JON HEDER (Chicken Joe) became an overnight sensation and gained an
instant cult following with his feature film debut in the title role of the offbeat
comedy Napoleon Dynamite. Heder's endearing portrayal of the somewhat nerdy
high schooler who helps his friend Pedro get elected student body president was
a huge financial success and brought him two MTV Movie Awards, one in the
category of Breakthrough Male and a second for Best Musical Performance for
his crowd-pleasing election night dance. Heder met Napoleon Dynamite director
Jared Hess while both were studying film at Brigham Young University, The
director first cast him in his short film, Peluca.
In Surf's Up, Heder returns to animation after previously voicing a role in
Columbia Pictures' Monster House. Onscreen, he most recently starred opposite
Will Ferrell in the hit comedy Blades of Glory, which has taken in over $100
million at the box office. In November, he will star in Mama's Boy opposite Diane
Keaton and Jeff Daniels.
Heder also starred in the feature films The Benchwarmers and School for
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 realization of a long-held goal for the
brothers, who all studied film at BYU, the company is developing feature film
properties, both live-action and animation (Heder and his twin brother both
studied computer animation in college).
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