Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor, author and playwright. Born and raised in New York City, Eisenberg began acting in plays at an early age, and made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real (1999–2000). Following his first leading role in the comedy-drama film Roger Dodger (2002), he appeared in the drama film The Emperor’s Club (2002), the psychological thrillerfilm The Village (2004), the comedy-drama film The Squid and the Whale (2005) and the drama film The Education of Charlie Banks (2007). In 2006, Eisenberg was the recipient of the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award for his role in The Living Wake.

In 2009, he starred in the comedy-drama film Adventureland with Kristen Stewart and the horror comedy Zombieland with Emma StoneAbigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson. He then played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network, for which he received nominations for various awards, including the BAFTAGolden Globe, and Academy Award. He also starred in Holy Rollers (2010), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Since, he has gone on to voice the main character, Blu, a male Spix’s macaw, in the animated films Rio (2011) and Rio 2 (2014); starred in the 2011 action-comedy film 30 Minutes or Less; starred in two films by Woody AllenTo Rome with Love (2012) and Café Society. He played a magician in the heist film Now You See Me (2013) and its sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016); re-teamed with Kristen Stewart for the action-comedy film American Ultra (2015); and portrayed supervillain Lex Luthor opposite Ben AffleckHenry Cavill, and Gal Gadot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was released in March 2016.

Eisenberg has contributed pieces to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s websites. He has written and starred in three plays for the New York stageAsuncionThe Revisionist, and The Spoils. Eisenberg’s first book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: and Other Stories, a short story collection, was released in September 2015.

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