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Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978)[1] is an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Nick Miller in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011–18). He also starred in Let's Be Cops (2014), and appeared in Paper Heart (2009), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Drinking Buddies (2013), Jurassic World (2015) The Mummy (2017) and Tag (2018).

Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born
Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger

(1978-05-28) May 28, 1978 (age 40)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)
Erin Payne (m. 2006)

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Early life and educationEdit

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] Johnson attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. 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]

CareerEdit

Johnson grew up a fan of the Second City improv troupe. 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.

 
Johnson at Paleyfest in 2012.

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.[citation needed]

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.[8] 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. [9][10] In 2017, Johnson starred as Eddie Garrett in the Netflix comedy film, Win It All.[11]

In 2018, Johnson appeared in the comedy film Tag as Randy Cilliano.[12] In the same year, it was announced that Johnson was cast in the lead role of Ben Hopkins in the Netflix adult animation series Hoops.[13]

Drunk HistoryEdit

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)[14] and episode 9 of the series' third season (as Boris Spassky).

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bunny Whipped Basketball Player
2008 Redbelt Guayabera Shirt Man
2009 Paper Heart Nicholas Jasenovec
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jazz Man
Ceremony Teddy
Spilt Milk Todd
2011 No Strings Attached Eli
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Jesus Christ
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Jeff Schwensen
21 Jump Street Principal Dadier
2013 Drinking Buddies Luke
The Pretty One Basel
Coffee Town Will's Roommate
2014 The Lego Movie Barry Allen/ The Flash (voice) Cameo
Neighbors Sebastian Cremmington
Let's Be Cops Ryan O'Malley
2015 Digging for Fire Tim Also co-writer and producer
Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers
2016 Joshy Reggie
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Ronnie
2017 Win It All Eddie Garrett Also co-writer and producer
Smurfs: The Lost Village Grouchy Smurf (voice)
Becoming Bond Peregrine Carruthers Documentary
The Mummy Sergeant Chris Vail
2018 Tag Randy "Chilli" Cilliano
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Parker/Spider-Man (voice)

TelevisionEdit

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"
2011–2018 New Girl Nick Miller Main cast, 7 seasons
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"
2015–2017 BoJack Horseman Oxnard (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Easy Drew Episode: "Chemistry Read"
2016 We Bare Bears Dave (voice) Episode: "The Island"
2016–2017 Idiotsitter 2 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Stan (voice) Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017–2018 No Activity DEA Agent John Haldeman 2 episodes
2018 Hoops Ben Hopkins (voice) Lead role

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Lowery Cruthers Voice
2015 Lego Dimensions Lowery Cruthers Voice[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Obtaining Birthdays in One Step". Stevemorse.org. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Lash, Jolie (November 15, 2011). "Rising Star: 'New Girl's' Jake M. Johnson". Access Hollywood. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "New Girl: 10 Things About Jake". FOX. October 31, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jake M. Johnson personer". Film . nu. May 22, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rising Star: 'New Girl's' Jake M. Johnson". Access Hollywood. November 15, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Jake Johnson on His SXSW Comedy 'Drinking Buddies,' 'New Girl' Success". The Daily Beast. March 9, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE". EW.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Woerner, Meredith. "Who wears a 'Jurassic Park' T-shirt to 'Jurassic World?' Jake Johnson does". latimes.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Marnell, Blair (May 9, 2015). "Jurassic World Cast–A Look at the Characters". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Koazk, Liz (August 20, 2015). "Jake Johnson Improvised a Whole Dang Movie". Second City. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Weintraub, Steve (October 3, 2018). "Jake Johnson Talks 'Tag' and Shares Some Great Tom Cruise Stories". Collider. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 3, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Hoops' Adult Animated Series Starring Jake Johnson From Ben Hoffman, Phil Lord, Chris Miller & 20th TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  14. ^ ""Drunk History" Creator Derek Waters & Director Jeremy Konner Interview". Complex. July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  15. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.

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