Jay Baruchel

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Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel, 2014 WonderCon-1-crop.jpg
Baruchel in April 2014
BornJonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 32)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, writer, comedian
Years active1995–present
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Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel, 2014 WonderCon-1-crop.jpg
Baruchel in April 2014
BornJonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 32)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, writer, comedian
Years active1995–present

Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He had appeared in supporting roles in box office successes as Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, and starring in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, How to Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and This Is the End.

Early life[edit]

Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer.[1][2] He grew up and still lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec,[3] and has a younger sister, Taylor.[4] His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent).[5][6][7] Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".[8][9]


One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Baruchel won the role of Steven Karp on Judd Apatow's acclaimed yet short-lived television series Undeclared, where he starred alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, and Monica Keena. He then appeared with James Van Der Beek in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction.

In 2004, Baruchel played boxing hopeful Danger Barch in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, which received an Oscar for Best Picture the following year. He was among those thanked by Eastwood during his acceptance speech. Baruchel then starred in Nemesis Game and Fetching Cody, before appearing opposite Don Johnson on the WB's Just Legal in 2005, and guest-starring on CBS's Emmy Award-nominated Numb3rs in 2006.

Baruchel appeared in the films Knocked Up (which reunited him with Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen), I'm Reed Fish, Just Buried, and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, alongside Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan and Robert Downey, Jr. He co-starred with Seth Rogen in the 2007 trailer for Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, created by Rogen and Evan Goldberg as a strategy to garner interest and funding for a similar, larger-scale project (later made in 2013 as This Is the End). In 2008, he appeared in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also made a brief appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, DreamWorks' She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve),[10] and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He also voiced the starring role in the acclaimed animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, a role he has subsequently continued throughout the franchise, including its television series. Also in 2010, he played two supporting characters in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour.[11] He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation.[12] Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy.[13] Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.[14]

Baruchel also appeared in the 2010 Adidas Originals ad campaign, "Cantina", in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup, and in video clips for Canadian prog-rockers Rush's 2012–13 Clockwork Angels tour.

In July 2012, Baruchel appeared in the music video for the song "Toxsik Waltz" by rapper Necro. In the summer of 2013, he starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, and in 2014, he appeared in the RoboCop remake. He is set to star in Rebel Kind, based on the memoirs of John Armstrong, the former lead singer for the Vancouver 1980s punk band The Modernettes.

Personal life[edit]

Baruchel was previously engaged to actress Alison Pill. He alluded to their breakup in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[15]

He has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm),[16] his mother's maiden name (on his forearm), and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral (which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, and This Is the End).[17]


1999Running HomeKid #2
1999Who Gets the House?Jonathan
2000Almost FamousVic Munoz
2002The Rules of AttractionHarry
2003Nemesis GameJeremy Curran
2004Million Dollar BabyDanger Barch
2005Fetching CodyArt Frankel
2007Knocked UpJay
2007Jay and Seth vs. The ApocalypseJayShort
2007I'm Reed FishReed Fish
2007Just BuriedOliver Whynacht
2008Real TimeAndy Hayes
2008Tropic ThunderKevin Sandusky
2008Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistTal Hanson
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianJoey MotorolaCameo
2009Edgar and JaneShort; also writer, producer and director
2010She's Out of My LeagueKirk Kettner
2010How to Train Your DragonHiccup (voice)
2010The TrotskyLeon
2010The Sorcerer's ApprenticeDave Stutler
2010Good NeighboursVictor
2012GoonPatAlso writer
2013This Is the EndJay BaruchelAlso executive producer
2013The Art of the StealFrancie
2014RoboCopTom Pope
2014How to Train Your Dragon 2Hiccup (voice)Post-production
1995Are You Afraid of the Dark?Joe1 episode
1996My HometownThomas Thompson3 episodes
1997Popular Mechanics for KidsHimself
1998The Worst WitchBean Pole1 episode
1999–2000Are You Afraid of the Dark?Alex, Ross Doyle, Jason Midas3 episodes
2001–2002UndeclaredSteven Karp17 episodes
2002Matthew Blackheart: Monster SmasherJimmy Fleming
2004The StonesWinston Stone6 episodes
2005–2006Just LegalSkip Ross8 episodes
2006–2007Numb3rsOswald Kittner2 episodes
2011The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time HourPrivate Prosciutto
2012–presentDreamWorks DragonsHiccup (voice)
2012Being HumanStu2 episodes


  1. ^ "Quick Study". People. November 12, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rich, Katey (March 10, 2010). "Interview: Jay Baruchel On Why He Won't Do Nude Scenes". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "JAY BARUCHEL: CANADA'S PROUDEST SON". Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jay Baruchel Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Simonpillai, Radheyan (May 13, 2010). "Jay Baruchel is the Trotsky". NOW Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2010. "The funny thing is, Baruchel is only a quarter Jewish... His background is also French and Irish-Catholic... He may be hard to identify ethnically..." 
  6. ^ "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0059431/bio
  8. ^ McLeod, Andre (2008). "Jay Baruchel: Breaking Out". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Montreal actor improvising his way to the top". Canada.com. January 3, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ INTERVIEW: Jay Baruchel On She’s Out Of My League – Rip It Up Magazine Retrieved September 15, 2010
  11. ^ "The Boys are back and on drugs". The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys. "Uni stumbles onto Jay Baruchel's 'Klutz'" The Hollywood Reporter March 11, 2009
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (October 27, 2010). "Eugene Levy joins 'Goon' squad, Variety". 
  14. ^ Creepy, Uncle (March 10, 2010). "Is There a New Psycho Cop Getting Ready to Walk the Beat?". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/alison-pill-jay-baruchel-call-off-engagement-201343 "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly Retrieved March 4, 2013
  16. ^ "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". TV3. April 7, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ Farquharson, Vanessa (May 11, 2010). "The Trotsky's Jay Baruchel: On moviemaking, microphones and mom tattoos". The National Post. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 

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