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Justin Long biography

Date of birth : 1978-06-02
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-05-19
Credited as : Hollywood tv actor, Alvin and the Chimpmunks, Jeepers Creepers

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Justin Jacob Long born in Fairfield, CT on June 2, 1978,is an American film and television actor. He was the second of three sons born to R. James Long, a philosophy professor at Fairfield University, and Broadway actress Wendy Lesniak. His mark on Fairfield College Preparatory School was perhaps best summed up by his yearbook superlative – “Most Likely Not to Be Seen in Class” – but he continued his education at Vassar College, where he appeared in several plays, as well as the sketch comedy group Laughingstock. Long cut his college education short to pursue his acting career, which began in earnest in 1999 with the Disney live-action film “Galaxy Quest.”

An ingratiating comic performer with a knack for finding the humanity in stereotypical “geek” roles, actor Justin Long rose from TV and indie features to supporting and starring roles in major features like “Accepted” (2006), “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007) and “He’s Just Not That into You” (2009). Long’s droll timing and refusal to mug was crucial in elevating him from his early roles as social misfits on “Ed” (NBC, 2000-2004) to nervous but capable young men in the mold of Jack Lemmon for the aforementioned projects, as well as “Herbie: Fully Loaded” (2005) and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008). His low-key presence in a series of popular television ads for Apple computer increased his visibility in 2006 and beyond, which in turn helped to make him one of the most likable and dependable comic actors in film.

The comedy, which cast Long as a nervous computer aficionado who aids the cast of his favorite sci-fi television series in landing a real spaceship, did much to establish his early screen persona. Despite his admission that his computer knowledge was, at best, limited, he tackled socially awkward, technologically inclined young men in comedies like “Happy Campers” (2001) and “Raising Genius” (2004). However, his best showcase during this period was as affable nerd Warren Cheswick on the television series “Ed.” Though Warren endured the typical slings and arrows of high school life, the series’ upbeat tone allowed him more than a few victories along the way, and even a few brushes with romance.

Long also broke successfully out of the misfit mold in several features. The hit horror film “Jeepers Creepers” (2001) cast him as a wise-cracking traveler who is pursued by a humanoid monster during a cross-country trip, while the Britney Spears vehicle “Crossroads” (2002) afforded him a moment in the teen idol spotlight as the singer-turned-actress’s prom date and first screen kiss. The success of both projects increased Long’s profile in the feature world, and led to more prominent roles in comedies and the occasional indie drama.

Though Long’s post-“Ed” characters continued to toe the oddball line, his comic timing gradually elevated him from sidekick status to second lead and even starring roles in films with such box office champs as Ben Stiller and Lindsay Lohan. He was a member of Vince Vaughn’s hapless “Average Joe” team in Stiller’s broad comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004), then took top billing as a slacker biding his time as a server at a greasy spoon in “Waiting…” (2005) with Ryan Reynolds and Dane Cook. The Disney comedy “Herbie: Fully Loaded” (2005) gave him another shot at screen romance, this time opposite Lohan, while the lowbrow “Sasquatch Gang” (2006) allowed him to stretch his comedy skills as a dim-witted opportunist seeking to cash in on an alleged Bigfoot sighting. He reunited with Vaughn for “The Break-Up” in 2006 before landing his second starring role in “Accepted” (2006). The comedy cast him as a scheming high schooler who creates his own college to distract his parents from his failing grades. Though each subsequent film helped make Long more visible in the entertainment industry, it was a series of television commercials that truly cemented his place on the post-millennial pop culture map.

In 2006, Long was partnered with humorist John Hodgman in a series of extremely well-received television ads for Apple computers. The “Get a Mac” campaign followed a basic and very simplistic formula – the casual-looking Long and a suit-and-tie-wearing Hodgman would introduce themselves as a Mac and a PC, respectively, after which Hodgman would attempt – and fail – to convince viewers that his allegedly limited capacity could not only equal but best Long. The seemingly improvised spots gave millions of viewers their introduction to Long’s comic abilities; however, unlike many television pitchmen, the commercials did not appear to hamper his feature career in the least. If anything, they boosted his profile considerably in 2007, which saw him co-starring with Bruce Willis and finding a place in Judd Apatow’s cabal of comedy players.

The blockbuster “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007) cast him again as a computer jockey, though this time with the skills to aid Willis’ indestructible cop John McClain in stopping a terrorist plot to shut down the United States’ communication systems. Long also lent his voice to lead chipmunk Alvin in the live-action film version of the long-running cartoon series “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (2007) before giving an amusing impersonation of “Sgt. Pepper”-era George Harrison in the Apatow-produced biopic parody “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007). The year 2008 saw Long firmly in comedy mode, with appearances in features ranging from the critically reviled “Strange Wilderness” to Kevin Smith’s comedy hit “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” where he broke amusingly from type as a gay adult film star who helps inspire Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks to pursue their own fortune in pornography.

The year 2009 was one of Long’s busiest to date, with roles in films by the likes of Sam Raimi (“Drag Me to Hell”), Miguel Arteta (“Youth in Revolt”) and Cheryl Hines (“Serious Moonlight”), as well as “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on deck. The most high-profile of these, however, was “He’s Just Not That Into You,” Ken Kwapis’ ensemble comedy based on the best-selling book by Greg Behrendt. Though Long had a supporting role as a savvy bartender who aids the lovelorn Ginnifer Goodwin – his one-time “Ed” co-star – he gained front page status for his brief 2008 off-screen romance with the film’s star and co-producer, Drew Barrymore.

Filmography

1999 Galaxy Quest
2001 Happy Campers
Jeepers Creepers
2002 Crossroads
2003 Jeepers Creepers 2
2004 Raising Genius
Hair High
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
2005 Robin's Big Date
Waiting...
Herbie: Fully Loaded
2006 The Sasquatch Gang
Dreamland
The Break-Up
Accepted
Idiocracy
2007 Live Free or Die Hard
Battle for Terra
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
2008 Strange Wilderness
Just Add Water
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Pineapple Express
2009 He's Just Not That into You
Still Waiting...
Taking Chances
Serious Moonlight
Drag Me to Hell
Funny People
Planet 51
Old Dogs
After.Life
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2010 Youth in Revolt
Going the Distance
MegaMind
Alpha and Omega
The Conspirator

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