Josh Brener is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of ‘Nelson "Big Head" Bighetti’ in the series ‘Silicon Valley.’ The Texas native had always harbored a passion for acting. He started acting at the tender age of 12 years. A 'Harvard' graduate, Josh polished his acting skills at the coveted 'American Repertory Theatre' and performed annually with a theater group from 'Harvard.' When he moved to Los Angeles to start his professional acting career, Josh had an initial struggle of earning prominent TV and film roles until he was cast as a series regular in 'Glory Daze.' However, he reached a major career milestone after he earned the role of the second lead in 'Silicon Valley,’ which is considered one of the best series ever. Despite having no technical background, Josh played the character with so much conviction that he was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences. He simultaneously made film appearances, too. He also appeared in series such as 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Maron,' and 'House of Lies.' Josh is a voice actor, too, and has provided voice to many series and films.
Childhood & Early Life
Josh was born Joshua Max Brener, on October 1, 1984, in Houston, Texas, to Sharon and Daniel Brener. Josh is of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity.
Josh attended 'Bellaire High School.' He graduated from 'Harvard University' in 2007.
Josh had always harbored a passion for acting. He had been the president of 'Harvard's theatrical student society, the 'Hasty Pudding Theatricals.' Josh later studied acting at the 'American Repertory Theatre.'
In some of his interviews, Josh has mentioned that his acting class at 'Harvard' had prepared him for his first major audition in Hollywood.
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Josh began his career in 2009, with brief roles in the short films 'The Condom Killer' and 'The Guy Who Cured Cancer.' He had a comparatively significant role as ‘Matty’ in the short 'Sofia & Sam' (2009).
The following year, Josh had a brief role in a short titled 'Song in a Convenience Store.' However, he simultaneously made his TV debut with the significant character of ‘Zack Miller’ in the 'TBS' comedy–drama 'Glory Daze' (2010–2011).
Josh was cast in a brief role in the 'Fox' musical comedy–drama 'Glee,' but unfortunately, his scenes were later deleted from the final print.
In 2011 and 2013, Josh appeared as ‘Dale’ in the popular 'CBS' sitcom 'Big Bang Theory.' He had a brief role as ‘Will Davis’ in an episode (2012) of the 'Showtime' comedy–drama 'House of Lies.' Josh starred as ‘Simon Beck’ in the 2012 video 'Retroland.'
Josh was seen as the supporting character ‘Kyle,’ comedian Marc Maron's assistant, in the 'IFC' comedy 'Maron.' He then starred as ‘Lyle Spaulding’ in the 2013 comedy 'The Internship,' which was also his film debut.
He made single-episode appearances as ‘Marshall Davis’ in the 'Comedy Central' sitcom 'Workaholics' (2013) and as ‘Julian’ in the 'ABC' sitcom 'The Middle' (2014).
In 2014, Josh started his breakthrough stint in the 'HBO' comedy–drama 'Silicon Valley.' The series features him as the character ‘Nelson "Big Head" Bighetti,’ the goofy yet adorable best friend of the lead character, ‘Richard Hendricks’ (played by Thomas Middleditch), who luckily gets promotions despite possessing insufficient programming skills.
Josh starred as ‘Aaron’ in the 2015 short 'Jim & Helen Forever' and as ‘Ripley’ in the comedy film 'Welcome to Happiness.' He was seen as ‘Richie’ in the musical comedy 'The Rumperbutts.'
Josh did his first voice-over for the character ‘Chadd Gold’ in four episodes (2016–2018) of the 'Disney XD' comic science-fiction animated drama 'Future-Worm!' He then provided voice to ‘Steel’ in the 2016 superhero animated film 'Max Steel.'
Josh played a techie (‘Keith McLure’) in the 2016 horror–thriller movie 'The Belko Experiment.' He appeared as ‘Luke,’ paired opposite Kate Micucci (as ‘Emma’), in the romantic comedy 'Unleashed.' He voiced the character ‘Erskin Semaj’ in two episodes (2017) of the 'Disney XD’ 3D CGI animated 'Star Wars Rebels.'
Josh currently voices ‘Mark Beaks’ in the 'Disney Channel' animation 'DuckTales,' a voice role he began in 2017. He also currently provides voice to the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' comic character ‘Donatello’ in the 'Nickelodeon' 2D-animated drama 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' He also voices ‘Neeku Vozo’ in the 3D CGI animation drama 'Star Wars Resistance.' Josh starred as ‘Clarke’ in the 2017 comedy 'Where's the Money.'
Josh essayed the role of Senator Gary Hart's 1988 campaign policy advisor, Doug Wilson, in the 2018 political drama film 'The Front Runner.' He was seen in the prominent role of ‘Brandon’ in the 2019 romantic comedy 'What Men Want.' He guest-appeared as ‘Carl’ in an episode of the 'ABC' mockumentary family sitcom 'Modern Family.'
Continuing with his voice-over roles, Josh voiced the characters ‘Dylan’ from the web series '101 Dalmatian Street' and ‘K-VRC’ from the 'Netflix' adult science-fiction animation 'Love, Death & Robots.'
Josh also provides acting classes and workshops at the 'Stan Kirsch Studios' in Hollywood.