Actor, comedian and voice over artist Jon Favreau, sometimes credited as John Favreau (pronounced /'fævro?/; born October 19, 1966) appeared on The King of Queens as Sean McGee, an old grade school classmate and nemisis of Doug's, in the "Trash Talker" (Season 6, Episode #18).
Born Jonathan Kolia Favreau in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. His mother was Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry.  Favreau attended Hebrew school and had a B'nai Mitzvah. Favreau graduated from the Bronx School of Science HS in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out. His friend from college, Mitchell Pollack,said that Favreau went by the nickname "Hack" because of his talent in the game, Hacky Sack.Bowles, Scott (May 7, 2010).  He briefly worked for Bear Steams on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988. He dropped out of college for good (a few credits shy of completing his degree),and in the summer of 1988, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy. He performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImpovOlympic and the Improv Institute.
While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first film role alongside Sean Astin as the pudgy tutor D-Bob in the classic sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn – who played a small role in this film – during shooting. The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled "The Fire" as Eric the Clown. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was also Vaughn's breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a perfect foil to Favreau's heartbroken Mike Peters. In 1997, he appeared on the popular TV sitcom Friends, portraying Pete Becker, whom Monica Geller dates for several episodes, and who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He rejoined Piven in 1998 as part of Very Bad Things (1998). In 1999, he starred in the TV movie Rocky Marciano, based on the life of the only undefeated world heavyweight champion. He later appeared in Love & Sex (2000), co-starring Famke Janssen. Favreau appeared in 2000's The Replacements as cop turned maniacal linebacker Daniel Bateman, and that same year he played himself in The Sopranos episode "D-Girl", as a Hollywood director who feigns interest in developing mob associate Christopher Moltisanti's screenplay in order to collect material for his own screenplay.
Directorial and recent acting worksEdit
In 2001, he made his (film) directorial debut with another self-penned screenplay, Made. Made once again teamed him up with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn. In the fall of 2003, he scored his first financial success as a director of the hit comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Also in 2003, Favreau had a small part in Something's Gotta Give (a film starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson); Favreau played Leo, Harry Sanborn's (Nicholson) personal assistant, who visited Harry in the hospital. In 2005, Favreau directed the film adaptation of Zathura. Never to turn his back on acting, Favreau still makes regular appearances in film and television. He reunited with friend Vince Vaughn in the much-hyped hit romantic comedy The Break-Up and appeared in My Name Is Earl as a reprehensible fast food manager. Favreau also made a guest appearance in Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. Also in 2005, Favreau appeared as a guest judge and executive representative of Sony corporation in week five of NBC primetime reality TV business show, The Apprentice. He was called upon to judge the efforts of the show's two teams of contestants, who were assigned the task of designing and building a float to publicise his 2005 Sony Pictures movie, Zathura.
Favreau also has a TV series called Dinner for Five which airs on the cable TV channel IFC. On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Favreau was signed to direct the long awaited Iron Man movie. Released on May 2, 2008, the film was a huge criticaland commercial  success, solidifying Favreau's reputation as a director. Favreau was the third director attached to John Carter of Mars, the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' swashbuckling space hero. Robert Rodriguez and Kerry Conran were previously attached within the last two years. Mark Protosevich and Ehren Kruger have both written drafts. The Marshal in Revelation has been in development since Swingers was released. It's a Western about a Hasidic gunslinger. At one time both Favreau and Vince Vaughn were to co-direct.
Neanderthals is a Computer graphics (CG) animated film that Favreau will write and produce. Johnny Zero will cover the birth of the hot rod movement following World War II. Favreau will write and direct. Iron Man was the first Marvel Comics-produced movie under their alliance with Paramount Pictures, and Favreau served as the director and an executive producer. He recently told MTV that he would like to be at the helm of an Avengers film. During early scenes in Iron Man Favreau appears as Tony Stark's loyal friend, and driver, Happy Hogan. He also wrote a mini-series for Marvel Knights titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas, that started in September 2008, and directed the sequel Iron Man 2.
- ↑ "Jewel, Dan for People magazine (November 25, 1996)
- ↑ ["Swing and a Hit" October 13, 1996,People Magazine, vol. 46, #22.]
- ↑ "A Hollywood Scene He Knows Too WellThe New York Times.
- ↑ "A Gift From Santa's Jewish Helpers" Pfefferman, Naomi for JewishJournal.com (December 26, 2003).
- ↑ Jon Favreau's `Swingers' -- It's a Guy Thing, The San Francisco Chronicle, article by Peter Stack, October 18, 1996.
- ↑ "The Arty Semite", a Forward.com blog.
- ↑ "Favreau's a Comic-Book Hero"'. USA Today. pp. 1D-2D.
- ↑ "Lighting up the arts – Spotlight on a few of the extraordinary Queens College alumni ..." Q Magazine. Fall 2006. pp. 8–9]
- ↑ Marvel Studios outlines slew of superhero titles, by Borys Kit for the Hollywood Reporter, April 28, 2006, accessed April 29, 2006, Archived at www.archive.org May 13, 2006
- ↑ Iron Man is the Best-Reviewed Movie of 2008!, by Jen Yamoto for Rotten Tomatoes, May 1, 2008, accessed August 16, 2010.
- ↑ Iron Man (2008), published by Box Office Mojo, accessed August 16, 2010
- ↑ "Behind the Scenes of Iron Man with Director Jon Favreau". page 2, About.com