Michael Cera

     
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Real Name: Michael Austin Cera
Birthday: 06/07/1988
Place of Birth: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Education: Heart Lake Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

 

With a dry sense of humor and an eagerness to jump into the most uneasy comic situations allowable, Canadian actor Michael Cera amazed American theater goers as George Michael Bluth of the incurably dysfunctional Bluth family on the sitcom, “Arrested Development” (2003-2006), that is, if one ignored his love crush on his cousin. After the series early cancellation, Cera kept busy writing, directing and starring in “Clark and Michael,” an internet comedy series for CBS with actor and friend Clark Duke. 

But it was in 2007, that Michael broke out in his first major movie, in the young teen comedy “Superbad” (2007) for director and producer, Judd Apatow.

Born Michael Austin Cera in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, on June 7, 1988, he showed a love for performing at a very early age. Cera made his television introduction in a television commercial for the Canadian restaurant chain, Tim Hortons. More television advertising work followed, but he soon found the endless auditioning for commercials, as well as the long commute from his hometown, more exhausting than gratifying. The actor moved to roles in children’s television shows in Canada, most noticeably as the voice of Little Gizmo on the Emmy winning animated show “Rolie Polie Olie” (1998-2002), and as a series regular on the peculiar comedy “I Was a Sixth Grade Alien” ( 1999). 

Cera soon graduated to a starring role in the Imax movie “Ultimate G’s” (2000); and as the well behaved young son of American political activist Abbie Hoffman in the production of “Steal This Movie” (2000); and in the science fiction adventure movie “Frequency” (2000), about an inadvertent cross-time radio link that connects a father and young son across a span of thirty years. He then lent his distinctive voice to numerous American animated projects, including Alicia Silverstone’s friendly cartoon “Braceface” (2001-03) and “The Berenstain Bears (2003).

In 2001, Cera was given the script for the comedy “Arrested Development”. Seeing something brilliant, he flew to Hollywood to audition for the part of George Michael, the son of the patriarch of the Bluth household. Along with Alia Shawkat, who played his cousin Maeby, Michael was the first actor hired for the show. Even with an amazing list of comic talent in the cast, including Jason Bateman, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter, the young actor held his own on the show. The series received high marks and a ton of awards and nominations, including six Emmys and two Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, which he shared with his group cast members, but the show never gained an audience among television viewers. When the series was cancelled, a massive back-lash was heard from all fans of sophisticated comedy around the country, but even with rumors the show would relocate to another network, it left the air to practically complete sadness in 2006.

Working on “Arrested Development” had shot the now famous stars profile and added to his desire for comedy roles, a gift he used in several of his jobs. Cera played a sexually gifted, young teenage boy named George Barris in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002), George Clooney’s adaptation of the “Gong Show” creator, and starred as a young boy panic stricken by his prom date’s bizarre family in the humorous flick “Darling Darling” (2005), about a young boy Harold, who must do his best to make a good first impression on his date's strange father, Mr. Darling. He then made guest appearances on the animated series “Tom Goes to the Mayor” (2004-2006), and “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” (2007).

The teen aged Michael also moved into writing and directing short comedy works for the online world in 2006, starting with “Impossible is the Opposite of Possible” (2006), a parody of the stylish “Impossible is Nothing” video that he directed for the online edition of McSweeney’s magazine. He later worked with actor Clark Duke for more comedy videos on the teams web site, clarkandmichael.com. The interaction among the impatient Duke and Cera’s jumpy, uneven humor grabbed the attention of CBS, which hired them to create a show for its internet channel, Innertube. 

The series, “Clark and Michael” (2007- ) followed fictitious alter-egos of the two young performers as they tried to start their own television series. They co-wrote and directed the project, with the star asking some of his “Arrested Development” friends to make cameos on the show, including producer Hurwitz and David Cross, and comics like Patton Oswalt and Andy Richter.

Also that year, he took a lead role in the summer flick “Superbad” (2007), a comedy about two friends who try to turn around a lifetime of social embarrassment over the course of a single day. Seth Rogen, actor and co-producer of Apatow’s “Knocked Up” (2007), co-wrote the movie, and Jonah Hill, also from “Knocked Up”, co-starred as their partner in crime.

 

In December 2007, the actor starred in the award winning movie "Juno". This flick, starring Ellen Page, received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, and Best Screenplay. Also that year was funny "Extreme Movie" (2008) - a sketch comedy film about the joys and embarrassments of young teen sex. But mostly the embarrassments. He was then hired and cast in the comedy "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008) about a young high school student Nick O'Leary, a member of the queercore band The Jerk Offs, who meets an older Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-girlfriend.

He then appeared in the comedy "Youth In Revolt" (2008) about a young boy and his trailer trash parents and how they teeter on the edge of divorce, 14-year-old Nick sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. Next was  the adventure comedy "Year One" (2009) starring with Jack Black, the story of a couple lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. He wrapped the year in the action adventure comedy "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2009) the story of a young boy, Scott Pilgrim, who must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle. He starred with Kieran Culkin who played his gay roommate.

The big news for Michael is the announcement of the "Arrested Development Movie" (2011) directed by Anthony Russo. The plot seems to be a closely held secret as filming and production on this movie continue. Look for it soon!

 

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