Justin Theroux
Birth Date:
August 10, 1971
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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An American actor, director and screenwriter who once pursued a career in the visual arts before stumbling across acting and immersing himself on stage, Justin Theroux burst into prominence in 2000 with his roles in the high profile independent movies “American Psycho” (2000) and “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy” (2000). He was also a regular on the CBS drama series “The District” (2000-2001). He gained additional fame with his roles in David Lync's “Mulholland Drive” (2001, as Adam Kesher), “Zoolander” (2001) and “Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle” (2003, as Seamus O'Grady) and on the small screen series “Six Feet Under” (2003-2004, as Joe). More recent and upcoming film credits include “Strangers With Candy” (2005), “Miami Vice” (2006), Lynch's “Inland Empire” (2006), “Broken English” (2007), “The Ten” (2007), “Tropic Thunder” (2008, also wrote the screenplay) and “John Adams” (2008, TV). Theroux made his directorial debut in 2007's “Dedication.”

The Washington, D.C. raised Theroux enjoys the music of bands like Gun Club, Minutemen, Crass, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Fugazi, the Velvet Underground, Joy Division, and Husker Du. More recent groups he listens to are the White Stripes, Deerhoof and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Currently, Theroux lives in an apartment in Greenwich Village. Aside from music, he loves spending time riding his motorcycle.

The Theroux

Childhood and Family:

Justin Paul Theroux was born on August 10, 1971, in Washington, D. C., to Phyllis, an author and journalist, and Eugene Theroux, a corporate attorney. He is the cousin of Louis Theroux, an actor, writer and journalist who creates TV programs for the BBC, and the nephew of Paul Theroux, an author known for writing a number of travel books. As a young boy, Justin had trouble in school and was frequently expelled until he was 14. He eventually found comfort at Buxton School, a boarding school at Williamstown in which he also was introduced to acting. Justin then attended Bennington College in Vermont, where he pursued a double major in visual art and drama, and trained at the British American Drama Academy in London.

American Psycho


Once planning a career as a model, Justin Theroux discovered acting while at Buxton School and performed in plays that toured to such places as Washington and Mexico City. After college, he honed in on his craft at London's British American Drama Academy and performed in such productions as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and “Twelfth Night.” After returning stateside, he headed to New York City to try his luck as an artist. Soon after, he found himself in theater.

Theroux starred in the Ensemble Studio Theater presentation of the one act play “Water and Wine” in 1995, the same year he also made his TV acting debut as a guest performer in the pilot of the CBS series “Central Park West.” He received his first taste in front of the movie camera the following year with the part of Mark in Mary Harron's “I Shot Andy Warhol,” which starred Lili Taylor in the title role of Valerie Jean Solanas. He went on to play a cowboy in 1997's “Romy and Michele's High School Reunion,” an enjoyable comedy starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, and assumed a costarring role opposite Alyssa Milano in the indie-drama “Below Utopia.” Still in 1997, he could be seen acting on stage with Jeanne Tripplehorn in the Roundabout Theater Company's production “Three Sisters.” It was Tripplehorn that introduced the actor to his future friend Ben Stiller.

1998 saw Theroux with a recurring role on the Fox police drama “New York Undercover,” playing Frankie Stone, and a guest stint on the ABC sitcom “Spin City,” as Pete. He played Attorney Raymond Brown in an episode of Fox's “Ally McBeal” (also 1998) before being cast as the suitor and fellow writer to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie in the “Sex and the City” episode of “Shortcomings” in 1999. Theroux also appeared as a wanted man in the movie “Frogs for Snakes” (1998), an action/comedy about aspiring theater actors moonlighting as debt collectors, and starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the York Theater Workshop production of the hit British play “Shopping and F***ing.” The actor finished out the decade by supporting Dana Delany and Keith Carradine in the Showtime original movie “Sirens” (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Theroux impressed moviegoers with his role of Timothy Bryce, one of the cohorts of maniac Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale), in the stylized satire “American Psycho” (2000), which was directed by “I Shot Andy Warhol” director Mary Harron. He gained further notice with the high-profile gay ensemble movie “The Broken Hearts Club” (also 2000), in which he was cast in the pivotal supporting role of Marshall. In the fall of 2000, Theroux joined the cast of CBS' “The District” in the regular role of public relations specialist Nick Pierce, a gig he held for a year until 2001.

After appearing in the Jacqueline Bisset starring vehicle “The Sleepy Time Gel” (2001), Theroux scored a hit on the independent circuit with the David Lynch-directed “Mulholland Drive,” from which the director won his forth Oscar nomination. An ABC passed-on-project in 1999, the festival favorite was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001 where it shared the Best Director honor. Theroux combined the success of the mainstream film with the Ben Stiller successful comedy “Zoolander” (2001), in which he played the supporting role of Evil DJ. However, he did not enjoy genuine prominence until he was cast as Seamus O'Grady, Dylan's (Drew Barrymore) thuggish ex, on “Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle” (2003). The same year, he was also reunited with Barrymore for Danny DeVito's “Duplex,” which starred his friend Ben Stiller. He then starred with Audrey Tautou in “Nowhere to Go But Up.”

Theroux returned to television to costar as Brenda's boyfriend, Joe, in the HBO series “Six Feet Under” (2003-2004), from which he jointly received a 2005 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He then had a two-episodic turn as Simon Walker in “Alias” (2003). After leaving “Six Feet Under,” he acted in the made-for-TV film “Confessions of a Dog” (2005) and focused on films with roles in “Strangers With Candy” (2005), “The Baxter” (2005), “The Legend of Lucy Keyes” (2006), “Return to Rajapur” (2006), “Miami Vice” (2006) and David Lynch's “Inland Empire” (2006). In 2007, Theroux made his feature directorial debut with “Dedication,” a romantic comedy co-starring Mandy Moore. It was presented at the Sundance Film Festival.

Recently appearing in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut, “Broken English” (2007), with Parker Posey, and “The Ten” (2007), a comedy starring Jessica Alba and Adam Brody, Theroux is currently filming the Ben Stiller-directed “Tropic Thunder” (2008), in which he also co-write the script with Etan Cohen. He is scheduled to revisit TV in 2008 with the miniseries “John Adams.”


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