More Jay Baruchel Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Rules of Attraction)Jay Baruchel, a Canadian-born actor, and relatively new to American audiences, Baruchel is already an acclaimed veteran of the entertainment industry, despite his youth. Born in Ottawa, he spent his childhood in his parents' native Montreal where his passion with acting and filmmaking began. In pursuit of an acting career, Baruchel attended Montreal's performing arts school FACE, where he left his mark as founder of the school's first film festival.
Baruchel landed his first job at the age of 12 on the Nickelodeon hit television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?, transforming what was to be a one-time guest appearance into a recurring role. The role was a springboard for his career, leading to his first Canadian series, My Hometown, in which he starred in 39 episodes.
On the big screen, Baruchel made his debut with a small but memorable role in the Academy Award-winning coming-of-age film Almost Famous. While fleshing out the role of a rock groupie who gets Robert Plant to sign his T-shirt, Baruchel so impressed Cameron Crowe that the director allowed him to improvise at will. Baruchel's passion for film goes well beyond acting--a true movie buff, he has compiled a personal library of over 500 films.
A natural comic talent, Baruchel has performed stand-up and sketch comedy throughout Montreal, honing his ability as a writer. Currently, he can be seen on the small screen starring as a college freshman in Fox's hit Undeclared.
Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "The Rules of Attraction" (08-Aug-2002)