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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 wo

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
  • Actor
2016
0% Term Life
  • Jimmy Lincoln
2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Pygmy Hog
2016
33% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Executive Producer
2015
86% Chef
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Carl Casper
  • Director
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Manny Riskin
2013
79% Iron Man 3
  • Happy Hogan
  • Executive Producer
2013
19% Identity Thief
  • Harold Cornish
2013
54% People Like Us
  • Richards
2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers
  • Executive Producer
2012
51% John Carter
  • Thark Bookie
2012
71% Revenge of the Electric Car
  • Actor
2011
43% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2011
14% Zookeeper
  • Jerome the Bear
2011
0% Brother's Justice
  • Himself
2011
72% Iron Man 2
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Happy Hogan
2010
11% Couples Retreat
  • Screenwriter
  • Joey
2009
22% G-Force
  • Hurley
2009
84% I Love You, Man
  • Barry
2009
25% Four Christmases
  • Denver
2008
94% Iron Man
  • Hogan
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2008
58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
  • Actor
2008
48% Open Season
  • Reilly
2006
33% The Break-Up
  • Johnny O
2006
No Score Yet Date School
  • Director
2006
75% Zathura
  • Director
2005
60% Wimbledon
  • Ron Roth
2004
No Score Yet Dinner For Five
  • Director
2004
71% Something's Gotta Give
  • Leo
2003
84% Elf
  • Screenwriter
  • Doctor
  • Director
2003
44% Daredevil
  • Franklin
2003
71% The Big Empty
  • John Person
  • Executive Producer
2003
11% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
  • Screenwriter
2002
71% Made
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Bobby/Zoo Lady
2001
48% Love & Sex
  • Adam Levy
2000
41% The Replacements
  • Daniel Bateman
2000
33% Rocky Marciano
  • Rocky Marciano
1999
No Score Yet Dogtown
  • Ezra
1998
44% Very Bad Things
  • Kyle Fisher
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Gus Partenza
1998
No Score Yet Notes From Underground
  • Zerkov
1998
20% Persons Unknown
  • Actor
1996
87% Swingers
  • Mike
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet Just Your Luck
  • Straker
1996
40% 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
80% Rudy
  • D-Bob
1993
47% PCU
  • Gutter
1993
0% Folks!
  • Chicago Taxi Driver
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Director
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Guest
Monk
2002-2009
  • Dr. Bloom
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Director
  • Host
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Himself
54% The Shannara Chronicles
2016
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
68% Revolution
2012-2014
  • Director
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Top Chef
2006
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Clown

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