Jay Baruchel

Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel[3] (/ˈbærʃɛl/;[4] born April 9, 1982)[3] is a Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his voice role as Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, and for his roles in comedy movies such as Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Fanboys, She's Out of My League, Goon, This Is the End and the action-fantasy film The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He played lead character Josh Greenberg in the FXX comedy television series Man Seeking Woman and played the lead character Steven Karp in Judd Apatow's comedy series Undeclared.

Jay Baruchel
Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel

(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada[1][2]
  • Actor
  • film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present
Rebecca-Jo Dunham (m. 2019)

Early life

Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario,[3][5] the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer.[6][7] He grew up in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec,[8] and has a younger sister, Taylor.[9] His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent).[10][11]


One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning film 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. 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 the CBS drama Numb3rs in 2006. Baruchel got his first acting job when he was just 12.

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 a similar, larger-scale project (later made in 2013 as This Is the End). In 2008, he appeared in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also made a brief appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, DreamWorks' She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve),[12] and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He also voiced the starring role in the acclaimed animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, a role he has subsequently continued throughout the franchise, including its television series. Also in 2010, he played two supporting characters in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour.[13] He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation.[14] Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy.[15]

Baruchel also appeared in the 2010 Adidas Originals ad campaign, "Cantina", in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup and in video clips for Canadian prog-rockers Rush's 2012–13 Clockwork Angels tour.

In July 2012, he appeared in the music video for the song "Toxsik Waltz" by rapper Necro. In the summer of 2013, he starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End and in 2014, he appeared in the RoboCop remake and reprised his role as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel would be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman which premiered in January 2015.[16] He also appeared in the 2015 music video for the song "Every Little Means Trust" by Idlewild.[17]

Baruchel was also involved in writing the Chapterhouse comic book series Captain Canuck.[18]

Baruchel wrote, directed and starred in the 2017 sports comedy film Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to the 2011 film Goon.

In 2018, he made his debut as an author, with Born Into It: A Fan's Life, released on Harper Collins. The book explored his love of the Montreal Canadiens with anecdotes, childhood memories and heartfelt tales about his life as a fan of the team.

After How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 2019 saw Baruchel star in the Danish film The Kindness of Strangers and the Canadian horror film Random Acts of Violence, which is his second outing as a director.[19]

Personal life

Baruchel was engaged to actress Alison Pill from 2011 to 2013. He alluded to their break-up in a Twitter post on February 16, 2013.[20] In May 2018, Baruchel announced his engagement to girlfriend Rebecca-Jo Dunham.[21] They were married on September 21, 2019, in Portugal.[22] Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".[23][24]

Baruchel has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm) to honour his Irish heritage,[25] and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral, which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder and This Is the End. His favourite football club is Scottish Premiership team Celtic F.C..[26]



1999 Running HomeKid #2
Who Gets the House?Jonathan
2000Almost FamousVic Munoz
2002 Edgar and JaneN/AShort film; director, writer and producer
The Rules of AttractionHarry
2003Nemesis GameJeremy Curran
2004Million Dollar BabyDanger Barch
2005Fetching CodyArt Frankel
2006I'm Reed FishReed Fish
2007 Knocked UpJay
Jay and Seth versus the ApocalypseJay BaruchelShort film; also writer
Just BuriedOliver Whynacht
2008 Real TimeAndy Hayes
Tropic ThunderKevin Sandusky
Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistTal Hanson
2009 FanboysWindows
Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianSailor Joey Motorola
The TrotskyLeon
2010 She's Out of My LeagueKirk Kettner
How to Train Your DragonHiccup (voice)
The Sorcerer's ApprenticeDave Stutler
Good NeighboursVictor
Legend of the Boneknapper DragonHiccup (voice)Short film
2011 GoonPatAlso writer and producer
Book of DragonsHiccup (voice)Short film
Gift of the Night FuryHiccup (voice)Short film
2013 This Is the EndHimselfAlso co-producer
The Art of the StealFrancie
2014 RoboCopTom Pope
Don PeyoteBates
How to Train Your Dragon 2Hiccup (voice)
Dawn of the Dragon RacersHiccup (voice)Short film
2017Goon: Last of the EnforcersPatAlso director and writer
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldHiccup (voice)
The Kindness of StrangersJohn
Random Acts of ViolenceEzraAlso director, writer, and producer


1995, 1999–2000Are You Afraid of the Dark?Joe / Alex / Ross Doyle / Jason Midas4 episodes
1996–1998My HometownThomas ThompsonMain role
1997–1998Popular Mechanics for KidsHimself
1998The Worst WitchBean PoleEpisode: "The Great Outdoors"
2001–2002UndeclaredSteven KarpMain role
2002Matthew Blackheart: Monster SmasherJimmy FlemingTelevision film
2004The StonesWinston Stone6 episodes
2005–2006Just LegalSkip Ross8 episodes
2006–2007Numb3rsOswald Kittner2 episodes
2011The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time HourPrivate Prosciutto / Falcon2 episodes
2012–2018DreamWorks DragonsHiccup (voice)Main role
2012Being HumanStuEpisode: "When I Think About You I Shred Myself"
2014Trailer Park BoysN/ADirected episode: "Crawling Through the Shitpipe"
2015–2017Man Seeking Woman[27]Josh GreenbergMain role
2018Letterkenny"Hard Right" Jay2 episodes
The Magic School Bus Rides AgainDr. Tillage (voice)Episode: "Ghost Farm"
2019The MoodysSean Moody Jr.Main role

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryResultWork Ref.
2007US Comedy Arts FestivalBest Actor AwardWonI'm Reed Fish
2010Canadian Comedy AwardsBest Performance by a Male – Film[28]WonThe Trotsky
2011Jutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)WonThe Trotsky
2011Vancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actor in a Canadian FilmNominatedThe Trotsky
2011Genie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleNominatedThe Trotsky
2011Annie AwardsBest Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionWonHow to Train Your Dragon
2013Canadian Screen AwardsAdapted Screenplay (shared with Evan Goldberg)NominatedGoon
2013Vancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actor in a Canadian FilmNominatedGoon
2014Canadian Screen AwardsPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleNominatedThe Art of the Steal
2014MTV Movie AwardsBest Musical MomentWonThis Is the End
2019 ACTRA Award Award of ExcellenceWon N/A [29]
2019Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramWonDragons: Race to the Edge: Season 6


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