Jay Baruchel Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel, commonly known as Jay Baruchel, is an actor, producer, writer, and director. He is best known for playing important roles in movies like ‘She's Out of My League,’ ‘This Is the End,’ and ‘Knocked Up.’ Over the years, he has played many comic roles that have resonated well with his real-life personality. In 2007, he won the ‘Best Actor Award’ at ‘US Comedy Arts Festival’ for his performance in ‘I'm Reed Fish.’ In 2010, he voiced a character named Hiccup in the popular computer-animated fantasy film ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ for which he won the ‘Best Voice Acting’ award at the 2011 ‘Annie Awards.’ He would go on to reprise his role as Hiccup in many other films, including ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.’ In 2019, he won ‘Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program’ at the ‘Daytime Emmy Awards’ for voicing Hiccup in ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge.’ Apart from acting, Baruchel has also established himself as a writer, producer, and director. In 2002, he wrote, produced, and directed a short film titled ‘Edgar and Jane.’ In 2019, he announced that he would be producing and directing a slasher horror film titled ‘Random Acts of Violence,’ based on Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's novel of the same name.
Childhood & Early Life
Jay Baruchel was born on April 9, 1982, in Ottawa, Ontario, to Robyne who is a successful freelance writer and Serge Victor Baruchel who works as an antiques dealer.
His younger sister Taylor Baruchel is also an actress, known for playing supporting roles in films and TV series, such as ‘The Point,’ ‘Prom Wars: Love Is a Battlefield,’ ‘Fred's Head,’ ‘The Foundation,’ and ‘Let the Game Begin.’
Jay Baruchel grew up in a neighborhood of Montreal called Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. He studied theatre at the ‘Fine Arts Core Education (FACE) School.’
He made his acting debut in the year 1995, when he was cast to play three different roles in the then famous show ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’
He also landed a role in a TV series called ‘My Hometown’ in the year 1996. After that, he went on to co-host ‘Popular Mechanics for Kids’ alongside Elisha Cuthbert for two years from 1997 to 1998.
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Jay Baruchel started his career by delivering praiseworthy performances which in turn caught the attention of many filmmakers.
He received his first big break in the year 2000 when he was cast to play Vic Munoz in Cameron Crowe-directed comedy-drama film ‘Almost Famous.’
He got the lead role in a short-lived comedy series on ‘FOX’ called ‘Undeclared’ (2001-2002) where he was seen alongside well-known actors like Seth Rogen, Monica Keena, and Charlie Hunnam. He also got a small role in ‘The Rules of Attraction,’ a film by Roger Avary in the year 2002.
His popularity in the American film industry increased when he got a supporting role in 2004, in the famous Clint Eastwood movie, ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ in which he played the role of an aspiring boxer.
‘Just Legal’ is a short-lived courtroom drama series which Jay was part of from 2005 to 2006. During that time, he also got a recurring role in ‘Numb3rs,’ a ‘CBS’ series about an ‘FBI’ agent who seeks the help of his younger brother to solve cases.
He received another big break in 2007 when he landed an important role in a comedy film titled ‘Knocked Up’ by Judd Apatow. In the film, he starred alongside several renowned actors like Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Jonah Hill.
This major success was followed up by a series of diverse supporting roles in hit movies. For instance, Ben Stiller’s ‘Tropic Thunder’ (2008) got him playing Kevin Sandusky alongside several prominent actors like Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, and Ben Stiller among many others.
Peter Sollett’s romantic comedy film ‘Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist’ (2008) where he played Tal Hanson and Shawn Levy’s ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ (2009) where he played Sailor Joey Motorola were two other roles that he got around the same time period.
He landed the lead role in a romantic comedy movie titled ‘She’s Out of My League’ which released in 2010.
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In the same year (2010), Jay Baruchel landed the role that made him popular across the globe. His voice role as Hiccup in the hit animated film ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ was loved globally by viewers of all ages. While Hiccup became an international sensation, the actor who voiced the character got the recognition he deserved as he won many awards, including an ‘Annie Award’ for best voice performance.
It also led to him playing roles in ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ (2012–14) and ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’ (2015–18). In addition to that, he voiced Hiccup in the sequels of ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ While ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ released in 2014, ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ released in 2019.
The most popular roles in Jay Baruchel’s career include:
‘How to Train Your Dragon’ animated film series which got him an ‘Annie Award.’
‘Knocked Up,’ a popular comedy film, in which he played an important role.
‘This Is the End,’ an apocalyptic comedy film where he starred alongside Seth Rogen.
He also starred in the comedy TV series ‘Man Seeking Woman’ (2015-17) where he played Josh Greenberg alongside Mark McKinney.
‘Best Performance by a Male’ award at the 2010 ‘Canadian Comedy Awards’ for his work in ‘The Trotsky.’
‘Best Voice Actor’ award at the 2011 ‘Annie Awards’ for his work in ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’
Jay Baruchel was named ‘Canada’s Proudest Son’ by ‘Montreal Film Journal.’
Family & Personal Life
Jay Baruchel was engaged to Alison Pill from 2011 to 2013. He announced their break up on Twitter on February 16, 2013. He got engaged to Rebecca-Jo Dunham in May 2018.
The actor claimed that he is ‘probably agnostic’ during an interview with ‘Canwest News Service’ in 2010.
He has a Celtic cross tattooed on his right arm which he says is to honor his Irish heritage. He also has a maple leaf tattooed on his left pectoral which can be seen in several movies.