Did you know that before his acting career, Justin Long wanted to be a priest? You may find that very hard to believe but relax your mind and keep scrolling while we take you through the life of the talented actor.
Long is not just an actor, he is also a comedian and is known for his role in the popular comedy movie Alvin and the Chipmunks where he voiced the character of Alvin. Here’s more about him.
Justin Long’s Bio, Age
Justin was born on June 2, 1978, in Fairfield, Connecticut, to his parents; R. James Long, his father, and Wendy Lesniak his mother. He didn’t go into acting with the hope of making money. His career journey, as well as his miraculous breakthrough, is indeed worth talking about. Justin started out first as an acting instructor at Sacred Heart University where he also played the role of a counsellor for young acting hopefuls. From being a counsellor to the children, he developed an interest in the field.
Justin Jacob Long played his very first role in 1999 when he featured in the film Galaxy Quest. In 2000, he featured in Ed, a comedy series which shot him into the limelight. ‘Ed’ was only a stepping stone for Long who in 2003 further made distinguishable appearances in Jeepers Creepers, Happy Campers, Crossroads and a sequel of Jeepers Creepers 2. This advancement took place in a short space of time – between 2001 and 2003.
Meanwhile, Justin was only getting started. The year 2004 was a promising one for the actor who was cast in four mind-blowing movies; DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story was one of his hit movies that year. There is no forgetting Raising Genius as well as his voice role in the movie Hair High.
These were mere preambles compared to 2006 and 2007 when Justin attained the peak of his breakthrough. The talented actor featured in several movies within this period. These included The Break-Up, Accepted as well as the popular Alvin and the Chipmunks. ‘Alvin’ became a household name at the time following the movie’s box office breakthrough. He kept climbing the ladder of success, as he got tons of movie roles from different producers. His remarkable voice role in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ got him several others in the following years. One of such was Planet 51 and a sequel – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, both released in 2009.
The series department also got a feel for the amazing comic actor. Justin featured in the TV series Unsupervised, an animated sitcom which aired in 2012. He voiced the character of Gary whose father abandoned to a reckless step-mother. That same year, he made appearances in movies For a Good Time, Call and Best Man Down. He has continued to star in many movies till date, making him very relevant in the industry.
This journey of his has helped shape him into a great actor who has mastered his craft. Justin also has a lot of upcoming projects which we hope to see soon.
His Net Worth and Earnings
Reading through his success story, there is no doubt there’ll be high expectations as regards his net worth. Your expectations may just turn out to be right as the actor’s net worth is estimated at $15,000,000. The comedian and humorist gets a lot of earnings from his movie roles, as well as his other investments and endorsements. He made massive earnings for a series of ‘Apple’ ads – where he featured in the ‘Get a Mac’ advertising campaign.
Justin Long is the second of three children born to his parents who were staunch Catholics and ensured that their children including Justin had strong Catholic upbringing. Long had enlightened parents too; his father was a professor of Philosophy and Latin and his mother was an actress. Therefore, was no room for slacking for the Longs who made sure their children got all the right education – Justin was enrolled at Fairfield College Preparatory School, an all-male Catholic missionary school. He then attended Vassar College afterwards.
Other Things You Need To Know
There’s a whole lot to know about Justin Long whose endearing image is greatly attributed to his nature, his humble beginnings and his breakthrough story.
- It may interest you to know that Long was the man who gave singer Britney Spears her first on-screen kiss in the movie Crossroads, which aired in 2002.
- The actor who features on Broadway made his debut on the platform in 2012 when he replaced Hamish Linklater.
- He wanted to be a priest. As we earlier mentioned, Justin Long would have been a clergyman but for the realities of life. Justin who used to refer to himself as a holy athlete had looked forward to taking after his role model, his godfather who was a priest. But his interest soon grew in acting when he counselled at Sacred Heart University.