Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson
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Johnson at Paleyfest in 2012
Born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger
(1978-05-28) May 28, 1978 (age 39)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2006-present
Erin Payne (m. 2006)

Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978)[1] is an American actor, comedian and director, most commonly known for playing Nick Miller in the Fox sitcom New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel, for which he has received a Teen Choice Award nomination among others. Johnson also co-starred in the 2009 film Paper Heart and the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed, as well as appearing in Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street, and Jurassic World. His first starring role in a feature film was Drinking Buddies, and he also starred in the 2014 comedy Let's Be Cops, alongside fellow New Girl star Damon Wayans, Jr.

Early life and education

Johnson was born in Evanston, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, the son of Eve Johnson, an artist who made stained glass windows, and Ken Weinberger, who owned a car dealership.[2][3] He was named after his maternal uncle, Mark Johnson, who died at the age of 26 in a motorcycle accident in 1977, a year before Jake was born. Jake's father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his mother's ancestry is English, Irish, and Polish Catholic.[4] His parents divorced when he was two, and he and his older siblings, brother Dan and sister Rachel, were raised by his single mother. Johnson then took his mother's last name during high school.[5] Johnson has stated that since his 20s, his father has resurfaced and now they are close.[6]

Career

Johnson grew up a fan of the Second City improv troupe, which showed off the talents of actors such as John Belushi, Tina Fey and Chris Farley. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka and started his post-secondary education at the University of Iowa. While in Iowa City, he wrote a play, which wound up earning him admission to the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, followed by the 2002 John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Sloan Fellowship for Screenwriting. The New York City off-Broadway group, The Ensemble Studio Theater, produced his play Cousins.

While in New York, Johnson started the sketch comedy troupe The Midwesterners, modeling their material and style after HBO's sketch comedy Mr. Show with Bob and David. After moving to Los Angeles, Johnson supported himself as a waiter and a production assistant, also scoring a series of bit feature and guest TV roles. In 2007, he landed a more regular gig with the TBS mini-show Derek and Simon: The Show, produced by Bob Odenkirk.[]

In 2009, he appeared in the mockumentary Paper Heart. In 2010, Johnson was cast in a small role in the Russell Brand comedy, Get Him to the Greek. He played Uma Thurman's character's brother in the romantic comedy Ceremony, and as a buddy of Ashton Kutcher's character in No Strings Attached. In 2011, he played Jesus in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. In 2012, he appeared in the film version of 21 Jump Street, which starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Johnson made an appearance at the 2012 Sundance Festival as one of the leads in Safety Not Guaranteed.[7]

Since 2011, Johnson has been starring as Nick Miller alongside Zooey Deschanel on New Girl. In 2013, he appeared in the music video for "Rouse Yourself", a song by indie-soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound alongside his Safety Not Guaranteed co-star Aubrey Plaza.[] He is also starring (as a fictional version of himself) in a series of Dodge Dart commercials with Craig Robinson. In 2015, he played park informatician Lowery in Jurassic World.[8]

Drunk History

The web series Drunk History, which led to the 2013 TV series Drunk History, was inspired by a 2007 conversation that Johnson had with series creator Derek Waters. Johnson, while drunk, was trying to describe the story of Otis Redding's death to Waters, and Waters was inspired to build a series around history narrated by drunk people. Johnson later appeared in the first episode of the web series (as Aaron Burr), as well as episode 8 of the TV series' first season (as William B. Travis)[9] and episode 9 of the series' third season (as Boris Spassky).

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Redbelt Guayabera Shirt Man
2009 Paper Heart Nicholas Jasenovec
2010 Ceremony Teddy
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jazz Man
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Jesus Christ
2011 No Strings Attached Eli
2012 21 Jump Street Principal Dadier
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Jeff Schwensen
2013 Drinking Buddies Luke
2013 The Pretty One Basel
2013 Coffee Town Will's Roommate
2014 The Lego Movie Barry (voice) Cameo
2014 Neighbors Sebastian Cremmington
2014 Let's Be Cops Ryan O'Malley
2015 Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers
2015 Digging for Fire Tim Also co-writer and producer
2016 Joshy Reggie
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Ronnie
2017 Win It All Eddie Garrett Also co-writer and producer
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Grouchy Smurf (voice)
2017 The Mummy Sergeant Chris Vail
2018 Tag Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Derek and Simon: The Show Jake 6 episodes
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Man on Cell Phone Episode: "The N Word"
2007 The Unit Martin Episode: "MPs"
2009 Lie to Me Howard Crease Episode: "Love Always"
2010 FlashForward Powell Episode: "Countdown"
2011-present New Girl Nick Miller Main cast
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
Nominated - TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2013)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Best Actor Comedy (2012, 2013)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2013)
2011 Allen Gregory Joel Zadak (voice) 6 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jorgen Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2013 Ghost Ghirls Eddie Hanson Episode: "Home Is Where The Haunt Is"
2013; 2015 High School USA! Mr. Structor (voice) Main role
2013-2015 Drunk History Various 2 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jake Johnson Wears a Light Blue Button-Up Shirt and Brown Shoes"
2015 No Activity Cutler Episode: "The American"
2015-2016 BoJack Horseman Oxnard (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Easy Drew Episode: "Chemistry Read"
2016 We Bare Bears Dave (voice) Episode: "The Island"
2017 Comrade Detective Stan (voice) 5 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers Voice
2015 Lego Dimensions Lowery Cruthers Voice[10]

References

  1. ^ "Obtaining Birthdays in One Step". Stevemorse.org. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Lash, Jolie (November 15, 2011). "Rising Star: 'New Girl's' Jake M. Johnson". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Girl: 10 Things About Jake". FOX. October 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jake M. Johnson personer". Film . nu. May 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rising Star: 'New Girl's' Jake M. Johnson". Access Hollywood. November 15, 2011. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jake Johnson on His SXSW Comedy 'Drinking Buddies,' 'New Girl' Success". The Daily Beast. March 9, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Marnell, Blair (May 9, 2015). "Jurassic World Cast-A Look at the Characters". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ ""Drunk History" Creator Derek Waters & Director Jeremy Konner Interview". Complex. July 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent. 

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