Jason Biggs

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Jason Biggs
Jason Biggs at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black.jpg
Biggs at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring Orange Is The New Black
BornJason Matthew Biggs
(1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 36)[1]
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Mollen (m. 2008)
Children1
 
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Jason Biggs
Jason Biggs at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black.jpg
Biggs at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring Orange Is The New Black
BornJason Matthew Biggs
(1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 36)[1]
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Mollen (m. 2008)
Children1

Jason Matthew Biggs (born May 12, 1978) is an American actor best known for his role as Jim Levenstein in the American Pie series of teen comedy films. He voiced Leonardo in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series season 1 and part of season 2, and portrays Larry Bloom in Orange Is the New Black.

Early life[edit]

Biggs was born in the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock Township, New Jersey. His mother, Angela (née Zocco), is a nurse, and his father, Gary Louis Biggs, is a shipping company manager.[2][3][4] Biggs' father is of English and Italian descent and Biggs' mother is of Sicilian descent. His last name is derived from his English ancestry.[3] He was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

He grew up in Hasbrouck Heights and attended Hasbrouck Heights High School,[6][7] where he achieved success in tennis.[8] Biggs attended Montclair State University for three weeks before dropping out.

Career[edit]

Biggs at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2006.

Biggs began acting at the age of five. In 1991, he made his television debut in the short lived Fox network series Drexell's Class. He also made a one-off HBO special, The Fotis Sevastakis Story, but due to licensing arguments, it was never aired. That same year, Biggs debuted on Broadway in Conversations with My Father, which helped pave the way for him to participate in the daytime soap opera, As the World Turns. He was nominated for the award of Best Younger Actor at the daytime Emmy Awards for his role.

Biggs attended New York University briefly from 1996–1997, but soon afterwards, he returned to pursue acting. And so he would be seen again in another short lived television series, 1997's Camp Stories. He then starred in American Pie, which went on to become an international hit that has spawned three sequels (also starring Biggs) and four spinoffs (that did not star Biggs). After that, Biggs accepted starring roles in movies such as Loser in 2000, and others. In 2001, Biggs starred in the comedy Saving Silverman. He appeared in the 2002 Broadway production of The Graduate as Benjamin Braddock alongside Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. In 2003, Biggs appeared as Jerry Falk in the Woody Allen romantic comedy Anything Else. In the 2004–2005 season Biggs portrayed an Orthodox Jew in Daniel Goldfarb's comedy, Modern Orthodox, staged at Dodger Stages theater in New York City. In 2006, Biggs was seen in the MTV reality show Blowin' Up with Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone which led to his participation in a hip-hop recording with Bay Area rapper E-40. Biggs returned to the stage in the fall of 2008 in Howard Korder's Boys' Life at New York City's Second Stage Theatre.

Biggs has appeared in several other films, including Texas Rangers, Scary Movie and Over Her Dead Body. In 2010, Biggs made his literary debut by contributing "Scratch-and-Sniff," a poem about growing up in New Jersey, to the anthology What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour through New Jersey (Word Riot Press, 2010), alongside writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Perrotta, Robert Pinsky, Gerald Stern and J. Robert Lennon. In 2012, he contributed to the anthology, Oy! Only Six? Why Not More: Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. His contribution, "This is a Roman nose, OK?", was both ironic and prescient: Biggs is not Jewish and the editor of the anthology is Larry Smith (editor), creator of Six-Word Memoirs and who a year later would be the basis for Orange Is the New Black character Larry Bloom.

Biggs in March 2012, at the American Reunion premiere in Sydney, Australia.

Biggs reprised his role as Jim Levenstein in American Reunion, which was released on April 6, 2012. In the summer of 2012, Biggs took a job voicing Leonardo on Nickelodeon in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He left the series during its second season and was temporarily replaced by Dominic Catrambone.[9] Seth Green permanently took over the role from Biggs beginning in season 3.[10] Biggs also plays the cowbell in the supergroup Yukon Kornelius.

Personal life[edit]

Biggs has stated in interviews that he is sometimes cast as an explicitly or implicitly Jewish character, as he was in American Pie (other examples include his roles in Saving Silverman, Prozac Nation, Anything Else, and Orange is the New Black), though he is not Jewish himself.[5][11][12]

In January 2008, he became engaged to his My Best Friend's Girl co-star, actress Jenny Mollen; they married on April 23, 2008.[13] He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. In July 2013, Biggs and Mollen announced they were expecting their first child.[14] The couple welcomed their son, Sid Biggs, on February 15, 2014. [15]

Controversy[edit]

Biggs made headlines when writing vulgar jokes about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan on his Twitter during the 2012 Republican National Convention.[16] In March 2014, Biggs caused controversy when joking about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.[17] Four months later, Biggs again generated controversy when he joked about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.[18] He also drew criticism in May 2014 when he mocked the death of The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill.[19] He has also been known for making sex abuse jokes about the Pope.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelBoy
The Boy Who Cried BitchRobert
1997Camp StoriesAbby
1999American PieJim LevensteinYoung Hollywood Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actor – Best Newcomer
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
2000Boys and GirlsHunter/Steve
LoserPaul TannekNominated – Teen Choice Award for Wipeout Scene of the Summer
2001Saving SilvermanDarren Silverman
American Pie 2Jim LevensteinMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared w/ Seann William Scott)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Line
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedy Film Actor
Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackHimselfCameo
Prozac NationRafe
2003American WeddingJim LevensteinNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared w/ Alyson Hannigan)
Anything ElseJerry Falk
2004Jersey GirlArthur Brickman
2005Guy XCorporal Rudy SpruanceTaormina Film Fest Award for Best Actor
2006Farce of the PenguinsInsecure Penguin
Eight BelowCharlie Cooper
Wedding DazeAnderson
2007I'm in HellNickTV Movie; Producer
The GlitchAlanShort Film
2008Over Her Dead BodyDan Sianidis
My Best Friend's GirlDustin
Lower LearningTom Willoman
2009Kidnapping CaitlynnMaxShort Film
2010The Third RuleDonShort Film
2011GrassrootsPhil Campbell
2012American ReunionJim LevensteinExecutive Producer;
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991–1992Drexell's ClassWillie TrancasSeries regular; 14 episodes
1994–1995As the World TurnsPete WendallNominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (1995)
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer (1995)
1997Total SecurityRobbie Rosenfeld7 episodes
2002Off CentreRick SteveEpisode: "The Good, the Bad and the Lazy"
2004FrasierDr. HauckEpisode: "Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2"
2005Will & GraceBaby GlennEpisode: "The Hole Truth"
2006Blowin' UpHimselfEpisode: "The Break-Up"
2009Happiness Isn't EverythingJason HamburgerCBS pilot; Producer
2011Mad LoveBen ParrMain Cast & Producer; 13 episodes
2012–2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLeonardo
Rat Man Freak
Main Cast; Voice (Seasons 1-2)
Episode: "Of Rats and Men"; Voice
2012–2013The Good WifeDylan Stack2 episodes
2013–2014Orange Is the New BlackLarry BloomMain Cast; 21 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2014)
Pending – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015)
Theatre
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002The GraduateBenjamin Braddock
Music video
YearTitleArtistRole
2000Teenage DirtbagWheatusTitle character

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1207) (Time Inc.). May 18, 2012. p. 29. 
  2. ^ Jason Biggs profile at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ a b Kevin Pollak interview: KPCS Jason Biggs #145, at 32 minute mark
  4. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=assunta-biggs-susan-furno&pid=144047623
  5. ^ a b "A Nice Not-Jewish Boy"
  6. ^ McKinley, Jesse. "THEATER; Bye, Bye 'American Pie'; Mrs. Robinson Is Calling", The New York Times, March 31, 2002. Accessed March 3, 2008. "Unlike that character, Mr. Biggs was proving to be a pretty normal teenager, playing high school tennis and holding a series of menial jobs (flower delivery boy, sandwich maker, kitchen staff at a hospital). In 1996, he graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School and started at New York University, where he enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences."
  7. ^ TeenHollywood.com – Jason Biggs is Hot
  8. ^ Della Cava, Marco R. (July 25, 2000). "Acting dreams no longer 'Pie' in the sky Huggable Jason Biggs is on a roll after losing his cinematic virginity". USA Today. 
  9. ^ "Jason Biggs replaced by Seth Green as voice of Leonardo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series". Metro.co.uk. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-20. Rumours have been circulating in recent weeks as to Biggs’ future in the hit animated franchise, with Dominic Catrambone voicing the character in recent episodes. 
  10. ^ "Nickelodeon Renews 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' for Season 4 (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  11. ^ Jason Biggs profile at Times Online
  12. ^ "Clown prince". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ then had a second wedding ceremony in California's Napa Valley in mid-June. Jason Biggs gets hitched!
  14. ^ Gonzalez, Maricela (July 18, 2013). "Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to be first-time parents". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ >Parker, Heidi (18 February 2014). "Woah, baby! Jason Biggs shares video from INSIDE labour ward as wife gives birth to boy Sid". DailyMail (London). Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Couch, Aaron (September 5, 2012). "Nickelodeon Apologizes for Jason Biggs' 'Vulgar' RNC Tweets". The Hollywood Reporter
  17. ^ Selby, Jenn (March 11, 2014). "Jason Biggs criticised for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 joke made days after aircraft carrying 239 reported missing". The Independent
  18. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (July 17, 2014). "Jason Biggs Tweets Malaysia Airlines Joke After Crash". The Huffington Post.
  19. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (May 20, 2014). "Jason Biggs Mocks Dead 'Bachelorette' Contestant Eric Hill". The Huffington Post
  20. ^ Gutfeld, Greg (March 29, 2013). "A FRIENDLY NOTE TO JIM CARREY AND JASON BIGGS". breitbart.com
  21. ^ (March 29, 2013). Gutfeld Exposes The Soft Underbelly Of Simple-Minded Celebs Fox News

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