Jay Baruchel
Birth Date:
April 9, 1982
Birth Place:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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“I am a proud Montrealer. Jobs will take me where they take me but nothing will ever be able to convince me to leave my home. If it were up to me every job would be somewhere in Canada.” Jay Baruchel

First coming to the attention of public for his scene stealing role as a Led Zeppelin adherent on the Oscar winner “Almost Famous” (2000), Canadian actor Jay Baruchel has since appeared in a number of films, such as “The Rules of Attraction” (2002), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), “Fetching Cody” (2005), “Knocked Up” (2007), “Just Buried” (2007), “Real Time” (2008), “Tropic Thunder” (2008), “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist” (2008), “Fanboys” (2009), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), “She's Out of My League” (2010) and “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” (2010). He won two U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Awards for playing the title role on “I'm Reed Fish” (2006) and received nominations at the Genie, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the Jutra Awards for his starring role in the Canadian comedy “The Trotsky” (2009). As the voice of Hiccup in the animated film “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), the brown haired actor was handed an Annie Award  Baruchel has starred in the short lived television series “Undeclared” (Fox, 2001-2002), “The Stones” (CBS, 2004) and “Just Legal” (The WB, 2005).  

Baruchel's admirers should wait for his performance in upcoming film projects like “Cosmopolis,” “The Black Marks” (2013), “The Apocalypse” (2013) and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014).  

Baruchel proposed actress Alison Pill over the 2010 holidays. He publicly announced their engagement when he thanked Pill during an acceptance speech at the 2011 Genie Awards in Ottawa, Canada. He was once romantically linked to actress Sarah Lind. Baruchel is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and speaks French fluently. He and Seth Rogen are close friends.

Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel

Childhood and Family:

The son of Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer, and Robyne Baruchel, a freelance writer,   Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel, who would later be popular as Jay Baruchel, was born on  April 9, 1982, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The family relocated to Montreal, Quebec when he was still a kid. His sister, Taylor Baruchel, was born in 1987, when he was five years old, but his parents divorced nine years later. Jay is of French and Italian Sephardic Jewish extraction on his father's side and Irish, Prussian and English extraction on his mother's. He enrolled at the Fine Arts Core Educational School in Montreal, and started taking acting classes at the age of 12. He went to the same high school as William Shatner, Christopher Plummer, Mitsou and Melissa Auf der Maur.

Almost Famous


Jay Baruchel got his first acting job at age 13 when he played Joe in an episode of the Nickelodeon/YTV horror series, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (1995). He moved on to have a regular role on the Canadian children's show, “My Hometown” (YTV, 1996), which chronicled the adventures of a group of Canadian teens. From 1997 to 1998, he became a host on the educational television series “Popular Mechanics for Kids,” which based on “Popular Mechanics” magazine. 1998 also saw him make a guest appearance in the British children's fantasy series “The Worst Witch” (ITV, 1998-2001), starring Georgina Sherrington, Felicity Jones, Una Stubbs and Jessica Fox.

After having small roles in two Canadian films, “Who Gets the House?,” a comedy/drama directed by Timothy J. Nelson and starring Ricky Mabe, Elisha Cuthbert and Sophie Lorain, and “Running Home,” which starred Kristian Ayre and Claudia Christian (both 1999), Baruchel delivered a memorable performance as fanatic Led Zeppelin follower Vic Munoz on the American comedy/drama film “Almost Famous” (2000), which was directed, written and produced by Cameron Crowe and starred Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson. Though it was a flop at the box office, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for four Academy Awards, one of which led to an award to Crowe for his screenplay.

After “Almost Famous,” Baruchel was cast in the leading role of Steven Karp, a clumsy college student, on the  Judd Apatow created sitcom “Undeclared,” whose regular cast also included Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena, Christina Payano, Seth Rogen, Timm Sharp and Loudon Wainwright. The show ran on the Fox network for a single season from September 25, 2001 until March 12, 2002. He co-starred with Robert Bogue and Christopher Heyerdahl in the action/coemdy film “Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher,” which was released directly to video in the US on February 19, 2002, and portrayed Harry, a French exchange student and friend of Paul (played by Ian Somerhalder), on the Roger Avary satirical dark comedy film,“The Rules of Attraction” (2002), which was based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. In 2003, he played Jeremy Curran on   the New Zealand/Canada/UK co-production “Nemesis Game,” opposite Carly Pope, Adrian Paul and Ian McShane.

The actor returned to series television as a regular when he starred alongside Robert Klein, Judith Light, Lindsay Sloane in the comedy/drama series “The Stones,” from “Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Premiered on CBS on March 17, 2004, the show was axed after 3 episodes because of poor ratings. The same year, he landed a significant role as Danger Barch, a would-be boxer with more enthusiasm than talent, on the critically and commercially successful film “Million Dollar Baby,” which was directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood and starred Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. The film collected four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and scored over $216 million at the box office against a budget of $30 million.  

Baruchel made another unsuccessful attempt on the small screen with the courtroom drama “Just Legal,” in which he starred with Don Johnson as two courtroom lawyers in Venice, California. The show premiered on The WB on September 9, 2005 and was canceled after only three episodes aired on October 3, 2005. About one year later, The WB decided to use up 5 unaired episodes following a repeat of the pilot on August 6, 2006. The series ended on September 10, 2006. He went on to play Oswald Kittner on two episodes of “Numb3rs” (2006-2007).

Baruchel starred in the Canadian feature “Fetching Cody” (2005), with Sarah Lind, had the title role in the Zackary Adler helmed comedy film “I'm Reed Fish” (2006), from which he won the Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actor and the  Best Actor Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, was cast as one of Seth Rogen's best friends, Jay, on the Judd Apatow hit comedy “Knocked Up” (2007) and starred with Rose Byrne in the Canadian film “Just Buried” (2007), which was written and helmed by Chaz Thorne. For the next three years, the brown eyed performer remained focus on his film work. He portrayed a neurotic gambler in the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival premiered “Real Time,” opposite Randy Quaid, worked with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise in the Stiller directed action/comedy “Tropic Thunder” (2008), where he played a respectful novice actor named Kevin Sandusky, and played Tal, Norah's “friend with benefits” and an amateur musician, in Peter Sollett's romantic comedy movie, “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist” (2008), starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. He co-starred as an obsessed Star Wars fan in the Kyle Newman directed comedy “Fanboys” (2009), opposite Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette and Kristen Bell, appeared as Sailor Joey Motorola in the Ben Stiller vehicle “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), the sequel to the 2006 hit “Night at the Museum,” and starred as Leon Bronstein, a Montreal West high school student who believes that he is the reborn incarnation of Marxist/Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky, in the Canadian comedy “The Trotsky” (2009), which was written and directed by Jacob Tierney. Baruchel's role in the latter film brought him a 2011 Genie nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, a 2011 Vancouver Film Critics Circle nomination for Best Actor in a Canadian Film and a 2011 Jutra nomination for Best Actor. 2010 saw him in Jim Field Smith's “She's Out of My League,” where he starred as a twenty something TSA agent hired at the Pittsburgh International Airport, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced adventure/fantasy “The Sorcerer's Apprentice,” along with Nicolas Cage, and the Canadian black comedy-drama/thriller film “Good Neighbors,” an adaptation of the book of the same name by Chrystine Brouillet. His voice could be heard as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III in the based on book animated film “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), from which he won an Annie in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production.

In 2011, Baruchel co-starred with Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber in the Canadia comedy film “Goon,” which was directed by Michael Dowse and written by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. The same year, he also made guest appearances in the television series “Marcy” (as Jay) and “The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour” (as Sandwich Soldier).

Baruchel will play Shine in the upcoming film “Cosmopolis,” an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. It was directed and scripted by David Cronenberg. Costars in the film will include Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric and Juliette Binoche. He also will co-star with Kurt Russell and Chris Diamantopoulos in the comedy film “The Black Marks” (2013), by Jonathan Sobol, and with Jonah Hill, James Franco and Seth Rogen in “The Apocalypse” (2013), which he also executive produced. He is set to reprise his role of Hiccup in the forthcoming sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014).


Annie: Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production, “How to Train Your Dragon,” 2011

U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Film Discovery Jury Award, Best Actor, “I'm Reed Fish,” 2007

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