Biography: Justin Theroux


Justin Theroux is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who gained industry notice with his unforgettable performance as director Adam Kesher, opposite Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, in David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr.

Theroux is also a talented film writer.  He co-wrote the upcoming Adam Shankman-directed Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Warner Bros. will release in June 2012.  In 2010, he penned Iron Man 2, for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios.  The film was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson.  Prior to Iron Man 2, Theroux teamed with Ben Stiller to pen and executive produce DreamWorks’ Tropic Thunder, starring Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Nick Nolte and Matthew McConaughey.

Theroux’s acting credits include David Lynch’s Inland EmpireZoe Cassavetes’ Broken English; Michael Mann’s Miami Vice; Ben Stiller’s smash-hit comedy Zoolander;David Gordon Green’s Your Highness; Mary Harron’s American Psycho and I Shot Andy Warhol; David Wain’s The TenThe Baxter; Strangers With Candy; Charlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleDuplex;Greg Berlanti’s The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy; and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

Theroux made his directorial debut with Dedication, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was released by The Weinstein Company.  Theroux developed the script with writer David Bromberg.  The romantic comedy stars Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson and Bob Balaban.

Theroux was seen on the small screen as John Hancock in HBO’s award-winning miniseries John Adams, alongside Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson.  He had a guest-starring arc, opposite Amy Poehler, on Parks and Recreation and was a recurring character on HBO’s acclaimed series Six Feet Under.  He has also had guest spots on Alias, Sex and the City, Spin City and Ally McBeal.

Theroux began his acting career in New York theater, starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Shopping and F*****g, followed by Three Sisters, with Calista Flockhart, Billy Crudup, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Lili Taylor.  He last starred in Frank McGuinness’ Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, an examination of the individual and collective desire to honor one’s beliefs and country.  For his performance, Theroux was honored with a Lucille Lortel Award as well as a Boston Theater Critics Association Award for Best Male Actor.

Filmography courtesy of Universal Pictures and Relativity Media. Wanderlust opens March 24th, 2012.

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