Jon Favreau Biography

Jon Favreau is a well-known American actor, director, and producer. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Jon Favreau
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Birthday: October 19, 1966

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Jonathan Kolia Favreau, Jonny Hacky

Born in: Flushing, New York City, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Joya Tillem (m. 2000)

father: Charles Favreau

mother: Madeleine Favreau

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: 2003 - College of the Holy Cross

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Jon Favreau is a well-known American actor, director, and producer known for his acting role in films like 'Very Bad Things'. He is also known for directing films such as 'Iron Man' and 'The Jungle Book'. He initially began his career by performing in theatres. He made his film debut with a role in the biographical sports film 'Rudy'. The film, which was about the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, an American motivational speaker and football player, was a commercial success. He made his directorial debut with the crime comedy film 'Made'. He was also the writer, a co-producer and the lead actor of the film. He gained international fame as a director for his work in the superhero film 'Iron Man'. The film was a huge commercial success, and also won several awards and nominations. He also directed its sequel 'Iron Man 2' which was a commercial success as well and earned an Oscar nomination. In his career so far, Favreau has earned several awards and nominations for his contribution to films, such as the 'Hollywood Film Award' for his work as a director in the film 'The Jungle Book'.

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Jon Favreau
Childhood & Early Life
  • Jonathan Kolia Favreau was born on 19th October 1966 in Queens, New York, in the United States. His parents Madeleine and Charles Favreau were both teachers. While his mother was of Russian descent, his father belonged to Italian, French and Canadian ancestry.
  • Favreau graduated from The Bronx High School of Science in 1984. He later attended Queens College for few years before finally dropping out. Later, in order to pursue a career in comedy, Favreau moved to Chicago and soon he started performing in improvisational theatre.
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Career
  • Jon Favreau made his film debut in 1993 with a role in the biographical sports film ‘Rudy’. It was about the life of Daniel Ruetigger, an American motivational speaker and footballer, who, despite several obstacles, pursued his dreams of playing football for the University of Notre Dame. The film did well commercially and also received positive reviews.
  • Over the next few years, he appeared in several films such as ‘Mrs. Parker and the ‘Vicious Circle’ (1994), ‘Very Bad Things’ (1998) and ‘Love & Sex’ (2000). He made his directorial debut in 2001 with the film ‘Made’. He co-produced the film as well and also played the lead role. Although the film wasn’t very successful commercially, it was met with positive reviews from critics.
  • In 2003, he directed the Christmas comedy film ‘Elf’. The story revolved around one of the elves of Santa Claus, who after learning about his true human identity, goes to New York to meet his biological father. The film was a huge success commercially. It is also regarded as one of the best Christmas films of all time. The same year, he also played an important role in the superhero film ‘Daredevil’.
  • In 2005, he directed the sci-fi film ‘Zathura: A Space Adventure’. Though the film was a commercial failure, it was met with positive reviews. The following year, he appeared in two films ‘The Break-up’ and ‘Open Season’ in supporting roles. He also played a role in the comedy TV series ‘My name is Earl’.
  • In 2008, he directed and co-produced the superhero film ‘Iron Man’, which was based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film was a huge commercial success. It was also appreciated by critic and won several accolades as well. In 2010, he directed ‘Iron Man 2’ the sequel to ‘Iron Man’, which also was a huge hit. It also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.
  • In 2011, Jon Favreau directed the sci-fi film ‘Cowboys & Aliens’. The film revolved around three people from different backgrounds who team up in order to save some humans who are abducted by aliens. The film was a commercial success. The following year, he played supporting as well as minor roles in films such as ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘Jon Carter’.
  • In 2013, he served as a co-producer of ‘Iron Man 3’. He also played a supporting role in the film. The film grossed more than $1 billion. The following year, he played the lead role in the comedy drama film ‘Chef’. The film was a commercial success, grossing nearly four times its budget.
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  • He was next seen in films, such as ‘Entourage’ (2015), ‘Term Life’ (2016) and ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ (2017). He also directed the 2016 Oscar winning adventure film ‘The Jungle Book’. It was based on the famous film of the same name by Walt Disney. The film was a huge success commercially and also won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
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Major Works
  • Jon Favreau came to international fame for his work as a director in the superhero film ‘Iron Man’. The film starred well-known actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlett Johansson. The film revolved around Tony Stark, an industrialist and a skilled engineer who becomes Iron Man after he builds a super-powered armor for himself.
  • The film was a commercial success and received positive reviews. Favreau also directed the sequel ‘Iron Man 2’, which also was a commercial success, and received an Oscar nomination.
  • The 2016 fantasy adventure film ‘The Jungle Book’ is another one of the most significant works of Favreau’s career. Based on the famous 1967 animated film of the same name by Walt Disney, the movie tells the story of an orphan boy named Mowgli who grows up among animals. The film did very well commercially, grossing $966 million on a budget of $175 million. The film also received several awards including an Oscar.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Jon Favreau has won several awards in his career so far, such as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films’ Saturn Award for Best Director for his film ‘Iron Man’ in 2009.
  • He received a ‘Hollywood Film Award’ for his film ‘The Jungle Book’ in 2016.
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Personal Life
  • Jon Favreau married Joya Tillem in November 2000. She is a physician by profession. The couple has one son Max, and two daughters Madeleine and Brighton.
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Trivia
  • Favreau credits the popular role-playing game ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ for enhancing his storytelling skills as well as his imagination.
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1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

  (Comedy, Drama, Crime, Biography)


3. The Avengers (2012)

  (Sci-Fi, Action)

4. Iron Man (2008)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action)



5. The Jungle Book (2016)

  (Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Family)

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)




7. Hooligans (2005)

  (Crime, Sport, Drama)

8. Rudy (1993)

  (Sport, Drama, Biography)





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