Jonah Hill Biography
Jonah Hill Feldstein (born 20.12.1983)
Jonah Hill is an American comedian, screenwriter and Oscar nominated actor known for his comedy roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, Funny People and 21 Jump Street as well as his serious approach to character Peter Brande in Money Ball.
Jonah Hill: Childhood
Hill was born in Los Angeles, California to parents Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for rock band Guns 'N' Roses and fashion stylist, Sharon Lyn (née Chalkin). Hill was raised Jewish and has reported that his 'father instilled a good work ethic' and he is 'a nice Jewish boy' when asked about his sex life.
After feeling unappreciated in school, Hill left California to study music and sport at the New School in New York.
Jonah Hill: Acting Career
Whilst studying in college, Hill began to write and perform his own plays in a small bar located in the East Village of New York. Hill's performances allowed him to realise his passion and ability to act, enabling him to form his own small following including Rebecca and Jake Hoffman, who later introduced Hill to their father - Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman asked Hill to audition for I Heart Huckabees starring: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Isabelle Huppert, Mark Wahlberg and Dustin Hoffman which lead to Hill being cast as Bret in his first feature film role. The film received mixed critical response with the Hollywood Reporter stating: 'Despite the unique premise and some truly inspired casting, the picture remains stuck in an existential rut of its own.'
Hill continued to act, appearing in an episode of NYPD Blue and short film: Pancho's Pizza written and directed by Jake Hoffman, before appearing in Jude Apatow's directorial debut, the 40 Year Old Virgin. The film starred Steve Carell as a nerdy 40 year old virgin who meets a single mother in the 2005 comedy romance film. It included appearances from Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Jane Lynch and was acknowledged by AFI as part of their official selection for movie of the year.
Hill continued to obtain small television roles and supporting acting roles in low budget feature films before being cast in Click alongside previous supporting actor Dustin Hoffman. Hill played Ben Newman at 17 years old before working-relation Jake Hoffman played the same character at 22 years old. The film starred Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale and was nominated for an Academy Award for best achievement in make-up.
Hill went onto co-star a long side Justin Long and Blake Lively in 2006's Accepted - a film about a high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to, thus he attempts to launch his own school in a local rundown building. Hill was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for his role as Sherman.
Hill acted alongside Morgan Freeman in 10 Items or Less and Anna Kendrick in Rocket Science before being cast in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. The film starred previous working friends Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd and had appearances from Jason Segel, Leslie Mann and Katherine Heigl. Like the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up received notable recognition from the AFI institute.
Hill worked alongside previous co-stars Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman in 2007's Evan Almighty before returning to work with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen in Superbad. The film starred Hill and break through artist Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) achieving critical and public recognition.
Hill continued to act in television and doing voice over work on children's film, Horton Hears a Who before being cast alongside previous co-star Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film also had appearances from: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and co-star Russell Brand. The film was nominated for best comedy at the Teen Choice Awards.
Hill obtained a supporting role in Night at the Museum Two working alongside Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais before being cast with working friends Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Adam Sandler in Funny People written and directed by previous friend and working director Judd Apatow. The film achieved two nominations at the teen choice awards.
Hill obtained a small role alongside co-stars Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying playing depressed character Frank.
In 2009 Hill managed to live a personal dream doing a voice over for the Simpsons episode Pranks and Greens. When asked if Hill always wanted to be an actor he replied: 'No. I wanted to be one of the Simpsons. I wanted to live in Springfield'.
Hill took on his first starring role as a serious/dramatic character in Cyrus. Hill played title character, Cyrus alongside John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei. The film was part of the official selection at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.
Hill continued his voice over work in How to Train Your Dragon before teaming up with friends Russell Brand, Judd Apatow and Jason Segel (as producers). The film saw Russell Brand continue his role as Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film achieved a positive critical response and 11 recognised nominations.
Hill did more voice over work in Megamind before obtaining a role in Sport-Biography/Drama Moneyball. The film starred Brad Pitt as Billy Beane the historic American Baseball player and Hill as Peter Brande. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Jonah Hill for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Hill returned to his comedy role in The Sitter before writing and creating his own cartoon TV series, Allen Gregory. The series contained seven episodes which included exceptional smart Allen Gregory (voiced by Hill) attempted to fit in at regular school.
Hill continued to write and act, helping to co-write 21 Jump Street with Michael Bacall. Hill starred alongside Channing Tatum, and got to return to his college student role as an undercover police officer.
Hill worked alongside the all star cast In The Watch, working with previous working-relation Ben Stiller and Joe Nunez (Superbad).
Hill was cast in critically acclaimed director Quentin Tarintino's Django Unchained, winner of 2 Academy Awards. The film starred Jamie Fox, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Hill maintained his friendship and working relationship with co-stars Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, Jason Segel in This is the End a film about a number of celebrities attempting to survive the apocalypse whilst attending a party at James Franco's house.
Jonah Hill: Personal Life
Hill has stated he refuses to discuss his personal life because 'you just feel like an idiot for talking about it' if/when things don't work out.
Despite losing a lot of weight for his recent roles (21 Jump Street where he plays a police officer) Hill has stated his 'Achilles heel' is beer. 'I just can't give up beer'.
Hill broke up with his girlfriend Jordan Klein after three years in 2011 however started dating Ali Hoffman (Dustin Hoffman's daughter).
Biography by Contactmusic.com
The stars turn out for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, while Tomorrowland holds a child-friendly premiere in California, and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are on location in Miami. Trailers arrive for Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the long-awaited Vacation sequel, Meryl Streep's musical Ricki and the Flash, and the Hathaway-De Niro comedy The Intern...
The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.
Catherine Deneuve at Cannes Film Festival
Jonah Hill - A larger than usual Jonah Hill and co star Miles Teller were spotted on the set of their new movie 'Arms and Dudes' as they filmed scenes in Miami, Florida, United States - Saturday 9th May 2015
Jump Street and Men in Black? Can it work?
Sony has hired the writers of Broad City - Lucia Aniello nd Paul Downs - to write one of two scripts that will take the 'Jump Street' franchise in a new direction. The studio has commissioned both a female-oriented spinoff and a franchise crossover with Men in Black - an idea originally outlined after the e-mail hack.
Aniello and Downs will write the female spin-off, featuring the same comedic style and tone as 21 Jump Street and its hugely successful sequel, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Continue reading: Sony Begin Work in '21 Jump Street, 'Men in Black', Crossover
The actors star in the new thriller directed by Rupert Goold.
In what could be one of the most chilling and uncomfortable true story thrillers in recent years, James Franco and Jonah Hill star in just that: 'True Story'. And the experience has helped them relate to journalist Michael Finkel on which the film is based.
James Franco and Jonah Hill star in 'True Story'
When Finkel was fired from the New York Times for fabricating a news story, he found himself without any job prospects. However, as luck would have it (good or bad, depending on how you look at it), he soon became embroiled in a high profile murder case when Christian Longo used Finkel's name on being arrested for killing his family. This was finally a job that Finkel could take on, but little did he know how complex and unnerving his relationship with Longo would become.
The cast and crew of upcoming drama 'True Story', including Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones and director Rupert Goold, take us through the plot of the film in a new featurette. They discuss the unlikely relationship between a disgraced journalist and a convicted killer, and what it's like to take on such a sensitive story.
Continue: True Story - Featurette
David Oyelowo speaks up at the Selma premiere, while Tom Cruise is spotted filming for M:I 5. There are new glimpses of Z for Zachariah, James Franco's True Story, Tom Hardy's Child 44, the Fantastic Four reboot and Mark Wahlberg's Ted 2...
David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were on hand in London for the European premiere of Selma this week. They were joined on the red carpet by costar Colman Domingo and singer Nicole Scherzinger. Up for two Oscars but snubbed by Bafta, the critically acclaimed film opens in the UK next week.
The two actors take the leads in the trailer for their latest film, True Story
James Franco has a True Story to tell and he wants to tell it to Jonah Hill. That's the premise of Franco's latest film, based on, ironically, a true story, as he plays one of the FBI's most wanted men, Christian Longo, convicted of murdering his wife and three children.
Jonah Hill plays a journalist desperate to get a story out of James Franco's convicted killer
Hill plays disgraced journalist Michael Finkel, who was fired from the New York Times and whose name has been used by Longo to escape police custody.
Continue reading: Franco And Hill Have A True Story To Tell
In 2001, Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) was fired from his job at the New York Times for creating fictitious characters and using them in an article he published. Not long afterwards, he discovered that Christian Longo (James Franco) had used his name as an alias while on the run after murdering his wife and three children. Finkel confronted Longo in jail, whereupon Longo began to explain what happened and who was really to blame for the murder. As Finkel began to go deeper and deeper into the case, he realised that while this posed a chance to be his comeback, it could also ruin his reputation and career. He desperately hope that he was preparing to publish the true story.
Continue: True Story Trailer
'22 Jump Street' could be a followed up with a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover.
Sony Pictures are in early discussions to combine two of its biggest franchises: Jump Street and Men in Black. Leaked emails from the studio's chief Amy Pascal revealed that the follow-up to 22 Jump Street would have stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum interacting with the universe of the sci-fi comedy.
22 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill [L] and Channing Tatum [R] was a massive hit for Sony
The e-mails appear to indicate that neither Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones would be involved in the project, but the Jump Street helmsman Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing and may direct.
Continue reading: Sony Pictures Planning to Combine 'Jump Street' and 'Men in Black'
Sony are moving ahead with '23 Jump Street'.
After two movies that have grossed over $500 million on an overall budget of around $100 million, it's no surprise to report that Sony Pictures and Original Film are moving ahead with '23 Jump Street', with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returning as the leads. Rodney Rotham - one of the primary writers on the sequel - has been tasked with penning the third film.
It's unclear whether Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be back to direct though Deadline confirms they are overseeing the script and will certainly be producers, at the very least. Should the duo want the directing job, it's theirs. Neal Moritz, Hill and Tatum are also on the producers list.
Continue reading: '23 Jump Street' Is Happening, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
Sony Pictures and Original Film have already rehired Rodney Rothman ('22 Jump Street') to write the script of the third instalment.
Earlier this summer the hilarious sequel '22 Jump Street' stormed into theatres all over the world and became an instant sensation, one of the most memorable parts about the comedy was the end credits scene which made fun of future sequels.
Jonah Hill [L] and Channing Tatum [R] in '22 Jump Street'
Well it looks like this wasn't just a joke as Sony and Original Film have started making plans for a third movie, obviously titled '23 Jump Street,' Deadline reports. The film studios have already rehired Rodney Rothman to pen the new script.
Here's a new thing to listen to - Michael Cera's surprise indie album.
Um, did anyone else not know that Michael Cera is a musician? Outside of Scott Pilgrim, I mean. Not only that, he’s actually really good, if his new indie album, True That, is anything to go by. Cera pulled a Beyonce and released the album on his Bandcamp without any prior announcement. Those who want to get acquainted with Cera’s musical talents can buy True That for $7 or stream it for free.
Did I mention you can stream it for free? [Getty/Larry Busacca]
Oh and did we mention it’s really very good? Cera relies a lot on dissonance, which sorts itself into melody later in the songs and it’s a really engaging listen. It’s a quiet, chilled out mix of songs with some (dare we say it?) Sufjan Stephens influences and plenty of cinematic references, probably to remind us of Cera’s day job.
Continue reading: Michael Cera Pulls A Beyonce, Releases (Really Good) Surprise Album