Canadian actor Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel, more commonly known as Jay Baruchel, was born on April 9, 1982 in Ottawa, Ontario. His mother, Robyne, is a freelance writer and his father, Serge, is an antiques dealer.
Jay Baruchel’s first role was a minor one as Joe in the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? He also appeared on the local series My Hometown in 1996, portraying the character Thomas Thompson for three episodes. In 1997, he co-hosted the series Popular Mechanics for Kids with actress Elisha Cuthbert. The series ran for one year. In 1999, he had minor roles in Who Gets the House? and Running Home. He was cast once again in Are You Afraid of the Dark?, appearing in three episodes of the show.
Jay Baruchel appeared briefly in Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning film Almost Famous, as Vic Munoz. He then landed the role of Steven Karp in Judd Apatow’s short-lived television series Undeclared in 2002, starring alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam and Monica Keena. This was followed by his portrayal of Harry in Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction. Next was a supporting role in Nemesis Game. He was then given the role of Winston Stone in six episodes of The Stones in 2004. Baruchel was also in the Oscar-winning film by Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby, playing the boxer Danger Barch. The next year, he appeared in Fetching Cody, followed by I’m Reed Fish in 2006. He was also cast as Skip Ross in Just Legal, opposite Don Johnson, as well as guest starred on the CBS Emmy Award-nominated series Numb3rs in 2006. He has also appeared in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up as Jay and the comedy drama Just Buried in 2007. He was also in Real Time as Andy Hayes in 2008.