Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man (2008)
Couples Retreat (2009)
The Zookeeper (2011)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Couples Retreat (2009)
I Love You, Man (2009)
Four Christmases (2008)
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show (2008)
Open Season (2006)
The Break-Up (2006)
Date of Birth
19 October 1966, Queens, New York, USA
Jonathan Kolia Favreau
6' 1" (1.85 m)
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.
Of Jewish and French/Italian descent, the amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight, crinkly hair was born in Queens, New York on October 19, 1966, the only child of two teachers. 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" (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 "Tracy Ullman Takes On..." comedy series. He later took on the biopic mini-movie Rocky Marciano (1999) (TV) 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.
|Joya Tillem||(24 November 2000 - present) 3 children|
Jon is an alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic improvisation troupe. Fellow members include the late Chris Farley, Ian Gomez, Pat Finn, Tim Meadows, Rachel Dratch, Mike Myers and Horatio Sanz.
Graduate of the prestigious Bronx High School of Science (1984).
Children: (with wife Joya) Max Favreau (b. July 25, 2001), Madeleine Favreau (b. April 2003) and Brighton Rose Favreau (b. August 30, 2006).
Wrote script for Swingers (1996) on computer software given to him by his father.
Met close friend and on-screen partner Vince Vaughn when both secured supporting roles in 1993's Rudy (1993).
He is of primarily French and Italian descent.
Attended SUNY Queens College in Flushing, New York but dropped out before graduation to pursue his acting career.
Is the first person to appear in a Marvel Comic film adaptation, (Foggy Nelson in Daredevil) as well as direct one (Iron Man and Iron Man 2).
I've always wanted to call the shots because I would rather fail than not have a chance to figure it out on my own. I'm a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn't study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what I like to do.
I don't 'handle' people. It's so much easier to manipulate actors than to really have an earnest discussion with them. It's very easy to say whatever's going to appease them and then turn around and do whatever you want to do. It's difficult to be forthright with people, because the job does not lend itself to that.
I wanted to do a Christmas movie. I had been offered Surviving Christmas (2004), and I opted not to pursue that one any further. And then Elf (2003) came along and I thought it really plays into my sensibilities. I thought the one thing about Will Ferrell that I had not seen him do a lot was show his heart as a person and a performer. In developing the script, although it was edgy and irreverent at times, I wanted to keep it a PG movie, not a PG-13 movie that made fun of Christmas.
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