Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux

Theroux at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Justin Paul Theroux
(1971-08-10) August 10, 1971
Washington D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Aniston (m. 2015)

Justin Paul Theroux (born August 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch, appearing in Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). He is also known as a screenwriter for films such as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2, Rock of Ages, and Zoolander 2. Since 2014, he has starred in the HBO series The Leftovers and more recently starred in the 2016 film The Girl on the Train.

Early life

Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis Grissim-Theroux, is a journalist and author who worked for The Washington Post, and his father, Eugene Theroux, is a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Washington.[2][3] Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux,[4][5] novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, author Peter Theroux, and novelist and educator Joseph Theroux; he is the cousin of British journalists and documentary filmmakers Louis and Marcel Theroux. His father is of half French Canadian and half Italian descent. Through his mother, Theroux is a great-great-grandson of financier, banker and railroad magnate H. B. Hollins,[6][7] and of music critic and author Gustav Kobbé.[8][9][10]

Theroux attended Lafayette Elementary School, Annunciation School, and the Field School.[11] He first started acting while in high school at the Buxton School, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bennington College in 1993 with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.[12]


Theroux made his film debut in 1996 in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then, he has performed both on Broadway, starring in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; in numerous off-Broadway productions; and in comedy films such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club, and Zoolander.

The stars and director of the film Mulholland Drive at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Left to right: actor Naomi Watts, director David Lynch, and actors Laura Harring and Justin Theroux

He has also performed in more serious films such as American Psycho. He appeared in the film versions of the cult television shows Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. He starred in David Lynch's films Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.

In 2003, he was featured in a music video for the British band Muse for their song "Hysteria". Theroux also has appeared on television, having starred in The District and appeared on episodes of shows such as Alias, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City (in which he guest starred in two episodes as different characters), and Six Feet Under (in which he played a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons).

In 2006, he directed his first film, Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. A fan of the band Deerhoof, Theroux chose them to score Dedication.[13] Theroux also had roles in two other films at the festival, Broken English and The Ten, in which he played Jesus Christ alongside Gretchen Mol. Theroux co-wrote the Ben Stiller-directed Oscar-nominated film Tropic Thunder, and also appeared in the behind-the-scenes mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness.

In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO miniseries John Adams. In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also played Justin in Parks and Recreation. Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau.

Theroux returned to acting in the film Your Highness (2011), as Leezar, an evil wizard who kidnaps a princess. He starred in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, playing the leader of a hippie commune. By August 2012, Theroux was hired to direct and rewrite the script for the comedy film Swear to God. [14]

In June 2013, Theroux was cast as the lead character in HBO's TV pilot The Leftovers.[15] which HBO ordered as a 10-episode season In September 2013.[16] The series, which premiered June 29, 2014, is based on a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, which follows a group of people left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton after mysterious disappearances worldwide.[17]

Theroux co-wrote the sequel Zoolander 2 (2016), and reprised his role, Evil DJ, in the film.[18]

Personal life

Theroux was in a relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years until 2011.[19] Theroux began dating actress Jennifer Aniston in 2011, after working together on the film Wanderlust.[20] They became engaged in August 2012,[20] and wed on August 5, 2015.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Mark
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Clarence the Cowboy
Below Utopia Daniel Beckett
Body Count Daniel
Dream House Mark Brooks
1998 Frogs for Snakes Flav Santana
Dead Broke James
2000 American Psycho Timothy Bryce
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Marshall
2001 Mulholland Drive Adam Kesher
The Sleepy Time Gal Rebecca's Boyfriend
Zoolander Evil DJ
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Seamus O'Grady
Duplex Coop
Happy End Jack
2005 Strangers with Candy Carlo Honklin
The Baxter Bradley Lake
2006 Miami Vice Detective Larry Zito
Inland Empire Devon Berk/Billy Side
The Legend of Lucy Keyes Guy Cooley
Return to Rajapur Jeremy Reardon
2007 Broken English Nick Gable
The Ten Jesus H. Christ
Dedication Lawyer on phone Also director and executive producer
2008 Tropic Thunder DJ at Party scene Also writer and executive producer
2010 Iron Man 2 Writer
Megamind Megamind's Father (voice) Also executive producer and creative consultant
2011 Your Highness Leezar
2012 Rock of Ages Writer
Wanderlust Seth
2016 Zoolander 2 Evil DJ Also writer
The Girl on the Train Tom Watson
The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short[22] Narrator (voice) Short film
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Lord Garmadon (voice)
Mute Filming[23]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Central Park West Gary Andrews Episode: "Stephanie and the Wolves"
1998 Spin City Pete Episode: "Local Hero"
1998 New York Undercover Frankie Stone 3 episodes
1998 Ally McBeal Raymond Brown Episode: "Just Looking"
1998–1999 Sex and the City Jared / Vaughn Wysel 2 episodes
1999 Sirens Officer David Bontempo Television film
2000–2001 The District Nick Pierce 27 episodes
2003 Alias Simon Walker 2 episodes
2003–2004 Six Feet Under Joe 8 episodes
2005 Confessions of a Dog Pilot
2008 John Adams John Hancock 2 episodes
2010 Parks and Recreation Justin Anderson 4 episodes
2011 Documental Jan Jurgen Pilot; also director and writer
2014–present The Leftovers Kevin Garvey 20 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Additional voice talent

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2015 Lab School of Washington Award Outstanding Achiever Career[24] Won
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor The Leftovers Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year - Actor Nominated


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  9. Staff (October 23, 1909). "Hewlett – Schoonmacher Wedding" (abstract (click "preview" for full article in PDF format)). The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  10. Staff (November 19, 1909). "Marriage Announcement 1 – No Title" (abstract (click "preview" for full article in PDF format)). The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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