PROFILE
Name:
Jesse Eisenberg
Birth Date:
New York City, New York, USA
Birth Place:
October 5, 1983
BIOGRAPHY
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The Social Network

Background:

American actor Jesse Eisenberg is best recognized for his role as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” (2010), from which he picked up many awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination in the category of  Best Actor. He is also notable for starring in movies like “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), “The Education of Charlie Banks” (2007), “Zombieland” (2009), “Solitary Man” (2009), “Holy Rollers” (2010), “30 Minutes or Less” (2011), “To Rome with Love” (2012) and “Now You See Me” (2013).

Eisenberg is the creator of the wordplay website OneUpMe.com. He also owns Yugoslavio.com. Is of Polish descent, Eisenberg speaks Polish fluently and has visited Poland very often. He is good friends with “The Social Network” co-star Andrew Garfield and is good friend with Justin Bartha, Eisenberg's co-star in “Holy Rollers.”         

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Childhood and Family:

Jesse Adam Eisenberg was born on October 5, 1983, in New York City, New York. His father, Barry Eisenberg, worked as a hospital administration before becoming a college professor, while his mother,  Amy Eisenberg, was a professional clown. He has two sisters, Kerri Eisenberg and Hallie Kate Eisenberg (born on August 2, 1992), a former child actress who starred in a series of Pepsi commercials and films in the 1990s. Jesse was raised in Queens and East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. He was educated at the East Brunswick Public Schools at Frost School, Hammarskjold Middle School, Churchill Junior High School, and East Brunswick High School for his sophomore year. He also studied contemporary architecture at The New School in New York City. Jesse started to perform in children's theater when he was 10 years old.  

Now You See Me

Career:

Jesse Eisenberg made his professional acting debut in Arje Shaw's off-Broadway play, “The Gathering.” In 1996, he moved on to Broadway when he served as an understudy in a revival of Tennessee Williams' “Summer and Smoke.” Two years later, he gained positive reviews for his part in “The Broadway Kids Sing Broadway,” a national touring company that featured kids aged 8-16 performing alimental, child-oriented entertainment. In 1999, Eisenberg broke into the small screen with the regular role of Kenny Green in the Fox short lived series “Get Real,” which ran from September 8, 1999 to April 12, 2000. The series also starred Jon Tenney, Debrah Farentino, Anne Hathaway, Christina Pickles and Eric Christian Olsen. Eisenberg jointly nabbed a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble for his work. He went on to appear opposite John Schneider in the 2001 made for TV film “Lightning: Fire from the Sky.”

Eisenberg made his feature film debut on “Roger Dodger,” a 2002 independent comedy/drama noir directed and written by Dylan Kidd. Playing Campbell Scott's teenage nephew, Nick, the actor won the Festival Award for Most Promising New Actor at the 2002 San Diego Film Festival for his promising turn. The same year, he played a student in Kevin Kline's prep school class in the Michael Hoffman directed drama film “The Emperor's Club.”   

Eisenberg had a small role in M. Night Shyamalan's hit thriller “The Village” (2004), which starred Bryce Dallas Howard and Joaquin Phoenix, and co-starred with Christina Ricci in the Wes Craven horror film “Cursed” (2005). He delivered a notable turn as Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney's eldest son in the critically acclaimed film “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), which was written and helmed by Noah Baumbach. The role brought him a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast as well as an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male, a Chlotrudis nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Young Performer.

In 2007, Eisenberg played the title character in “The Education of Charlie Banks,” a drama film directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, was cast as a young journalist in Richard Shepard's action/adventure film “The Hunting Party,” which also starred Richard Gere, Terrence Howard and Diane Kruger, and co-stared with Samantha Figura and Marina Resa in the drama/science fiction/drama film “One Day Like Rain,” which was written and directed by Paul Todisco. He portrayed Mills Joaquin, best and only friend of K. Roth Binew (played by Mike O'Connell) on the dark comedy film “The Living Wake” (2007), from which he netted a Rising Star Award at the Vail Film Festival.      

In 2009, Eisenberg starred as Columbus in Ruben Fleischer's “Zombieland,” opposite Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. The role earned him Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor, an MTV Movie nomination for Best Frightened Performance, a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Breakout – Male and a Detroit Film Critics Society nomination for Best Cast. The same year, he joined an ensemble cast for “Adventureland,” which was directed by Greg Mottola, and co-starred opposite Michael Douglas and Jenna Fischer in “Solitary Man,” directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The latter film brought him a Capri Exploit Award. He also worked in the short films “Some Boys Don't Leave” and “Beyond All Boundaries.”

Eisenberg's massive success arrived when he was cast as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in the widespread acclaimed drama “The Social Network” (2010), which was directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Giving a bravura performance, Eisenberg won a number of awards like an Irish Film and Television (IFTA) for Best International Actor, a National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) for Best Actor, a Palm Springs International Film Festival for Ensemble Cast Award, a Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) for Best Actor, a Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) for Best Actor, a Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year, a National Board of Review (NBR) for Best Actor and a Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) for Best Ensemble Acting. He also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actor nominations from the  Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards,  Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards,  Detroit Film Critics Society Awards, Empire Awards, Online Film Critics Society Awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, San Diego Film Critis Society Awards, Satellite Awards, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, among others.      

Eisenberg starred with Justin Bartha in the independent film “Holy Rollers” (2010), with Will Denton, Dana Delany, Andrew McCarthy and Bruce Davison in “Camp Hell” (2010), and with Danny McBride and  Aziz Ansari in “30 Minutes or Less” (2011). He also provided the voice of Blu in the Academy Award nominated animated film “Rio” (2011).  Eisenberg continued to star in the comedy/drama film “Why Stop Now” (2012, with Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan), Jay Gammil's “Free Samples” (2012, with Jess Weixler and Jason Ritter) and Woody Allen's “To Rome with Love” (2012). The same year, he also voiced Eric Neal in an episode of “The Newsroom” called “We Just Decided To” (2012).   

Recently, Eisenberg worked with Ben Stiller, Mamie Gummer, Ralph Macchio, Vanessa Williams, Tracee Chimo and Austin Pendleton in Michael Urie's comedy, “He's Way More Famous Than You,” which premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival on January 20. His new film, “Now You See Me,” a caper flick directed by Louis Leterrier, hit the theater on May 31, 2013. There he plays one of four magicians, Daniel Atlas.  

Eisenberg will star with Mia Wasikowska in the upcoming comedy film “The Double,” co-written and directed by Richard Ayoade. He also will appear with Dakota Fanning in the drama “Night Moves,” which is set to be released on September 20, 2013. In 2014, he is scheduled to reprise his voice role of Blu in the sequel “Rio 2.” Other upcoming film projects are “Midnight Sun” (2014) and “Louder Than Bombs.”     

Awards:

Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best International Actor, “The Social Network,” 2011
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC): Best Actor, “The Social Network,”  2011
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Ensemble Cast Award, “The Social Network,” 2011
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA): Best Actor, “The Social Network,” 2011
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC): Best Actor, “The Social Network,” 2010
Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Film Award, Ensemble of the Year, “The Social Network,” 2010
National Board of Review (NBR): Best Actor, “The Social Network,” 2010
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Ensemble Acting, “The Social Network,” 2010
Fangoria Chainsaw: Chainsaw Award, Best Actor, “Zombieland,” 2010
Capri, Hollywood: Capri Exploit Award, “Solitary Man,” 2009
Big Apple Film Festival: NY Emerging Talent Award, 2008
Vail Film Festival: Rising Star Award, 2008
Gotham: Best Ensemble Cast, “The Squid and the Whale,” 2005    
San Diego Film Festival: Festival Award, Most Promising New Actor, “Roger Dodger,” 2002 Show Less
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