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Michael Cera is a Canadian actor and comedian best known for his role on the critically acclaimed television show Arrested Development and the film Superbad.
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"Even making a tape, reading the lines with my mom, was so much fun," recalled Cera, who was one of the first actors cast in the show. To maintain some sort of normal family life, Cera and his mom relocated to Los Angeles during the show's production. During this time he also completed his high school degree online.
While the program shed the celebrity spotlight on Cera, Arrested Development never gained the audience share that FOX demanded. In 2006, despite a heap of critical praise,
not to mention six Emmy awards and two Golden Globes, the show came to an end.
Still, in terms of professional development, the program was nothing but a boost for Cera and his career. A year after the show's cancelation, the actor co-starred with Jonah Hill in the 2007 smash hit, Super Bad, which chronicles a single night in the life of two awkward high school seniors. That same year, Cera turned in another big performance as the friend and impregnator of his best friend in Juno, a surprise hit that earned some $200 million in the box office and nabbed Cera a nomination from the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Other movies followed, including Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist (2008), Year One (2009) and Youth in Revolt (2009). And after months of buzz, in early 2009, Cera finally signed on to do a movie version of Arrested Development. There's also been talk of Cera playing Gilligan in the upcoming remake of Gilligan's Island.
Demonstrating a desire to take on a smaller, under-the-radar projects, Cera has appeared in a host of low budget, quirky productions including a medical satire, Children's Hospital, produced for the Web, and a hilarious recreation of the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. In 2006 he teamed up with friend and fellow actor Clark Duke to create a series of comedic sketches that appeared on their Web site, clarkandmichael.com, and eventually the CBS Internet channel, Innertube.
Cera also reprised his role in the series Arrested Development as George Michael in 2013. After the series' cancellation in 2003, it was available for streaming through Netflix. The cult following that the series attracted in its heyday only grew with its added availability, and it was rebooted for one final season accessible exclusively streaming on Netflix. All other recurring members of the series returned to reprise their roles as well.
In many ways, the sometimes nervous, sometimes awkward characters Cera plays on screen are a reflection of his own personality. Cera, who plays guitar and is in a band, still seems humbled by his success. Surprised by it even. "I've been kind of insanely lucky," he has said. "You don't have much control, but I've been in these movies that I really like and everyone else seems to like, too, which is kind of crazy."
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America was introduced to the newest—and possibly the most dysfuctional—family to premiere on television with Arrested Development in 2003. The wealthy Bluths saw their lives come crashing down before them after the arrest of family patriarch George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor). Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is left to pick up the pieces and keep his family together, creating a hilarious dynamic between the ragtag cast, including Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera and Will Arnett. Several years after its 2006 cancelation, the series came back into the spotlight in 2013—due in no small part to its enormous, cult-like following.
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