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Director, Writer & Actor

Jon Favreau: Biography at a Glance

  • Executive producer behind Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” films
  • Directed “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Chef” and “Zathura: A Space Adventure”
  • Other film credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “People Like Us,” “Couples Retreat,” “I Love You, Man” and “Swingers”
  • Appeared on “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “The Sopranos”
  • Served as the creator, producer, and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series “Dinner for Five”
Director, Writer & Actor

Multi-talented director, writer and actor, Jon Favreau continues to challenge himself with a variety of eclectic projects.

Favreau recently directed the Disney live action feature, The Jungle Book, which was released in 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. Favreau was previously seen in the Open Road Films feature, Chef, which he also directed. Based on an original screenplay by Favreau, the film follows a man who loses his job as a chef and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise.

After the huge success of the Avengers, which he executive produced, Favreau reprised his role as 'Happy Hogan' for Iron Man 3, which he also executive produced. In 2014, Favreau directed the pilot for the NBC comedy, About A Boy, and in 2011, directed and executive produced the pilot for the NBC sci-fi drama, Revolution.

Favreau directed the Dreamworks/Universal feature, Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, and both blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. He also directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit Elf, starring Will Ferrell for New Line Cinema, as well as Zathura, a children’s adventure film starring Tim Robbins, for Sony Entertainment. He made his feature film directorial debut with Artisan Entertainment’s Made, which he also wrote.

Favreau established himself as a writer of considerable talent with the acclaimed comedy Swingers. In addition to his tremendous success on the big screen, Favreau has served as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series Dinner for Five.

As an actor, Favreau’s feature film credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, People Like Us, Couples Retreat, I Love You, Man, Four Christmases, The Break-Up, Something’s Gotta Give, Wimbledon, Daredevil, Rocky Marciano, Love & Sex, The Replacements, Very Bad Things, Deep Impact, P.C.U., and Rudy. Acting for television, his credits include Seinfeld, a recurring role on Friends and a special appearance on HBO’s critically acclaimed The Sopranos, in which he played himself.

Favreau is proud to have helped keep production in Los Angeles, notably on the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Chef, and Jungle Book, and on the pilot episode of About a Boy. Favreau also serves as a board member for the American Cinematheque, a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms and the operation of both the Egyptian and Aero theaters in Los Angeles. Another cause important to Favreau has been Tony Hawk's Stand Up for Skateparks Fundraiser for the past eight years; he was a co-chair in 2013, and in 2014 he served as a member of the Benefit Committee.

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