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Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg - La red social - Madrid - 2.jpg
Eisenberg at the Madrid premiere of The Social Network, October 2010
Born Jesse Adam Eisenberg
(1983-10-05) October 5, 1983 (age 31)
Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, playwright
Years active 1999–present
Relatives Hallie Kate Eisenberg (sister)

Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor, playwright and humorist. He made his debut role with the comedy-drama television series Get Real (1999–2000). After his first leading role in the comedy-drama film Roger Dodger (2002), he appeared in the drama film The Emperor's Club (2002), the psychological thriller The Village (2004), the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale (2005), the dark comedy The Living Wake (2007) and the drama The Education of Charlie Banks (2007). In 2007, Eisenberg won the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award for his role as Mills Joquin in The Living Wake.[1]

In 2009, he starred in the comedy-drama Adventureland and the horror comedy Zombieland, for which he won critical acclaim. He then played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010), for which he received a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category. He also starred in Holy Rollers (2010), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In October 2011, Eisenberg made his playwriting debut Off-Broadway in Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's production of Asuncion, presented at Cherry Lane Theatre.

Since then, he has voiced the main character, Blu, in the animated films Rio (2011) and Rio 2 (2014), and starred in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less (2011) and the caper film Now You See Me (2013). He will appear with Kristen Stewart in the upcoming action-comedy film American Ultra which filmed in April 2014. He will portray Superman's archenemy Lex Luthor opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will be released in 2016.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Eisenberg was born in Queens, New York, and grew up there and East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. His mother, Amy (née Fishman), worked as a clown at children's parties, and his father, Barry Eisenberg, worked at a hospital and later became a college professor.[3][4] He has two sisters, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, a former child actress who was once famous as the "Pepsi girl" in a series of commercials, and Kerri.[5] He was raised in a secular Jewish family[6] that originated in Poland and Ukraine.[7][8] He attended the East Brunswick Public Schools at Frost School, Hammarskjold Middle School, Churchill Junior High School; he spent his sophomore year at East Brunswick High School.[9]

Eisenberg struggled to fit in at school and began acting in plays at the age of 10. He stated, "When playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you're given a prescribed way of behaving."[10] After graduating from high school, he studied anthropology at The New School in Greenwich Village, New York City. Originally, he had applied and was accepted to New York University, but declined enrollment in order to complete a film role.[11][12] Eisenberg made his first professional role in Arje Shaw's off-Broadway play, The Gathering and as an understudy in his Broadway debut, a 1996 revival of Summer and Smoke.


Eisenberg made his debut role in the television series Get Real, from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he appeared in a Dr. Pepper commercial in the UK. After appearing in the made-for-television film Lightning: Fire from the Sky, he starred in the independent film Roger Dodger (for which he won an award at the San Diego film festival), and in The Emperor's Club, both of which were released in 2002 to generally positive reviews.

In 2005, Eisenberg appeared in Cursed, a horror film directed by Wes Craven, and The Squid and the Whale, a well-reviewed independent drama also starring Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels.[11] In 2007, he starred opposite Richard Gere and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party, a comic thriller in which he plays a young journalist in Bosnia. In 2009, Eisenberg played the lead role in Adventureland, a comedy directed by Greg Mottola and filmed in Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Filming ended in October 2007,[13] and the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. In November 2007, Eisenberg was cast in the indie comic-drama Holy Rollers. He played a young Hasidic Jew who gets lured into becoming an ecstasy dealer. Filming took place in New York in 2008.[14] During the late 2000s, he also had roles in the independent films Solitary Man, playing Cheston, and Camp Hope, a horror film directed by George Van Buskirk.[15][16]

Eisenberg's breakthrough starring role was as the neurotic Columbus in Zombieland. The horror comedy, which paired him with Woody Harrelson on a roadtrip through a post-zombie apocalypse America, was a surprise hit. In 2010, he starred alongside Andrew Garfield in the role of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network, for which he earned the Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures,[17] and nominations for Best Actor at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. On November 22, 2010, Eisenberg was honored, along with Whoopi Goldberg, Joycelyn Engle and Harvey Krueger, at the Children at Heart Celebrity Dinner Gala and Fantasy Auction, to benefit The Children of Chernobyl. Steven Spielberg is Chair of the event each year.[7] On January 29, 2011, Eisenberg hosted Saturday Night Live on NBC, with musical guest Nicki Minaj. During his opening monologue, Eisenberg was joined by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

In 2011, he starred in the box-office animated hit Rio, as the main character Blu, a Spix's Macaw who learns how to fly, starring alongside Anne Hathaway, his former co-star (and onscreen sibling) from Get Real, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jamie Foxx. He contributed his singing voice for one of the songs in the soundtrack, "Real in Rio". He also starred in 30 Minutes or Less which was released in August 2011. In October 2011, Eisenberg made his playwriting debut Off-Broadway in Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's production of Asuncion, presented at Cherry Lane Theatre. Eisenberg also acted in the play that was directed by Kip Fagan. The play highlights two liberal-minded friends whose assumptions are challenged by their new Filipina roommate, played by Camille Mana.[18][19]

In 2012, he starred alongside Melissa Leo in Why Stop Now, a drama about a drug addict mother and her piano prodigy son,[20] and in the romantic comedy To Rome with Love. Also in 2012, he filed a $3 million lawsuit claiming he was exploited by the producers of the direct-to-DVD movie, Camp Hell. According to the lawsuit, in 2007 Eisenberg agreed to appear in Camp Hell as a favor to his friends. He was on set for only one day of filming, and logged only a few minutes of total screen time.[21] Because he was only minimally involved in the movie, he was surprised to see that his face was prominently featured on the cover of the DVD, implying that he starred in the film. His lawsuit asserts various California law causes of action, including claims for unfair business practices and publicity rights.[22]

In 2013, Eisenberg reunited with Woody Harrelson for the magician crime thriller Now You See Me. He plans to write for stage and screen.[23] He starred in Richard Ayoade's drama, The Double, which was shot in 2012,[24] and reprised his role as Blu in Rio 2 (2014).[25] In November 2013, it was announced that he will star alongside Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, an action comedy.[26]

On January 31, 2014, Warner Bros. announced that Eisenberg had been cast the main antagonist role as Lex Luthor in the sequel to Man of Steel, set to be released in 2016.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Eisenberg is fond of cats and has been involved in fostering the animals.[27] He is a vegan.[28] He has been associated with Farm Sanctuary and has presented at several of their galas.[29] Eisenberg's short story "Marv Albert is My Therapist" appeared in The New Yorker in 2013.[30] In 2013, he began dating his The Double co-star Mia Wasikowska.[31][32]

While filming The Hunting Party in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006, Eisenberg came up with an idea for a simple wordplay website, OneUpMe, where people could respond to a daily wordplay topic in an attempt to "one-up" each other in the cleverness of their response. He turned to his first cousin, Eric Fisher, who, incidentally, most recently was the Social Design evangelist at Facebook, to create the site. The userbase is built solely off Facebook.[33]

Eisenberg suffers from OCD and is very open about it. He said of his condition: "I touch the tips of my fingers in a weird way; I don't step on cracks; if I'm going onto a new surface - be it carpet to concrete, or concrete to wood, or wood to concrete, any new surface - I have to make sure all parts of my feet touch the ground equally before I touch that new thing. So I'll often hesitate before walking into a new room."[34]


On April 13, 2013, Eisenberg was arrested for breaking into the San Francisco home of sportscaster Edward O'Reilly, who is a fan of Eisenberg's work. Here is a timeline of Eisenberg's arrest.

  • 7:15 AM- Eisenberg arrives at O'Reilly's house when he (O'Reilly) is still sleeping.
  • 7:22 AM- O'Reilly wakes up and gets ready for work.
  • 7:34 AM- Eisenberg finds two black trash bags in the driveway of O'Reilly's house.
  • 7:35 AM- Eisenberg begins filling the bags with food packages he found in O'Reilly's house, including salmon, mixed nuts, coffee creamer, bottled water and maple syrup.
  • 7:49 AM- Eisenberg makes his way to O'Reilly's bathroom, where he finds toothpaste, cough syrup and aspirin and puts them in the bags, too.
  • 8:00 AM- Eisenberg begins to steal books from O'Reilly's personal library, including copies of the Bible, A Tale of Two Cities, and Gone Girl.
  • 8:04 AM- Eisenberg goes into O'Reilly's garage. He opens the back of O'Reilly's car, where he stows the trash bags.
  • 8:06 AM- Eisenberg starts the car and begins driving to a local dump.
  • 8:09 AM- Eisenberg arrives at the dump, where he deposits the trash bags.
  • 8:12 AM- Eisenberg returns to O'Reilly's house from the dump and is promptly arrested by San Francisco police.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Eric Dobbs Television film
2002 Roger Dodger Nick San Diego Jewish Film Festival Award for Most Promising New Actor
2002 Emperor's Club, TheThe Emperor's Club Louis Masoudi
2004 Village, TheThe Village Jamison
2005 Squid and the Whale, TheThe Squid and the Whale Walt Berkman Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Film Debut
2005 Cursed Jimmy Myers
2007 Education of Charlie Banks, TheThe Education of Charlie Banks Charlie Banks
2007 Hunting Party, TheThe Hunting Party Benjamin Strauss
2007 One Day Like Rain Mark
2007 Living Wake, TheThe Living Wake Mills Joaquin Rising Star Award at the Vail Film Festival
2009 Some Boys Don't Leave Boy Short film
2009 Adventureland James Brennan Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout – Male
2009 Zombieland Columbus Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout – Male
2010 Holy Rollers Sam Gold
2010 Camp Hope Daniel Jacobs
2010 Solitary Man Daniel Cheston
2010 Social Network, TheThe Social Network Mark Zuckerberg Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Village Voice Film Poll Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gold Derby Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—IGN Movie Award for Best Movie Actor
Nominated—Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Line from a Movie
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Actor – Drama
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Rio Blu (voice)
2011 30 Minutes or Less Nick Davis
2012 Why Stop Now Eli Bloom
2012 Free Samples Tex
2012 To Rome with Love Jack
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Himself
2013 Now You See Me J. Daniel Atlas
2013 Night Moves Josh Stamos
2013 The Double Simon / James Abu Dhabi Film Festival for Best Actor
2014 Rio 2 Blu (voice)[35]
2015 The End of the Tour David Lipsky
2015 American Ultra Mike Howell Awaiting Release
2015 Louder Than Bombs Post-production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lex Luthor[2] Post-production
2016 Now You See Me: The Second Act J. Daniel Atlas Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Get Real Kenny Green 22 episodes
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble
2011 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Jesse Eisenberg/Nicki Minaj"
2012 The Newsroom Eric Neal (voice) Uncredited
Episode: "We Just Decided To"
2014 Modern Family Asher Episode: "Under Pressure"


Year Title Role Theatre Notes Refs
1996 Summer and Smoke Young John (Understudy) Criterion Center Stage Right
1999 The Gathering Michael Playhouse 91 Credited as Jesse Adam Eisenberg [36]
2007 Scarcity Billy Linda Gross Theater
2011 Asuncion Edgar Cherry Lane Theatre Also playwright [37]
2013 The Revisionist David Cherry Lane Theatre Also playwright [38]
2015 The Spoils Ben Pershing Square Signature Center-The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre Also playwright; currently in previews [39]


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  26. ^ "Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg reunite for action-stoner comedy ‘American Ultra’ - Movie That Matters". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  27. ^ McGlynn, Katla (November 19, 2010). "Jesse Eisenberg Talks Being The 'Sexiest Geek Alive' & His Love Of Foster Cats On 'Conan' (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  28. ^ J. Wells, "Jesse Eisenberg Admits He Doesn't Use Facebook",, 9/24/10. Retrieved 13th October 2012.
  29. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg at Farm Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary Gala". August 29, 2011. 
  30. ^ Eisenberg, Jesse (2013-03-18). "Marv Albert is My Therapist". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  31. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska go public with their romance as they kiss publicly in Toronto - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  32. ^ "Mia Wasikowska on doppelgangers, dancing and developing survival instinct". The Independent. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "OneUpMe: Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  34. ^ Soteriou, Stephanie (February 10, 2014). "10 Things About... Jesse Eisenberg". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  35. ^ Finke, Nikki (April 6, 2012). "Jesse Eisenberg Is Leaving ICM For CAA". Deadline. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  36. ^ "The Gathering". LORTEL ARCHIVES. 
  37. ^ "Bromance Blossoms, but Angst Takes Root". The New York Times. October 27, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  38. ^ "A Private World, Heedlessly Invaded". The New York Times. February 28, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Meet Jesse Eisenberg and the Stars of His New Play, The Spoils". Theater Mania. April 1, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

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