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Jon Favreau

Lowest Rated:   0% Term Life (2016)
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Birthplace:   Queens, New York, USA
An actor whose solid everyman quality has endeared him to audiences and critics alike, Jon Favreau first made his name with 1996's Swingers. The story of a group of rat pack-obsessed, out-of-work actors slumming amiably through life in L.A., the indie-comedy was one of the year's biggest sleeper hits and made a star out of Favreau, who also wrote the script.A native of Queens, NY, where he was born on October 19, 1966, Favreau was raised as the only child of two educators. After attending the Bronx High School of Science, he did an abbreviated stint at Queens College before heading to Chicago to pursue a comedy career. In Chicago, he studied improvisational comedy with Del Close and was a member of the ImrovOlympic troupe. Favreau's time in Chicago ended when he decided to head to L.A. to try and break into film; his experiences as a lovelorn, out-of-work actor would later provide the inspiration for Swingers.After years of false hopes and false starts that took the form of supporting roles in such disappointing films as Rudy and P.C.U., Favreau began channeling his experiences and those of his friends (who included fellow Swingers star Vince Vaughn) into a rudimentary script for Swingers. Encouraged to make his script into a film, the actor despaired of securing enough funding for the project until he met fledgling director Doug Liman, who convinced him that the film could be made for 250,000 dollars. Costs were cut by filming largely without permits and making use of inexpensive shooting locations such as Favreau's own apartment. The film's low-budget charm was sufficient enough to sway the powers-that-be at Miramax who picked it up for distribution. When Swingers was eventually released in 1996, it was hailed by critics as a funny and painfully accurate account of the L.A. scene and its various faux-hipster denizens, as well as the dynamics at work amongst a group of guys (Favreau, Vaughn, and company) and the women they try so desperately to impress. In the wake of the film's success, Favreau, who was being hailed as the latest in the long line of Hollywood "Next Big Things," chose to star in Very Bad Things (1998), a black comedy directed by actor-turned-director Peter Berg. The film, in which Favreau played a soon-to-be married man whose Las Vegas bachelor party goes disastrously wrong, received very mixed reviews, although most critics praised the actor's performance as a "suburban Joe" caught up in circumstances that rapidly spiral beyond his control. After playing the eponymous boxing legend in the made-for-TV Rocky Marciano in 1999, Favreau returned to the screen in 2000 to star as a football player in The Replacements, a sports comedy directed by Howard Deutch. That same year, he returned to the indie scene with Love & Sex, a take on urban romance. In 2001, Favreau re-teamed with Vaughn for Made, a crime comedy that cast the two actors as aspiring mobsters and marked Favreau's feature directorial debut. Also in 2001, Favreau made the jump to the small screen, producing and hosting IFC's Dinner for Five, a candid roundtable program featuring fellow actors and filmmakers. In 2003, not only did Favreau show up in supporting roles in the hits Daredevil and Something's Gotta Give, his sophomore directorial effort, the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf proved to be one of the season's biggest crowd-pleasers, grossing over 100 million dollars at the box office. He followed up that success by bringing Chris Van Allsburg's Zathura to the big screen, although it did not match Elf's box office success. After making a few cameos on TV shows like My Name Is Earl and Monk, Favreau re-teamed with Vince Vaughn once again for a supporting role in the 2006 comedy The Break-Up. He also lent his vocal talents to the animated film Open Season. That same year he announced he would be taking on directorial duties for the big screen adaptation of the comic book Iron Man. Though it wouldn't be released until 2008, Iron Man was a huge success,

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
  • Actor
2016
0% Term Life
  • Jimmy Lincoln
$13.5k 2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Pygmy Hog
$364M 2016
33% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
87% Chef
  • Carl Casper
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$23.7M 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
78% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Manny Riskin
$91.4M 2013
53% People Like Us
  • Richards
$12.5M 2012
51% John Carter
  • Thark Bookie
$73.1M 2012
70% Revenge of the Electric Car
  • Actor
$0.2M 2011
45% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$100.3M 2011
14% Zookeeper
  • Jerome the Bear
$80.4M 2011
0% Brother's Justice
  • Himself
2011
73% Iron Man 2
  • Director
  • Happy Hogan
  • Executive Producer
$312.1M 2010
11% Couples Retreat
  • Joey
  • Screenwriter
$109.2M 2009
83% I Love You, Man
  • Barry
$71.3M 2009
24% Four Christmases
  • Denver
$120.2M 2008
93% Iron Man
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Hogan
$318.3M 2008
60% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
  • Actor
$0.5M 2008
48% Open Season
  • Reilly
$84.3M 2006
34% The Break-Up
  • Johnny O
$118.7M 2006
75% Zathura
  • Director
$28.1M 2005
61% Wimbledon
  • Ron Roth
$16.9M 2004
83% Elf
  • Director
  • Doctor
  • Screenwriter
$173.4M 2003
44% Daredevil
  • Franklin
$102.5M 2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Executive Producer
  • John Person
2003
11% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
  • Screenwriter
2002
71% Made
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Bobby/Zoo Lady
  • Producer
$3.7M 2001
48% Love & Sex
  • Adam Levy
2000
41% The Replacements
  • Daniel Bateman
$44.1M 2000
33% Rocky Marciano
  • Rocky Marciano
1999
No Score Yet Dogtown
  • Ezra
1998
44% Very Bad Things
  • Kyle Fisher
1998
45% Deep Impact
  • Gus Partenza
1998
No Score Yet Notes From Underground
  • Zerkov
1998
20% Persons Unknown
  • Actor
1996
87% Swingers
  • Mike
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1996
39% Batman Forever
  • Assistant
1995
No Score Yet Notes From the Underground
  • Actor
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Elmer Rice
1994
78% Rudy
  • D-Bob
1993
47% PCU
  • Gutter
1993
0% Folks!
  • Chicago Taxi Driver
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pod Save America
2018
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • 2018
93% The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
2018
  • Actor
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Orville
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
76% Young Sheldon
2017
  • Director
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
78% The Shannara Chronicles
2016-2017
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Director
  • Host
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2008
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • 2017
  • 2004
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons
2016
  • Guest
  • 2016
38% Chelsea
2016-2017
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Top Chef
2006
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
89% The Office
2005-2013
  • Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2012
70% Revolution
2012-2014
  • Director
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
90% Monk
2002-2009
  • Dr. Bloom
  • 2006
82% My Name Is Earl
2005-2009
  • Mr. Patrick
  • 2006
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
  • Sean
  • 2004
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2000
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Himself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • Actor
  • 1997
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Jon
  • 1995
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Clown
  • 1994

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