PROFILE
Name:
Michael Cera
Birth Date:
June 7, 1988
Birth Place:
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Nationality:
Canadian
BIOGRAPHY
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Superbad

Background:

“I'm not really trying to make 'great art.'” Michael Cera

Canadian actor Michael Cera first gained popularity on the small screen as George Michael Bluth, Jason Bateman's lovelorn teenage son, on Fox’s cult TV series “Arrested Development” (2003-2006). He recently starred as Evan, the kind-hearted, shy high school senior who is looking for true love, in the critically and financially successful teen comedy movie “Superbad” (2007; opposite Jonah Hill).

Having acted since the age of nine, Cera could be seen in earlier films like "Steal This Movie" (2000), "Frequency" (2000) and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). He recently starred in "Parental Guidance Suggested" and will star opposite Ellen Page in the upcoming dark comedy movie "Juno." It has also been announced that the 5', 10½" actor will play the lead role of Nick Twisp in the upcoming film adaptation of a 1993 novel by C.D. Payne, "Youth in Revolt."

Cera also keeps busy by writing, directing and starring in “Clark and Michael,” an internet comedy series for CBS with fellow actor Clark Duke.


Mike

Childhood and Family:

In Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Michael Austin Cera was born on June 7, 1988. His father, Luigi, a Xerox technician, comes from Sicily, Italy, and his mother, Linda, comes from Montreal, Quebec. The middle child of the family, Michael, nicknamed “Mike,” has an older sister named Jordan and a younger sister named Molly.

Michael divides his time between Los Angeles and his family at home in Brampton, Ontario. He attended Heart Lake Secondary School.

“I didn’t really go to high school. I went to ninth grade then I did [the rest] over the Internet, which I guess isn’t normal. But, I do normal things. I sit around a lot.” Michael Cera


Arrested Development

Career:

Beginning his career by acting in commercials in his home country at the age of nine, Michael Cera got his first role in a Summer Camp commercial for the Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons.

Cera appeared in a number of children’s television shows in Canada, most notably as the voice of Little Gizmo on Disney Channel's “Rolie Polie Olie” (1998) a CGI television cartoon series based on the books by William Joyce. He also played the regular role of Larrabe Hicks on ABC’s Family live-action comedy show “I Was a Sixth Grade Alien” (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Cera received a starring role in the heartwarming coming of age 37-minute movie in the stereoscopic Imax 3D movie, “Ultimate G’s,” directed by Keith Melton. He followed it up with Robert Greenwald's biopic about 1960s radical figure Abbie Hoffman (played by Vincent D'Onofrio), "Steal This Movie.” He was also cast in Gregory Hoblit's time-travel film "Frequency," starring Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel.

The following year, Cera provided the voice of Josh Spitz, Sharon's (played by Alicia Silverstone) aspiring pianist younger brother, in the Canadian animated series “Braceface” (2001), which was formerly broadcasted on Teletoon in Canada and on the Disney Channel and ABC Family in the United States. He also received a Young Artist Award nomination for his supporting role of Jesse Wade Thompson in the TV movie version of Kimberly Willis Holt's 1998 children's novel, "My Louisiana Sky" (2001; starring Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight and Juliette Lewis), which aired on Showtime and was directed by Adam Arkin. Afterward, he returned to the big screen by portraying real-life game show impresario and self-proclaimed CIA hit man Chuck Barris at age 8-11 (Sam Rockwell played the adult version), in the biographical drama directed by George Clooney, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002).

In 2003, Cera landed his first breakout role on television as George Michael Bluth, the young teenage son of Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman), on Fox's character-driven comedy series "Arrested Development." His performance later earned him two Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and won a TV Land Award. As for the series itself, despite receiving six Emmy awards, one Golden Globe, and critical acclaim, "Arrested Development" never climbed in the ratings. It was eventually canceled on February 10, 2006.

During his "Arrested Development" stint, Cera also lent his voice to Brother Bear in a 2003 episode of PBS’ animated series “The Berenstain Bears.” He also made his writing and directing debut with “Impossible is the Opposite of Possible,” a parody of the popular “Impossible is Nothing” video resume by ambitious job applicant Aleksey Vayner, which Cera directed for the online edition of McSweeney’s magazine.

In 2007, Cera co-starred with Jonah Hill, playing co-dependent high school seniors, in the teen comedy movie “Superbad,” written by fellow Canadians Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film, directed by “Arrested Development” director Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow (previously known for directing “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”), was a critical and financial success. It opened at #1 at the U.S. box office and stayed at #1 the second week. Also that year, Cera joined the ensemble cast of Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's sketch comedy movie about the embarrassments of teen sex, "Parental Guidance Suggested."

Cera, alongside Clark Duke, has recently signed a deal with CBS Television to write, produce, direct and act in a short-form internet comedy series titled “Clark and Michael,” which follows the stars' ambitions to write and sell a pilot for a television series. On the project, Cera revealed, “It’s called 'Clarke and Michael.' My friend (Clark Duke) and I became friends during the second season of Arrested. He was my neighbor. We kind of bonded over Weezer and we had the same sense of humor. We’re playing exaggerated - more idiotic and more diluted versions - of ourselves. We’re trying to write and sell a show. We’re really confident, but it’s clear to the audiences we obviously don’t have any chance. We think we’re the hot young studs, but the whole point is we don’t learn anything. We kind of modeled it after ‘Adult Swim’ and wrote it with that sensibility 10 minute episodes.”

Next, Cera will co-star with Ellen Page, as her sweet but clueless candy-addicted best friend and the father of her unborn baby, in Jason Reitman's dark comedy film, "Juno," which will be released to select theaters on December 14, 2007. It has also been announced that he will play the lead role of Nick Twisp, a fourteen-year-old boy of above-average intelligence, in the upcoming film adaptation of a 1993 novel by C.D. Payne, "Youth in Revolt."

“I’m 18, and it’s easy to get pigeon-holed. I don’t want to make any big mistakes. I’m kind of oversensitive if I’m in a movie and what part I’m playing. I’m kind of feeling everything out. There’s always scripts that I like. It takes a lot for a movie to get off the ground. A lot of times the scripts I like don’t have money or anyone attached.” Michael Cera


Awards:

  • TV Land: Future Classic Award, "Arrested Development," 2004

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