Jonah Hill Feldstein is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter and comedian. Hill is known for his comedic roles in films including Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street, This Is the end, and 22 Jump Street as well as his performances in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, for which he received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Take a look below for 27 more awesome and interesting facts about Jonah Hill.
1. Hill was born on December 20, 1983, in Los Angeles, to Sharon Lyn, a costume designer and fashion stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N’ Roses.
2. He has a younger sister, actress Beanie Feldstein (born 1993); their elder brother, Jordan Feldstein (1977–2017), was a music manager of Robin Thicke and Maroon 5 until his sudden death at aged 40 from a DVT/pulmonary embolism.
3. His parents were originally from Long Island, New York, and the family vacationed in the Catskills.
4. He grew up in the wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood of Cheviot Hills, where he continues to live, and attended the Center for Early Education, Brentwood School, and then Crossroads School, in Santa Monica.
5. Hill worked at Hot Rod Skateboard Shop on Westwood Blvd in Los Angeles.
6. After graduating from high school in 2002, Hill attended Bard College, The New School and the University of Colorado Boulder.
7. Hill is Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
8. In college, Hill began writing his own plays and performing them in the Black and White bar in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.
9. His plays developed a small following and helped him realize that his true desire was to act in films.
10. Hill was befriended by Dustin Hoffman’s children, Rebecca and Jake, who introduced Hill to their father.
11. The elder Hoffman asked him to audition for a role in I Heart Huckabees, in which Hill made his film debut.
12. Hill then made a brief appearance in Judd Apatow’s directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which eventually led to his appearing in the role of a virgin video game tester in the comedy Grandma’s Boy (2006) and featuring in the comedies Accepted and Click, playing Adam Sandler‘s character’s son in the latter film.
13. Hill was featured in a larger supporting role in the Apatow-directed Knocked Up (2007).
14. On television, Hill played the “RA Guy” on the first season of the Oxygen Network sitcom Campus Ladies.
15. He guest-starred in an episode of Clark and Michael.
16. His first leading role was in the Apatow-produced comedy Superbad.
17. In July 2011, Hill appeared at ESPN’s ESPY awards sporting a much slimmer physique. He stated he had lost 40 pounds.
18. In November 2011, Hill, along with Sam Worthington and Dwight Howard, starred in commercials for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, making his first appearance with his new look.
19. In 2011, Hill starred in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball alongside Brad Pitt, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
20. In late January 2012, Hill received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Moneyball.
21. In 2013, Hill appeared in This Is the End as himself and the biographical film The Wolf of Wall Street.
22. In an interview with Howard Stern on January 21, 2014, Hill said he earned US$60,000 for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street because Hill took SAG’s “minimum wage”. Hill told Stern he did not mind getting minimum pay because he “would have done anything in the world” for a role in a Scorsese film.
23. He voiced the Green Lantern in the adventure comedy The Lego Movie in February 2014, which blends computer animation and live action.
24. Hill made his directorial debut from a screenplay he wrote with the film Mid90s, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018, and was positively received.
25. Also in 2018, Hill starred as Owen Milgrim in the Netflix dark comedy miniseries Maniac.
26. In the October 2018 issue of Vanity Fair, he was named in the magazine’s best dressed list.
27. In 2019, Hill played Lewis, a heavily Southern-accented book agent, in the comedy The Beach Bum.