Michael Cera, born as Michael Austin Cera, is a well-known actor and musician from Canada. He is best known for playing sensitive and slightly nerdy characters onscreen. Starting his career at the age of eight in a commercial, Cera has appeared in several small screen as well as big screen projects. He is mostly popular for playing the role of George Michael Bluth in the TV series ‘Arrested Development’ and for his major roles in the comedy movies ‘Juno’, ‘Superbad’, ‘Youth in Revolt’ and ‘Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist’. His other notable roles include those of Scott Pilgrim in the flick ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and his own exaggerated version in the movie ‘This Is the End’. Aside from being an actor, Cera is a musician who has worked on an album ‘True That’. He is a part of a band named The Long Goodbye and performs alongside Clark Duke. He has also served as a touring bass player in the rock band Mister Heavenly. Cera is a young and talented personality who is sure to take his acting and music career to new heights in the coming future. His wide expressive eyes, superb acting skills and brilliant voice are enough to make the audience swoon in no time!
Childhood & Early Life
Michael Cera was born on June 7, 1988 in Brampton, Ontario, to parents Linda and Luigi Cera who worked for Xerox. He has two sisters, Jordan and Molly.
At the age of three, Cera suffered from chicken pox. During that time, he repeatedly watched the TV series ‘Ghostbusters’ and became interested in acting. Later on, he joined Second City Toronto and started taking improvisation classes.
He received his education from Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School, Conestoga Public School and Heart Lake Secondary School. However, he completed his graduation through online schooling.
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Michael Cera started his career with an unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons commercial. He was eventually offered a Pillsbury commercial. Then in 1999, he was cast in the TV series ‘I Was a Sixth Grade Alien’. The same year, he did the TV movies ‘Switching Goals’ and ‘What Katy Did’.
Cera made his debut on big screen in 2000 through the flick ‘Frequency’. After that, he appeared in the films ‘Steal This Movie’ and ‘Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream’.
In 2001, he voiced the character of Josh Spitz in ‘Braceface’. The same year, he did a few more TV projects such as ‘Doc’, ‘The Ripping Friends’, ‘Stolen Miracle’, ‘My Louisiana Sky’, ‘The Familiar Stranger’ and ‘Walter and Henry’.
Then Cera played the role of young Chuck Barris in the movie ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’. After this, he lent his voice to the character of Brother Bear in the animated series ‘The Berenstain Bears’ as well as to the character of Robbie Rabbit in ‘Pecola’.
The Canadian actor’s breakthrough performance came in 2003 when he was offered the role of George Michael Bluth in the TV series ‘Arrested Development’.
In 2007, he wrote, produced, and directed the show ‘Clark and Michael’. The same year, he appeared in the movies ‘Superbad’ and ‘Juno’.
From 2008 to 2016, Michael Cera voiced the character of Sal Viscuso in the series ‘Childrens Hospital’. In 2008, he was offered the films ‘Extreme Movie’ and ‘Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist’.
He played the role of Scott Pilgrim in the 2010 flick ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’. He co-composed the soundtrack for this movie as well. Around this time, he also played the mandolin and contributed backing vocals to the song titled ‘Hang On’ for Weezer’s album ‘Hurley.’
Two years later, he appeared in the short film ‘The Immigrant’ as well as in the TV show ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ In 2013, the Canadian star did many small and big screen projects like ‘Magic Magic’, ‘Brazzaville Teen-Ager’, ‘Failure’, ‘This Is the End’, ‘Gregory Go Boom’, ‘Bitch’ and ‘Drunk History’.
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In 2014, he released his debut album ‘True That’ through his Bandcamp page. This album featured 19 original tracks, the cover of Foley's ‘Clay Pigeons’ and the cover of Falconer's ‘Play It Again’. The following year, the Canadian musician got featured in Alden Penner’s track ‘Meditate’.
Michael Cera then appeared as Tim in the short film ‘That Dog’ in 2015. He also guest-starred in the series ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’. In 2017, he appeared in an episode of the series ‘Twin Peaks’. The same year, he did the movies ‘Person to Person’, ‘Lemon’ and ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’.
Michael Cera is best known for his role as Paulie Bleeker, the father of the protagonist Juno's child in the comedy drama film ‘Juno.’ His portrayal of a teenager who impregnates his friend was much loved by the audience. He also won a few awards for his performance in the movie.
Awards & Achievements
In 2004, Michael Cera won the ‘TV Land Future Classic Award’ for his performance in ‘Arrested Development’.
In 2007, his performance in ‘Juno’ fetched him honors from the Chicago Film Critics Association as well as the Austin Film Critics Association in the categories ‘Most Promising Performer’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist Award’ respectively. The same year, he won another ‘Breakthrough Artist Award’ from Austin Film Critics Association for his performance in ‘Superbad’.
In 2010, the Canadian actor won the Satellite Award for the ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical; for his contribution to ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’.
Michael Cera once dated Aubrey Plaza. Currently he resides in the Los Angeles neighborhood, Los Feliz, in close proximity to other Hollywood superstars like Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Giovanni Ribisi and Chris Pine.
He loves playing tennis and guitar.
Cera’s mother is from Montreal, Quebec and his father hails from Sicily.
His last name ‘Cera’ means ‘wax’ in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Cera often visits his family in Brampton and spends considerable time at his Los Angeles home.
He gave the audition for the role of Cole Sear in the movie ‘The Sixth Sense’ which later went to actor Haley Joel Osment.
In 2008, he was ranked at Number 1 by Entertainment Weekly for its '30 Under 30' the Actors List’.