“It's harder to be funny if you're handsome than if you're very normal looking. It's just more relatable. You're the underdog. I mean it's funny to see people struggle and you don't buy that Brad Pitt is struggling. You know that guy could be the most skill-less guy in the world, but if you look like that you will be fine for the rest of your life.” Jonah Hill
American actor and screenwriter Jonah Hill is famous for his starring role as the screen version of Seth Rogen in the highly successful comedy “Superbad” (2007), produced by frequent partner Judd Apatow. For his fine acting job, the Los Angeles native took home two MTV nominations and a Teen Choice nomination. First collaborating with the comic mastermind in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), Hill continued to have supporting roles in Apatow's “Knocked Up” (2007), “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007) and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008). “Before I met Judd (Apatow), basically every moment was auditioning and stuff like that. I've been so lucky that it didn't take me a decade, as opposed to a few years, to have some success,” Hill remarked
Hill is also known as Justin Long’s neurotic sidekick in the Steve Pink-directed “Accepted” (2006), from which he netted a Teen Choice nomination. Other film credits include David O. Russell's “I Heart Huckabees” (2004), Nicholaus Goossen's “Grandma’s Boy” (2006), Frank Coraci's “Click” (2006), Tom Shadyac's “Evan Almighty” (2007), the Adam Sandler-produced “Strange Wilderness” (2008) and Hart Bochner's “Just Add Water” (2008). He also portrayed Guy Ferguson in the first season of the comedy series “Campus Ladies” (Oxygen network, 2006-2007).
Moviegoers will soon see Hill in Ricky Gervais' “The Invention of Lying” (2009), Apatow's “Funny People” (2009), Nicholas Stoller's “Get Him to the Greek” (2010) and a Duplass Brothers Project (2010). His voice will be heard in the animation film 'How to Train Your Dragon” (2010).
As a screenwriter, Hill penned “Pure Imagination” and “The Middle Child,” both of which are set to be produced by Apatow.
“I am not a super lecherous guy. I usually enjoy having a girlfriend as opposed to dating a variety of women. I'm a nice Jewish boy.” Jonah Hill
Childhood and Family:
Jonah Hill Feldstein was born on December 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family. He was educated at the Brentwood School in Brentwood and the Crossroads School in Santa Monica before heading to New York to study drama at New School University. He also spent a semester at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jonah has a brother named Jordan Feldstein, who manages such bands as Maroon 5, Big City Rock, Collective Soul, and Staind.
Currently, Jonah resides in Los Angeles. He enjoys the work of Woody Allen and is a fan of Bob Dylan. He is friends with the children of Dustin Hoffman, Jake and Rebecca.
“I became friends with Dustin Hoffman's kids, Jake and Becky, who are great. We just randomly became friends. They introduced me to their dad, Dustin, and whenever he came to town we would all just kind of hang out. Dustin thought I was really funny and he got me an audition for the movie ‘I Heart Huckabees.’” Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill began writing his own plays and performed them in the Black and White Bar in the East Village while still a student at the New School in New York. He gained a bit of following through his plays, but soon realized that he wanted to act in movies. Thanks to his friendship with Dustin Hoffman's children, the aspiring thespian was introduced to their father who invited him to audition for a small role in “I Heart Huckabees” (2004), directed by David O. Russell and starring Hoffman. Hill ended up winning the role of Bret and got a manager shortly thereafter. Hill broke into the small screen later that same year with a bit part in an episode of the cult favorite “NYPD Blue” called “You're Buggin' Me.” He next appeared with Jon Lovitz, Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson in the short “Pancho's Pizza” (2005), which was directed by Jake Hoffman, and got his first taste of blockbuster success with “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (also 2005), the directorial debut of Judd Apatow.
By 2006, Hill's acting career was already on the rise. He costarred as Guy Ferguson in the first season of the Oxygen network sitcom “Campus Ladies,” which starred Christen Sussin and Carrie Aizley. He also had notable supporting roles in such hit movies as the Adam Sandler vehicle “Click” (as the teenage version of Sandler’s son) and the Nicholaus Goossen-helmed “Grandma’s Boy” (as Barry), but it was his portrayal of the disturbing friend of Justin Long, Sherman Schrader, in the college comedy “Accepted” that brought him a lot of notice. Hill was nominated for a 2007 Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie: Scream. Because the movie received a large number of negative reviews, despite its significant success with audiences, Hill's performance was often singled out as one of its blessings. He then supported Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in the comedy “10 Items or Less,” which was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the “Top Independent Films of 2006.”
After playing junior philosopher Lionel in Jeffrey Blitz's “Rocket Science,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2007, Hill was reunited with Judd Apatow for the commercially successful “Knocked Up” (2007), in which he was cast in the supporting role of Jonah.
Hill was next cast in “Evan Almighty” (2007), the sequel to Jim Carrey's 2003 hit “Bruce Almighty,” with Steve Carell replacing Carrey as the lead actor. He then received his first leading role in the Apatow-produced “Superbad” (also 2007), which was directed by Greg Mottola and written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. The comedy film debuted at No. 1 at the box office and has grossed more than $169 million worldwide, with an original budget of $20 million. Costarring with Michael Cera, Hill received MTV nominations for Best Comedic Performance and Breakthrough Performance, which he shared with Cera and another costar, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy.
Still in 2007, Hill had an unaccredited role as the brother of the title character in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” a comedy directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan and Apatow. Starring John C. Reilly, the film was a flop. On the small screen, Hill made guest appearances in the MTV comedy series “Human Giant” and the David Wain show “Wainy Days.”
2008 found Hill reunited with Justin Long and Allen Covert for “Strange Wilderness,” a comedy produced by Adam Sandler's production company for Paramount Pictures. The film received mostly negative reviews. He followed it up with a voice-over role in the hit animated movie “Horton Hears a Who,” which also starred the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen and Carol Burnett, and an important supporting role in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which starred Jason Segel and Kristen Bell. Just like its predecessors, the Apatow-produced comedy was also a huge box office hit. In Hart Bochner's offbeat comedy “Just Add Water” (2008), Hill teamed up with Dylan Walsh, Danny DeVito and frequent costar Justin Long.
Hill revisited the small screen in 2009 with guest spots in “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” and “Reno 911!” He will soon appear in the Ben Stiller sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” slated for a late May 2009 release. He has also completed filming a comedy titled “The Invention of Lying” (2009), opposite Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Rob Lowe. He will then play Leo in Judd Apatow's “Funny People” (2009), alongside Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Eric Bana. Hill's next upcoming film projects are DreamWorks Animation's “How to Train Your Dragon” (as the voice of Snotlout), director Nicholas Stoller's “Get Him to the Greek” (as Aaron Greenberg) and an untitled Duplass Brothers project (with Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener and John C. Reilly). The films are set to be released in 2010.
In addition to acting, Hill is a screenwriter. He wrote the screenplays for “Pure Imagination” and “The Middle Child.” The two films are scheduled to be produced by Apatow. Hill also penned “21 Jump Street,” an action film expected to be released in 2010.