- Jonah Hill
caption = Hill in Barcelona, 2007
birthname = Jonah Hill Feldstein
birthdate = birth date and age|1983|12|20
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
yearsactive = 2004 — present
Jonah Hill (born
December 20, 1983) is an American actor and screenwriter. Hill has had a successful career as an actor in comedic films, appearing in roles in the films "Accepted", " Grandma's Boy", "Click", " 40 Year Old Virgin", " Knocked Up", "Superbad", " Evan Almighty", " This Side of the Truth", " Strange Wilderness", "" and " Forgetting Sarah Marshall".
Hill was born Jonah Hill Feldsteincite news|last=|first=|coauthors=|title="Superbad" Star A Real Pisser|pages=|publisher=The Smoking Gun|date=
2007-08-13|url=http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0813072superbad1.html|accessdate=2007-08-18] into a Jewish familycite news|last=Solomon|first=Deborah|coauthors=|title=Superdude|pages=|publisher=The New York Times|date= 2007-08-12|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/magazine/12wwln-Q4-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin|accessdate=2007-08-18] in Los Angeles, Californiaand attended Brentwood School and then Crossroads School in Santa Monica. After graduating from high school, Hill left California to attend school at New School University, where he studied acting. Hill attended the University of Colorado at Boulderfor one semester as a freshman after having left New School University. Hill's brother Jordan is the manager for the bands Maroon 5, Staind, Big City Rock, and Collective Soul.
In college, Jonah Hill began writing his own plays and performing them in the "Black and White" bar in the East Village neighborhood of New York City." [http://www.hobotrashcan.com/interviews/jonahhill.php One on One with... Jonah Hill] ", "Hobo Trashcan", August 2006. Retrieved on
June 29, 2007.] His plays developed a small following and helped him realize that his true desire was to act in film. Hill befriended Dustin Hoffman's children, Rebecca and Jake, who introduced him to their father. The elder Hoffman asked him to audition for a role in " I Heart Huckabees", in which Hill made his film debut. Hill made a brief appearance in Judd Apatow's directorial debut " The 40-Year-Old Virgin", which eventually lead to him starring in a larger supporting role in the Apatow-produced " Knocked Up" and the lead role in the Apatow-produced " Superbad".
Jonah Hill hosted "
Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Mariah Careyon March 15, 2008. Originally, Jonah Hill was scheduled to host on November 17, 2007with musical guest, Kid Rock, but the episode was cancelled due to the Writers Guild of Americastrike that lasted from November 5, 2007to February 12, 2008. Hill was in negotiations for a part in "", but opted out. [cite news | author = Nicole Sperling | title = Jonah Hill no longer in talks for 'Transformers 2' | publisher = Entertainment Weekly| date = 2008-05-06| url = http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/05/jonah-hill.html | accessdate=2008-05-07] He is currently set to co-star in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature entitled " Funny People" which also stars Adam Sandlerand Seth Rogen. [>cite news | author = Michael Fleming | title = Trio joins Judd Apatow film | publisher = Variety | date = 2008-06-11| url = http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117987337.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 | accessdate=2008-06-13]
Hill had wanted to be a writer since he was young, dreaming of someday joining the writing teams of "
The Simpsons", " Saturday Night Live", and " The Larry Sanders Show". Hill is currently writing two screenplays, both of which will be produced by Judd Apatow, producer of "Superbad". One of the films, " The Middle Child", would star Hill as a young man who returns from college to find that his parents gave a child up for adoptionbefore he was born. The role of Hill's older brother was written with frequent collaborator Seth Rogenin mind.
Hill is also writing "Pure Imagination", a comedy for Sony about a man who develops an imaginary friend after a traumatic experience. Filming is expected to begin in 2008 and the film will be directed by
Harold Ramis. [Carroll, Larry. " [http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/07/09/superbad-star-re-teams-with-apatow-for-imagination/ ‘Superbad’ Star Re-Teams With Apatow For ‘Imagination’] ", " MTV News", 2007-07-09. Retrieved on July 11, 2007.] At one point, he was also writing a screenplay with close friend and "Huckabees" co-star Jason Schwartzman.
Hill rarely discusses his private life. He lives in California, but often travels to promote his films, and he has said on talk shows that he would prefer to live in New York City but feels L.A. has more opportunities for an acting and writing career. Despite the opportunities he is looking for, he stated that Hollywood is not a perfect place for him due to the stress.
Hill has stated that he likes to spend time with his friends and family.
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