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Also Known As: Jonathan Kolia Favreau Died:
Born: October 19, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, director, maintenance worker

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Actor, producer, writer and director Jon Favreau hit unlikely pay dirt when "Swingers" (1996), his low-budget, autobiographical indie about struggling young actors, turned he and co-star/real-life best friend Vince Vaughn into hot property, seemingly overnight. Favreau parlayed his rising profile into a number of supporting big-screen roles as cynical side men, but he was more anxious to get behind the camera and direct bigger features. After another indie buddy comedy with Vaughn - the underrated mob farce "Made" (2001) - Favreau went wide with the winning holiday hit "Elf" (2003), starring a spandex-clad Will Ferrell. His acclaimed adaptation of the kids book "Zathura: A Space Adventure" (2005) missed the mark with audiences, but his 2008 adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" starring Robert Downey, Jr. was one of the most anticipated action films of the year, leading to a return to leading man status for Downey, Jr. and hard-won blockbuster credentials for its highly creative director.

Actor, producer, writer and director Jon Favreau hit unlikely pay dirt when "Swingers" (1996), his low-budget, autobiographical indie about struggling young actors, turned he and co-star/real-life best friend Vince Vaughn into hot property, seemingly overnight. Favreau parlayed his rising profile into a number of supporting big-screen roles as cynical side men, but he was more anxious to get behind the camera and direct bigger features. After another indie buddy comedy with Vaughn - the underrated mob farce "Made" (2001) - Favreau went wide with the winning holiday hit "Elf" (2003), starring a spandex-clad Will Ferrell. His acclaimed adaptation of the kids book "Zathura: A Space Adventure" (2005) missed the mark with audiences, but his 2008 adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" starring Robert Downey, Jr. was one of the most anticipated action films of the year, leading to a return to leading man status for Downey, Jr. and hard-won blockbuster credentials for its highly creative director.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Chef (2014)
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  Iron Man 2 (2010)
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  Iron Man (2008)
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  Zathura (2005)
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  Elf (2003) Director
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  Made (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Chef (2014)
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 Iron Man 3 (2013)
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 Identity Thief (2013)
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 John Carter (2012)
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 Zookeeper (2011)
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 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 G-Force (2009)
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 I Love You, Man (2009)
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Born and raised in Queens, NY
1986:
Dropped out of Queens College; worked briefly as a maintenance worker
1987:
Embarked on a cross-country trip; ended in Chicago and joined Improv Olympics
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Appeared in dinner theaters in Chicago
1992:
Made feature debut in bit role as a cab driver in "Folks!"
1993:
First supporting role, "Rudy"; first feature with Vince Vaughn
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Wrote script for "Swingers" on computer software given to him by his father
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Refused six figure offer for "Swingers" because they wanted to cast 'name' actors
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Sold "Swingers" screen rights to director Doug Liman with provision that he and Vince Vaughn play leading roles
1996:
First produced screenplay, "Swingers"; also co-starred with Vaughn
1996:
Signed deal to write screenplay for "The Bachelor's Secret Handbook"
1996:
Announced deal with Miramax to script, direct and star (with Vaughn) in Western "The Marshal of Revelation"
1997:
Played recurring role of wealthy Pete Becker, a romantic interest of Monica's (Courteney Cox) on NBC's "Friends"
1999:
Portrayed boxer "Rocky Marciano" in Showtime biopic
2000:
Co-starred with Famke Janssen in romantic comedy "Love & Sex"; screened at Sundance Film Festival
2000:
Appeared in football comedy "The Replacements" opposite Keanu Reeves
2001:
Re-teamed with Janssen and Vaughn to star and direct comedy-drama "Made"
2001:
Hosted and executive produced IFC special "Dinner for Five"; picked up as a series in 2002
2003:
Played Ben Affleck's law partner in comic book superhero film "Daredevil"
2003:
Starred as an actor faced with a stalled career in "The Big Empty"
2004:
Played a sports agent opposite Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany in "Wimbledon"
2005:
Directed "Jumanji" sequel "Zathura," based on book by Chris Van Allsburg
2006:
Teamed with Vaughn to co-star in comedy "The Break-Up"
2006:
Voiced Reilly the Beaver in animated comedy "Open Season"
2008:
Produced and directed big screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man"; also had small role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard and chauffeur
2009:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, and Kristin Davis in ensemble comedy "Couples Retreat"
2010:
Returned to direct summer blockbuster "Iron Man 2"; also executive produced and reprised role of Stark's bodyguard
2011:
Directed Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in sci-fi Western mash-up "Cowboys & Aliens"
2012:
Executive produced superhero ensemble "The Avengers" and NBC series "Revolution"
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"
2013:
Appeared again as Happy Hogan in "Iron Man 3"
2013:
Featured in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"
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Education

ImprovOlympic: Chicago , Illinois -
Bronx High School of Science: Bronx , New York - 1984
Queens College: Flushing , New York - 1984 - 1986

Notes

"I grew up half-Jewish, half-Italian. . . . The Italian side has been mythologized with all those tough-guy movies. And then there's the Jewish side, which you're sort of embarrassed about. So I decided to take on the stereotype and write a movie about a Hasidic gunslinger. He's the baddest man in the West." --Favreau commenting on the scipt for "The Marshal of Revelation" in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 12, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Joya Tillem. Physician. Married on November 24, 2000 in Sonoma, California.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Favreau. Special education teacher.
mother:
Madeleine Favreau. Schoolteacher. Died of leukemia c. 1978.
son:
Max Favreau. Born on July 25, 2001.

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