Lawrence Jay Duplass (born March 7, 1973)[1] is an American film director, author, and actor widely known for his films The Puffy Chair (2005), Cyrus (2010), and Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), made in collaboration with his younger brother, Mark Duplass.

Jay Duplass
Jay Duplass in October 2011
Duplass in October 2011
Born
Lawrence Jay Duplass

(1973-03-07) March 7, 1973 (age 46)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • writer
  • actor
  • author
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Tracy-Duplass
RelativesMark Duplass (brother)

Duplass stars in the Amazon Video comedy-drama series Transparent (2014–2019), and co-created the HBO comedy-drama series Togetherness (2015–16).

Early lifeEdit

Duplass was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Cynthia (née Ernst) and Lawrence Duplass.[2][3][4] He was raised in a Catholic family,[5][6] and attended Jesuit High School. Duplass graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in film.[7] Duplass is of part Cajun ancestry.[8]

CareerEdit

DirectingEdit

Duplass attributes much of his and his brother's love for film to his appreciation for Raising Arizona. In an interview with Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life,[9] Duplass speculates on what might have happened had he not seen the film in his youth.

I probably wouldn't be making movies—seriously. It held over for so long. It really was the root of everything that Mark and I always hold ourselves to in making movies. That is to say that Raising Arizona is the most inspired movie that I have ever seen.[9]

ActingEdit

In 2014, he starred as Josh Pfefferman in the Amazon Prime Original Comedy-Drama Series Transparent, alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Judith Light. The series was met with widespread critical acclaim, earning 11 Primetime Emmy nominations, including nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jeffrey Tambor. In the second season of the show, Duplass' role became more prominent, and he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Prior to Transparent, Duplass had never acted in a featured part. He was talking with director Jill Soloway at a dinner party about the difficulty they were having finding an actor to play what would end up being Duplass' role. After suggesting many actors for the part to Soloway, Soloway turned to Duplass and told him that he should play the part.[10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Credited as
Director Writer Producer
2005 The Puffy Chair Yes Yes Uncredited
2008 Baghead Yes Yes Yes
2010 Cyrus Yes Yes No
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Yes Yes No
2012 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Yes Yes Yes
2017 Table 19 No Yes No
Outside In No Yes Executive

Executive Producer only

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Executive
Producer
Writer
2015–2016 Togetherness Yes Yes Yes Co-creator
2014 Wedlock No Yes No
2016–2018 Animals. No Yes No
2017–present Room 104 No Yes No Co-creator
2018 Wild Wild Country No Yes No Documentary series

Short filmEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1996 Connect 5 No Yes No
2002 The New Brad Yes Yes Yes
2003 This is John Yes No No
2003 Death for Sale No Yes No
2004 Scrapple Yes Yes Yes
2005 The Intervention Yes No No
2011 Kevin Yes Yes Yes Documentary short
Authoritative Sources Yes No No Segment of Slacker 2011

Acting rolesEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2008 Nights and Weekends James' brother
2011 Slacker 2011 Boyfriend
2015 Manson Family Vacation Nick
Paper Towns English Teacher
2016 Rainbow Time Adam
2017 Landline Ben
Beatriz at Dinner Alex
Outside In Chris
2018 Prospect Damon
Duck Butter Jay
The Oath Clark
2019 Pink Wall Leon
2020 Horse Girl

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
2012–2017 The Mindy Project Duncan Deslaurier
2014–2019 Transparent Josh Pfefferman
2016–2018 Animals. Dennis (voice)
2017–present Room 104 Daniel

BibliographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jay Duplass - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Low budget and brotherly". Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. ^ King, Susan (July 6, 2006). "Puffy Chair carves out a living". Newsbank.com.
  4. ^ "Mr. John Anthony Ernst, Jr. obituary". Stei-23818.tributes.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Hood, Shannon (March 19, 2010). "SXSW Interview: 'Cyrus' Directors Mark and Jay Duplass". The Flickcast. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Jay Duplass Talks Moving To The Mainstream At The 2011 Savannah Film Festival". Indiewire. March 2, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Kelly, Christopher (July 2012). "Sibling Revelry". Texas Monthly.
  8. ^ Lamble, David (March 28, 2013). "The Bay Area Reporter Online". Ebar.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Elder, Robert K. (2011). "Interview with Jay Duplass". The Film That Changed My Life. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. p. 209. ISBN 9781556528255.
  10. ^ Lincoln, Kevin (6 January 2016). "After Years Directing Indie Films, Transparent Star Jay Duplass Found Himself in an Unlikely Place: In Front of the Camera". Vulture. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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