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Jon Favreau is a Hollywood actor, screenwriter, director and producer known for film projects like Swingers, Elf and Iron Man.
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Born on October 19, 1966, in Queens, New York, Jon Favreau went on to pursue a multidisciplinary career in film and television. He starred in and wrote the screenplay for the indie hit Swingers and later directed the films Made, Elf, Zathura and Cowboys & Aliens, as well as the blockbuster Iron Man and its sequels. He's also acted in an array of films, including The Replacements, Love & Sex and Identity Thief.
"I thought I would be working on Wall Street my whole life. It was the go-go '80s; there were yellow ties. It was just an exciting moment. And although I wasn't involved in the trading side of things, I was still around that culture, and I ultimately decided it just wasn't for me."
"I'm a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn't study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons."
Jonathan Kolia Favreau was born on October 19, 1966, in Queens, New York, the only child of schoolteachers Madeleine and Charles Favreau. Favreau attended the Bronx High School of Science before enrolling at Queens College and working on Wall Street. By the mid-1980s, he had relocated to Chicago, Illinois, to take part the comedy and improv scene there.
Favreau eventually made his way to Hollywood, California, appearing in films like Folks! (1992) and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), as well as on the popular television show Seinfeld.
After his father gave him screenwriting software as a gift, Jon Favreau penned a script about his experiences as an actor on the Hollywood scene; it was eventually picked up by director Doug Liman, made on a small budget and distributed by Miramax. The final product, 1996's Swingers, became an indie fave and starred Favreau along with his real-life close friend, actor Vince Vaughn.
Favreau went on to be featured in several films throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, including Deep Impact (1998), Love & Sex (2000) and Something's Gotta Give (2003). He also earned a recurring part on the beloved TV sitcom Friends during its third season, playing Pete, a computer mogul romantically linked to Monica (Courteney Cox). Favreau later starred in the 1999 Showtime biopic Rocky Marciano.
In the summer of 2001, Jon Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with Made, a Mafioso comedy in which he co-starred once again with Vaughn. (The two would work together in additional films over the years, including 2006's The Break-Up and 2008's Four Christmases.)
In November 2003, Favreau made his sophomore effort behind the camera with the holiday hit comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Two years later, Favreau directed another big-screen project: the fantasy film Zathura, which showcased a magical board game and its far-flinging effects.
Favreau continued his TV work as well, serving as producer and host of Dinner for Five, an IFC program which premiered in 2002 and served up Hollywood insiders talking about the biz. The show was nominated for a 2005 Emmy Award for outstanding nonfiction series.
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