Jay Baruchel

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Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel, 2014 WonderCon-1-crop.jpg
Baruchel at WonderCon 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 at WonderCon 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 has appeared in supporting roles in box office successes as Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, and starred in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, How to Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, This Is the End and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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. 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 the CBS drama 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, he 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 and reprised his role as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Baruchel is in the process of writing the sequel to Goon.[15][16]

In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel will be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman which is set to air in March 2015.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Baruchel was previously engaged to actress Alison Pill. He alluded to their breakup in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[18]

Baruchel has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm) to honor his Irish heritage,[19] 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, Tropic Thunder and This Is the End).[20]

Baruchel is also an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens.[21]



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
2011GoonPatAlso writer and producer
2013This Is the EndJay BaruchelAlso executive producer
2013The Art of the StealFrancie
2014RoboCopTom Pope
2014Don Peyote
2014SWEARNET Live Video Appearance
2014How to Train Your Dragon 2Hiccup (Voice)
2015Untitled Cameron Crowe ProjectPost-Production
2017How to Train Your Dragon 3Hiccup (Voice)Pre-Production


1995, 1999–2000Are You Afraid of the Dark?Joe / Alex / Ross Doyle / Jason Midas4 episodes
1996My HometownThomas Thompson3 episodes
1997Popular Mechanics for KidsHimselfEpisode: "Hollywood FX"
1998The Worst WitchBean PoleEpisode: "The Great Outdoors"
2001–2002UndeclaredSteven Karp17 episodes
2002Matthew Blackheart: Monster SmasherJimmy FlemingTV Movie
2004The StonesWinston Stone6 episodes
2005–2006Just LegalSkip Ross8 episodes
2006–2007Numb3rsOswald Kittner2 episodes
2011The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time HourPrivate Prosciutto / Falcon2 episodes
2012–presentDreamWorks DragonsHiccup (voice)40 episodes
2012Being HumanStuEpisode: "When I Think About You I Shred Myself"
2014Trailer Park BoysDirector, Episode: "Crawling Through the Shitpipe"
2014Man Seeking Woman[22]Josh Greenberg


  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. ^ Connelly, Brendon (July 6, 2013). "Jay Baruchel Explains Plans for a Goon Sequel". bleedingcool.com. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 9, 2014). "Evan Goldberg Talks about GOON 2; Says They’re Trying to Figure out Deals". collider.com. 
  17. ^ Staff, Variety (July 2, 2014). "FXX Orders ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Starring Jay Baruchel". variety.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly Retrieved March 4, 2013
  19. ^ "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". TV3. April 7, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ Farquharson, Vanessa (May 11, 2010). "The Trotsky's Jay Baruchel: On moviemaking, microphones and mom tattoos". The National Post. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ FXX Orders ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Starring Jay Baruchel

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