Jonah Hill Feldstein, popularly known as Jonah Hill, is a multi-talented personality; he is an actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. He is particularly known for his brilliant portrayal of comedic roles in movies, such as 'Accepted,' 'Grandma's Boy,' 'Superbad,' '21 Jump Street,' and 'War Dogs.' Coming from a creative family, he was inclined towards creative writing since his childhood. Jonah used to write and perform plays during his school and college days. After finishing his school and college, he joined ‘The New Drama School’ in New York to polish his skills and learn new things. As he studied drama in depth, he realized that he actually wanted to be an actor. While performing in a college play, he got introduced to Dustin Hoffman, who encouraged him to audition for a role in a Hollywood movie titled ‘I Heart Huckabees.’ His audition turned out to be a success as he landed the role. Since then, he has not looked back and has been a part of numerous high-profile TV shows and movies. The big break in his career came in 2007 when he landed the lead role in a comedy film titled ‘Superbad.’ Some of his commendable performances include those in ‘Moneyball’ and 'The Wolf of Wall Street'; he received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for both the movies.
Childhood & Early Life
Jonah Hill was born on December 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to Richard Feldstein and Sharon Lyn. His father was a tour accountant for ‘Guns N' Roses,’ an American hard rock band, and his mother was a costume designer and fashion stylist.
He has a sister named Beanie Feldstein who is a well-known actor. He also has a brother named Jordan Feldstein who manages the famous band ‘Maroon 5.’
Born and raised in a creative family, Jonah wanted to become a famous writer. As a child, he had a dream of being a part of the writing team of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’
In his early life, he started writing and performing his own plays in a bar located in the neighboring East Village of New York City. As time passed, Hill realized that he wanted to pursue an acting career.
He went to ‘Brentwood School’ and graduated from ‘Crossroads College’ in Santa Monica. Later on, he moved to New York to take admission in ‘The New School’ to study drama.
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Jonah made his debut in 2004 with a Hollywood movie named ‘I Heart Huckabees.’ During his college days, he had become close friends with Dustin Hoffman’s children, Rebecca and Jake. It was his friendship with Rebecca and Jake that helped Hill to land this role.
Following his debut film, he landed roles in many other movies. He played a minor role in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ and a supporting role in a romantic comedy-drama film titled ‘Knocked Up.’
The turning point of his career was in 2007, when he landed a role in the hit comedy movie ‘Superbad.’ The role earned him two nominations at ‘MTV Movie Awards’ and ‘Teen Choice Awards.’
His other prominent movies of this time include ‘Knocked Up’ (2007), ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ (2008), and ‘Get Him to the Greek’ (2010). His comedic performance in all these movies was highly appreciated.
In 2011, he appeared in the movie ‘Moneyball’ alongside Brad Pitt. His performance in the movie earned him rave reviews and an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
In 2011, he wrote and performed in a short-lived animated series titled ‘Allen Gregory.’ Apart from producing and starring in ‘21 Jump Street,’ he also contributed to the script of the film. The movie released in 2012 and earned him critical appreciation. The same year, he performed in ‘Django Unchained’ as well.
In 2013, Hill appeared in two movies of different genre. His acting in the comedy movie ‘This Is the End’ was highly appreciated by the audience. On the other hand, his role as Leonardo’s sidekick in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ earned him another ‘Oscar’ nomination. These two roles proved Hill's versatility as an actor.
He starred in the 2014 movie ‘22 Jump Street.’ In 2015, he played ‘Michael Finkel,’ a journalist in ‘New York Times’ in the mystery thriller film ‘True Story.’ He also appeared in the hit movie ‘War Dogs,’ which earned him a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ at ‘Golden Globe Awards.’
In 2016, he voiced ‘Carl’ in the animated comedy movie ‘Sausage Party.’ He went on to voice important characters in hit animated movies like ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’
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In the 2018 comedy drama film ‘Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,’ Hill starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. In that same year, Hill was also cast as ‘Owen Milgrim’ in the ‘Netflix’ dark comedy miniseries ‘Maniac.’
Hill played ‘Lewis,’ a heavily Southern-accented book agent, in the comedy ‘The Beach Bum’ in 2019.
Jonah Hill’s comedic performances in movies, such as 'Accepted,' 'Grandma's Boy,' 'Superbad,' 'Knocked Up,' 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall,' 'Get Him to the Greek,' '21 Jump Street,' 'This Is the End,' '22 Jump Street,' and 'War Dogs' have been highly appreciated.
Over the years, Hill has proved his mettle in acting with his brilliant portrayals in movies like ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Both the movies earned him an ‘Oscar’ nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
Awards & Achievements
His biggest comedy hit ‘Superbad,’ which brought him to fame, earned him nominations at ‘MTV Movie Awards’ and ‘Teen Choice Awards.’
In 2008, Hill was ranked #21 on the top 30 actors list by ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ owing to his brilliant performance on numerous popular TV shows like ‘Reno 911!’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’
In 2011, his role in the Brad Pitt-starrer ‘Moneyball’ earned him an ‘Oscar’ and ‘Golden Globe’ nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role.’ He also took home a ‘Palm Springs International Film Festival Award’ for ‘Creative Impact in Acting.’
In 2012, he was nominated at ‘BAFTA Film Awards’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for the movie ‘Moneyball.’
He received a nomination for ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ in 2014.
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In 2017, he was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy’ for the movie ‘War Dogs.’
Jonah Hill was in a relationship with Jordan Klein from 2008 to 2011. After that, he dated Ali Hoffman for a year. In 2015, he started dating Camille. In 2019, he got engaged to Gianna Santos.
Jonah Hill is very sensitive about his physique and weight. In 2011, he lost almost 40 pounds.
He voiced a character in his favorite childhood show ‘The Simpsons.’
He is a Jew. He loved his grandmother so much that he has tattooed her name on his left forearm.
Alan Rafkin, the famous actor, director, and producer, was his great-uncle.
In 2014, he landed up in a controversy when he used a homophobic slur towards a paparazzo. He received criticism for the same. He then apologized for his behavior on ‘The Howard Stern Show.’