Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau


10/19/1966, Queens, New York

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Jon Favreau was born and raised in Queens, NY on October 19, 1966. Having graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, he pursued a short-lived career as a stock broker before he decided to become an actor. He moved to Chicago to work in im-prov and occasionally…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jon was a special guest for Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show tour in 2005. The documentary about the tour, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, will be released February 8, 2008, and features Jon. His fellow cast-members are joining him as guests on his show, Dinner For Five, as a promotion for the movie.

    • Jon has worked extensively with Peter Billingsley, better known as "Ralphie" from A Christmas Story. Billingsley is credited as a producer on Dinner for Five, Made and the upcoming Iron Man.

    • Jon met his friend Ron Livingston, with whom he would go on to make Swingers, at a Chicago boat show, when they were hired to dress as Cap'n Crunch!

    • Jon got married on Nov. 24, 2000 in Sonoma, CA. Jon's wife, Joya Tillem, is three years younger than him and is a medical doctor.

    • He has three children with his wife Joya Tillem: son Max (b July 2001) and daughters Madeleine (b April 2003) & Brighton (b August 2006).

    • In 2006, Jon signed on to direct Iron Man for Paramount. The movie is based on a Marvel comics character. (May 18)

    • Jon directed the pilot of the ABC show "In Case of Emergency" and he was also credited as a producer. The episode aired on 3 January 2007.

    • Jon has directed several films for the big screen including cult-hit Made with his pal, Vince Vaughn, the hugely successful holiday film, Elf, with Will Ferrell and the sci-fi fantasy flick, Zathura.

    • Jon was a guest on the October 20 (2005) episode of The Apprentice. The contestants were to promote his directorial effort, Zathura.

  • Quotes

    • Jon Favreau: (on the editing process) I've cut myself out...I've cut scenes out that I was in and thats when you realize that you've got to make the best movie you can.

    • Jon Favreau: (On actors playing sexist roles) The irony is that the more unapologetically sexist men are in movies, the more women tend to be attracted to them in person.

    • Jon Favreau: (on being an extra) I was the worst extra, I was 'that' guy. I was the guy on the phone trying to get the Oscar for best extra-- for best background performance.

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    Jon Favreau is one of the coolest actors out there. He's starred in so many cool films, but the only problem is that he seems to play the same character. That aside, Jon's sense of comedic timing is impeccable.
  • If Jon Favreau were a corporation, I would buy his stock in bundles.

    Jon is a refreshing bona fide talent in a Hollywood that too often, especially as of late, that celebrates the complete non-talent. I am speaking of such non-talents as Paris Hilton, The Rock...and if Omarosa sqeaks in and becomes the star she is so desperately trying to become, Hollywood will be doomed.

    Swingers of course is a classic for this generation. I thought Dinner for Five was such a brilliant concept because it allowed the viewer to, among other things, watch actors eat a real meal and talk at the same time without scripts. And for an actor to work without a script, that's where their flaws (or true talents) emerge. Look at Tom Cruise, without a script to read he is the biggest bore with a big empty toothy grin and an exagerrated nervous laugh.

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