Jonah Hill | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Jonah Hill Feldstein
  • Occupation Actor, Comedian, Producer, Voice actor, Screenwriter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Birth Date December 20, 1983


American Actor, Director, and Comedian

Jonah Hill | Biography

Known For Roles in Movies like 'Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Money Ball.'

In 2011, Hill featured in a dramatic role in Moneyball alongside Brad Pitt. He earned a nomination for the reputed Golden Globe Awards and an Oscar for his acclaimed role. While he did not win them, he was awarded the Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Creative Effect. 

Jonah Hill is an American actor famous for his role in 'Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Money Ball.'

Who is Jonah Hill?

Jonah Hill is an American actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and comedian. He got his first film role in I Heart Huckabees while writing and performing plays in college (2004). More high-profile film and television roles followed, culminating in a starring role in the Superbad (2007). He was nominated for Oscars for Moneyball (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He also got a Golden Globe nomination for War Dogs (2016).

Early Life

Jonah Hill Feldstein was born on 20 December 1983 in Los Angeles. He was born to his father, Richard Feldstein, Guns N’ Roses tour accountant, and his mother, Sharon Lyn, a fashion stylist and costume designer. He has an elder brother, Jordan, and a younger sister, actress Beanie Feldstein.

Hill, who was raised in a creative environment, aspired to be a writer and wanted to join the writing squad of The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. Hill went to Brentwood School and later graduated from Crossroads, a Santa Monica college preparatory school. He then relocated to New York to pursue a degree in drama at The New School, where he started writing and taking part in plays.

Early Career

Hill began writing his plays at college in the New York City East Village Black and White Bar. His plays gained a small following, allowing him to realize that acting in films was his true calling. While attending college in New York, he started writing and acting in plays and was introduced to Dustin Hoffman, through whom he received an audition for his first film role in I Heart Huckabees (2004).

Following that came a string of increasingly high-profile film and television appearances, including a cameo in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and supporting roles in Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Eventually, he landed one of the lead roles in the teen hit Superbad 2007. More roles followed and several appearances on US television talk shows like Reno 911! and Saturday Night Live as he continued to write and act.


In 2011, Hill featured in a dramatic role in Moneyball alongside Brad Pitt. He earned a nomination for the reputed Golden Globe Awards and an Oscar for his acclaimed role. While he did not win them, he was awarded the Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Creative Effect. 

In the following years, the star got famous with hit movies, such as 21 Jump Street (2012), Django Unchained (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Besides those clicks, he also voiced in animated movies like The Lego FilmHow to Train Your Dragon 2.

He appeared in The Coen Brothers’ comedy Hail, Caesar! in 2016. The same year, he played a sausage in the adult animation comedy Sausage Party. He starred in the biographical military drama War Dogs, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

In 2018, Hill joined the Netflix dark comedy-drama Maniac, in which he was seen alongside the role of Emma Stone in a pharmaceutical fashion.

Moreover, he also directed his feature film in the Mid-90s, which was about a disturbed youth seeking help with a skate club. The following year, he lent his voice in How Your Dragon: The Hidden World and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. He also appeared in Beach Bum alongside Matthew McConaughey.

Personal Life

In October 2020, Jonah Hill and his ex-fiancée, Gianna Santos, called off their engagement a year later, after they were engaged. 


In January 2019, Jonah posted a picture of himself on Instagram and confessed two months of Brazil’s Jiu-Jitsu practice. In this heartfelt post, he detailed how he was humiliated by the boys on the Jiu-Jitsu team in high school. After that, he didn’t want to be associated with martial art because of bullying, even though he had always considered it a “beautiful art form.”

‘Un-filtered’ Bullying Docu-Series 

As part of its anti-bullying efforts, Facebook’s Instagram sponsored a series directed by Jonah Hill that featured teenagers and young adults discussing their experiences with bullying.

The four-episode Un-filtered premiered on Instagram’s IGTV channel on 18 September 2019 on the mobile app and online. Hill interviewed people aged 13 to 25 in the unscripted series about their experiences as victims.

“It was an incredible experience to direct this project,” Hill said in a statement. “I tried to create an environment for young people to be heard and listened to. I wish there was a platform to hear other’s struggles and experiences when I was growing up. I hope that this will be inspiring for young people to share their stories and feelings and not feel so alone.”

Weight Loss and Self-acceptance

In 2016, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller co-starred in the crime drama War Dogs. Hill had to gain a lot of weight for his part, and he wasn’t pleased about how he looked. He wanted to enlist the aid of his former co-star, Channing Tatum, to get in shape after filming wrapped. Hill had made headlines for both losing and gaining weight during 2016. He also discussed how he struggled with weight his whole life and learned to manage by loving and embracing himself.

The actor shared paparazzi pictures on Instagram showing him shirtless and surfing on the beach in Malibu, California. However, Hill claimed that these types of images no longer bother him. “I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself,” he wrote. He also claimed that the media’s and interviewers’ public ridicule of his body had set him back on his path to self-acceptance.

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