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Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel[3] (/ˈbærʃɛl/;[4] born April 9, 1982)[3] is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian. He is known for his voice role as Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, and for his roles in comedy movies such as Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Fanboys, She's Out of My League, Goon, This Is the End and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He played lead character Josh Greenberg in the FXX comedy television series Man Seeking Woman and played the lead character Steven Karp in Judd Apatow's comedy series Undeclared.

Jay Baruchel
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Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel

(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 37)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada[1][2]
  • Actor
  • film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Early lifeEdit

Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario,[3][5] the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer.[6][7] He grew up in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec,[8] and has a younger sister, Taylor.[9] His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent).[10][11]


One of his first major acting roles was on 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 got his first acting job when he was just 12.

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 vs. 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),[12] 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.[13] He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation.[14] Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy.[15]

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.

Baruchel and his How to Train Your Dragon co-star America Ferrera signing autographs during a USO tour on June 4, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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.[16] He also appeared in the 2015 music video for the song "Every Little Means Trust" by Idlewild.[17]

Baruchel was also involved in writing the Chapterhouse comic book series Captain Canuck.[18]

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 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 2019 will see Baruchel star in the Danish film The Kindness of Strangers and the Canadian horror film Random Acts of Violence, which is his second outing as a director.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[20] In May 2018, Baruchel announced his engagement to girlfriend Rebecca-Jo Dunham.[21]

Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".[22][23]

Baruchel has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm) to honour his Irish heritage,[24] and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral, which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder and This Is the End. His favourite football club is Scottish Premiership team Celtic F.C..[25]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Running Home Kid #2
Who Gets the House? Jonathan
2000 Almost Famous Vic Munoz
2002 Edgar and Jane Short film; director, writer and producer
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
2007 Knocked Up Jay
Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse Jay Baruchel Short film; also writer
Just Buried Oliver Whynacht
2008 Real Time Andy Hayes
Tropic Thunder Kevin Sandusky
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Tal Hanson
2009 Fanboys Windows
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Sailor Joey Motorola
The Trotsky Leon
2010 She's Out of My League Kirk Kettner
How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup (voice)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Dave Stutler
Good Neighbours Victor
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Hiccup (voice) Short film
2011 Goon Pat Also writer and producer
Book of Dragons Hiccup (voice) Short film
Gift of the Night Fury Hiccup (voice) Short film
2012 Cosmopolis Shiner
2013 This Is the End Himself Also co-producer
The Art of the Steal Francie
2014 RoboCop Tom Pope
Don Peyote Bates
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Hiccup (voice)
Dawn of the Dragon Racers Hiccup (voice) Short film
2016 Lovesick Mark
2017 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Pat Also director and writer
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Hiccup (voice)
The Kindness of Strangers John
Random Acts of Violence Ezra Also director, writer, and producer


Year Title Role Notes
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 Directed episode: "Crawling Through the Shitpipe"
2015–2017 Man Seeking Woman[26] Josh Greenberg Main role
2018 Letterkenny "Hard Right" Jay 2 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Work Ref.
2007 US Comedy Arts Festival Best Actor Award Won I'm Reed Fish
2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Performance by a Male – Film[27] Won The Trotsky
2011 Jutra Awards Best Actor (Meilleur Acteur) Won The Trotsky
2011 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor in a Canadian Film Nominated The Trotsky
2011 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated The Trotsky
2011 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Won How to Train Your Dragon
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Adapted Screenplay (shared with Evan Goldberg) Nominated Goon
2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film Nominated Goon
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated The Art of the Steal
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment Won This Is the End
2019 ACTRA Award Award of Excellence Won N/A [28]
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Won Dragons: Race to the Edge


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  2. ^ "Jay Baruchel talks about why he's high on Hogtown".
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  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (October 19, 2015). "Jay Baruchel Makes Televised Voting Pitch as Justin Trudeau Wins Canadian Election". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2015. ...the Ottawa-born Baruchel..
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  7. ^ Rich, Katey (March 10, 2010). "Interview: Jay Baruchel On Why He Won't Do Nude Scenes". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
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  25. ^ O'Neill, Christina (February 5, 2019). "How to Train Your Dragon's Jay Baruchel on why he loves Glasgow and Celtic FC". Glasgow Live. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
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  27. ^ "Canadian Comedy Awards". NOW Toronto Magazine – Think Free. October 19, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  28. ^ "Jay Baruchel gets award of excellence from Canada's performers' union, ACTRA". January 14, 2019. Archived from the original on January 16, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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