Jay Baruchel Biography
Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel born in April 9, 1982 is a Canadian actor. He has had a successful career in comedy films, and has appeared in such box office successes as Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and How to Train Your Dragon, as well as the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He grew up and still lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec, and has a younger sister, Taylor. His father was of half Sephardic Jewish and half French Catholic ancestry, and his mother is of Irish Catholic background; he has said that he is "probably agnostic".
Baruchel is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm), his mother's maiden name (on his forearm), and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral (which can be seen in Fanboys and Knocked Up).
One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997–1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Baruchel won the role of Steven Karp on Judd Apatow's acclaimed yet short-lived television series Undeclared, where he starred alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, and Monica Keena. He then appeared with James Van Der Beek in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction.
In 2004, Baruchel played boxing hopeful Danger Barch in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, which received an Oscar for Best Picture the following year. Baruchel was among those thanked by Eastwood during his acceptance speech. Baruchel then starred in Nemesis Game and Fetching Cody, before appearing opposite Don Johnson on the WB's Just Legal in 2005, and guest-starring on CBS's Emmy Award-nominated Numb3rs in 2006.
Baruchel appeared in the films Knocked Up (which reunited him with Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen), I'm Reed Fish, Just Buried, and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, alongside Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan and Robert Downey, Jr. He co-starred with Seth Rogen in the 2007 trailer for Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, created by Rogen and Evan Goldberg as a strategy to garner interest and funding for the film itself. In 2008, he appeared in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also briefly made an appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonean.
In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve), How to Train Your Dragon, and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Also in 2010, he will play two supporting characters in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour. He is developing a screenplay, Goon, with Evan Goldberg, and will play Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation, in a film of the same name. Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy. Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.
Baruchel appeared in the 2010 Adidas Originals ad campaign, "Cantina", in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup.