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Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux
Maniac UK premiere (Theroux).jpg
Theroux in 2018
Born
Justin Paul Theroux

(1971-08-10) August 10, 1971 (age 48)
Alma materBennington College
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
  • director
  • writer
Years active1995-present
Jennifer Aniston
(m. 2015; sep. 2017)
Heidi Bivens (1997-2011)
RelativesTheroux family

Justin Paul Theroux (; born August 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He gained recognition for his work with director David Lynch in the mystery film Mulholland Drive (2001) and the thriller film Inland Empire (2006). He also appeared in the films American Psycho (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The Girl on the Train (2016), and The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018).

Theroux is further known as a screenwriter for films such as the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), the superhero film Iron Man 2 (2010), and the musical comedy-drama Rock of Ages (2012). He made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy film Dedication (2007).

Theroux starred as Kevin Garvey in the HBO mystery drama series The Leftovers (2014-2017), for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He also starred as Dr. James Mantleray in the Netflix comedy-drama miniseries Maniac (2018).

Early life

Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis Grissim Theroux, is an essayist and author, and his father, Eugene Albert Theroux (born 1938), is a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Washington.[2][3] Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux,[4][5] novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, author Peter Theroux, and novelist and educator Joseph Theroux; he is the cousin of British journalists and documentary filmmakers Louis and Marcel Theroux. His father is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Through his mother, Theroux is a great-great-grandson of financier, banker and railroad magnate H. B. Hollins,[6][7] and of music critic and author Gustav Kobbé.[8][9][10]

Theroux attended Lafayette Elementary School, Annunciation School, and the Field School.[11] He first started acting while in high school at the Buxton School, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bennington College in 1993 with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.[12]

Career

Theroux made his film debut in 1996 in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then he has performed both on Broadway, starring in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; in numerous off-Broadway productions; and in comedy films such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club, and Zoolander.

The stars and director of the film Mulholland Drive at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Left to right: actor Naomi Watts, director David Lynch, and actors Laura Harring and Justin Theroux

He has also performed in more serious films such as American Psycho. He appeared in the film versions of the cult television shows Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. He starred in David Lynch's films Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.

In 2003, he was featured in a music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria". Theroux also has appeared on television, having starred in The District and appeared on episodes of shows such as Alias, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City (in which he guest starred in two episodes as different characters), and Six Feet Under (in which he played a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons).

In 2006, he directed his first film, Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A fan of the band Deerhoof, Theroux chose them to score Dedication.[13] Theroux also had roles in two other films at the festival, Broken English and The Ten, in which he played Jesus Christ alongside Gretchen Mol. Theroux co-wrote the Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder, and also appeared in the behind-the-scenes mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness.

In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO miniseries John Adams. In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also played Justin in Parks and Recreation. Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau.

Theroux returned to acting in the film Your Highness (2011), as Leezar, an evil wizard who kidnaps a princess. He starred in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, playing the leader of a hippie commune. By August 2012, Theroux was hired to direct and rewrite the script for the comedy film Swear to God.[14]

In June 2013, Theroux was cast as the lead character in HBO's TV pilot The Leftovers,[15] which HBO ordered as a 10-episode season In September 2013.[16] The series, which premiered June 29, 2014, is based on a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, which follows a group of people left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton after mysterious disappearances worldwide.[17]

Theroux co-wrote the sequel Zoolander 2 (2016), and reprised his role, Evil DJ, in the film.[18]

Theroux also voiced the character The Evil Lord Garmadon in the 2017 film The Lego Ninjago Movie.

In 2018, Theroux played savant neurochemist James Mantleray in the 2018 Netflix comedy-drama miniseries Maniac opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

In 2019, Theroux produced the ABC television event Live in Front of a Studio Audience alongside Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel and Will Ferrell. Theroux received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for producing the event. He also voiced Tramp in the Disney+ live-action film Lady and the Tramp, a remake of the 1955 film with the same name.

Upcoming projects

Theroux is set to play Allie Fox in the Apple TV+ television series The Mosquito Coast, a television adaption from the 1981 novel of the same name written by Paul Theroux, Justin Theroux's uncle. Theroux will also serve as executive producer for the series.[19]

Personal life

Theroux was in a relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years until 2011.[20] Theroux began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in 2011, after working together on the film Wanderlust.[21] They became engaged in August 2012,[21] and wed on August 5, 2015.[22] On February 15, 2018, Theroux and Aniston announced in a statement to the Associated Press their separation at the end of 2017.[23]

In 2018, Theroux adopted a Pit Bull named Kuma, meaning bear in Japanese.[24]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Mark
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Cowboy
Below Utopia Daniel Beckett
Dream House Mark Brooks
1998 Frogs for Snakes Flav Santana
Dead Broke James
2000 American Psycho Timothy Bryce
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Marshall
2001 The Sleepy Time Gal Rebecca's Boyfriend
Mulholland Drive Adam
Zoolander Evil DJ
2002 Peel Narrator (voice) Short film
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Seamus O'Grady
Duplex Coop
Happy Ending Jack
2005 Strangers with Candy Carlo Honklin
The Baxter Bradley Lake
The Legend of Lucky Keyes Guy Cooley
2006 Return to Rajapur Jeremy Reardon
Miami Vice Detective Larry Zito
Inland Empire Devon Berk / Billy Side
2007 Broken English Nick Gable
The Ten Jesus H. Christ
Dedication N/A Director and executive producer
2008 Tropic Thunder N/A Executive producer and writer
2010 Megamind Megamind's Father (voice) Also creative consultant
Iron Man 2 N/A Writer
Ultimate Iron Man Himself Documentary
2011 Your Highness Leezar
2012 Wanderlust Seth
Rock of Ages N/A Writer
2016 Zoolander 2 Evil DJ Also writer
The Girl on the Train Tom Watson
The Master Narrator (voice) Short film
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Lord Garmadon (voice)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Master Codebreaker Cameo
2018 Mute Duck Teddington
The Spy Who Dumped Me Drew Thayer
On the Basis of Sex Mel Wulf
Bumblebee Dropkick (voice)
2019 Joker Ethan Chase Cameo
Lady and the Tramp Tramp (voice)
TBA Violet The Voice Post-production
TBA False Positive TBA Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 C.P.W. Gary Andrews Episode: "Stephanie and the Wolves"
1998 New York Undercover Frankie Stone 3 episodes
Ally McBeal Raymond Brown Episode: "Just Looking"
Spin City Pete Episode: "Local Hero"
Bronx County Unknown Pilot
1998-1999 Sex and the City Jared/Vaughn Wysel Episodes: The Monogamists; Shortcomings
1999 Sirens Officer David Bontempo Television film
2000-2001 The District Nick Pierce 27 episodes
2003 Alias Simon Walker 2 episodes
2003-2004 Six Feet Under Joe 8 episodes
2005 Confessions of a Dog Unknown Pilot
2008 John Adams John Hancock 2 episodes
2010 Parks and Recreation Justin Anderson 4 episodes
2011 Documental Jan Jurgen Pilot; also director and writer
2014-2017 The Leftovers Kevin Garvey 25 episodes
2016 Zoolander: Super Model N/A Television film; executive producer
2017-2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Various characters 2 episodes
2018 Maniac Dr. James K. Mantleray 9 episodes
2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience N/A Live television event; executive producer
Rick and Morty Miles Knightly Episode: "One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty"
TBA The Mosquito Coast Allie Fox Main role; also executive producer

Video game

Year Title Voice role
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Additional Voice Talent

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations received by Theroux.[25]

References

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