Jared Hess

Jared Hess

Highest Rated: 72% Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Lowest Rated: 20% Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

Birthday: Jul 18, 1979

Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona, USA

As a first time writer and director, Jared Hess earned considerable success right out of the gate with his debut film, "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), which he made on a shoestring budget, only to see the quirky comedy become a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and in theaters after its wide release. Having created a near-cultural phenomenon, which included celebrities wearing iconic "Vote for Pedro" tee-shirts, Hess became a darling of the Gen-X crowd and Hollywood at large, despite some crustier critics declaring his film cruel and sophomoric. But Hess had the last laugh when "Napoleon Dynamite" earned a king's ransom at the box office - at least in relation to its budget - and opened the doors for making movies within the studio system. He followed up his successful debut with another hit, "Nacho Libre" (2006), a medium-budgeted comedy that capitalized on the rising popularity of its star, Jack Black. Though he hit a speed bump with his third feature, the little-seen and critically maligned comedy "Gentlemen Broncos" (2009), Hess returned to the character that launched his career with an animated version of "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012), reminding critics and audiences why he became a noteworthy filmmaker to begin with.

Highest rated movies

The Insufferable Groo




60% 67% The Insufferable Groo Unknown (Character) - 2018
34% 35% Masterminds Director $17.3M 2016
29% 24% Don Verdean Director,
$30.5K 2015
No Score Yet 71% Just About Famous Producer - 2010
20% 44% Gentlemen Broncos Director,
Executive Producer
$113.2K 2009
40% 54% Nacho Libre Director,
$80.2M 2006
72% 74% Napoleon Dynamite Director,
$44.5M 2004


88% 78% Murder Among the Mormons Director 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
32% 50% Napoleon Dynamite Unknown (Guest Voice),
Executive Producer