Jake M. Johnson (born May 28th 1978)
Jake Johnson is an American actor and comedian. Fans will mostly recognise Jake from Fox's comedy show 'New Girl' in which he stars opposite Zooey Deschanel. He has also starred in '21 Jump Street' and 'Get Him To The Greek'.
Jake Johnson: Childhood
Jake Johnson was born in Evanston, Chicago. His parents divorced when he was very young, and he was raised by his mother, a stained glass artist; his father was a car dealer.
He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka and then followed on to study at the University of Iowa where he wrote his first play which allowed for him to be accepted into the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He then went on to win the 2002 John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Sloan Fellowship for Screenwriting.
Jake Johnson: Career
Jake moved to Los Angeles and became a waiter as well as a production assistant whilst getting small amounts of work. In 2007, he got a more constant flow of work on TBS' show 'Derek and Simon: The Show'.
In 2010, Jake landed a small role in 'Get Him To The Greek' starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. He played Jazz Man, one of Aaron's (Jonah Hill) co-workers. The movie's budget was $40,000,000; the box-office numbers were $91,261,479.
2012 saw the star play Principal Dadier in '21 Jump Street' opposite Channing Tatum and, again, Jonah Hill. The MGM film had a $42,000,000 budget and reaped a staggering $201,585,328 in Box-office returns. A sequel, '22 Jump Street' will be released in June 2014.
Since 2011, he has been a fan favourite in comedy-drama 'New Girl' opposite Zooey Deschanel ('500 Days of Summer'). Jake plays Nick Miller, whose character is a law school-dropout and supports himself by bar-tending. His character is notoriously grumpy and still pines for his ex-girlfriend. The show's writers have recently filed a law-suit against Fox claiming plagiarism.
2013 saw the introduction of TV series 'Drunk History'. The idea for the series was taken from a conversation with Derek Waters in 2007 when both were slightly intoxicated and tried to describe Otis Redding's death to Waters. Johnson starred in the first episode of the web series, and the eight episode of the first series on the television series.
Jake is set to appear in the upcoming fourth instalment on the 'Jurassic Park' franchise, 'Jurassic World'. He will star alongside lead actor Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jake Johnson: Personal Life:
Jake is married to Erin Payne, who is an accredited artist; both live in Los Angeles. He is a member of a men's basketball team and a tennis association.