Justin Paul Theroux (//; born August 10, 1971) is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He gained recognition for his work with director David Lynch in the mystery film Mulholland Drive (2001) and the thriller film Inland Empire (2006). He also appeared in films such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), American Psycho (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Strangers with Candy (2005), Wanderlust (2012), The Girl on the Train (2016), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), On the Basis of Sex (2018), and Lady and the Tramp (2019).
Theroux in 2018
Justin Paul Theroux
August 10, 1971
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Bennington College|
(m. 2015; sep. 2017)
|Partner(s)||Heidi Bivens (1997–2011)|
Theroux is further known as a screenwriter for films such as the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), the superhero film Iron Man 2 (2010), and the musical comedy-drama Rock of Ages (2012). He made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy film Dedication (2007).
Theroux starred as Kevin Garvey in the HBO mystery drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017), for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He also starred as Dr. James Mantleray in the Netflix comedy-drama miniseries Maniac (2018).
Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis Grissim Theroux, is an essayist and author, and his father, Eugene Albert Theroux (born 1938), is a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Washington. Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, author Peter Theroux, and novelist and educator Joseph Theroux; he is the cousin of British journalists and documentary filmmakers Louis and Marcel Theroux. His father is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Through his mother, Theroux is a great-great-grandson of financier, banker and railroad magnate H. B. Hollins, and of music critic and author Gustav Kobbé.
Theroux attended Lafayette Elementary School, Annunciation School, and the Field School. He first started acting while in high school at the Buxton School, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bennington College in 1993 with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.
Theroux made his film debut in 1996 in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then he has performed both on Broadway, starring in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; in numerous off-Broadway productions; and in comedy films such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club, and Zoolander.
He has also performed in more serious films such as American Psycho. He appeared in the film versions of the cult television shows Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. He starred in David Lynch's films Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.
In 2003, he was featured in a music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria". Theroux also has appeared on television, having starred in The District and appeared on episodes of shows such as Alias, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City (in which he guest starred in two episodes as different characters), and Six Feet Under (in which he played a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons).
In 2006, he directed his first film, Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A fan of the band Deerhoof, Theroux chose them to score Dedication. Theroux also had roles in two other films at the festival, Broken English and The Ten, in which he played Jesus Christ alongside Gretchen Mol. Theroux co-wrote the Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder, and also appeared in the behind-the-scenes mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness.
In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO miniseries John Adams. In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also played Justin in Parks and Recreation. Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau.
Theroux returned to acting in the film Your Highness (2011), as Leezar, an evil wizard who kidnaps a princess. He starred in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, playing the leader of a hippie commune. By August 2012, Theroux was hired to direct and rewrite the script for the comedy film Swear to God.
In June 2013, Theroux was cast as the lead character in HBO's TV pilot The Leftovers, which HBO ordered as a 10-episode season In September 2013. The series, which premiered June 29, 2014, is based on a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, which follows a group of people left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton after mysterious disappearances worldwide.
Theroux also voiced the character The Evil Lord Garmadon in the 2017 film The Lego Ninjago Movie.
In 2019, Theroux produced the ABC television event Live in Front of a Studio Audience alongside Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel and Will Ferrell. Theroux received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for producing the event. He also voiced Tramp in the Disney+ live-action film Lady and the Tramp, a remake of the 1955 film with the same name.
Theroux is set to play Allie Fox in the Apple TV+ television series The Mosquito Coast, a television adaption from the 1981 novel of the same name written by Paul Theroux, Justin Theroux's uncle. Theroux will also serve as executive producer for the series.
Theroux was in a relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years until 2011. Theroux began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in 2011, after working with her on the film Wanderlust. They became engaged in August 2012, and wed on August 5, 2015. On February 15, 2018, Theroux and Aniston announced in a statement to the Associated Press their separation at the end of 2017.
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Mark|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Clarence|
|Below Utopia||Daniel Beckett|
|Dream House||Mark Brooks|
|1998||Frogs for Snakes||Flav Santana|
|2000||American Psycho||Timothy Bryce|
|The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Marshall|
|2001||The Sleepy Time Gal||Rebecca's Boyfriend|
|Mulholland Drive||Adam Kesher|
|2002||Peel||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Seamus O'Grady|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Carlo Honklin|
|The Baxter||Bradley Lake|
|The Legend of Lucky Keyes||Guy Cooley|
|2006||Return to Rajapur||Jeremy Reardon|
|Miami Vice||Detective Larry Zito|
|Inland Empire||Devon Berk / Billy Side|
|2007||Broken English||Nick Gable|
|The Ten||Jesus H. Christ|
|Dedication||None||Director and executive producer|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||None||Executive producer and writer|
|2010||Megamind||Megamind's Father (voice)||Also creative consultant|
|Iron Man 2||None||Writer|
|Ultimate Iron Man||Himself||Documentary|
|Rock of Ages||None||Writer|
|2016||Zoolander 2||Evil DJ||Also writer|
|The Girl on the Train||Tom Watson|
|The Master||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Lord Garmadon (voice)|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Master Codebreaker||Cameo|
|The Spy Who Dumped Me||Drew Thayer|
|On the Basis of Sex||Mel Wulf|
|Lady and the Tramp||Tramp (voice)|
|1995||C.P.W.||Gary Andrews||Episode: "Stephanie and the Wolves"|
|1998||New York Undercover||Frankie Stone||3 episodes|
|Ally McBeal||Raymond Brown||Episode: "Just Looking"|
|Spin City||Pete||Episode: "Local Hero"|
|1998–1999||Sex and the City||Jared/Vaughn Wysel||2 episodes|
|1999||Sirens||Officer David Bontempo||Television film|
|2000–2001||The District||Nick Pierce||27 episodes|
|2003||Alias||Simon Walker||2 episodes|
|2003–2004||Six Feet Under||Joe||8 episodes|
|2005||Confessions of a Dog||Unknown||Pilot|
|2008||John Adams||John Hancock||2 episodes|
|2010||Parks and Recreation||Justin Anderson||4 episodes|
|2011||Documental||Jan Jurgen||Pilot; also director and writer|
|2014–2017||The Leftovers||Kevin Garvey||25 episodes|
|2016||Zoolander: Super Model||None||Television film; executive producer|
|2017–2020||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Various characters||3 episodes|
|2018||Maniac||Dr. James K. Mantleray||9 episodes|
|2019||Live in Front of a Studio Audience||None||Television specials; executive producer|
|Rick and Morty||Miles Knightly (voice)||Episode: "One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty"|
|TBA||The Mosquito Coast||Allie Fox||Main role; also executive producer|
|2009||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Additional Voice Talent|
Awards and nominationsEdit
List of awards and nominations received by Theroux.
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Six Feet Under||Nominated|||
|Critics Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||The Leftovers||Nominated|||
|Dorian Award||TV Performance of the Year – Actor||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Award||Drama Lead Actor||Nominated|||
|IGN Summer Movie Award||Best Dramatic TV Performance||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Variety Special (Live)||Live in Front of a Studio Audience||Won|||
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