Jon Favreau

BirthDay:

19 Oct 1966

BirthPlace:

Queens, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Jonathan Kolia Favreau

Bio:

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight, crinkly hair was born in Queens, New York on October 19, 1966, the only child of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. His father has French-Canadian, German, and Italian ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family. He attended the Bronx High School of Science before furthering his studies at Queens College in 1984. Dropping out just credits away from receiving his degree, Jon moved to Chicago where he focused on comedy and performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute. He also found a couple of bit parts in films.

While there, he earned another bit role in the film, Rudy (1993), and met fellow castmate Vince Vaughn. Their enduring personal friendship would play an instrumental role in furthering both their professional careers within just a few years. Jon broke into TV with a role on the classic series, Seinfeld (1989) (as "Eric the Clown"). After filming rudimentary roles in the movies Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Notes from Underground (1995) and Batman Forever (1995), he decided to do some risk taking by writing himself and friend Vaughn into what would become their breakthrough film. Swingers (1996), which he also co-produced, centers on Jon as a luckless, struggling actor type who is emotionally shattered after losing his girlfriend, but is pushed back into the L.A. social scene via the help of cool, worldly, outgoing actor/buddy Vaughn. These two blueprint roles went on to define the character types of both actors on film.

In 1997, Jon appeared favorably on several episodes of the popular TV sitcom, Friends (1994), as "Pete Becker", the humdrum but extremely wealthy suitor for Courteney Cox's "Monica" character, and also appeared to fine advantage on the Tracey Takes On... (1996) comedy series. He later took on the biopic mini-movie, Rocky Marciano (1999), portraying the prizefighter himself in a highly challenging dramatic role and received excellent reviews. Other engagingly offbeat "everyman" films roles came Jon's way -- the ex-athlete in the working class film, Dogtown (1997); a soon-to-be groom whose bachelor party goes horribly awry in the comedy thriller Very Bad Things (1998); a newlywed opposite Famke Janssen in Love & Sex (2000); a wild and crazy linebacker in The Replacements (2000); as Ben Affleck's legal partner in Daredevil (2003); and another down-and-out actor in The Big Empty (2003). He wrote and directed himself and Vaughn as two fellow boxers who involve themselves in criminal activity in Made (2001). Both he and Vaughn produced. He also directed the highly popular Will Ferrell comedy, Elf (2003), in which he had a small part.

Jon went on to re-team favorably with his friend, Vince Vaughn, who enjoyed a meteoric rise into the comedy star ranks, in such light-weight features as The Break-Up (2006), Four Christmases (2008) and Couples Retreat (2009), the last of which he co-wrote with Vaughn. He also made great strides as a producer/director in recent years with the exciting mega-box office action-packed Iron Man (2008), starring Robert Downey Jr. and its sequel, Iron Man 2 (2010).

Favreau's marriage to Joya Tillem on November 24, 2000, produced son Max and two daughters, Madeleine and Brighton Rose. Joya is the niece of KGO (AM) lawyer and talk show host, Len Tillem. On the sly, the actor/writer/producer/director enjoys playing on the World Poker Tour.
Filmography

Actor ( 113 credits )

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Happy Hogan
Term Life (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016) Pygmy Hog (voice)
Entourage (2015) Jon Favreau
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Chef (2014) Carl Casper
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Manny Riskin
Iron Man 3 (2013) Happy Hogan
Identity Thief (2013) Harold Cornish
People Like Us (2012) Richards
John Carter (2012) Thark Bookie
Spoilers with Kevin Smith (2012) (1 episode, 2012)
Zookeeper (2011) Jerome the Bear (voice)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) Himself - Director, Iron Man
The Chew (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Just Seen It (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) Himself
Iron Man 2 (2010) Happy Hogan
Conan (2010)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day (2010)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Brother's Justice (2010) Himself
Couples Retreat (2009) Joey
G-Force (2009) Hurley (voice)
I Love You, Man (2009) Barry
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)  Himself (1 episode)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2010)
Four Christmases (2008) Denver
Iron Man (2008) Hogan
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)  Pre Vizsla / ... (6 episodes, 2010-2013)
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2006) Himself
Open Season (2006) Reilly (voice)
The Break-Up (2006) Johnny O
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Space Top 10 Countdown (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
My Name Is Earl (2005)  Mr. Patrick (1 episode, 2006)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2014)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Announcer / ... (1 episode, 2009)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
California Entertainment Weekly (2005)  Himself
Wimbledon (2004) Ron Roth
The Apprentice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Something's Gotta Give (2003) Leo
The Big Empty (2003) John Person
Elf (2003) Doctor
Daredevil (2003) Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Co-Host / ... (10 episodes, 2003-2013)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
World Poker Tour (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Monk (2002)  Dr. Oliver Bloom (1 episode, 2006)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2006)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
Tegenlicht (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Made (2001) Bobby
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself - Host / ... (48 episodes, 2001-2005)
The Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Replacements (2000) Daniel Bateman
Love & Sex (2000) Adam Levy
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000)  Crumford Lorak / ... (5 episodes, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2011)
Family Guy (1999)  the Pope (1 episode, 2002)
The Sopranos (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Rocket Power (1999)  Dick Shakley (1 episode, 1999)
Dilbert (1999)  Holden Callfielder (1 episode, 2000)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)  Himself - Contestant (1 episode, 2001)
Very Bad Things (1998) Kyle Fisher
Deep Impact (1998) Gus Partenza
The King of Queens (1998)  Sean McGee (1 episode, 2004)
Hercules (1998)  Jealousy (1 episode, 1999)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Dogtown (1997) Ezra Good
Persons Unknown (1996) Terry
Swingers (1996) Mike
Tracey Takes On... (1996)  Douglas Lund (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (5 episodes, 1998-2013)
Batman Forever (1995) Assistant
Notes from Underground (1995) Zerkov
MADtv (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Speechless (1994) Debate Control Room Operator (uncredited)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Elmer Rice (as John Favreau)
PCU (1994) Gutter
Friends (1994)  Pete Becker (6 episodes, 1997)
Chicago Hope (1994)  Dr. Tim Carney (2 episodes, 1994)
WGN Morning News (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Rudy (1993) D-Bob
Fallen Angels (1993)  Leo (1 episode, 1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2005)
Hoffa (1992) Extra (uncredited)
Folks! (1992) Chicago Taxi Driver
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)  Jon (1 episode, 1995)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2009)
Rugrats (1991)  Mack Granite (1 episode, 2002)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1996)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Seinfeld (1989)  Eric the Clown (1 episode, 1994)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2008)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (8 episodes, 2007-2010)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)

Producer ( 21 credits )

Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) executive producer
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) executive producer
The Jungle Book (2016) producer
The Elfstones of Shannara (2016) executive producer
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) executive producer
Chef (2014) producer
About a Boy (2014) executive producer (2 episodes, 2014)
Iron Man 3 (2013) executive producer
The Avengers (2012) executive producer
Revolution (2012) co-executive producer / executive producer (36 episode
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) executive producer
Iron Man 2 (2010) executive producer
Iron Man (2008) executive producer
In Case of Emergency (2007) executive producer (1 episode, 2007)
Green Street Hooligans (2005) executive producer
The Big Empty (2003) executive producer
Made (2001) producer
Dinner for Five (2001) executive producer (50 episodes, 2001-2005)
Swingers (1996) co-producer
Jungle Book 2 (0) producer
The Lion King (0) producer

Writer ( 5 credits )

Chef (2014) (written by)
Couples Retreat (2009) (written by) and
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)
Made (2001) (written by)
Swingers (1996) (written by)

Director ( 17 credits )

The Jungle Book (2016)
The Elfstones of Shannara (2016) (attached)
Chef (2014)
About a Boy (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
Revolution (2012) (1 episode, 2012)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man (2008)
In Case of Emergency (2007) (1 episode, 2007)
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
The Office (2005) (1 episode, 2013)
Elf (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) (1 episode, 2011)
Made (2001)
Undeclared (2001) (1 episode, 2002)
Jungle Book 2 (0)
The Lion King (0)