Jon Favreau

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Actor, producer, writer and director Jon Favreau hit unlikely pay dirt when "Swingers" (1996), his low-budget, autobiographical indie about struggling young actors, turned he and co-star/real-life best friend Vince ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1966 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Chef 2014 (Movie)

Carl Casper (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Identity Thief 2013 (Movie)

Harold Cornish (Actor)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Happy Hogan (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Manny Riskin (Actor)

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Thark Bookie (Actor)

People Like Us 2012 (Movie)

Richards (Actor)

Brother's Justice 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Jerome the Bear (Voice)

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Happy Hogan (Actor)

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Hurley (Voice)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Reel Comedy: I Love You, Man 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Anime: Drawing a Revolution 2000 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2000 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dilbert 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dinner For Five 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Denver (Actor)

Iconoclasts 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Hogan (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greg the Bunny (IFC) 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Monk 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Reilly (Actor)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

Johnny O (Actor)

The Apprentice 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wimbledon 2004 (Movie)

Ron Roth (Actor)

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

Franklin Nelson (Actor)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Something's Gotta Give 2003 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

The Big Empty 2003 (Movie)

John Person (Actor)

Family Guy 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Made 2001 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Love and Sex 2000 (Movie)

Adam Levy (Actor)

The Replacements 2000 (Movie)

Daniel Bateman (Actor)

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Gus Partenza (Actor)

Dogtown 1998 (Movie)

Ezra Good (Actor)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

Kyle Fisher (Actor)

Friends 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Notes From Underground 1996 (Movie)

Zerkov (Actor)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

Assistant (Actor)

Grandpa's Funeral 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Elmer Rice (Actor)

PCU 1994 (Movie)

Gutter (Actor)

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rudy 1993 (Movie)

D-Bob (Actor)

Folks! 1992 (Movie)

Chicago Taxi Driver (Actor)

Persons Unknown (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky Marciano (TV Show)

Actor
Director (13)

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

About a Boy 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Chef 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Revolution 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Office 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

In Case of Emergency 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Zathura 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Undeclared 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Made 2001 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shannara Chronicles 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Chef 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Green Street Hooligans 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Made 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (5)

Chef 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Made 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Actor, producer, writer and director Jon Favreau hit unlikely pay dirt when "Swingers" (1996), his low-budget, autobiographical indie about struggling young actors, turned he and co-star/real-life best friend Vince Vaughn into hot property, seemingly overnight. Favreau parlayed his rising profile into a number of supporting big-screen roles as cynical side men, but he was more anxious to get behind the camera and direct bigger features. After another indie buddy comedy with Vaughn - the underrated mob farce "Made" (2001) - Favreau went wide with the winning holiday hit "Elf" (2003), starring a spandex-clad Will Ferrell. His acclaimed adaptation of the kids book "Zathura: A Space Adventure" (2005) missed the mark with audiences, but his 2008 adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" starring Robert Downey, Jr. was one of the most anticipated action films of the year, leading to a return to leading man status for Downey, Jr. and hard-won blockbuster credentials for its highly creative director.

Relationships

Charles Favreau

Father

Madeleine Favreau

Mother
Died of leukemia in 1978

Brighton Favreau

Daughter
Born Aug. 29, 2006; mother, Joya Tillem

Madelaine Favreau

Daughter
Born April 2003; mother, Joya Tillem

Max Favreau

Son
Born July 25, 2001; mother, Joya Tillem

Joya Tillem

Wife
Married Nov. 24, 2000 in Sonoma, CA

EDUCATION

Queens College

Flushing , New York 1984 - 1986
Dropped out

ImprovOlympic

Chicago , Illinois
Studied acting with Del Close

Bronx High School of Science

Bronx , New York 1984

Milestones

2013

Appeared again as Happy Hogan in "Iron Man 3"

2013

Featured in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"

2013

Cast opposite Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"

2012

Executive produced superhero ensemble "The Avengers" and NBC series "Revolution"

2011

Directed Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in sci-fi Western mash-up "Cowboys & Aliens"

2010

Returned to direct summer blockbuster "Iron Man 2"; also executive produced and reprised role of Stark's bodyguard

2009

Co-starred with Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, and Kristin Davis in ensemble comedy "Couples Retreat"

2008

Produced and directed big screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man"; also had small role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard and chauffeur

2006

Teamed with Vaughn to co-star in comedy "The Break-Up"

2006

Voiced Reilly the Beaver in animated comedy "Open Season"

2005

Directed "Jumanji" sequel "Zathura," based on book by Chris Van Allsburg

2004

Played a sports agent opposite Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany in "Wimbledon"

2003

Played Ben Affleck's law partner in comic book superhero film "Daredevil"

2003

Starred as an actor faced with a stalled career in "The Big Empty"

2001

Re-teamed with Janssen and Vaughn to star and direct comedy-drama "Made"

2001

Hosted and executive produced IFC special "Dinner for Five"; picked up as a series in 2002

2000

Co-starred with Famke Janssen in romantic comedy "Love & Sex"; screened at Sundance Film Festival

2000

Appeared in football comedy "The Replacements" opposite Keanu Reeves

1999

Portrayed boxer "Rocky Marciano" in Showtime biopic

1997

Played recurring role of wealthy Pete Becker, a romantic interest of Monica's (Courteney Cox) on NBC's "Friends"

1996

Announced deal with Miramax to script, direct and star (with Vaughn) in Western "The Marshal of Revelation"

1996

Signed deal to write screenplay for "The Bachelor's Secret Handbook"

1996

First produced screenplay, "Swingers"; also co-starred with Vaughn

1993

First supporting role, "Rudy"; first feature with Vince Vaughn

1992

Made feature debut in bit role as a cab driver in "Folks!"

1987

Embarked on a cross-country trip; ended in Chicago and joined Improv Olympics

1986

Dropped out of Queens College; worked briefly as a maintenance worker

Sold "Swingers" screen rights to director Doug Liman with provision that he and Vince Vaughn play leading roles

Wrote script for "Swingers" on computer software given to him by his father

Appeared in dinner theaters in Chicago

Refused six figure offer for "Swingers" because they wanted to cast 'name' actors

Born and raised in Queens, NY

Bonus Trivia

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"I grew up half-Jewish, half-Italian. The Italian side has been mythologized with all those tough-guy movies. And then there's the Jewish side, which you're sort of embarrassed about. So I decided to take on the stereotype and write a movie about a Hasidic gunslinger. He's the baddest man in the West." – Favreau on the script for "The Marshal of Revelation" in The New York Times, Oct. 12, 1996

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