin Seville Voice
2012 For a Good Time, Call... Jesse
2012 Best Man Down Scott
2013 Movie 43 Robin Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"
2013 iSteve[25] Steve Jobs
2013 A Case of You Sam Also producer and writer
2013 Walking with Dinosaurs Patchi Voice
2014 Ask Me Anything Dan Gallo
2014 Veronica Mars Drunken Wingman Uncredited[citation needed]
2014 Comet Dell Also executive producer
2014 Tusk Wallace Bryton
2014 The Lookalike Holt Mulligan Also producer
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Alvin Seville Voice
2016 Yoga Hosers Yogi Bayer
2016 Frank & Lola Keith Winkleman
2016 Lavender Liam
2016 Ghost Team Ross
2016 Trump Baby Baby Voice; Short film
2017 And Then I Go Tim
2017 Literally, Right Before Aaron Adam
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Brandon St. Randy [26]
2019 After Class Josh
2019 The Wave Frank
TBA Lady of the Manor Max Post-production; Also writer, director, producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000–04 Ed Warren P. Cheswick 71 episodes
2006 Campus Ladies Connor Episode: "Fraternity Row"
2006 That '70s Show Andrew Davis Episode: "Love of My Life"
2006–07 King of the Hill Various voices 3 episodes
2009 Saturday Night Live Matthew McConaughey Episode: Drew Barrymore/Regina Spektor
2011–12, 2015 New Girl Paul Genzlinger 5 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Gary (voice) 13 episodes
2013 Mom Adam 3 episodes
2014 Sober Companion Pilot
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Zack Episode: "Changes"
2014 TripTank Camera Man / Andrew (voices) 2 episodes
2015–present F Is for Family Kevin Murphy (voice) 26 episodes
2015 Portlandia Justin Episode: "The Fiancée"
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Brian Episode: "Fight Like a Girl"
2015–18 Drunk History Arno Penzias / Elmer McCurdy 2 episodes
2016 Dream Team Marty Schumacher Pilot
2016–2018 Skylanders Academy Spyro (voice) Main role
2017 Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and an Actor"
2018 The Conners Neil 2 episodes
2019 The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts Himself, James Comey live reading/performance
2019 Giri/Haji Ellis Vickers 4 episodes
2020 Shop Class Himself Host

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Long". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Justin Long Interview, Die Hard 4 - MoviesOnline". Moviesonline.ca. Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  3. ^ "Justin Long biography". Buddytv. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Justin Long Talks About The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang and Strange Wilderness". About.com. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  5. ^ Topel, Fred (2006-08-14). "Interview: Justin Long". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2010-03-22. My family is Roman Catholic and kind of conservative...
  6. ^ a b "Justin Long- Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  7. ^ "A Familiar Face Declined To Replace Steve From 'Blues Clues'". UPROXX. 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Tony Hale Joins 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Mac Computer And Maggie Q For Die Hard 4". Cinemablend.com. 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  10. ^ McNamara, Mary. "Not Strictly Commercial". Los Angeles Times. July 23, 2006.
  11. ^ Pics and Justin Long for Redford's Conspirator (2009-10-16). "Pics and Justin Long for Redford's Conspirator". News in Film. Archived from the original on 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  12. ^ "''Samuel J. and K'' appearance". Wtfestival.org. Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  13. ^ "Raw Special Guest Stars - August 16, 2010: The Cast of 'Going the Distance'". Wwe.com. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  14. ^ Wondery (2019-05-01). "Wondery: Feel the Story..." Wondery. Archived from the original on 2019-08-11. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  15. ^ "Law Works: The Investigation". June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "Justin Long Takes Drew Barrymore Home to Meet the Parents". People. 2007-11-28. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  17. ^ "Drew Barrymore and Justin Long end relationship". Fox News.com. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  18. ^ Van Meter, Jonathan (May 18, 2015). "Amanda Seyfried Talks Family, Ted 2, and Finding Love on Instagram". Vogue. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on Sep 6, 2015. Retrieved Sep 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long Split after Dating for Two Years: Details". Us Weekly. 29 Sep 2015. Retrieved 11 Dec 2015.
  20. ^ "Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard". Simplecast. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  21. ^ Long, Justin [@justinlong] (27 Jun 2015). "We're on a roll, America! Next stop: classism + overturning #CitizensUnited by supporting @SenSanders. #SummerOfEquality" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ http://smartlink.cnn.com/cnn_go_2_homepage_nav
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1198727973257367553?s=20
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF2aY8zrQXE
  25. ^ Mogg, Trevor. "iSteve: Funny or Die to debut Steve Jobs comedy biopic starring Justin Long". Digital Trends. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  26. ^ Vanity Fair (October 15, 2019). "Kevin Smith Breaks Down Jay and Silent Bob Fan Theories from Reddit". YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2019.

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