Jon Favreau

Actor + Film Director
Born Oct 19, 1966

Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers (which he also wrote), Very Bad Things, and The Break-Up. His notable directorial efforts include Elf, Iron Man, its sequel, and Cowboys & Aliens. His most prominent television role was that of Pete Becker, Monica Geller's boyfriend during season three of the television sitcom Friends.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Favreau.


1966 Birth Born on October 19, 1966.


1979 12 Years Old Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. … Read More
1984 17 Years Old Favreau graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out. … Read More


1988 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He briefly worked for Bear Stearns on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988.
1994 27 Years Old The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled "The Fire" as Eric the Clown.
1996 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was also Vaughn's breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a foil to Favreau's heartbroken Mike Peters. … Read More


1998 31 Years Old He rejoined Piven in 1998 as part of Very Bad Things (1998).
1999 32 Years Old In 1999, he starred in the television film Rocky Marciano, based on the life of the only undefeated world heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano. … Read More
2000 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Favreau appeared in 2000's The Replacements as maniacal linebacker Daniel Bateman, and that same year he played himself in The Sopranos episode "D-Girl", as a Hollywood director who feigns interest in developing mob associate Christopher Moltisanti's screenplay in order to collect material for his own screenplay.
2001 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He was a guest-director for an episode of the college dramedy Undeclared in 2001, and Favreau got some screen time as lawyer Foggy Nelson in the 2003 movie Daredevil (2003) (considerably more in the Director's Cut version). … Read More
2003 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In the fall of 2003, he scored his first financial success as a director of the hit comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Peter Dinklage.
In 2005, Favreau directed the film adaptation of Zathura. … Read More
2006 39 Years Old Favreau also has a TV series called Dinner for Five which airs on the cable TV channel IFC. On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Favreau was signed to direct the long-awaited Iron Man movie.


Released on May 2, 2008, the film was a huge critical and commercial success, solidifying Favreau's reputation as a director. … Read More
2009 - 2011 3 More Events
2013 46 Years Old In 2013, he shot a pilot for a TV series based on the novel About a Boy, but set in San Francisco.
2016 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2016, he was called to direct a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney's The Lion King.
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