Jonathan Ames

Novelist, memoirist, raconteur, actor, producer, comic book writer, one-time porn film extra and sometime pugilist Jonathan Ames insists he is not identical to the eponymous character in his HBO series "Bored to Death" ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Drunk History 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Making Bored to Death 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Edward Kelly (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Cabbie (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Restaurant Customer (Actor)
Producer (2)

Blunt Talk 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Extra Man") (Source Material)

Biography

Novelist, memoirist, raconteur, actor, producer, comic book writer, one-time porn film extra and sometime pugilist Jonathan Ames insists he is not identical to the eponymous character in his HBO series "Bored to Death" (2009-11), but viewers could be forgiven for confusing the two. Jason Schwartzman portrayed Ames as a somewhat nebbishy failed novelist turned private investigator, but, although they are both Jewish, live in New York, and write books, the real Jonathan Ames, for all the self-deprecating portrayals of himself he puts forth to the public, is actually an energetic and multi-talented artist. From the time he published his first novel at the precocious age of 25, through years of writing strikingly confessional columns for the <i>New York Press</i>, many of which were reprinted in memoir collections, to a one-man off-Broadway show, a series of acting gigs, a graphic novel collaboration and three seasons running his own show at HBO, Ames has proved himself to be anything but the ineffectual loser of the television character who shares his name.

Relationships

Fiona Apple Song Performer

Companion
Dated 2007-2010

EDUCATION

Princeton University

1987

Columbia University

1995

Milestones

2010

Film version of his novel <i>The Extra Man</i> released

2009

Created first TV series, HBO's "Bored to Death"

2008

Collaborated on first graphic novel, <i>The Alcoholic</i>, with Dean Haspiel

2007

Wrote and starred in Showtime special based on his work "What's Not to Love?"

2001

First film role, starring in IFC's "The Girl Under the Waves"

2000

Published first essay collection, <i>What's Not to Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer</i>

1999

Created off-off Broadway one-man show, "Oedipussy," with money from Guggenheim fellowship

1989

Published first novel, <i>I Pass Like Night</i>

Bonus Trivia

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Author Joyce Carol Oates was his thesis advisor at Princeton

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Was an extra in a porn film, "C-Men"

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Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple wrote a song, "Jonathan," about their relationship

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Has done amateur boxing as "The Herring Wonder"

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Performs as a storyteller with The Moth

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