|Jon Favreau Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||October 19, 1966|
Jonathan Favreau is a well-known American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his roles in films like The Replacements (2000), Daredevil (2003), Couples Retreat (2009), and Chef (2014). He has also directed films like Elf (2003), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), The Jungle Book (2016), and The Lion King (2019). Favreau is globally recognized due to his presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he directed the films Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). He also played the role of Harold Happy Hogan in both films. He has served as an executive producer for The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2019, he also started to co-host and produce for Netflix, a cooking show, called The Chef Show. He supports non-profit organizations like Catalina Island Conservancy, Children’s Defense Fund, Got Your 6, and Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.
Jonathan Kolia Favreau
Favs, Johnny Hack
Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Favreau attended Hebrew school and then graduated from The Bronx High School, in 1984. Post his schooling, he attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987. He worked for a short while on Wall Street before returning to Queens College. He attended a semester in early 1988. But, he eventually dropped out, a few credits short of completing his degree.
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
- Father – Charles Favreau (Special Education Teacher)
- Mother – Madeleine Favreau (Died 1979, Elementary School Teacher)
He is represented by Slate PR, Public Relations Agency, Los Angeles, California, United States.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
89 kg or 196 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jon has dated –
- Heather Graham (1995-1996) – Jon had a short-lived fling with actress Heather Graham from 1995 to 1996. They had met during the filming of the 1996-released film Swingers.
- Joya Tillem (2000-Present) – Jon married physician Joya Tillem in 2000. The couple has a son named Max and 2 daughters, named Madeleine and Brighton Rose.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Russian Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side and Italian and French-Canadian ancestry on his father’s side.
- Curly, Brown Hair
- Often sports a Goatee
- Plump, Oval Face
Best Known For
- His acting in movies like Swingers, Chef, and Rocky Marciano
- His direction of movies such as Elf, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man, Zathura, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King
Jon’s first theatrical film appearance was in a very minor role, as a taxi driver, in the 1992 film Folks!
Jon’s feature film directorial debut was the movie Made in 2001.
First TV Show
Jon made his first TV show appearance as Eric the Clown in Seinfeld in 1994.
As a director, he debuted with the episode Eric’s POV in the sitcom Undeclared in 2002.
In 2007, Jon lost 85 pounds in just 8 months, to achieve his target of 205 pounds. He stuck to a 1,200-calorie-a-day modified diet. His wife, Joya, a doctor of internal medicine, helped him with the customized diet plan.
Jon Favreau Favorite Things
- Book – Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’
- Comedians – Louis C.K. and Larry David
Source – Men’s Health
Jon Favreau Facts
- As of 2019, Jon enjoys playing on the World Poker Tour.
- In 1988, after dropping out of college, he moved to Chicago with the objective of pursuing a career in comedy. He performed at several Chicago theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute.
- In Chicago, he landed his first major film role, when he was cast as football tutor D-Bob in Rudy (1993). He then moved to Los Angeles to extend his career and eventually made his breakthrough as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers (1996).
- Jon produces films under his production banner, Fairview Entertainment.
- He met actor Vince Vaughn when both secured supporting roles in the film Rudy (1993). The two became close friends and collaborated on many film projects thereafter.
- In 2005, he appeared as a guest judge on reality TV business show, The Apprentice, which was hosted by Donald Trump. His task was to choose from 2 teams who were tasked with designing and building a float to publicize his movie Zathura: A Space Adventure.
Jon is the first person to appear in both, a Marvel comic film adaptation (as Foggy Nelson in Daredevil) as well as a direct Marvel adaptation (as Happy Hogan in Iron Man). He is also the first to portray 2 unrelated Marvel characters. Marvel is known to not offer more than one character to an individual actor.
- He credits the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with influencing him in terms of storytelling, imagination, creativity and building tone and balance in his films.
- In August 2019, Favreau was named a “Disney Legend” at the 2019 D23 Expo for his outstanding contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
- He voiced the character Pre Vizsla, in some episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- In 2017, Jon directed the pilot episode of Young Sheldon, a spin-off of the globally popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.
Jon has received several awards and nominations for his work as a director. In 2009, he won the “Best Director” award at the 35th Saturn Awards for Iron Man. He also won the Hollywood Film Award for The Jungle Book in 2016.
- From 2001 to 2005, he hosted a talk show titled Dinner for Five, on the Independent Film Channel, where he chatted with 4 guests from showbiz, over dinner.
- In 1997, Jon had a recurring role as Pete Becker for 6 episodes, the love interest of Courteney Cox, on the series Friends.
- He hails Rob Reiner as an inspiration, for his ability to switch seamlessly from acting to directing or producing.
- In 2019, PETA sponsored a rescued lion named Louie to honor Jon Favreau’s decision to use computer-generated imagery to create the animals in The Lion King. Louie was taken from his mother as a cub and forced to perform in film and television productions.
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