Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel

Born Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel
(1982-04-09) April 9, 1982
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Canada[1][2]
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1995present

Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. He plays Josh Greenberg in the FXX comedy television series Man Seeking Woman and played the lead character in Judd Apatow's comedy series, Undeclared. He appeared in supporting roles in box office successes, including Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, and starred in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, This Is the End, How to Train Your Dragon and its sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Early life

Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario,[3][4][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] Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".[12][13]


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 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 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),[14] 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.[15] He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation.[16] Goon co-stars Seann William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy.[17] Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.[18]

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.

Baruchel is in the process of writing the sequel to Goon.[19][20]

In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel will be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman which premiered in January 2015.[21]

Personal life

Baruchel was previously engaged to actress Alison Pill from 2011 to 2013. He alluded to their break-up in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[22]

Baruchel has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm) to honour his Irish heritage,[23] his mother's maiden name (on his forearm) and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral (which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder and This Is the End).[24]

Baruchel is also an avid fan of Celtic F.C. and the Montreal Canadiens.[25][26] He appeared in the 2015 music video for the song "Every Little Means Trust" by Idlewild.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Running Home Kid #2
Who Gets the House? Jonathan
2000 Almost Famous Vic Munoz
2002 The Rules of Attraction Harry
Edgar and Jane Short film; director, writer and producer
2003 Nemesis Game Jeremy Curran
2004 Million Dollar Baby Danger Barch
2005 Fetching Cody Art Frankel
2007 Knocked Up Jay
Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse Jay Baruchel Short film; also writer
I'm Reed Fish Reed Fish
Just Buried Oliver Whynacht
2008 Real Time Andy Hayes
Tropic Thunder Kevin Sandusky
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Tal Hanson
2009 Fanboys Windows
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Sailor Joey Motorola
2010 She's Out of My League Kirk Kettner
How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup (Voice)
The Trotsky Leon
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Dave Stutler
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Hiccup (Voice) Short film
Good Neighbours Victor
2011 Book of Dragons Hiccup (Voice) Short film
Gift of the Night Fury
2012 Goon Pat Also writer and producer
Cosmopolis Shiner
2013 This Is the End Jay Baruchel Also co-producer
The Art of the Steal Francie
2014 RoboCop Tom Pope
Don Peyote Bates
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Hiccup (Voice)
Dawn of the Dragon Racers Short film
2017 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Pat Also director and writer
2018 How to Train Your Dragon 3 Hiccup (Voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1995, 1999–2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Joe / Alex / Ross Doyle / Jason Midas 4 episodes
1996–1997 My Hometown Thomas Thompson 40 episodes
1997–1998 Popular Mechanics for Kids Himself 22 episodes
1998 The Worst Witch Bean Pole Episode: "The Great Outdoors"
2001–2002 Undeclared Steven Karp 17 episodes
2002 Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher Jimmy Fleming Television film
2004 The Stones Winston Stone 6 episodes
2005–2006 Just Legal Skip Ross 8 episodes
2006–2007 Numb3rs Oswald Kittner 2 episodes
2011 The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour Private Prosciutto / Falcon 2 episodes
2012–present DreamWorks Dragons Hiccup (voice) 79 episodes
2012 Being Human Stu Episode: "When I Think About You I Shred Myself"
2014 Trailer Park Boys Directed episode: "Crawling Through the Shitpipe"
2015–present Man Seeking Woman[28] Josh Greenberg 20 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Work
2007 US Comedy Arts Festival Best Actor AwardWon I'm Reed Fish
2011 Jutra Awards Best Actor (Meilleur Acteur)Won The Trotsky
2011 Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Won How to Train Your Dragon
2011 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor in a Canadian FilmNominated The Trotsky
2011 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated The Trotsky
2011 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionWon How to Train Your Dragon
2013 Genie Awards Adapted Screenplay (shared with Evan Goldberg) Nominated Goon
2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian FilmNominated Goon
2014 Genie Awards Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated The Art of the Steal
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical MomentWon This Is the End


  1. "Jay Baruchel says he adores living in Toronto".
  2. "Jay Baruchel talks about why he's high on Hogtown".
  3. Fontaine, Hugo (July 19, 2014). "Hab at Heart – Jay Baruchel". NHL. Retrieved December 5, 2015. You’re born in Ottawa, but you were been raised and still live in Montreal.
  4. Brioux, Bill (July 21, 2014). "Jay Baruchel TV Show, 'Man Seeking Woman,' Coming To FXX". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2015. ...a native of Ottawa who grew up in Montreal...
  5. Vlessing, Etan (October 19, 2015). "Jay Baruchel Makes Televised Voting Pitch as Justin Trudeau Wins Canadian Election". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2015. ...the Ottawa-born Baruchel..
  6. "Quick Study". People. November 12, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  7. Rich, Katey (March 10, 2010). "Interview: Jay Baruchel On Why He Won't Do Nude Scenes". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  8. "JAY BARUCHEL: CANADA'S PROUDEST SON". Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  9. "Jay Baruchel Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
  10. Simonpillai, Radheyan (May 13, 2010). "Jay Baruchel is the Trotsky". NOW Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2010. The funny thing is, Baruchel is only a quarter Jewish... His background is also French and Irish-Catholic... He may be hard to identify ethnically...
  11. "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  12. McLeod, Andre (2008). "Jay Baruchel: Breaking Out". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  13. "Montreal actor improvising his way to the top". Canada.com. January 3, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  14. INTERVIEW: Jay Baruchel On She’s Out Of My League – Rip It Up Magazine Retrieved September 15, 2010
  15. "The Boys are back and on drugs". The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
  16. Kit, Borys. "Uni stumbles onto Jay Baruchel's 'Klutz'" The Hollywood Reporter March 11, 2009
  17. McClintock, Pamela (October 27, 2010). "Eugene Levy joins 'Goon' squad, Variety".
  18. Creepy, Uncle (March 10, 2010). "Is There a New Psycho Cop Getting Ready to Walk the Beat?". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  19. Connelly, Brendon (July 6, 2013). "Jay Baruchel Explains Plans for a Goon Sequel". bleedingcool.com. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  20. Goldberg, Matt (May 9, 2014). "Evan Goldberg Talks about Goon 2; Says They're Trying to Figure out Deals". collider.com.
  21. Staff, Variety (July 2, 2014). "FXX Orders 'Man Seeking Woman' Starring Jay Baruchel". variety.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  22. "Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement". usmagazine.com. March 5, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  23. "Celebrity Interview: Jay Baruchel". TV3. April 7, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  24. Farquharson, Vanessa (May 11, 2010). "The Trotsky's Jay Baruchel: On moviemaking, microphones and mom tattoos". The National Post. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  25. "Hab at Heart – Jay Baruchel". nhl.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  26. Kelly, Brendan (April 29, 2013). "Jay Baruchel and Marc-Andre Grondin talk about the magic of the Stanley Cup". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  27. Lester, Paul (April 9, 2015). "Jay Baruchel Meets Idlewild:'You Saved My Life'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  28. Variety Staff. "FXX Orders 'Man Seeking Woman' Starring Jay Baruchel". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2015.

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