Michael Cera

Active - 1999 - Present  |   Born - Jun 7, 1988 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Baby-faced Michael Cera first gained fame as the hilariously named George Michael Bluth, son of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), and the youngest member of a dysfunctional family of land-tract developers, on the riotous Fox sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006). No stranger to "difficult" or "awkward" roles, Cera made one of his first marks in 2002, as the sexually overactive "younger version" of game show host Chuck Barris, in George Clooney's biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. A short time after that, he signed for the Arrested part -- which required him to project a deep-seated amorous yen for his character's cousin. Cera's mostly comedic resumé also includes a multi-season turn as the voice of Josh Spitz in the animated series Braceface. In 2007, he co-starred in two highly successful big-screen comedies: SuperBad, opposite Jonah Hill, and Juno (which re-teamed him with Jason Bateman), alongside fellow rising star Ellen Page. In 2008 he starred in the indie-minded romantic comedy Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist opposite Kat Dennings. 2009 found him in the lead of two comedies, Youth in Revolt and Year One, both of which fell far short of the box office total taken in by his previous work. He took the title role in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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  • Starred in his first commercial at 8 years old for Canadian fast-food chain Tim Hortons.
  • Was cast as a regular on I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999.
  • Became a popular voice artist on children's series, such as Rolie Polie OlieThe Berenstain Bears and Braceface.
  • Made big-screen debut in 2000 with Frequency and Steal This Movie.
  • Breakout role was as awkward teen George-Michael Bluth on the critically acclaimed sitcom Arrested Development.
  • Created an online comedy series with his friend, Clark Duke, called Clark and Michael.
  • Star rose in Hollywood in 2007 when he appeared in Superbad with Jonah Hill and the Oscar-nominated Juno with Ellen Page.
  • Co-founded the band The Long Goodbye and was a touring bass player for indie-rock group Mister Heavenly.