B.J. Novak

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak
  • Birth Place: Newton, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/31/1979, Leo
  • Profession: Actor; writer; comedian
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Blessed with an offbeat sense of humor, this Harvard graduate snagged his first professional entertainment job — as a writer for the short-lived sitcom Raising Dad — three days after finishing college in 2001. Once the show folded, Novak turned to stand-up, appearing on late-night talk shows and landing on Variety's 2003 list of "10 Comics to Watch." As one of Ashton Kutcher's coconspirators on MTV's prank show Punk'd, he duped a number of celebrities and turned in a memorable performance as Hilary Duff's driving instructor. But he became a star in 2005 when he signed on as a writer-producer for NBC's Emmy-winning sitcom The Office, on which he played a temp on a career path full of highs and lows. While working on that show, Novak also began taking supporting roles in movies, including Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated Inglourious Basterds. When he's not on camera, Novak continues to perform stand-up.B.J. Novak Fast Facts:
  • Father is an author who has ghostwritten best-selling autobiographies for Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca and Oliver North, among others.
  • Went to high school with The Office costar John Krasinski.
  • Wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.
  • Hired to write for WB sitcom Raising Dad just three days after graduating Harvard.
  • Named one of Variety's Ten Comics to Watch in 2003.
  • Won the attention of The Office's executive producer Greg Daniels while performing stand-up.
  • B.J. Novak Relationships:
  • Keough Novak - Sister
  • Lev Novak - Brother
  • William Novak - Father
  • Jesse Novak - Brother
  • B.J. Novak Awards:
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (BA in English and Spanish Literature, 2001)

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