Jonathan “Jon” Favreau was born on October 19, 1966, is an American actor, screenwriter and motion picture director. He is well-known for appearing in films including Rudy, I Love You, Man and Swingers, as well as directing such films as Elf, Iron Man, & its sequel Iron Man 2. He is also famous for playing the role of Monica Geller’s boyfriend during season 3 of the TV show, Friends. While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first cinema role alongside Sean Astin as the pudgy tutor D-Bob in the classic sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn—who played a small role in this movie during shooting. The incoming year, he appeared in the college motion picture PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of tv in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled “The Fire” as Eric the Clown. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the movie Swingers, which was Vaughn’s breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a perfect foil to Favreau’s heartbroken Mike Peters. In 1997 he appeared on the popular TV sitcom Friends portraying Pete Becker, whom Monica dates for several episodes, and who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Iron Man was the 1st Marvel-produced movie under their alliance with Paramount, & Favreau served as the director & an executive producer. He recently told MTV that he would like to be at the helm of an Avengers motion picture. During early scenes in Iron Man Favreau appears as Tony Stark’s loyal friend, & driver, Happy Hogan. He also wrote a mini-series for Marvel Knights titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas, that started in September 2008, & directed the sequel Iron Man 2.
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Favreau co-starred in 2009’s Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling 4 couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort, which he also wrote. The motion picture saw him reunited with co-star Vince Vaughn, & Kristin Davis played his wife. On June 22, 2009, it was announced that Favreau will provide the voice of a bear in Kevin James’ The Zookeeper. He also plays the voice-role of Mandalorian Pre Vizsla in the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in different episodes.
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