Michael Cera

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Michael Cera
Michael Cera 2012 (Cropped).jpg
Cera in 2012
BornMichael Austin Cera
(1988-06-07) June 7, 1988 (age 26)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1998–present
 
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Michael Cera
Michael Cera 2012 (Cropped).jpg
Cera in 2012
BornMichael Austin Cera
(1988-06-07) June 7, 1988 (age 26)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1998–present

Michael Austin Cera (/ˈsɛrə/; born June 7, 1988)[1] is a Canadian actor and musician known for his roles in Arrested Development, Youth in Revolt, Superbad, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Juno. In 2010, he won the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Early life[edit]

Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario. He is the son of Linda (née Cockman) and Luigi Cera, a technician. His father is Sicilian,[2] and his mother has Irish, Dutch, Scottish, and English ancestry.[3][4] His parents both worked for Xerox.[5] Cera has an older sister, Jordan, and a younger sister, Molly. He became interested in acting after viewing Ghostbusters repeatedly when sick with the chicken pox at the age of three. He memorized all the dialogue and idolized Bill Murray.[6] He enrolled in The Second City Toronto and took improvisation classes.[6]

He attended Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School and Heart Lake Secondary School until grade nine, but then completed school online through grade twelve.[7][8]

Acting[edit]

His first role was an unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial.[7][8][9] That eventually led to a Pillsbury commercial in which he poked the Pillsbury Doughboy, his first role with lines.[10]

Cera in 2008

"Arrested Development never felt safe. Even the first season, we did thirteen episodes, and we thought we'd never do a back nine. So I never thought in a million years we'd get to make three seasons. I was happy we got that far. I thought it was really good, and I'm really proud of it. I don't think we made a bad episode."

—Michael Cera, Esquire (2009)[10]

Cera's career began when he was cast as Larrabe Hicks in the Canadian television series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999. In 2002, Cera played the young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and he also provided the voice for Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears animated series. Also in 2002, he was cast in The Grubbs, a new Fox TV series. It received a poor critical response, including an E! Online review that called it "the worst sitcom ever produced".[11] He also voiced Josh Spitz in the cartoon Braceface. He played George Michael Bluth in the award-winning television series Arrested Development for three seasons before it was canceled for six years.[12] In 2005, he starred as Harold in the award winning short film Darling Darling, for which he was awarded Best Actor at the San Gio Festival in Verona, Italy. In 2006, he created and starred in a parody of Impossible is Nothing, a video résumé created by Aleksey Vayner.[13] He also guest-starred in an episode of teen noir drama Veronica Mars – in the episode "The Rapes of Graff", which also featured Arrested Development co-star Alia Shawkat – and also in the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

Cera, along with best friend Clark Duke, wrote and starred in a series of short videos released on their website.[12] The idea came from Duke, who was enrolled at Loyola Marymount University and did it for his film school studies.[14] In 2007, they signed a deal with CBS Television to write, produce, direct, and act in a short-form comedy series entitled Clark and Michael.[15] The show featured guest stars such as David Cross, Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt, and was distributed via CBS's new internet channel, CBS Innertube.[16]

Cera also appeared in a staged comedy video that shows him being fired from the lead role of the film Knocked Up after belittling and arguing with the director, in a scene that mocks the David O. Russell blow up on the set of I Heart Huckabees.[12]

Cera starred alongside Jonah Hill in the film Superbad, which was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film opened in North America on August 17, 2007. In November 2007, he hosted Saturday Night Live on strike, a live staged version of SNL not shown on television due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike.[17] Also in 2007, Cera co-starred in Juno as Paulie Bleeker, a teenager who impregnates his long-time school friend Juno (Ellen Page). For Superbad and Juno, Cera won Breakthrough Artist in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007.

In 2007, Cera appeared in the comedy short "Drunk History", playing Alexander Hamilton in a comedic retelling of Hamilton's duel with Aaron Burr.[18] Cera starred in the independent film Paper Heart. It was written by and co-starred Charlyne Yi, and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won a screenwriting award. Cera and Yi composed the movie's soundtrack. He also starred alongside Jack Black in the 2009 comedy Year One. In 2009, Cera's first published short story, "Pinecone", appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly. In January 2010, Cera starred in a film adaptation of the novel Youth in Revolt, in the role of the lead character, Nick Twisp, and his destructive "supplementary persona", François Dillinger.[12][19] Cera played the title character in the film adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, released in August 2010.[20]

Cera dressed as Captain America, in promotion of Scott Pilgrim, and parody of Captain America: The First Avenger, at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con

In 2013, Cera starred in Magic Magic, a film directed by Sebastian Silva and filmed in Chile, for which he spent "five hours a day learning Spanish".[21] He also worked with Silva in another Chilean film released in 2013 titled Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus. He played an exaggerated version of himself in the apocalyptic comedy film This Is the End, which was released in summer of 2013.[22] Cera reprised his role of George Michael Bluth for the fourth season of Arrested Development in May 2013, which he was also a consulting producer on.[23] According to press reports, Cera will appear in the Arrested Development film when it eventually goes into production.[24][25][26]

Cera, along with Reggie Watts, Tim & Eric, and Sarah Silverman created the web-based comedy Youtube channel known as Jash, where he posts short films which he directs and stars in.[27][28] Cera is part of the cast of Burning Love, a web spoof of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

In August 2014, Cera began a run of Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth on Broadway, costarring with Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson.

Music[edit]

In 2010 Cera contributed mandolin and backing vocals to the Weezer song "Hang On" from their album Hurley.[29] Cera has also established himself as the touring bass player in Mister Heavenly, an indie rock band originating in the American northwest[30] and is a member of the band The Long Goodbye, along with Clark Duke.[31] Cera also played bass and sang back up during songs in both Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

He released his full-length debut album True That on August 8, 2014 through his official Bandcamp page.[32][33] The album features 19 original tracks, a cover of Roderick Falconer's "Play It Again" as well as a cover of Blaze Foley's "Clay Pigeons."[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Switching GoalsTaylorTV movie
1999What Katy DidDorryTV movie
2000FrequencyGordy Jr. (Age 10)
2000Steal This Movie!America Hoffman (Age 7–8)
2000Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying DreamYoung Zac
2001Stolen MiracleBrandon McKinleyTV movie
2001My Louisiana SkyJesse Wade ThompsonTV movie
2001The Familiar StrangerYoung Ted WelshTV movie
2001Walter and HenryCrying KidTV movie
2002Confessions of a Dangerous MindChuck Barris (Age 8–11)
2007SuperbadEvan
2007JunoPaulie Bleeker
2008Extreme MovieFred
2008Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistNick O'Leary
2009Paper HeartHimself
2009Year OneOh
2010Youth in RevoltNick Twisp / François Dillinger
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the AnimationScott Pilgrim (voice)Short
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldScott Pilgrim
2012The End of LoveMichael
2012The ImmigrantMichaelShort
2013Crystal Fairy & the Magical CactusJamie
2013Magic MagicBrinkExecutive producer
2013Brazzaville Teen-AgerGuntherShort; also director and writer
2013FailureManShort; also director and writer
2013This Is the EndMichael Cera
2013Gregory Go BoomGregoryShort
2013B*tchHimselfShort; also director and writer
2014HitsBennie
2016Sausage PartyBarry (voice)Filming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999–2001Twice in a LifetimeSkateboarder #2Episode: "The Blame Game"
1999I Was a Sixth Grade AlienLarrabe Hicks44 epiisodes
1999NoddyButchEpisode: "Big Bullies"
2000La Femme NikitaJeromeEpisode: "He Came from Four"
2001BracefaceJosh Spitz (voice)12 episodes
2001DocMax2 episodes
2001The Ripping FriendsBoy Boy (voice)Episode: "Man Man and Boy Boy"
2002–2005The Berenstain BearsBrother Bear (voice)40 episodes
2003Rolie Polie OlieLittle Gizmo (voice)4 episodes
2003PecolaRobbie Rabbit (voice)26 episodes
2003–2006, 2013Arrested DevelopmentGeorge Michael Bluth63 episodes
Consulting producer (season 4)
2005WaysideTodd (voice)Episode: "Pilot"
2006Veronica MarsDean RudolphEpisode: "The Rapes of Graff"
2006Tom Goes to the MayorScrotch (voice)Episode: "Undercover"
2007Clark and MichaelMikey Cerareator, director, writer, producer
2007Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Jamie StevensEpisode: "Gravy"
2008–presentChildrens HospitalSal Viscuso (voice)49 episodes
2012The SimpsonsNick (voice)Episode: "The Daughter Also Rises"
2013Drunk HistoryJohn EndicottEpisode: "Boston"
2014Saturday Night LiveSurrogateEpisode: "Jonah Hill/Bastille"
2014How and WhyPilot

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Soundtrack

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryNominee
2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie or Special: Supporting Young ActorMy Louisiana Sky
2004WonTV Land AwardsTV Land Future Classic AwardArrested Development
2005NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2006Nominated
2007WonChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising PerformerJuno
WonAustin Film Critics AssociationBreakthrough Artist Award
WonSuperbad
2008NominatedBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Young Actor
NominatedJuno
NominatedBest Acting Ensamble
NominatedCanadian Comedy AwardsBest Performance by a Male: FilmSuperbad
NominatedMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Performance
NominatedBest KissJuno
NominatedBest Male Performance
NominatedSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture: Comedy or MusicalNick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedySuperbad
NominatedChoice Movie Breakout: Male
NominatedBest Movie Actor: ComedyJuno
NominatedChoice Movie Breakout: Male
NominatedChoice ComedianHimself
2009NominatedBAFTA AwardsRising Star Award
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Music/DanceNick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
2010WonSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture: Comedy or MusicalScott Pilgrim vs. the World
2011NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action
2014NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested Development

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schneller, Johanna (2007-12-29). "Triple threat". The Globe and Mail. pp. R1–3. 
  2. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (2009-01-25). "Irresistible rise of the nerd", Scotland on Sunday, p. 6.
  3. ^ Rhodes, Joe (2007-08-15). "'Superbad' – but in a good way". Springfield State Journal Register. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  4. ^ http://www.thestar.ie/star/michael-cera-colin-is-farr-too-boring-25292/
  5. ^ Biography Today. Detroit, Michigan: Omnigraphics. 2009. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7808-1051-8. 
  6. ^ a b "Biography Today", pp.20
  7. ^ a b Leszcz, Benjamin (2006-01-04). "The essence of adolescence". National Post. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  8. ^ a b Strauss, Bob (2007-12-08). "Hollywood heavy still a Brampton beanpole". The Globe and Mail. p. R1. 
  9. ^ Leszcz, Benjamin (August 2007). "Que Sera Cera". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  10. ^ a b Jones, Chris (July 2009), "Michael Cera". Esquire. 152 (1):86–88
  11. ^ "Biography Today", pp.21–23
  12. ^ a b c d Male, Andrew (2007-09-15). "Sardonic youth". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  13. ^ “” (2006-12-20). "Youtube ''Impossible is the Opposite of Possible''". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  14. ^ "Biography Today", pp.24
  15. ^ "Clark and Michael website". Clarkandmichael.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  16. ^ "Wired ''Sitcom to Bitcom''". Wired.com. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  17. ^ Strauss, Bob (2007-12-08). "Hollywood heavy still a Brampton beanpole". The Globe and Mail. p. R1. 
  18. ^ "UCBcomedy.com". UCBcomedy.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  19. ^ Dimension Films (2007-08-15). "Michael Cera Is Nick Twisp". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  20. ^ "Here's what happens". Bryan Lee O' Malley. Retrieved April 4, 2008. 
  21. ^ Hernandez, Lee (2011-02-11). ""Juno" Star Michael Cera Takes Up Spanish as a Second Language". Latina magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  22. ^ Bricken, Rob (April 2, 2013). "The new This Is the End redband trailer contains Michael Cera's graphic death. That is all.". io9. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  23. ^ Egner, Jeremy (2013-05-24). "Michael Cera on the Return of ‘Arrested Development'". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (2009-02-24). "Sources: Michael Cera Joins Arrested Development Movie". E! Online – Watch with Kristin. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  25. ^ Crider, Michael (October 2, 2011). "‘Arrested Development’ Returning For Season 4 – To Lead Into Movie". Screenrant. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  26. ^ Porter, Rick (April 18, 2012). "'Arrested Development' Season 4: Netflix releasing all 10 episodes at once next year". Zap2it. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  27. ^ Matheson, Whitney (2013-03-11). "JASH: Your fave comedians launch a YouTube channel". USA Today. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  28. ^ Danton, Eric R. (2013-03-11). "Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera Launch JASH Comedy Channel on YouTube". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  29. ^ Dorof, Jakob. "Weezer – Hurley". Slantmagazine. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  30. ^ December 2, 2010 12:40 a.m. by Erik Ziedses des Plantes (2010-11-30). "Michael Cera Is Apparently Mister Heavenly's Bassist". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  31. ^ "Michael Cera's Long Goodbye". Spin. August 22, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  32. ^ a b Gordon, Jeremy (August 13, 2014). "Michael Cera Released a Surprise Album Last Night". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  33. ^ a b Travis, Ben (August 13, 2014). "Michael Cera releases album online". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  34. ^ Todd Olmstead (August 13, 2014). "Michael Cera Quietly Releases an Album That You Can Stream". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 

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