Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg
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Jesse Eisenberg is fond of cats and has been involved in fostering the animals.

Jesse Eisenberg is fond of cats and has been involved in fostering the animals.

Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor. He made his screen debut with the comedy-drama television series Get Real from 1999 to 2000.

Jesse Eisenberg was born in Queens, New York City, the son of Amy, who worked as a clown at children’s parties, and Barry Eisenberg, who ran a hospital and later became a college professor. He has two siblings, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, a former child actress, and Kerri. He was raised in a secular Jewish family that originated in Poland and Ukraine. Eisenberg grew up in Queens and East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.

Jesse Eisenberg struggled to fit in at school and began acting in plays at the age of ten, stating “when playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you’re given a prescribed way of behaving.” Eisenberg studied at The New School in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Eisenberg’s first professional role was in Arje Shaw’s off-Broadway play, The Gathering. Eisenberg made his Broadway debut as an understudy in a 1996 revival of Summer and Smoke. He made his screen debut on the 1999 television series Get Real, which was canceled in 2000. After appearing in the made-for-television film Lightning: Fire from the Sky, he starred in the independent film Roger Dodger (for which he won an award at the San Diego film festival), and in The Emperor’s Club, both of which were released in 2002 to generally positive reviews.

Eisenberg is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s, where he writes the column Bream Gives Me Hiccups and his humor essays have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s and The New Yorker.

Filmography

2016 Untitled Woody Allen Project
2016 Now You See Me: The Second Act
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2015 American Ultra
2015 The End of the Tour
2014 The Double
2014 RIO 2  (voice)
2013 Night Moves
2013 Now You See Me
2013 He’s Way More Famous Than You
2012 To Rome with Love
2012 Free Samples
2012 Why Stop Now
2011 30 Minutes or Less
2011 RIO
2010 The Social Network
2010 Camp Hope
2010 Holy Rollers
2009 Beyond All Boundaries (short /voice)
2009 Solitary Man
2009 Zombieland
2009 Adventureland
2009 Some Boys Don’t Leave (short)
2007 The Hunting Party
2007 One Day Like Rain
2007 The Living Wake
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks
2005 The Squid and the Whale
2005 Cursed
2004 The Village
2002 The Emperor’s Club
2002 Roger Dodger
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky