“It's enjoyable to make fun of those movies because I think they're just silly to begin with. They're just so serious that everything becomes a joke.” Jon Abrahams (behind the scenes of “Scary Movie”)
American actor of film and television Jon Abrahams is perhaps best remembered for his portraying Bobby in Wayans brothers' “Scary Movie” (2000), from which he received a MTV Movie nomination, and Dalton Chapman in Jaume Collet-Serrat's horror, “House of Wax” (2005), opposite Paris Hilton. On working with Hilton, he stated, “Really fun - and a real surprise. Nothing like you’d expect from all the rumors you hear about her. No entourage. Well, we were in Australia so it’s kind of hard to bring an entourage all the way to Australia.” One of Hollywood’s hottest young actors, Abrahams picked up a New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Award for his work on the short film “What Are the Odds” (2004). He also has acted in numerous other movies like “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “The Faculty” (1998), “Outside Providence”(1999), “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999), “Meet the Parents” (2000), “Texas Rangers” (2001), “My Boss's Daughter” (2003), “Standing Still” (2005), “Prime” (2005), “Bottoms Up” (2006, again with Hilton) and “Gardener of Eden” (2007).
On the small screen, Abrahams, who also has appeared on music videos “Do You Know” by Enrique Inglesias and “This Ain't a Scene, it's an Arms Race” by Fall Out Boy, is known as “DJ Jonny” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (2006-2007). He also had a recurring role on “Boston Public” ( 2002 to 2003) and guest spots in “Law & Order” (1998) and in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2003), among other projects.
Moviegoers should not miss his impressive performances on the forthcoming films “2 Dudes & a Dream” (2007) and “The Hill” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
Jon Avery Abrahams was born on October 29, 1977, in New York, New York. He grew up in the same neighborhood as Robert DeNiro. Jon is allergic to horses. Among his favorite films are “Coffy” and “Truck Turner.”
House of Wax
18-year-old Jon Abrahams had his first taste in front of the film camera when he landed a small role as Steven on the Cannes-premiered “Kids” (1995), directed by the award-winning auteur Larry Clark. Later that same year, he was cast as Sonny Poncelet on Tim Robbins' “Dead Man Walking” (1995), which won the star Susan Sarandon an Oscar for her role as a nun named Helen Prejean. The crime/drama also earned Sean Penn and Robbins Oscar nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director, respectively. Abrahams resurfaced two years later by playing Milo on the indie-drama “A, B, C... Manhattan” (1997) and Richard 'K-Dog' on the Patrick Stewart vehicle “Masterminds” (1997).
Abrahams had a feature role on Robert Rodriguez' favorite horror film, “The Faculty” (1998), which starred such young players as Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris and Josh Hartnett. Also in 1998, the New Yorker native cracked into the small screen by appearing in an episode of the hit series “Law & Order,” as Roscoe, and then continued to headline the drama series “Outreach” (1999), playing Henry 'Jenks' Jenkins. He returned to the big screen that same year in the small roles of Drugs Delaney on the the comedy/romance “Outside Providence”(1999), along side Shawn Hatosy, Tommy Bone and Samantha Lavigne, and Club Bystander on Martin Scorsese's “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999), telling 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic (played by Nicolas Cage). He also starred in the independent film “Pigeonholed” (1999), opposite Rosanna Arquette and Chris Noth.
Entering the new millennium, Abrahams found himself working with Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Nia Long for “Boiler Room” (2000), a thriller written and helmed by Ben Younger, but he did not acquire some degree of prominence until he landed the role of Bobby Prinze on the popular comedy/horror “Scary Movie” (2000), directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. The role brought the actor a MTV Movie nomination for Best Kiss, sharing with Anna Faris. His career got additional highlight later that same year when he was cast as one of Robert DeNiro's children on the blockbuster movie “Meet the Parents,” for director Jay Roach. Next, Abrahams portrayed Bill Sage's younger brother on Barrett Esposito's “Mourning Glory” (2001), joined the cast of the western “Texas Rangers” (2001) that included James Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ashton Kutcher, Dylan McDermott and Usher Raymond, and costarred with Jeff Bridges on the mobster film “Scenes of the Crime” (2001).
Abrahams portrayed Billy Parks, the childhood friend of Laura Regan's character, on “Wes Craven Presents: They” (2002) and rejoined Asthon Kutcher for the David Zucker-directed comedy/romance “My Boss's Daughter” (2003). From 2002 to 2003, he had a recurring role on the David E. Kelley-created TV sitcom “Boston Public” (Fox, 2000-2004), playing Zack Fisher. He starred as Robert Logan in the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode of “Mother” in 2003.
After starring as Mike on the 24-minute comedy “What Are the Odds” (2004), from which he was handed a Best Actor award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, Abrahams enjoyed another success as one of the stars of the horror film “House of Wax” (2005), along side Chad Michael Murray, Jared Padalecki, Elisha Cuthbert, Paris Hilton and Robert Ri'chard. On Dalton Chapman, his character on the film, he said, “He is the best friend of Chad Michael Murray. Kind of the sympathetic guy who has a crush on his sister, Elisha Cuthbert, in the movie. I’m the one who is destined to die, basically from the beginning.”
Still in 2005, Abrahams starred as Pockets in the comedy film “Standing Still,” which has a large cast of young actors including Colin Hanks, Amy Adams, James Van Der Beek, Aaron Stanford, Melissa Sagemiller and Mena Suvari. “It’s a kind of ‘Big Chill’ for people in their mid-20s. I think that’s something that’s missing. It’s an indie film,” he stated about the movie. He also acted along side Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep on “Prime” (2005), a comedy that reunited him with “Boiler Room” director Ben Younger. Telling on his part, the actor explained, “I play Morris who is the best friend of the main characters and kind of a sociopath who can never get past the first date with a woman and has a little thing he has to do. It’s comic relief.”
Abrahams returned to film as a featured actor on 2006's “The Iron Man,” based on the life of the inventor of the original “Iron Man,” and next he was re-teamed with Paris Hilton for “Bottoms Up” (also 2006), where he was cast Jimmy DeSnappio. Describing about his role, he stated, “I’m the bad guy. I’m the James Spader-ish kind of bad guy.” 2006 also saw the actor act in two TV films, “Deceit” and “ Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street.” Abrahams joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for season four in 2006, replacing Tony Okungbow, as DJ Jonny. He was replaced on season five by KROQ personality Ted Stryker.
Recently costarring in the comedy film “Gardener of Eden” (2007), Abrahams will appear as model instructor on Nathan Bexton's “2 Dudes & a Dream” (2007) and star with Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson and Christian Kane on “The Hill” (2008), a romantic drama about a close knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and get together seven years later for a weekend wedding in Athens, Georgia.
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Short Film, Best Actor, “What Are the Odds,” 2004