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Also Known As: Jan Jrgen, Jan Jurgen, Jan Juergen Died:
Born: August 10, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor

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An exceptionally versatile character actor and occasional lead in features and television, Justin Theroux tackled both comedy and drama with equal deftness throughout his decade-plus career, and proved himself a talented comedy writer as well by penning the scripts for "Tropic Thunder" (2008) and "Iron Man 2" (2010). A handsome actor who seemed to prefer offbeat portrayals over leading man roles, he began his onscreen career in indies like "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) before moving effortless into Hollywood titles like "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997). He was adept at playing slick, soulless professionals, like an arrogant film director in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." (2001) and a business friend of Christian Bale's deranged Paul Bateman in "American Psycho" (2000), but could also play thoughtful, caring men, like his cerebral suitor who charmed Rachel Griffiths on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Theroux's strongest suit, however, was offbeat comedy, and he mined that field on numerous occasions throughout his career in features like "Zoolander" (2001) and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003). He made a modest debut as a director on the indie drama "Dedication" (2006), but found...

An exceptionally versatile character actor and occasional lead in features and television, Justin Theroux tackled both comedy and drama with equal deftness throughout his decade-plus career, and proved himself a talented comedy writer as well by penning the scripts for "Tropic Thunder" (2008) and "Iron Man 2" (2010). A handsome actor who seemed to prefer offbeat portrayals over leading man roles, he began his onscreen career in indies like "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) before moving effortless into Hollywood titles like "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997). He was adept at playing slick, soulless professionals, like an arrogant film director in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." (2001) and a business friend of Christian Bale's deranged Paul Bateman in "American Psycho" (2000), but could also play thoughtful, caring men, like his cerebral suitor who charmed Rachel Griffiths on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Theroux's strongest suit, however, was offbeat comedy, and he mined that field on numerous occasions throughout his career in features like "Zoolander" (2001) and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003). He made a modest debut as a director on the indie drama "Dedication" (2006), but found greater success as a writer on the over-the-top comedy "Tropic Thunder" and the blockbuster "Iron Man 2." His dual status as favored actor and screenwriter made Theroux a genuine hyphenate, and one whose career appeared to be just accessing its upper reaches.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Zoolander 2 (2016)
2.
  Dedication (2007)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wanderlust (2012)
2.
 Your Highness (2011)
3.
 Megamind (2010)
4.
 Ten, The (2007)
5.
 Broken English (2007)
6.
 Miami Vice (2006)
7.
 Dead Broke (2006)
8.
 Inland Empire (2006)
9.
 Rajapur (2006)
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Moved to NYC to pursue a career in visual arts
1995:
Starred in the Ensemble Studio Theater presentation of the one act play "Water and Wine"
1995:
Acted in the pilot of the Manhattan-set series "Central Park West"
1996:
Made feature debut in "I Shot Andy Warhol" playing Mark the Revolutionary
1997:
Featured in the Roundabout Theater Company's production "Three Sisters"
1997:
Had a featured role in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"
1997:
Starred opposite Alyssa Milano in the independent thriller "Below Utopia" directed by Kurt Voss
1998:
Had a recurring role on FOX's "New York Undercover"
1998:
Starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in the New York Theater Workshop production of the popular British play "Shopping and Fucking"
1998:
Played a wanted man in the comedy "Frogs for Snakes"
1998:
Appeared on episodes of "Spin City" (ABC) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
1999:
Guest starred on HBO's "Sex and the City" as Vaughn, a writer who dates Carrie
1999:
Cast in the Showtime original movie "Sirens"
1999:
Cast in David Lynch's failed TV pilot "Mulholland Drive"; later released as a feature when Lynch shot additional footage (released theatrically in 2001)
2000:
Played Timothy Bryce, one of Patrick Bateman's cohorts in the stylized satire "American Psycho"
2000:
Featured in the gay ensemble film "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy"
2000:
Had a regular role on CBS' "The District" playing a public relations specialist working for the police department
2001:
Cast in the Ben Stiller comedy "Zoolander"
2003:
Cast as Joe, Brenda's boyfriend in the HBO series "Six Feet Under"
2003:
Featured in the music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria"
2006:
Appeared in the film version of the cult TV show "Strangers With Candy"
2006:
Cast in Michael Mann's feature film adaptation of the 1980s TV series "Miami Vice"
2006:
Re-teamed with Lynch to star in "Inland Empire"
2007:
Made feature directing debut with "Dedication," a romantic comedy co-starring Mandy Moore; premiered at Sundance
2007:
Co-starred with Parker Posey in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut, "Broken English"
2008:
Played John Hancock in the HBO mini-series "John Adams," starring Paul Giamatti (as John Adams)
2008:
Co-wrote (also produced) the Ben Stiller-directed "Tropic Thunder"
2009:
Appeared in four episodes of NBC's "Parks and Recreation"
2010:
Wrote the screenplay for the summer blockbuster "Iron Man 2"; also produced
2012:
Co-starred opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in "Wanderlust"
2012:
Co-wrote screenplay for feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages," starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, and Alec Baldwin
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Education

Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont -
Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont -
British American Drama Academy: -

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