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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 26, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA Profession: actor

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With his first-ever feature role as the gaping über-nerd "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), actor Jon Heder became a cult hero overnight. The film did more than just propel the young actor into celebrity; it also galvanized an entire generation of nerds, geeks and dweebs who could relate to being shoved into lockers, playing lonely games of tetherball and their pocketful of Tater-Tots being smashed by class bullies. The rabid fandom that arose from "Napoleon Dynamite" turned weird, however, when accounts of Heder's death began circulating the Internet, complete with fictitious quotes from his bereaved mom. Though most actors would have cringed at such notoriety, Heder took it all in stride, continuing to land plum comedic roles in such films as "The Benchwarmers" (2005), "School for Scoundrels" (2006) and "Blades of Glory" (2007). The latter was a box office hit and solidified his status as a rising comedic talent. After playing one of Kristen Bell's suitors in the underwhelming romantic comedy "When in Rome" (2010), Heder returned to the role that made him famous with the animated series "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012- ), which featured most of the main players from the original cast and promised Heder...

With his first-ever feature role as the gaping über-nerd "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), actor Jon Heder became a cult hero overnight. The film did more than just propel the young actor into celebrity; it also galvanized an entire generation of nerds, geeks and dweebs who could relate to being shoved into lockers, playing lonely games of tetherball and their pocketful of Tater-Tots being smashed by class bullies. The rabid fandom that arose from "Napoleon Dynamite" turned weird, however, when accounts of Heder's death began circulating the Internet, complete with fictitious quotes from his bereaved mom. Though most actors would have cringed at such notoriety, Heder took it all in stride, continuing to land plum comedic roles in such films as "The Benchwarmers" (2005), "School for Scoundrels" (2006) and "Blades of Glory" (2007). The latter was a box office hit and solidified his status as a rising comedic talent. After playing one of Kristen Bell's suitors in the underwhelming romantic comedy "When in Rome" (2010), Heder returned to the role that made him famous with the animated series "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012- ), which featured most of the main players from the original cast and promised Heder continued success.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Life Happens (2011)
3.
 When in Rome (2010)
4.
 Surf's Up (2007)
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 Blades of Glory (2007)
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 Mama's Boy (2007)
8.
 Benchwarmers, The (2006) Cast
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10.
 Monster House (2006)
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2003:
Made his debut as the lead in the award-winning short film "Peluca," which was written and directed by Jared Hess
2004:
Played the titular opinionated outsider with an oddly-cadenced speech in "Napolean Dynamite" written and directed by fellow BYU student Jared Hess
2005:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo in "Just Like Heaven"
2006:
Co-starred in the comedy "Benchwarmers," with Rob Schneider and David Spade
2006:
Played a meter maid, plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem who enrolls in a confidence-building course in Todd Phillips' "School for Scoundrels"
2007:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell as rival world-class men's singles skaters in the comedy "Blades of Glory"
2007:
Voiced surf nut Chicken Joe in the animated feature, "Surf's Up"
2007:
Starred in "Mama's Boy," as an arrogant pseudo-intellectual who lives at home with his mom in Texas
2010:
Cast as one of Kristen Bell's suitors in "When in Rome"
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Education

South Salem High School: Salem , Oregon -
Brigham Young University: Provo , Utah - 2004

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brother:
Daniel Heder. Twin.

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