Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, writer, comedian, producer, and director.
Peele is perhaps best known as one-half of the comedy duo Key & Peele with Keegan-Michael Key, whom he met while starring on the FOX late-night sketch comedy series Mad TV. Their own sketch series, also titled Key & Peele, ran on Comedy Central from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, Key and Peele starred in the comedy film Keanu, which they also produced.
His 2017 directorial debut, the satirical horror film Get Out, was a smash hit both critically and financially; it earned him three Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), making Peele only the third-ever filmmaker note to receive those accolades for their debut release. He won Best Original Screenplay, becoming the first black screenwriter to receive that award.
Peele followed it up with another horror film, Us, in 2019, which had the second largest opening weekend for any original live-action film to date, behind only Avatar. The same year, he was the host and executive producer for CBS's online revival of The Twilight Zone.
Peele is married to actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti.
- Mad TV (2003 — 2008) as himself / various characters
- Childrens Hospital (2010 — 2015) as Dr. Brian
- Little Fockers (2010) as EMT
- Key & Peele (2012 — 2015) as himself / various characters note
- Bob's Burgers (2014) as various characters
- Fargo (2014) as Special Agent Webb Pepper
- Life in Pieces (2014 — 2015) as Chad
- Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) as Alan
- Keanu (2016) as Rell / Oil Dresden note
- Storks (2016) as Beta Male (voice)
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) as Melvin Sneedly (voice)
- Big Mouth (2017 — present) as The Ghost of Duke Ellington & various voices
- The Twilight Zone (2019) as host and narrator note
- Toy Story 4 (2019) as Bunny (voice)
Jordan Peele provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adorkable: Has a surprisingly nasal, mousy voice for such a stocky man (though he's hardly constrained by it).
- Author Tract: His work carries strong themes of racism and prejudice towards African Americans
- Every Man Has His Price: In a Rolling Stones interview, he explained he largely turned down franchises in the hope of directing his original stuff. That said, he was happy to write and produce The Twilight Zone and claimed he'd direct a Gargoyles reboot given the chance.
- Nerd Glasses: He has been seen wearing a pair of one later in his career.
- Playing Against Type: Despite working for decades in comedy, Get Out did enough to secure his reputation in the horror genre, leading up to him helming the Twilight Zone revival and even a new Candyman. That's not even saying with his new horror movie Us, which already made him a bigger star than he already is.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is himself the Blue Oni to Key more dynamic and fiery Red Oni.
- Rule of Symbolism: Get Out and Us have so much iconography and subtle visual imagery that the internet is guaranteed to go nuts with Wild Mass Guessing whenever Peele unveils a new directorial project.
- Those Two Guys: With Keegan-Michael Key.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: He started off with sketch comedy before entering the director's chair to do horror films. It kind of zig-zags since Peele is still doing some comedic roles while he's directing.