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JAY BARUCHEL continues to cement his leading man status in 2013 with many exciting projects on the horizon. Baruchel recently wrapped production on the remake of RoboCop opposite Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson, which will hit theaters in 2014. He has completed a heist film, The Art of the Steal, opposite Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon. Baruchel is also at work on the Dreamworks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which has been scheduled to release in 2014.
Last year, Baruchel was seen in the hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, produced, and starred in opposite Sean William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. The film premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, and Baruchel was recently nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards in the categories of Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. He was also recently seen in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis opposite Robert Pattinson, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films made the Toronto Film Festival's top film list of 2012.
Also in development for Baruchel are a number of writing projects. He is currently adapting the book Baseballismo, by Dave Bidini, into a screenplay, and is also adapting the graphic novel Random Acts of Violencefor Kickstart Entertainment. In addition, he will also begin work on a sequel to Goon.
Previously, Baruchel was seen in the Bruckheimer Films/Disney feature The Sorcerer's Apprentice, directed by Jon Turtletaub, in which he starred as the Apprentice opposite Nicolas Cage. He also was seen in Paramount's romantic comedy She's Out of My League, as well as the Dreamworks Oscar-nominated animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, as the lead voice of Hiccup. Baruchel won a 2011 Annie Award for his voice work on this film. He also was seen starring in Good Neighbors, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
Roles in the Academy Award winning movie Million Dollar Baby opposite Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman and the blockbuster hit Tropic Thunder opposite Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., garnered Baruchel much praise for his versatility. He has also been lauded for his starring role in Jacob Tierney's comedy The Trotsky, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Baruchel received a Genie Award Lead Actor nomination for his performance in this film.
Baruchel has a long list of additional feature credits including Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Knocked Up, Just Buried, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Real Time, and in the memorable role of Vic Munoz, the obsessed Led Zeppelin fan in Almost Famous.
Baruchel began acting at age 12 when he landed a job on the Nickelodeon hit television series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," transforming what was to be a one-time guest appearance into a recurring role. The role was a springboard for his career, leading to his first Canadian series, "My Hometown." He then made his debut to American audiences as the star of the critically acclaimed Judd Apatow television series "Undeclared" on Fox.
Baruchel currently resides in Montreal.
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