Jake Johnson is an American comedian and actor known for his role in the Fox Comedy Sitcom, New Girl. Jake was named after his late maternal uncle Mark Johnson who died in 1977 in a motorcycle accident just a year before he was born, Jake Johnson today has his own comedy show and has been nominated for a number of coveted Awards.
Jake Johnson Biography (Age)
Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger was born on May 28, 1978, in Evanston, Illinois in Chicago. Jakes father Ken Weinberger was a car dealer from a Jewish Ashkenazi family while his maternal ancestry is Irish, English, and Polish Catholic. He was raised alongside his older siblings Dan and Rachel by their single mother after their parents divorced when he was just 2 years of age.
He attended New Trier High School after which he studied at the University of Iowa. Johnson earned admission into the Tisch School of the Arts, dramatic writing department in New York thanks to a play he wrote when he was in Iowa which was followed by the John Golden Playwriting Prize in 2002 and then the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting.
Taking a model from HBO’s sketch comedy Mr. Show with Bob and David, Johnson started the sketch comedy troupe The Midwesterners while he was still in New York. He worked as a production assistant and as a waiter to support himself after moving to Los Angeles. Johnson then got a more steady job working with the Bob Odenkirk-produced mini show Derek and Simon.
In 2009, he featured in Paper Heart, a mockumentary and was later cast for a small roll in a Russell Brand comedy, Get Him to the Greek in 2010. He featured in No Strings Attached as Ashton Kutcher’s character friend.
In 2011, he featured in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas where he played the character, Jesus. Then in 2012, he made an appearance at the Sundance Festival as a lead in Safety Not Guaranteed and also featured in the film version of the movie 21 Jump Street that starred Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
Johnson has been starring on New Girl since 2011 as Nick Miller alongside Zooey Deschanel. He featured in a music video titled Rouse Yourself, by indie-soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound with his co-star Aubrey Plaza in Safety Is Not Guaranteed. The talented actor also Starred in Jurassic World where he played park informatician, Lowery in 2015.
He also featured in Dodge Dart commercials with Craig Robinson where he played a fictional version of himself.
In 2007, Johnson in a drunk state gave a description of the story behind Otis Redding’s death to Derek Waters which later inspired the creation of the web series Drunk History. A series built around history narrated by drunk people which later went on to become a TV series in 2013. Johnson featured in the first episode of the web series where he played Aaron Burr and also in episode 8 of the TV series first season as William B. Travis and episode 9 of its third season as Boris Spassky.
Other movies that Jake has featured in include The Lego Movie, Let’s Be Cops, Digging for fire, Redbelt, Joshy, Drinking Buddies, The Mummy, etc. Jake has also featured in a number of TV series like – Alien Gregory, No Activity, Ghost Girls, Lie to me, Comedy Bang Bang, FlashForward, The Unit, Curb your enthusiasm, Beware, and more.
The thespian has received a lot of nominations which include – Teen Choice Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, and for choice TV actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Satellite Award for Best Actor in Series, Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, OFTA Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and more. In 2012 he won the Golden Derby Award for the Comedy Lead Actor.
Family: Wife, Kids
Johnson’s wife is Erin Payne. Unconfirmed reports online say that they got married as far back as 2006, however, in a 2013 interview with Glamour Magazine when Jake was asked how long he’d been married, he simply said “A while.” And when asked how long a while was, he replied; “My business is personal!”
Obviously, he isn’t one to share what goes on in his personal life. However, a couple of lucky times, he has spilled to the media that he has kids. One instance was in his interview with Vulture published in April 2017. According to his IMDB page, Jake has twins said to be born in 2014. Johnson’s wife is a painter. She won the New American Paintings Reader’s Choice in 2012. Her privy husband even took to Twitter to congratulate her for the accolade.
Jake Johnson is quite a tall man, he is reported to be standing at a height of 5 ft 9¼ inches or about 1.78m. For this height, the celebrity maintains his weight at 77kg or 169lbs, while for his regular workouts he has been rewarded with a chest measurement of 40 inches, a 32 inches waist and biceps measuring 14 inches.