Jon Heder

Actor
With his first-ever feature role as the gaping ber-nerd "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), actor Jon Heder became a cult hero overnight. The film did more than just propel the young actor into celebrity; it also galvanized an ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Pickle & Peanut 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Réalité 2015 (Movie)

Denis (Actor)

Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Walt Before Mickey 2015 (Movie)

Roy Disney (Actor)

A Mouse Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

How I Met Your Mother 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Killing Winston Jones 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of the Nerds 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2004 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

Fred Butler (Actor)

Life Happens 2012 (Movie)

Wrong Number Guy (Actor)

Napoleon Dynamite 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Talking Dead 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Woke Up Dead 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Jimmy MacElroy (Actor)

Mama's Boy 2007 (Movie)

Jeffrey Mannus (Actor)

Moving McAllister 2007 (Movie)

Orlick "Orlie" Prescott Hope (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Blades of Glory 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Chicken Joe (Actor)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Reginald "Skull" Skulinski (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The Benchwarmers 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

Best Summer Ever 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Darryl (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (Movie)

Napoleon Dynamite (Actor)

Peluca 2002 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

About a Boy (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

With his first-ever feature role as the gaping über-nerd "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), actor Jon Heder became a cult hero overnight. The film did more than just propel the young actor into celebrity; it also galvanized an entire generation of nerds, geeks and dweebs who could relate to being shoved into lockers, playing lonely games of tetherball and their pocketful of Tater-Tots being smashed by class bullies. The rabid fandom that arose from "Napoleon Dynamite" turned weird, however, when accounts of Heder's death began circulating the Internet, complete with fictitious quotes from his bereaved mom. Though most actors would have cringed at such notoriety, Heder took it all in stride, continuing to land plum comedic roles in such films as "The Benchwarmers" (2005), "School for Scoundrels" (2006) and "Blades of Glory" (2007). The latter was a box office hit and solidified his status as a rising comedic talent. After playing one of Kristen Bell's suitors in the underwhelming romantic comedy "When in Rome" (2010), Heder returned to the role that made him famous with the animated series "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012- ), which featured most of the main players from the original cast and promised Heder continued success.

Relationships

Kirsten Heder Assistant

Wife
met when they were both students at Brigham Young University married in 2002

Doug Heder

Brother
older

James Heder

Father

Helen Heder

Mother

Evan Heder

Daughter
born May 2007 mother, Kirsten Heder

Adam Heder

Brother
younger

Daniel Heder

Brother
twin partner in production co. Greasy Entertainment

Matthew Heder

Brother
younger

Rachel Heder

Sister
older

EDUCATION

South Salem High School

Salem , Oregon

Brigham Young University

Provo , Utah 2004

Milestones

2010

Cast as one of Kristen Bell's suitors in "When in Rome"

2007

Starred in "Mama's Boy," as an arrogant pseudo-intellectual who lives at home with his mom in Texas

2007

Co-starred with Will Ferrell as rival world-class men's singles skaters in the comedy "Blades of Glory"

2007

Voiced surf nut Chicken Joe in the animated feature, "Surf's Up"

2006

Co-starred in the comedy "Benchwarmers," with Rob Schneider and David Spade

2006

Played a meter maid, plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem who enrolls in a confidence-building course in Todd Phillips' "School for Scoundrels"

2005

Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo in "Just Like Heaven"

2004

Played the titular opinionated outsider with an oddly-cadenced speech in "Napolean Dynamite" written and directed by fellow BYU student Jared Hess

2003

Made his debut as the lead in the award-winning short film "Peluca," which was written and directed by Jared Hess

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a missionary in Japan; a Mormon rite of passage.

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"He just kind of has everything," Ferrell said. "He has this persona that comes through that's extremely likable, and it's really funny the different ways he observes the world through his characters."---Will Ferrell, Heder's co-star in "Blades of Glory" to CNN.com, October 3, 2006.

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"I relate to most of the characters I play, because I do feel like an outsider," Heder said in an interview with The Associated Press, noting that growing up a Mormon who has an identical twin brother automatically set him apart. "And I wasn't into sports like all my friends were. I was into art and drawing and making movies. On top of that, I liked all the traditional geeky stuff. I was into 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars.'"---Heder to CNN.com, October 3, 2006.

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