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Jon Favreau: Biography at a Glance

  • Jon Favreau is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
  • Favreau has been a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directing, executive producing, and starring in the films Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), as well as serving as an executive producer or appearing in The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
  • He created and is an executive producer of the Star Wars television series The Mandalorian for Disney+.
  • Favreau has starred in the films Rudy (1993), Swingers (1996, which he also wrote), Very Bad Things (1998), The Replacements (2000), Daredevil (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Couples Retreat (2009), and Chef (2014), which he also wrote and directed. He portrayed Pete Becker on the television sitcom Friends.
  • He is further known for directing the films Elf (2003), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Jungle Book (2016), and The Lion King (2019).


JON FAVREAU began his career as an actor in the inspiring sports film “Rudy.” He then went on to establish himself as a writer with the acclaimed hipster comedy “Swingers.” Since then, he has continued to challenge himself as a filmmaker with an eclectic variety of projects.

Favreau currently serves as showrunner, head writer and executive producer for Disney’s hit Star Wars television series, “The Mandalorian,” starring Pedro Pascal as ‘The Mandalorian’ streaming on Disney +. Favreau is no stranger to the “Star Wars” galaxy, having played roles in both the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series and in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Set in the Star Wars universe, the “The Mandalorian” takes place five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and follows the journey of a Mandalorian bounty hunter (Pascal) through the universe. Favreau also serves as the creator behind the show’s infamous “baby yoda” character, a social media internet sensation.

Favreau’s recent take on Disney’s 1994 classic “The Lion King” utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. The film grossed a worldwide total of $1.656 billion and a global debut of $446 million, the ninth largest of all-time and the biggest opening for an animated film. It was also nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Favreau executive produced and directed “The Chef Show” now streaming on Netflix alongside executive producers Annie Johnson and award-winning Chef Roy Choi. Favreau and Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film “Chef” to embark on a new adventure to experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world. From sharing a meal with the Avengers cast in Atlanta, to smoking brisket in Texas with world-renowned pitmaster Aaron Franklin, to honoring the legendary food critic Jonathan Gold in Los Angeles - Favreau and Choi embrace their passion for food, but more importantly their love for bringing people together over a delicious meal. The show returned with a second batch of episodes last fall.

Favreau is teaming up with the producers of ‘Planet Earth’, executive producer Mike Gunton, director Nick Lyon, and BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit to produce the documentary series, “Prehistoric Planet” for Apple using ground breaking CGI to take the audience back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth 68M years ago.

As an integral part of the formation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau directed the blockbuster hits “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” which grossed a combined $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. He served as executive producer on “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed a combined $2.9 billion worldwide before serving as executive producer on 2018’s "Avengers: Infinity War," followed by the latest addition to the franchise, “Avengers: Endgame,” to be released April 26, 2019. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau portrays 'Happy Hogan,' a character that appears in the "Iron Man" movies and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as security head and personal chauffeur to Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.). Favreau reprised in his role as ‘Happy Hogan’ in Sony Picture’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which released last Summer.

Favreau directed and produced 2016’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Walt Disney’s "The Jungle Book," which garnered widespread commendation as a marvel of technology-driven cinematic storytelling, honoring the original 1967 animated classic.  Among the epic adventure's many accolades, Favreau's team won an Oscar® and the BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, five VES Awards, and an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production.  The film featured the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken with newcomer Neel Sethi starring as Mowgli, the film's only human character. "The Jungle Book" was a global blockbuster, earning $965.8 million worldwide.

Favreau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 2014 indie hit, “Chef,” which also starred Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr. Among its accolades, “Chef” was honored with the Tribeca Audience Award for best narrative film.

In 2011, Favreau directed and produced “Cowboys and Aliens,” starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Before directing the first two installments of the “Iron Man,” franchise, Favreau directed “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” a children’s film starring Tim Robbins, for Radar Pictures and Sony Entertainment. In 2003, Favreau directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, for New Line Cinema. Favreau made his feature-film directorial debut with “Made,” in 2001, a script he wrote and starred in opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean Combs.

In front of the camera, Favreau was seen in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Identity Thief” and “People Like Us.” His other film credits, as an actor, include “Couples Retreat,” “I Love You Man,” “Four Christmases,” “The Break-Up,” “Wimbledon,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Daredevil,” “Love & Sex,” “The Replacements,” “Very Bad Things” and “Deep Impact.” He also portrayed legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the MGM biopic “Rocky Marciano.” 

Favreau’s television credits include “Seinfeld,” a recurring role on “Friends” and a special appearance on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” playing himself. Favreau added the title of showrunner to his multi-hyphenate list of credits as the creator, producer, and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy®-nominated IFC series “Dinner for Five.” He also directed the pilots for “Young Sheldon” and “The Orville.”

Among his honors, Favreau received the Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th annual VES Awards in 2018. In 2016, he was inducted into Variety's Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame recognizing his role as a creative trailblazer and innovator in the world of content creation.  Favreau went on to create the “Gnomes & Goblins” virtual reality experience with Wevr and Reality One that same year.

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