Charming, boyish, dark-haired television and movie actor Justin Long is perhaps best-known to TV audiences for his role as socially disturbed high-school student Warren Cheswick in the hit sitcom “Ed,” (NBC, 2000-04). As a film actor, Long impressed many with his hilarious, scene-stealing turn as Justin in the blockbuster success Dodge Ball (2004), starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. He is also known for playing roles in movies like the Sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), Jeepers Creepers (2001), Britney Spears’ vehicle Crossroads (2002), Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), Dreamland (2006) and The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang (2006). Moviegoers should not miss his upcoming performances in the forthcoming Accepted (2006), for director Steve Pink, the sci-fi movie Idiocracy (2006), the comedy Strange Wilderness (2006), the romance-comedy The Break-Up (2006) and Hart Bochner’s One Part Sugar (2006).
Childhood and Family:
Son to R. James, a philosophy lecturer at Fairfield University, and Wendy, a stage actress and school teacher, Justin Jake Long was born on June 2, 1978, in Fairfield, Connecticut. He has two brothers, Damien Long (older) and Christian Long (younger), who are also actors.
Born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Justin attended Fairfield Prep, where he was voted the “Most Likely Not to Be Seen in Class.” Upon graduation, he attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and completed his studies in 2000. While in college, he became one of the members of the acclaimed sketch comedy group called LaughingStock. The Fairfield, Connecticut, native currently resides in New York.
Fairfield, Connecticut-born and raised actor Justin Long began acting in local school productions and went on to work his craft by joining the LaughingStock comedy troupe at Vassar College in New York before eventually adding TV and film acting to his endeavors. His first film credit arrived with the charming sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), where he appeared as loyal sci-fi geek Brandon Wheeger, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tim Allen. Before the performance, Long had roles in two independent movies, Boygazm and Time Writer.
Long’s breakthrough role came a year later when he was cast as a regular in the popular NBC sitcom “Ed,” which starred Tom Cavanagh as the titular attorney/bowling alley owner. As Warren Cheswick, the adorable and eccentric Stuckeyville High School student was so imposing that he won not only the heart of audiences, but also the show’s producers, who kept him on as Warren until the show’s final season in 2004.
“Warren is sort of the extreme of how I felt in high school. He’s awkward, but instead of accepting it, he tries to counter it, making him look even worse.” Justin Long on his character Warren on “Ed”
Alternating between work on TV and film, as well as theater, Long took on a feature role in the Sundance-screened teen comedy film Happy Campers, in 2001, starring James King, Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain, and landed his first leading role, along with Gina Philips, in the thriller Jeepers Creepers that same year. On stage, he was found playing a role in a production of “Hot l Baltimore” (2000) at the Williamstown Theater Festival. In 2002, Long had a small, but memorable, comical turn as Henry in the teen diva Britney Spears film debut Crossroads, wherein he gave Spears’ first on-screen kiss. A year later, he made a cameo appearance in the sequel Jeepers Creepers II (2003).
When “Ed” ended in 2004, Long dedicated his time solely to film. He starred as Hal Nestor in the indie film Raising Genius (2004), opposite Wendie Malick and Stephen Root, and provided the voice of Dwayne in the animated movie by Bill Plympton, Hair High (2004). The same year, Long’s film career received a boost when he was tapped to play the supporting role of Justin in the box office hit Dodge Ball, a sport comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Sharing the screen with the likes of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, Long stood out and impressed audiences and critics alike with his comedic talents, which he effortlessly translated from the small-screen to the big screen.
2005 saw the young actor play roles in films such as Robin’s Big Date, the independent Waiting..., and the Disney feature Herbie Fully Loaded, which cast him alongside Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, and Breckin Meyer. He recently shared top billing with Kelli Garner and John Corbett in Jason Matzner’s Dreamland (2006) and costarred with Jeremy Sumpter in writer/director Tim Skousen’s The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang (2006). The engaging actor will star as Bartleby Gaines in the comedy Accepted (2006), for director Steve Pink, and appear as a doctor in Mike Judge’s sci-fi movie Idiocracy (2006). Additionally, he is set to have parts in the comedy Strange Wilderness (2006) and the romance-comedy The Break-Up (2006, opposite Joey Lauren Adams, Tiffany L. Addison and Jennifer Aniston, and star with Danny DeVito in Hart Bochner’s One Part Sugar (2006).