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Jonah Hill Biography (UPDATE)

VO: Matt Campbell
From comedy to drama, this actor has surprised many by taking a giant leap to attempt to become a serious threat in the acting world. In this bio update, WatchMojo.com takes a look at what Jonah Hill has accomplished since we first published his biography in 2011. From Superbad to Moneyball, Jonah Hill has seriously impressed audiences everywhere, be it by making them laugh or making them cry. Now that he’s established in both comedy and drama, there's no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more Jonah Hill in the years to come.
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Jonah Hill Biography (UPDATE)


He made it big by acting super bad. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re taking a look at the comedy origins of Jonah Hill.

Early Life


Jonah Hill Feldstein was born December 20th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Both his parents had careers in show business: his mother designed costumes and worked as a stylist, while his father was a tour accountant for Guns N’ Roses. This, along with his sense of humor and love of such witty shows like “The Simpsons” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” helped prompt Hill’s interest in the industry, and in comedy writing specifically.

Early Career


To pursue his career, Hill moved to New York to study both writing and drama at The New School. During this time, he practiced his craft by writing and performing his own work at a local bar, and this earned him a small group of fans. Included in this group were Dustin Hoffman’s son and daughter, who were so impressed with Hill’s work they introduced him to their father.

First Acting Jobs


Hill wowed Hoffman with his talent and comedic sensibilities, and so the veteran actor helped him secure an audition for a bit part in his 2004 film “I Heart Huckabees.” It was with that project that he officially took on the stage name Jonah Hill.

Meeting Judd Apatow


With a film role under his belt, Hill’s interest shifted from writing to performance. Hill hired a manager, who introduced him to Judd Apatow. The pair immediately got along, and Apatow cast Hill in a small and uncomfortable role in his hit comedy “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

TV and Movies


His scene-stealing performance won him a part in the first season of the TV comedy series “Campus Ladies.” He followed that by playing a teenaged version of Adam Sandler in the sci-fi comedy “Click.” Hill even found himself playing Justin Long’s neurotic pal in 2006’s “Accepted.”

"Superbad"


The next year, Hill found himself extremely busy with several projects. One of his most notable roles from that year was his part as Set Rogen’s loudest friend in Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” It was also in 2007 that Hill landed his first starring role, and achieved instant fame as Michael Cera’s crude and agitated pal in “Superbad.”

Career Upswing


Following this, Hill appeared in numerous other comedies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “Strange Wilderness.” He also made a cameo in the Ben Stiller sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” and took a supporting role in the Sandler/Apatow dramedy “Funny People.”

Next up, he played Ricky Gervais’ suicidal neighbor in “The Invention of Lying,” then lent his voice to a cameo role on “The Simpsons,” to a Viking youth in “How to Train Your Dragon” and to a cameraman-turned-supervillain in “Megamind,” opposite Will Ferrell.

Hill’s next comedy triumph came in 2010 when he starred alongside fellow comedian Russell Brand in the outrageous comedy “Get Him to the Greek.” That same year, he took on his most substantial acting role to that point in the comedy-drama “Cyrus.”

Dramatic Roles


In 2011, Hill played the part of Brad Pitt’s assistant general manager in the film “Moneyball,” and helped create, write and produce the animated Fox series “Allen Gregory.” He followed that by heading back to school as an undercover cop in the film remake of the popular ‘80s TV series “21 Jump Street.” In preparation for that role, Hill lost a dramatic amount of weight.

Known for his distinctive voice and look, Jonah Hill took Hollywood by storm with his hilariously awkward performances and his panicked delivery. His natural skill helped him forge long-lasting friendships and collaborative partnerships with the likes of Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Not just a funny on-screen character, Hill successfully established himself as a screenwriter and continues to grow as a Hollywood heavyweight.

UPDATE


One of the busiest actors in Hollywood, Hill has also proven that he is one of the most dynamic as well. After his Oscar nominated performance in "Moneyball" in 2011, 2012 saw Hill return to the funny stuff alongside Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street.

Hill also appeared in the community cop comedy, "The Watch," and also had a cameo appearance in "Django Unchained." Teaming up with his friends Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel and many, many more, Hill appeared as an amplified version of himself in 2013’s "This Is The End."

Hill teamed up with director Martin Scorsese to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The perfect mix of drama and comedy for Hill, he shined as the Wall Street sheister and quaalude king, Donnie Azoff.

2014 saw Hill return as Officer Schmidt in "22 Jump Street," as he and Tatum took their undercover capabilities to college. He then lent his voice to "The Lego Movie," also alongside Tatum, as he played an extremely irritating version of "The Green Lantern." Showing he has a knack for voice acting, Hill also returned as Snotlout in the 2014 sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon."

In 2015 Hill portrayed Michael Finkel, a former New York Times writer whose name was used as an alias by convicted murderer Chris Longo, played by James Franco. Now that he’s established in both comedy and drama, we’ll be seeing a lot more Jonah Hill in the years to come.
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