Jonathan Kolia Favreau (born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, director and producer.
Like half the famous comedians in America, he is a Second City alum. Often works with Vince Vaughn. He kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he directed Iron Man, and plays the role of Harold "Happy" Hogan in it additionally. His collaboration with Disney also extends to the direction of some of their animal-centric remakes ("live-action" or "photorealistic", you decide) and Star Wars, as the creator and showrunner of the franchise's first live-action TV show, The Mandalorian. He is also a "friend of the show" for Binging with Babish, in which he has appeared multiple times.
Directing / producing filmography:
- Made (2001)
- Elf (2003)
- Zathura (2005)
- Iron Man (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
- Revolution (2013)
- Chef (2014)
- The Jungle Book (2016)
- The Lion King (2019)
- Prehistoric Planet (2022, producer)
- Rudy (1993) — D-Bob
- PCU (1994) — Gutter
- Swingers (1996; also co-produced) — Mike Peters
- Friends (1997; 6 episodes) — Pete Becker
- Very Bad Things (1998) — Kyle Fisher
- Deep Impact (1998) — Dr. Gus Partenza
- Love & Sex (2000) — Adam Levy
- The Replacements (2000) (2000) — Daniel "Danny" Bateman
- Daredevil (2003) — Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
- Elf (2003) — Mr. Narwhal (voice), Doctor Ben
- My Name Is Earl (2006) — Mr. Patrick
- The Break-Up (2006) — Johnny O
- Open Season (2006) — Reilly (voice)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe — Harold "Happy" Hogan
- G-Force (2009) — Hurley the Guinea Pig (voice)
- Couples Retreat (2009) — Joey
- Chef (2014) — Carl Casper
- Star Wars
- Entourage (2015) — As Himself
- The Jungle Book (2016) — Pygmy Jog (voice)
Tropes associated with Jon Favreau include:
- Author Appeal: Favreau is a clear fan of old-style gangster movies like Goodfellas. His recent Disney productions either have heavy criminal underworld/gangster themes and characters like The Mandalorian; while his Disney remakes have their villains' characterizations altered to be more like mob bosses (such as King Louie being rewritten into an Italian mob boss, and Scar meeting Shenzi to offer an alliance is played up as a meeting between crime lords).
- Creator's Oddball: Prehistoric Planet, a Speculative Documentary about dinosaurs, is quite a departure from the family-friendly comedies and franchise series that Favreau worked on.
- Playing Against Type: In The Clone Wars, Favreau plays a Mandalorian terrorist, a far cry from his typically comedic roles.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Most films he has directed are far on the idealistic side, especially Elfnote , Zathura and Iron Man. Even The Jungle Book, which is considerably more cynical than the film it's remaking, is ultimately upbeat and with a positive message.
- Typecasting: Favreau ends up playing playing plucky comic-relief sidekicks with most notably as Happy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.