Jay Baruchel was born on April 9, 1982, is a Canadian actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. He is known for his voice role as Hiccup Haddock in the series How to Train Your Dragon, as well as roles in comedy films such as Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, The Trotsky, Fanboys, She’s Out of My League, Goon, and the action fantasy film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He starred as Josh Greenberg in the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman and as Steven Karp in the Judd Apatow comedy series Undeclared.
Jay Baruchel Personal Life
In his personal life, Jay Baruchel has been vocal about his struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, which he has been dealing with since childhood. He has also been an advocate for mental health awareness, encouraging others to speak out and seek help if needed.
Jay Baruchel Parents
Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of freelance writer Robyne (née Ropell) and antiques dealer Serge Baruchel. He grew up in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montréal, Quebec, and has a younger sister. His father was born in Paris, France. Baruchel is one-quarter Sephardic Jew, with the rest of his ancestry being French and Irish-Catholic. He has stated that he believes his Irish roots are from County Mayo.
Baruchel was engaged to actress Alison Pill from 2011 to 2013. In a tweet on February 16, 2013, he hinted at their breakup. It was announced in May 2018 that Baruchel would be getting engaged to his girlfriend, Rebecca-Jo Dunham. Their wedding took place in Portugal on September 21, 2019. Baruchel has stated that he is “probably agnostic”.
A Celtic cross is tattooed on Baruchel’s upper right arm to honour his Irish heritage, and a red Maple Leaf is tattooed on his left pectoral, which can be seen in Fanboys, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and This Is The End.
In 2016, Baruchel co-produced a documentary about his journey toward falling in love with Scottish football club Celtic.
Jay Baruchel Career
Baruchel got his first acting job when he was just 12. One of his first major acting roles was on the local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert.
In 2004, Baruchel played boxing hopeful Danger Barch in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. Baruchel then starred in Nemesis Game and Fetching Cody before guest starring opposite Don Johnson on the WB’s Just Legal in 2005 and the CBS drama Numbers in 2006.
In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, DreamWorks’ She’s Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve), and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
In July 2012, he appeared in the music video for the song “Toxsik Waltz” by rapper Necro. In the summer of 2013, he starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End and in 2014, he appeared in the RoboCop remake and reprised his role as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel would be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman, which premiered in January 2015. He also appeared in the 2015 music video for the song “Every Little Means Trust” by Idlewild.
Baruchel was also involved in writing the Chapter house comic book series Captain Canuck.
Baruchel wrote, directed, and starred in the 2017 sports comedy film Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to the 2011 film Goon.
In 2018, he made his debut as a writer with Born into It: A Fan’s Life, published by Harper Collins. The book explored his love for the Montreal Canadiens through anecdotes, childhood memories and candid stories about his life as a fan of the team.
After the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019, Baruchel starred in the Danish film The Kindness of Strangers and the Canadian horror film Random Acts of Violence, his second feature film as a director.
In 2021, Baruchel hosted the original audio podcast documentary series for Audible.ca, Highly Legal, that explored the political and economic history and aftermath of Canada’s legalization of marijuana. In the same year, Baruchel and his wife, Rebecca-Jo Dunham, both appeared in the music video for “Ouch”, the lead single from The Tragically Hip’s archival EP Saskadelphia.
In 2022, Baruchel directed the Crave original series We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel), a six-episode docuseries about the end of the world that explored possible apocalyptic risks. As host, Baruchel met with scientists and other experts to discuss the feasibility of the risks and possible solutions and innovations to address the problems.
As of 2023, Jay Baruchel’s net worth is estimated to be around $8 million. The majority of his wealth has been earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, as an actor, writer, director, and producer.
With several hit movies, including the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, and his successful FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman, Baruchel has made a significant mark in the industry. He has also earned money through endorsements and brand deals, including his work with Adidas. Despite his success, Baruchel has remained humble and focused on his craft, continuing to pursue exciting projects and opportunities in the entertainment world.
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
|Body Measurements||38-30-14 inches|
|Height||6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m)|
|Weight||75 kg (167 lbs)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Shoe Size||9 (US)|
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- 2014Canadian Screen Awards–Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominated
- 2013Canadian Screen Awards–Adapted Screenplay: Nominated
- 2010Genie Awards–Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominated
Know Some Interesting Facts About Jay Baruchel
- He began acting at age 12, appearing in programs such as Popular Mechanics for Kids and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Has a maple-leaf tattoo on his chest in honor of his Canadian heritage.
- He Was cast in the role of Jay, a character that writer-director Judd Apatow created with Baruchel in mind
- He was thanked by Clint Eastwood in his Best Picture Oscar acceptance speech for Million Dollar Baby after playing the role of Danger Barch in the film.
|Full Name||Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel|
|Nickname||Jay Baruchel, Jay|
|Date of Birth||9 April 1982|
|School||F.A.C.E. Elementary and Secondary School Roslyn Elementary School|
|Profession||Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter|
|Age||40 Years (as in 2023)|
|Profession / Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter|
|Height / Weight||6’0″ / 75 kg|
|First Film||Running Home (1999)|
|Debut||Movie: Running Home (1999)|
|Money Factor||6 million/Movie (US Dollar)|