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
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.