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Sunday, August 7, 2011

justin theroux actor, screenwriter and director

Justin Theroux born August 10, 1971 is an American actor, screenwriter and director.
Contents
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Personal Life
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Early life
Theroux was born in Washington, DC. His mother, Phyllis Theroux (born Grissim), is a journalist and author, and his father, Eugene Theroux, is a corporate lawyer. Justin Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, and novelist/educator Joseph Theroux; and the cousin of writers and TV presenters Louis Theroux and Marcel Theroux. He attended The Field School in Washington D.C.
Theroux began acting while attending Buxton School, a boarding school in Williamstown, MA. He graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.
Career
Theroux made his film debut in 1996, in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then, he has performed both on Broadway, starring in the acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, numerous off-Broadway productions, and in comedies, such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club and Zoolander. He has also performed in more serious fare such as American Psycho. He recently appeared in the film versions of the cult TV show Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. Theroux starred in David Lynch's films Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive.
The stars and director of the film Mulholland Drive at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Left to right: Actor Naomi Watts, Director David Lynch, and actors Laura Harring and Justin Theroux.
In 2003, he was featured in a music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria". Theroux also has an extensive television resume, having starred in The District and appeared on episodes of shows such as Alias, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City (in which he guest starred in two episodes as different characters, playing Jared in Season One Episode 07 "The Monogamists" and as Vaughn Wysel in Season Two Episode 15 "Shortcomings"), and Six Feet Under (in which he played a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons).
In 2006, he directed his first film, Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A fan of the band Deerhoof, Theroux chose them to score Dedication.[1] Theroux also had roles in two other films at the festival, Broken English and The Ten, in which he played Jesus Christ alongside Gretchen Mol. Theroux co-wrote the Ben Stiller-directed Oscar-nominated film Tropic Thunder, and also appeared in the behind-the-scenes mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness.
In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO mini-series John Adams.
In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also plays Justin in Parks and Recreation
Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey, Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau.
Theroux returned to acting in the film Your Highness as Leezar, an evil wizard who kidnaps a princess.
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