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JON HEDER (Jimmy MacElroy) is perhaps most widely recognized for his critically acclaimed performance as the title character in the independent hit for Fox Searchlight, "Napoleon Dynamite.” The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

What resulted was a major bidding war that saw Fox Searchlight and MTV Films partner up to distribute a film that has grossed over $40 million domestically since its release, as well as becoming a top-selling DVD. Heder's portrayal as an alienated teen helping his new friend win the class presidency in their small town high school (while also dealing with his bizarre family at home) has practically certified Heder with cult icon status.

"Napoleon Dynamite” was also named Best Feature Film at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and has garnered several additional awards for Heder. In the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, Heder went home having won Best Musical Performance for the "Election Dance,” as well as the award for Breakthrough Male; the movie also won for Best Movie. Heder was also nominated for a Teen Choice award for Choice Movie Actor in a Comedy, while the film was nominated for Choice Movie.

Next up for Heder is the recently-wrapped feature "Mama's Boy,” in which he stars opposite Diane Keaton, as well as the animated feature for Columbia Pictures due out this summer, "Surf's Up.”

Most recently, Heder was seen in "School for Scoundrels,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton for director Todd Phillips. He also starred in the broad comedy "The Benchwarmers,” with Rob Schneider and David Spade, which follows three athletically-challenged men who form a baseball team of misfits when they are challenged by the local elementary school bullies.

Late last year, it was announced that Heder, along with his twin brother Dan and older brother Doug, have formed production company Greasy Entertainment, with a first-look deal at Universal Pictures. The company has begun developing projects that include star vehicles for Heder, as well as animation properties. The company is the actualization of a long-held goal for the brothers, each of whom studied film at Brigham Young University (Heder holds a degree in computer animation). He has acted in several student productions and was the lead in the award-winning short film "Peluca,” which was written and directed by "Napoleon Dynamite” helmer, Jared Hess.

Heder's previous film credits include "Just Like Heaven” with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, and the animated feature "Monster House.”

Raised in Salem, Oregon, in a family of six children, Heder recently relocated to Los Angeles with his wife.


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