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JON FAVREAU (Happy Hogan) began his career as an actor in the inspiring sports film Rudy. He then went on to establish himself as a writer with the acclaimed hipster comedy Swingers. Since then, he has continued to challenge himself as a filmmaker with an eclectic variety of projects.

Favreau's upcoming take on Disney's 1994 classic The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney's The Lion King opens in theaters on July 19, 2019. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Favreau executive produced and wrote the live-action Star Wars series "The Mandalorian" for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform Disney +. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy, having played roles in both the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series and in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As an integral part of the formation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau directed the blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2, which grossed a combined $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. He served as executive producer on The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed a combined $2.9 billion worldwide before serving as executive producer on 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, followed by the latest addition to the franchise, Avengers: Endgame. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau portrays 'Happy Hogan,' a character that appears in the Iron Man movies and Spider-Man: Homecoming as security head and personal chauffeur to Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.). Favreau will reprise his role as 'Happy Hogan' in Sony Picture's "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

Favreau directed and produced 2016's live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Walt Disney's The Jungle Book, which garnered widespread commendation as a marvel of technology-driven cinematic storytelling, honoring the original 1967 animated classic. Among the epic adventure's many accolades, Favreau's team won an Oscar and the BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, five VES Awards, and an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production. The film featured the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken with newcomer Neel Sethi starring as Mowgli, the film's only human character. The Jungle Book was a global blockbuster, earning $965.8 million worldwide.

Favreau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 2014 indie hit, Chef, which also starred Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey Jr. Among its accolades, Chef was honored with the Tribeca Audience Award for best narrative film.

In 2011, Favreau directed and produced Cowboys and Aliens, starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Before directing the first two installments of the Iron Man franchise, Favreau directed Zathura: A Space Adventure, a children's film starring Tim Robbins, for Radar Pictures and Sony Entertainment. In 2003, Favreau directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit Elf, starring Will Ferrell, for New Line Cinema. Favreau made his feature-film directorial debut with Made, in 2001, a script he wrote and starred in opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean Combs.

In front of the camera, Favreau was seen in The Wolf of Wall Street, Identity Thief and People Like Us. His other film credits as an actor include Couples Retreat, I Love You Man, Four Christmases, The Break-Up, Wimbledon, Something's Gotta Give, Daredevil, Love & Sex, The Replacements, Very Bad Things and Deep Impact. He also portrayed legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the MGM biopic Rocky Marciano.

Favreau's television credits include "Seinfeld," a recurring role on "Friends" and a special appearance on HBO's "The Sopranos," playing himself. Favreau added the title of showrunner to his multi-hyphenate list of credits as the creator, producer, and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated IFC series "Dinner for Five." He also directed the pilots for "Young Sheldon" and "The Orville."

Among his honors, Favreau received the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th annual VES Awards in 2018. In 2016, he was inducted into Variety's Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame recognizing his role as a creative trailblazer and innovator in the world of content creation. Favreau went on to create the "Gnomes & Goblins" virtual reality experience with Wevr and Reality One that same year.


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