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Justin Long Biography

Actor (1978–)
American actor Justin Long is known for his film roles in 'Jeepers Creepers,' 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' 'Live Free or Die Hard' and his 'Get a Mac' ad campaigns.

Who Is Justin Long?

Born in 1978, Justin Long is an actor who first gained attention with films like Jeepers Creepers (2001) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). He followed up with films like Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and on the small screen, made regular appearances on NBC's dramedy Ed. His voiceover work includes portraying Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film franchise, starting in 2007, and around the same time, beefed up his celebrity doing commercial work for Apple in its "Get a Mac" campaign. Long has continued in film, working in a variety of big budget and indie projects, and is also known for having once dated Drew Barrymore.

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Justin Long attends Build Series Presents Justin Long Discussing 'Lavender' at Build Studio on March 15, 2017 in New York City. 

Movies

'Jeepers Creepers,' 'Dodgeball'

Long's film career has shown his ability to tackle a wide-range of genres. His first major onscreen appearance was in the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. He followed up by diving into horror in 2001's Jeepers Creepers, in which he portrays one of two siblings who gets attacked by a demonic entity, played by actor Jonathan Breck. 

He returned to comedy in Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), playing a high school student, although in reality he was actually 25 at the time. 

In an interview with Vulture in 2017, Long admitted he looks back at Dodgeball with great fondness, while other films in his repertoire he'd rather not revisit.

"Dodgeball is one of the few [of my films] that I will watch when it is on both because I enjoy it as a fan, which sounds really arrogant, but it also just brings back such great memories," he said. "It was such a fun shoot and brings back a lot of really great memories from that time in my life. I’ll watch it. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I will do that. Can’t watch Jeepers Creepers, but I’ll watch Dodgeball.

'Idiocracy,' 'Live Free or Die Hard'

Long would have multiple collaborations with Vaughn, which included the rom-com The Break-Up (2006), playing a gay art gallery assistant to Jennifer Aniston's character. After starring in the indie drama Dreamland (2006) and Mike Judge's Idiocracy (2006), Long turned to the Hollywood big-budget flick, Live Free or Die Hard (2007) — part of the Die Hard franchise starring Bruce Willis — and portrayed a computer hacker who was wanted by the law. The film reaped over $380 million worldwide, further enhancing Long's celebrity.

Apple Commercials

Around the same time, Long was also showing his commercial appeal (quite literally) by depicting a Mac in Apple's "Get a Mac" television ads, opposite actor John Hodgman who depicts a PC. The two have a fun back and forth with Long making multiple points on why the Mac is superior to that of a PC. 

'Zack and Miri Make a Porno,' 'He's Just Not That Into You' 

Long continued working in a variety of film genres, including dramatic fare like the psychological thriller After.Life (2009) and the historical Civil War mystery The Conspirator (2010). However, his sweet spot around this period came in the form of romantic comedies, playing lovable losers and endearing nerd-type or nice-guy roles in films like Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Going the Distance (2010) which starred Drew Barrymore.  

Other films include: Tusk (2014), Comet (2014), A Case of You (2014) — which he wrote with his younger brother Christian — and Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017).

Television 

Although Long's focus has been predominantly on the big screen, he did have a regular role in NBC's Ed (2000-2004), playing Warren P. Cheswick, a socially awkward high school student who's in love with the hot, popular girl. 

Long's also appeared on That '70s Show, New Girl, Mom, The Michael J. Fox Show, Portlandia and Inside Amy Schumer.

Teaming up with his brother Christian once again, Long plays an awkward teenager who becomes famous through social media in the Funny or Die satirical series, The Real Stephen Blatt, which is available on Amazon Prime. Despite being 39 years old when he launched the series in 2017, Long found it fun to portray a teenager — something he's done multiple times in previous projects like Dodgeball and the TV show Ed, despite being much older in real life.

"Teens are really interesting to me... I got to do it in hopefully a comedic way, but I also wanted it to be as real as possible," Long told Vulture about his Funny or Die character. "Stephen Blatt goes through three different transformations: There’s the excited version of him when he’s a curious teenager... Then there’s the zombified Stephen post-getting his iPhone, the kinda angry pubescent Stephen who is kinda cut off from his parents. Then there’s the famous Stephen who is adopting this new voice, self-aware. It’s fun to play three different versions of that guy." 

Voiceover Work

Long has done a variety of voiceover work, but his most prominent project has been on the animated flick Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), voicing star chipmunk Alvin. He reprised his role in the subsequent films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015).

Other projects include King of the Hill (2006-7), Alpha and Omega (2010), Unsupervised (2012), F Is For Family (2015), and Skylanders Academy (2016 to present).

Early Life

Born on June 2, 1978 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Justin Long was raised by parents Wendy, a former stage actress, and R. James Long, a collegiate professor of philosophy. 

After prep school, Long attended Vassar College and was involved in sketch comedy, among other performing arts activities.

He has a younger brother Christian, who is also an actor, writer and producer, as well as an older brother Damian, who is a local high school theatre director.  

Personal Life

From 2007 to 2008 Long dated Drew Barrymore. He later dated Amanda Seyfried from 2013 to 2015. Currently, he's seeing Scottish pop singer Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES fame.  

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