Jon Favreau - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 27, 2022

Jon Favreau
Nick Name: Johnny Hacky, Favs, Mark Johnstan
Profession: Director, Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Best Known For: Iron Man, Lion King (films)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $200 million

Personal Details

Born on : October 19, 1966 (age 57)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Jonathan Kolia Favreau
Birth Place: Flushing, Queens, New York, USA
Horoscope: Libra
Father's Name: Charles Favreau
Mother's Name: Madeleine Favreau
Siblings: 1

Andy Favreau (brother)

High School: The Bronx High School of Science
University: Queens College
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Italian, French, Canadian, German, Ashkenazi-Jewish)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: November 24, 2000
Wife's Name: Joya Tillem
Children: 3

Max Favreau (son)
Brighton Rose Favreau (daughter)
Madeleine Favreau (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.85 meter (6 feet 1 inch)
Weight: 89 kg (196.21 lb)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Jon Favreau?

Jon Favreau is an actor, director, screenwriter, voiceover artist, and producer.

Source: Hollywood Reporter (Jon Favreau)

Jon Favreau – Age, Parents, Siblings

Jon Favreau is the son of mother Madeleine Favreau, an elementary school teacher, and father Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. He was born on October 19, 1966, in Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.A. His birth name/full name is Jonathan Kolia Favreau. He has a brother, Andy Favreau.

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended The Bronx High School of Science, graduating in 1984. For further studies, Favreau enrolled at Queens College in 1984. But did not graduate, instead dropping out in 1987. Working odd jobs for Bear Stearns on Wall Street did not satisfy him. So, he went back to college.

This time again, Jon Favreau dropped out in 1988, as he was lacking a few credits to complete his degree. His ethnicity includes Italian, French, Canadian, German, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

Jon Favreau – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Jon Favreau is married to an intelligent woman. His wife is Joya Tillem, a physician and the niece of lawyer/talk show host Len Tillem. The couple married on November 24, 2000. They have three children- two daughters and one son.

Their son is named Max Favreau while their daughter’s names are Brighton Rose Favreau and Madeleine Favreau.

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Source: IMDb (Jon Favreau with wife Joya Tillem)

Jon Favreau – Career


Jon Favreau moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy. They're working in some comedy theatres, he landed his debut role in Rudy (1993) alongside Sean Astin. The role was followed by small roles in PCU (1994) alongside Jeremy Piven.

Seeking further major roles and success, Favreau moved to Los Angeles.

He landed his breakthrough role in Swingers (1996). Numerous roles followed him including Very Bad Things (1998), Rocky Marciano (1999), Love & Sex (2000) with Famke Janssen, The Replacements (2000), Daredevil (2003), The Big Empty (2003), Something's Gotta Give (2003) alongside Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, The Break-UpMy Name Is Earl, among others.

He has also made appearances in Friends (1997), Tracey Takes On... (1996, 1997), Couples Retreat (2009), and worked in Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and Chef (2014).

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Source: ign (Jon Favreau in 1999's Rocky Marciano)

Career as Director

Favreau made his directional debut with the crime comedy Made (2001). He found success with his second movie Elf, where he worked as a director. In 2006, he signed a contract to direct and exclusively produce Iron Manwhile also playing the role of Happy Hogan. 

The movie was a huge success. In Iron Man movies,  Avengers: Endgame (2019) and in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Jon Favreau reprised his role as Hogan.

After being established as a director, he directed movies including- Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Iron Man 2 (2010), John Carter, Revolution, The Jungle Book (2016), and The Lion King (2019)  while remaining as executive producer of The Avengers and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

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Source: Entertainment Weekly (Jon Favreau directs Iron Man)

Jon Favreau – Awards, Nominations

Favreau has been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards (2005), Bodil Awards (2015), Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (1997), Gold Derby Awards (2014), Seattle Film Critics Awards (2014), Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (2008).

Among all the nominations, he has won Saturn Award (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (1997), Hollywood Film Awards (2016), Tribeca Film Festival (2014), and Visual Effects Society Awards (2018).

Jon Favreau – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Favreau is estimated to be around $200 million but his annual salary is unknown.

Jon Favreau – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Jon Favreau is followed by millions of followers on social media handles such as  Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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