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Jesse Adam Eisenberg

(1983-10-05) October 5, 1983 (age 39)
Alma mater The New School
  • Actor
  • author
  • humorist
  • playwright
Years active 1999–present
Anna Strout
(m. 2017)
Children 1
Relatives Hallie Eisenberg (sister)

Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor, author, and playwright. Born in New York City and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, 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 thriller film 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, Eisenberg had his breakthrough with starring roles in the comedy-drama film Adventureland and the horror comedy Zombieland. His portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher's The Social Network (2010) earned him nominations for various awards, including the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Best Actor. He also starred in Holy Rollers (2010), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Eisenberg later voiced the main character, Blu, a male Spix's macaw, in the animated films Rio (2011) and Rio 2 (2014). He additionally played a magician in the heist film Now You See Me (2013) and its sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016), and portrayed super villain Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (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 stage.

Charity work and other interests

Jesse Eisenberg 2009
Jesse Eisenberg 2009

Eisenberg is fond of cats and has been involved in fostering animals. He is a vegetarian, and was vegan for a short period of time. He has been associated with Farm Sanctuary and has presented at several of their galas.

In September, 2015, Eisenberg announced that he would match donations made to Middle Way House, a domestic violence shelter in Bloomington, Indiana, up to $100,000 until April 3, 2016. In an interview with Variety in March 2018, Eisenberg stated that he has raised almost $1 million for the shelter.

Eisenberg is also a cast member with Theater of War, a performing arts non-profit that presents readings of Sophocles's Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe.

Eisenberg also works in performing for Voices of a People's History of the United States, which is an organization that works to "encourage civic engagement and to further history education by bringing the rich history of the United States to life through public readings of primary source materials."

Eisenberg is involved with Keep America Beautiful, which "[engages] individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments."


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Eric Dobbs
2002 The Emperor's Club Louis Masoudi
2002 Roger Dodger Nick
2004 The Village Jamison
2005 The Squid and the Whale Walt Berkman
2005 Cursed Jimmy
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks Charlie
2007 The Hunting Party Benjamin Strauss
2007 One Day Like Rain Mark
2007 The Living Wake Mills Joaquin
2009 Adventureland James Brennan
2009 Zombieland Columbus
2010 The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Actor – Drama
2010 Holy Rollers Sam Gold
2010 Solitary Man Daniel Cheston
2011 Rio Blu Voice
2011 30 Minutes or Less Nick Davis
2012 Why Stop Now Eli
2012 Free Samples Tex
2012 To Rome with Love Jack
2013 Now You See Me Atlas
2013 Night Moves Josh Stamos
2013 The Double Simon / James Abu Dhabi Film Festival for Best Actor
2014 Rio 2 Blu Voice
2015 The End of the Tour David Lipsky
2015 American Ultra Mike Howell
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lex Luthor
2016 Now You See Me: The Second Act J. Daniel Atlas
2017 Justice League Lex Luthor Post-production

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