Jon Favreau

Other names of Jon Favreau: John Favreau, Jonathan Kolia Favreau

Jonathan Kolia Favreau is an American Filmmaker, comedian, writer, and actor. He was born on 19 October 1966 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United Stated of America to Madeleine and Charles Favreau. His father and mother were special education teacher and elementary school teacher respectively. He has French-Canadian, Italian, German and Jewish ancestry. He did his schooling from Bronx High School of Science. In 1984, he started doing graduation from Queens but dropped out just when he was about to get the degree.

During college, he worked on Wall Street for Bear Stearns. He moved to Chicago to focus on Comedy. He performed at the Improv Institute and ImprovOlympic. He started to get small roles in films. He bagged a role in 1993 hit Rudy with Sean Astin as his co-star. During the shooting of the movie, he came across Vince Vaughn. In 1994, he did a college picture, with Jeremy Piven, named PCU. In the same year, he did the role of Eric the Clown in Seinfeld's episode called “The Fire.” After that, he did small parts in movies like Notes from Underground, Batman Forever and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. In 1996, he shifted to Los Angeles and wrote a story using which he developed the film “Swingers.” It was a story of a struggling and an unlucky wanna-be actor who is sad because his girlfriend ditched him. He played the role, and his friend Vince Vaughn played the character (Trent Walker) that is a chilled out man and brings Jon’s character (Mike Peters) out of the sadness. He also co-produced the film.

In 1997, he bagged a role of Pete Becker in the famous TV series as Monica Geller’s (Courtney Cox) boyfriend. He made an appearance for several episodes. During 1996-97, he appeared in “Tracey Takes On,” a Sketch-Comic Show. In 1998, he did a role in Piven’s “Very Bad Thing.” In 1999, he did a TV film Based on the life of Rocky Marciano named the same. In 2000, he acted in Love &Sex alongside Famke Janssen. He alsodid a part in “The Replacements” and an episode of “The Sopranos” named “D-Girl.” In 2001 he directed an episode of College drama-comedy “Undeclared” as a guest director. In the same year, he directed a self-written film called “Made” and made a debut as a director. His friend, Vince Vaughn, was his co-star in it.

He created a TV series named Table for Five which was released on 6 July 2001. It is a talk show in which he invites five directors to share their experiences. In 2003, he did a role of Foggy Nelson, a lawyer in the film “Daredevil.” Steve Anderson directed him in “The Big Empty.” In the same year, as a director, he had his first commercial success with the comedy “Elf.” It had Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, and James Caan as lead actors. He also garnered a small role in “Something’s Gotta Give” with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as leads. In 2005, he directed Zathura, a film adaption of the book written by Chris Van Allsburg. He did small roles in films like “The Break-Up” and “My Name is Earl” and comedy shows Vince’s “Wild West Comedy Show.” He also appeared as the guest judge in NBC’s “The Apprentice” to publicize the film Zathura.

In 2008, the first movie of Iron Man trilogy as released which was a huge critical and commercial success. He was the director. He was also the executive producer of it. It was the first film produced by Marvel along with Paramount. He also directed Iron Man 2. In 2008, he did a part in “Four Christmases” with Vince Vaughn. He had a cameo in John Carter of Mars which he was about to direct. In 2009, he appeared in a self-written comedy called “Couples Retreat.” In the animated series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars he provided his voice to Pre Vizsla.

In, 2010 he announced that he wouldn’t direct the third Iron Man film. Instead, he did it for the Magic Kingdom. He was executive producer for The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon. He made NBC’s Revolution and co-produced along with J.J. Abrams. In 2013, he directed a pilot for About a Boy, a TV series adaptation of the novel named the same. He directed the trailer for “Destiny” called “Laws of the Jungle.” He directed self-written “ Chef.” He directed the 2016 release “ The Jungle Book,” a Walt Disney film.

Jon Abrahams English Actor

Jon Abrahams

Jon Avery Abrahams is an American TV and cinema actor. He was born on 29 October 1977. His hometown was in the New York City in New York, US. He did his schooling in Brooklyn at Saint Ann’s School. Abrahams’s family had a long relation with the film industry. His uncle Mack Gray was an actor. George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin were entertainers. Joe Gray was a fight coordinator and a stuntman. Martin Abrahams, his father, was an artist. Coming to his career, he started acting in many pictures and TV series. In 1995, ‘Kids’ released. It was an American drama directed by Larry Clark. Harmony Korine wrote it. Chloe Sevigny, Justin Pierce, Jon Abrahams, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Rosario Dawson were the stars. It was based on a day in the daily life of teenagers. It showed the behavior towards sex, alcohol, and drugs. After its release, it got trapped in controversies. Critics had mixed responses. On Rotten Tomatoes, it had a rating of 49%. It received awards for Best Debut Performance. It was nominated in the Independent Spirit Awards for the Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay. In 1995, he acted in ‘Dead Man Walking’ as Sonny Poncelet. Tim Robbins directed and co-produced it. It featured Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. It had good reviews from the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 95% rating. Besides, Metacritic gave 80 out of 100. It had been nominated for four different awards. Susan Sarandon won the title of Best Actress in Academy Award. Other nominations were for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Song. Penn received the Silver Bear for the Best Actor at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2000, Keenen Ivory Wayans made ‘Scary Movie’. It was a comedy with horror and mystery. It has originally named as ‘Last Summer I Screamed Halloween Fell on Friday the 13th’. It had released its four sequels. He personified himself as Bobby Prinze. On Rotten Tomatoes, it had collected 53% vote. In 2005, Jaume Collet-Serra made a horror picture entitled ‘House of Wax’. Brian Van Holt, Jared Padalecki, Elisha Cuthbert, Paris Hilton, and Chad Michael Murray starred in it. It had a rating of 25%. He has acted as Denny Byrnes in the comedy film ‘Meet the Parents’. He was known as DJ Jonny on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. In 2009, he presented himself in a comedy called ‘2 Dudes and a Dream’. He featured in the music video of Enrique Iglesias‘s “Do You Know?”. In 2014, he did ‘Non-Stop’ and ‘Criminal Minds’. In the next two years, he has performed in ‘Condemned’ as Vince and ‘Two for One’ as James Maxwell.

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Jon Hamm

Jonathan Daniel Hamm is an actor, producer, and director. He was born on March 10, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, Daniel, ran a truck company and his mother, Deborah, was a secretary. When he was two years old, his parents got divorced, and he moved to Creve Coeur to live with his mother. He has an Irish, a German and English descendant. He has two step-siblings. At the age of ten-years-old, his mother died of Colon Cancer, and he moved with his father. When he was in first grade, he did a role in Winnie the Pooh. At age 16 he was cast in “Godspell” as Judas. He did his schooling from John Burroughs School, Ladue. In school, he was part of baseball, swimming and football teams. There he dated actress Sarah Clarke. When he turned 20, he lost his father. In 1989, he enrolled himself in University of Texas. There he got into an incident involving Mark Sanders. A group beat him while Hamm leads him with claws of hammers under Mark’s genitals. He was dismissed of all charges in 1995 after he served his term. After this, he got into the University of Missouri. He did a part in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after an audition. Later, he did the role of Leon Czolgosz in “Assassins.” In 1993, he completed his graduation with Bachelors of Arts in English. He permanently moved to Los Angeles. He lived in a house with other aspiring actors. He started doing theater suchasFlavius in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Even after having connections in the acting world, he couldn’t get roles according to his age. He received roles of older characters because of his appearance. William Morris dropped him because he failed to get roles for three long years. He started working as a waiter and a set designer for a porn company. He has set age thirty as his deadline to make it in the industry. In 1997, he formed a relationship with Jennifer Westfeldt, an actress, and screenwriter. In 2000, he bagged a role in Providence, a drama series of NBC network. He did the show for over 19 episodes after which he quit the job of waitressing. In the same year, he gave his first film debut with Space Cowboys. He started getting more significant roles in movies such as “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “We were Soldiers.” He had made it before he turned 30 during the shoot of ‘We are Soldiers.” During 2002-2004, he did the role of a police inspector named Nate Basso in a TV series called “The Division.” He made small appearances in TV shows like What About Brian, Related, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, The Sarah Silverman Program, and The Unit. In 2007, he got a breakthrough with bagging a role of Don Draper in Mad Men, a drama series on AMC. He earned the part after competing with 80 candidates. He said that he never thought that he would get the part. The makers of the show also thought that he was too handsome for the role but ultimately went with him as he had the same past as the character. Eric Ladin, cast in Mad Men, says that he admires Hamm as he never gave up on acting. He took inspiration from his father to play Draper. The show got released in 2007 with acceptance from the audience with excellent reviews for Jon. In 2008, he received Golden Globe Award under the category “Best Actor in the TV series-Drama.”  He also garnered nominations for “Primetime Emmy Award” and “The Screen Actors Guild Award” under the categories “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor” respectively. In 2009, he received under the same categories for the Golden Globe Award and Screen Guild Award. The series ended in 2015 with a total of seven seasons. He received his first Primetime Emmy Award under the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.”Hamm bagged the role in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in 2008. It became a commercial success.  He also hosted two episodes of “Saturday Night Live.”  He did three episodes of 30 Rock, NBC comedy show. The Primetime Emmy Award nominated him three times for the category “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series” for various shows. In 2009, he played his first leading role in “Stolen.” In 2010, he did a cameo in Shrek Forever After. He did the role of FBI agent in “The Town” starring Ben Affleck. It was his first role which was different from the character from Mad Men, Don Draper. In Howl he played Jack Ehrlich, a defense attorney. He appeared on the show “The Simpsons” as an FBI supervisor. In 2011, he appeared in Sucker Punch, an action-fantasy movie which Zach Snyder directed. He did a supporting role of Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. In the same year, he did the movie called “Friends with Kids.” He co-starred in “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” an Ovation TV dark comedy, with Daniel Radcliffe. He did roles in Unbreakable KimmySmidt, MinionsandWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. In 2015, he filmed action comedy “Keeping Up with Joneses.”  He will film Baby driver in 2017. He loves golfing and playing tennis. He is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, a National Hockey League team. He is also a cricket fan which is due to Daniel Radcliffe who introduced him to the sport. He is a huge admirer of comic books. He has been the voice actor for Mercedes-Benz and American Airlines.

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Jon Hamm English Actor