Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
April 9, 1982
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel (//; born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. He is known for his voice role as Hiccup Haddock in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, and for his roles in comedy movies such as Knocked Up (2007), Tropic Thunder (2008), Fanboys (2009), She's Out of My League (2010), Goon (2011), This Is the End (2013), and the action-fantasy film The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). He had lead roles as Steven Karp in Judd Apatow's comedy series Undeclared (2001-2002) and Josh Greenberg in the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman (2015-2017).
Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He grew up in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montréal, Quebec, and has a younger sister. His father was born in Paris, France. Baruchel is of one-quarter Jewish descent, with the rest of his ancestry being French and Irish-Catholic. He has stated that he believes his Irish roots are from County Mayo.
Baruchel got his first acting job when he was just 12. One of his first major acting roles was on the 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 film 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 versus 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), 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. He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation. Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor Eugene Levy.
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.
In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel would be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman which premiered in January 2015. He also appeared in the 2015 music video for the song "Every Little Means Trust" by Idlewild.
Baruchel wrote, directed, and starred in the 2017 sports comedy film Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to the 2011 film Goon.
In 2018, he made his debut as an author, with Born Into It: A Fan's Life, released on Harper Collins. The book explored his love of the Montreal Canadiens with anecdotes, childhood memories, and heartfelt tales about his life as a fan of the team.
After the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 2019 saw Baruchel star in the Danish film The Kindness of Strangers and the Canadian horror film Random Acts of Violence, which was his second film as a director.
In 2021, Baruchel hosted the original audio podcast documentary series for Audible.ca, Highly Legal, that explored the political and economic history and aftermath of Canada's legalization of marijuana. In the same year, Baruchel and his wife, Rebecca-Jo Dunham, both appeared in the music video for "Ouch", the lead single from The Tragically Hip's archival EP Saskadelphia. He was also named host of LOL: Last One Laughing Canada, which premiered on February 18, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video. He appears in the seventh episode of The Kids in the Hall revival.
In 2022, Baruchel hosted the Crave original series We're All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel), a six-episode docuseries about the end of the world that explored potential world-ending risks. Baruchel, as host, met with scientists and other experts to discuss the feasibility of the risks and the potential solutions and innovations to counter the issues.
Baruchel was engaged to actress Alison Pill from 2011 to 2013. He alluded to their break-up in a Twitter post on February 16, 2013. In May 2018, Baruchel announced his engagement to his girlfriend Rebecca-Jo Dunham. They were married on September 21, 2019, in Portugal. Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".
Baruchel has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm) to honour his Irish heritage, and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral, which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and This Is the End.
Baruchel is a supporter of Scottish football club Celtic since the early 2000s, and in 2016 co-produced a documentary detailing his journey towards falling in love with the club.
|1999||Running Home||Kid #2|
|Who Gets the House?||Jonathan|
|2000||Almost Famous||Vic Munoz|
|2002||Edgar and Jane||N/A||Short film|
|The Rules of Attraction||Harry|
|2003||Nemesis Game||Jeremy Curran|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Danger Barch|
|2005||Fetching Cody||Art Frankel|
|2006||I'm Reed Fish||Reed Fish|
|Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse||Himself||Short film|
|Just Buried||Oliver Whynacht|
|2008||Real Time||Andy Hayes|
|Tropic Thunder||Kevin Sandusky|
|Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Tal Hanson|
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Sailor Joey Motorola|
|2010||She's Out of My League||Kirk Kettner|
|How to Train Your Dragon||Hiccup (voice)|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Dave Stutler|
|Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon||Hiccup (voice)||Short film|
|Book of Dragons||Hiccup (voice)||Short film|
|Gift of the Night Fury|
|The Watchmaker||Tax man||Short film|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself||Co-producer|
|The Art of the Steal||Francie|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||Hiccup (voice)|
|Dawn of the Dragon Racers||Short film|
|2017||Goon: Last of the Enforcers||Pat||Director|
|2019||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Hiccup (voice)|
|The Kindness of Strangers||John|
|Random Acts of Violence||Ezra||Director|
|1995, 1999–2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Joe / Alex / Ross Doyle / Jason Midas||4 episodes|
|1996–1998||My Hometown||Thomas Thompson||Main role|
|1997–1998||Popular Mechanics for Kids||Himself|
|1998||The Worst Witch||Bean Pole||Episode: "The Great Outdoors"|
|2001–2002||Undeclared||Steven Karp||Main role|
|2002||Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher||Jimmy Fleming||Television film|
|2004||The Stones||Winston Stone||6 episodes|
|2005–2006||Just Legal||Skip Ross||8 episodes|
|2006–2007||Numb3rs||Oswald Kittner||2 episodes|
|2011||The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour||Private Prosciutto / Falcon||2 episodes|
|2012–2018||DreamWorks Dragons||Hiccup (voice)||Main role|
|2012||Being Human||Stu||Episode: "When I Think About You I Shred Myself"|
|2014||Trailer Park Boys||N/A||Directed Episode: "Crawling Through the Shitpipe"|
|2015–2017||Man Seeking Woman||Josh Greenberg||Main role|
|2018||Letterkenny||"Hard Right" Jay||2 episodes|
|The Magic School Bus Rides Again||Dr. Tillage (voice)||Episode: "Ghost Farm"|
|2019||The Moodys||Sean Moody Jr.||Main role|
|How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming||Hiccup (voice)|
|2019-20||Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series||Fucknel
|2022||LOL: Last One Laughing Canada||Host|
|Son of a Critch||N/A||Director|
|The Kids in the Hall||Smoker||Episode 7|
|We're All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel)||Self||Main role|
|2023-present||FUBAR||Carter Perlmutter||Main role|
|2022||Alexisonfire||"Sweet Dreams of Otherness"||Director|||
Awards and nominations
|2007||US Comedy Arts Festival||Best Actor Award||I'm Reed Fish||Won|
|2010||Canadian Comedy Awards||Best Performance by a Male – Film||The Trotsky||Won|||
|2011||Annie Awards||Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||How to Train Your Dragon||Won|
|Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||The Trotsky||Nominated|
|Jutra Awards||Best Actor (Meilleur Acteur)||Won|
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actor in a Canadian Film||Nominated|
|2013||Canadian Screen Awards||Adapted Screenplay (shared with Evan Goldberg)||Goon||Nominated|
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film||Nominated|
|2014||Canadian Screen Awards||Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||The Art of the Steal||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Musical Moment||This Is the End||Won|
|2019||ACTRA Award||Award of Excellence||N/A||Won|||
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 6||Won|
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