Jon Favreau is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role in the Iron Man films, as well as for his work on the television series Friends and the films Elf and Swingers.
Favreau was born in Queens, New York, on October 19, 1966, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. He has two brothers, Michael and Peter. Favreau was raised in a Jewish household and attended Hebrew school. He has said that he was “a bit of a loner” as a child.
Favreau graduated from The Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987. He then transferred to the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1990.
Favreau began his career as an actor in the early 1990s with roles in films such as Rudy (1993) and PCU (1994). He first gained widespread attention for his role as Monica’s boyfriend Pete Becker on the television series Friends (1994-1996). He then appeared in a number of films, including Very Bad Things (1998), The Replacements (2000), and Daredevil (2003).
In 2004, Favreau made his directorial debut with the film Elf, starring Will Ferrell. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $220 million worldwide. Favreau followed up with the films Zathura (2005), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and The Jungle Book (2016). He also directed and produced the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book.
Favreau has been married to Joya Tillem since 2000. They have three children: Max, Madeleine, and Miles.
Favreau has a net worth of $100 million. He has earned millions from his work as an actor, director, and producer. He also earns money from endorsements and investments.
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Date Of Birth
October 19, 1966, October 19, 1966
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Screenwriter, Stand-up comedian, Television producer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Television Director, Screenwriter, Stand-up comedian, Television producer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Television Director
Queens College, City University of New York, The Bronx High School of Science, Queens College, City University of New York, The Bronx High School of Science
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Saturn Award for Best Director, PETA Innovation in Film Award, Saturn Award for Best Director, PETA Innovation in Film Award
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Primetime Emmy Award fo...
The Jungle Book, Chef, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Elf, Cowboys & Aliens, Swingers, Zathura, Four Christmases, Couples Retreat, Rudy, The Break-Up, Daredevil, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Replacements, Very Bad Things, I Love You, Man, Made, Love & Sex, Something's Gotta Give, PCU, Deep Impact...
Friends, Dinner for Five, HypaSpace, Friends, Dinner for Five, HypaSpace
[on his film Chef (2014)] It was nice to work on a little movie like this again, where I have so many responsibilities between writing and directing and acting, and you live and die by your own talents. I missed the feeling of doing something small and personal, where I wouldn't have to explain my vision to anyone but the people I was collaborating with.
(on briefly working in banking): I gave two weeks' notice a week before Black Monday. But it was very strange because I thought I would be working on Wall Street my whole life. It was the go-go '80s; there were yellow ties. It was just an exciting moment. And although I wasn't involved in the trading side of things, I was still around that culture, and I ultimately decided it just wasn't for me. As a matter of fact, I wanted to be a New York City firefighter. I didn't make it in, though.
(On directing Mickey Rourke): There was a maze of things that had to be worked through, but it was usually because I was not accurate enough in what I was asking for. To simply say to an actor like Mickey Rourke, ''Stand there and say what's in this comic-book movie,'' is not going work. That ain't why you hire Mickey Rourke.
I wanted to do a Christmas movie. I had been offered Surviving Christmas (2004), and I opted not to pursue that one any further. And then Elf (2003) came along and I thought it really plays into my sensibilities. I thought the one thing about Will Ferrell that I had not seen him do a lot was show his heart as a person and a performer. In developing the script, although it was edgy and irreverent at times, I wanted to keep it a PG movie, not a PG-13 movie that made fun of Christmas.
I don't 'handle' people. It's so much easier to manipulate actors than to really have an earnest discussion with them. It's very easy to say whatever's going to appease them and then turn around and do whatever you want to do. It's difficult to be forthright with people, because the job does not lend itself to that.
I've always wanted to call the shots because I would rather fail than not have a chance to figure it out on my own. I'm a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn't study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what I like to do.
His father has French-Canadian, German, and Italian ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family.
Attended Queens College, City University of New York, but dropped out.
Attended and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984.
Parents are Charles and Madeleine Favreau.
His wife, Joya Tillem, is a physician.
Says he considered renaming Cowboys & Aliens (2011), when audiences initially laughed at the trailer thinking it was a parody.
Began a career at Bear Stearns on Wall Street in the 1980s. He then quit and even considered becoming a New York City fireman.
Is the first person to appear in a Marvel Comic film adaptation, (Foggy Nelson in Daredevil (2003)) as well as direct one (Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010)). Is also the first person to play two unrelated Marvel characters with Favreau portraying the Iron Man character Harold "Happy" Hogan in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Met his close friend and on-screen partner Vince Vaughn when both secured supporting roles in Rudy (1993).
Wrote script for Swingers (1996) on computer software given to him by his father.