Canadian Frat Pack member and musician ( Drums for the group Martin ), “Jay” Baruchel ( Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel ) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 9, 1982 and has been studying acting since he was 12 years old. His parents are antiques dealer Serge and writer Robyne, and he has one younger sister, Taylor ( born in 1987 ). Jay’s a multi-talented actor who’s been in the business for years after getting his foot in the door on such children’s series as Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (1995, 1999, 2000) and My Hometown (1996) before moving on to co-host Popular Mechanics for Kids (1997-1998) with Elisha Cuthbert, and is now finally beginning to see much deserved box office success.
I, personally, first became a fan after seeing him in The Tale of the Zombie Dice on Snick’s Are You Afraid Of The Dark? in 1999 then re-kindled in Almost Famous where he stole scenes from the likes of Patrick Fuget and Jason Lee, two of the most brilliant actors of the century, and I’ve been a fan ever since. But, most likely, you’re here because you either fell in love with him as freshman Steven Karp in Jud Apatow’s Undeclared, a brilliant 1-season wonder, or you’ve recently seen him in the likes of Knocked Up or I’m Reed Fish and now you’re addicted to the casual wit and laid-back intensity that give his roles such realism.
Jay currently lives in Montreal, Canada, and is a fan of the local pro hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens, which may explain the red maple leaf tattoo over his heart ( or the fact that he’s Canadian, in which case it’s even more touching a tribute ). He speaks French fluently.