Born on June 7, 1988 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Michael Austin Cera's career started in Canadian children's TV doing voiceover work for cartoons as well as live-action comedies. His first major role in the U.S. was in the hit comedic show Arrested Development. From there, Cera's career began to skyrocket, as Hollywood realized this guy was good at playing characters with an almost Charlie Brown-esque tone to them, and as the saying goes, "que Cera, Cera."
- Arrested Development: George-Michael Bluth
- The Berenstain Bears: Brother Bear (seasons 1-2)
- Braceface: Josh Spitz, Sharon's younger brother.
- Childrens Hospital: The PA announcer.
- Juno: Paulie Bleeker
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Nick
- Youth in Revolt: Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger
- Sausage Party: Barry
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Scott Pilgrim
- Superbad: Evan
- Year One: Oh
- This Is the End: As Himself
- The LEGO Batman Movie: Robin
- Twin Peaks (Season 3): Wally Brando
- The Noddy Shop: Butch in "Big Bullies" (his first acting role)
- Wayside: Todd (2005 pilot)
- Molly's Game
Notable memes inspired by Michael Cera's prancing:
This actor provides examples of:
- Adam Westing:
- Adorkable: He is the textbook example of this trope.
- I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Partially as a result of Typecasting causing him to play practically the same character in every film.
- Only So Many Canadian Actors: Mostly avoided. The only two Canadian productions he was in were The Noddy Shop and Scott Pilgrim.
- Playing Against Type: As of 2013 and 2014, he seems to be making a real concerted effort to do so. There were elements of this in Youth in Revolt and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and since then his roles in films such as This Is the End, Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy have all been very different to his established type.
- Troll: He was a photobomber before photobombing really took off. He'd stand in the background of pictures to make people think the photos were fake because he was in them.
- Many of his characters are a socially awkward teen/young adult who has trouble talking to girls. Even in Year One where he played a caveman, he was still a nerd with a crush on a girl who's out of his league. On the other hand, there is Youth in Revolt, where he plays an awkward lovelorn teenager who takes on a diametrically opposite alter-ego, both taken to comedic extremes.
- He played against type in This Is the End, in which he played a lewd, cocaine-addicted jerkass version of himself.
- What Could Have Been: He was supposed to have been brought on for the third season of Veronica Mars but was unavailable. The character who replaced him was revealed to be part of the rape plot which could have been some nice Playing Against Type for Cera.