July 4, 2022

B. J. Novak Bio, Age, Height, Net Worth, Wife, Books, Movies, The Office

B. J. Novak Biography

B. J. Novak (Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak) is an American actor, comedian, writer and director. From 2005 to 2013, Novak was one of the writers and executive producers of The Office in which he also portrayed Ryan Howard.

B. J. Novak Age

Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak was born on July 31, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. He is 39 years old as of 2018.

B. J. Novak Height

He stands at a height of 1.74 m.

B. J. Novak Net Worth

Novak  has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars

B. J. Novak Mindy Kaling | Wife | Spouse

Novak and Mindy Kaling have a close friendship. The two met through writing for The Office. They have dated on and off while writing and acting on the show, sometimes mirroring the on-again, off-again nature of the relationship between their respective characters Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor.

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B. J. Novak Parents

Novak’s parents are Linda (née Manaly) and William Novak an author. Novak is from a Jewish family. His father co-edited The Big Book of Jewish Humor and has ghostwritten memoirs for Lee Iacocca, Magic Johnson Nancy Reagan and others; his parents also established a Jewish matchmaking service.

B. J. Novak Siblings

Novak is the oldest of his two younger brothers, Jesse, a composer and Lev.

B. J. Novak Education

He went to Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston for elementary school and middle school. He later went to Newton South High School with future The Office costar John Krasinski and they graduated in 1997. In 2001, Novak graduated from Harvard University where he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon and the Hasty Pudding Club. Novak majored in English and Spanish literature and wrote his honors thesis on the films of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Aside from the Lampoon, he occasionally staged and performed in a variety show called The B.J. Show alongside fellow Harvard student B. J. Averell.

B. J. Novak Career

After his graduation from Harvard, Novak moved to Los Angeles, California and started working in clubs as a comedian. His first live stand-up performance took place on October 10, 2001 at the Hollywood Youth Hostel . In 2003, Novak was named one of Variety’s “Ten Comedians To Watch”.

Novak was a writer for the short-lived The WB sitcom Raising Dad. He performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His television acting career started on MTV’s Punk’d. Novak was the lead accomplice to Ashton Kutcher on the show’s second season in 2003, playing pranks on Rachael Leigh Cook, Hilary Duff, Usher and Mýa.

The Office

After hearing Novak’s opening joke at a comedy club, Greg Daniels an executive producer decided he “wanted to do something with him”; Novak was subsequently cast as Ryan Howard. On the show, Novak was not only a cast member but alos a producer and writer. Novak along with Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, Greg Daniels and Paul Lieberstein were the original writers for the show. Novak is credited with writing fifteen episodes during the show’s duration including the Writer’s Guild of America nominated episodes “Diversity Day” and “Local Ad”.

According to news reports of July 21, 2010, Novak had signed a contract to remain with the show for its seventh and eighth seasons; under the new terms, he would be made an executive producer midway through Season 7 and direct two episodes of the show. Novak spoke in a June 2009 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, about sharing the success of The Office with his Newton South High School classmate John Krasinski:

“Sometimes when this feels too good to be true, I think that if this were all a dream, that would be what should have tipped me off. I’d wake up saying, “I was in this incredible TV show and it was a big hit and the star was John [Krasinski] from high school. Isn’t that weird?”

Post The Office career

Novak has appeared in the films Unaccompanied Minors, The Internship, Knocked Up, Reign Over Me, The Smurfs and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Novak has had supporting roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2009, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks in 2013 and The Founder in 2016. He has starred in episodes of The Mindy Project, Community, The Newsroom and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Book deal

Publishing house Alfred A. Knopf announced on April 11, 2013 that it had signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Novak, with the first book slated to be a fictional collection of Woody Allen-like stories. A book of 22 stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was published on February 4, 2014 and spent 6 weeks on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List. He also signed a deal with Penguin’s children’s books label and wrote The Book With No Pictures, which was released in September 2014 and has spent four full years on the New York Times Picture Books list, with 34 weeks charting as the #1 seller in the United States.

It was announced in May 2015, that Novak and Mindy Kaling had signed a book deal worth a reported $7.5 million to write about their long friendship and former relationship, though Kaling said in an interview that the book would “not be a tell-all.”

The List App

Novak released an Apple iOS app on October 14, 2015 along with co-founder Dev Flaherty called The List App. Since then the app has been nominated for a Webby Award (losing in its category to Beme and Pocket) and rebranded in May 2016 as ‘li.st’ and became available on the Android platform. The app was shut down in September 2017, citing that the growth wasn’t enough to sustain the current product.

B. J. Novak Books

  • Novak, B. J. (2014). The book with no pictures.
  • — (2014). One more thing : stories and other stories.
  • Novak, B. J. (2017). The alphabet book with no pictures.

Essays, reporting and other contributions

  • Novak, B. J. (November 4, 2013). “The man who invented the calendar”. Shouts & Murmurs. The New Yorker.
  • 89 (35): 64–65.
  • “Pants” on Current Mood with John Mayer. Aired: 2/17/19.

B. J. Novak Movies

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2003

Punk’d

Field Agent

Television series

2005–2013

The Office

Ryan Howard

Television series; 164 Episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007)
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2008)
Nominated: Prism Award for Best performance in a Comedy Series (2009)

2006

Unaccompanied Minors

Flight Attendant

2007

Knocked Up

Unnamed Doctor

Reign Over Me

Mr. Fallon

2009

Inglourious Basterds

Pfc. Smithson Utivich

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2011

The Smurfs

Baker Smurf

Voice role

2012

The Dictator

Uncredited

2013

The Mindy Project

Jamie

Television series
4 episodes

2013

The Internship

Male Interviewer

2013

The Smurfs 2

Baker Smurf

Voice role

2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Robert B. Sherman

2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Alistair Smythe

2014

Community

Mr. Egypt

Episode: “Basic Sandwich” (cameo)

2014

The Newsroom

Lucas Pruit

Television series
4 episodes

2015

Arthur

MC

Episode: “The Last Day” (voice)

2016

The Founder

Harry J. Sonneborn

2016-2018

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Himself

Episodes: “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles” (cameo), “Oh, Nathaniel, It’s On!” (cameo)

B. J. Novak Roles as a Writer

Year

Title

Notes

2001–2002

Raising Dad

2 episodes

2005–2012

The Office

Episodes written:
“Diversity Day” (March 29, 2005) – Season 1
“Sexual Harassment” (September 27, 2005) – Season 2
“The Fire” (October 11, 2005) – Season 2
“Boys and Girls” (February 2, 2006) – Season 2
“Initiation” (October 19, 2006) – Season 3
“Safety Training” (April 12, 2007) – Season 3
“Local Ad” (October 25, 2007) – Season 4
“Chair Model” (April 17, 2008) – Season 4
“Prince Family Paper” (January 22, 2009) – Season 5
“Dream Team” (April 9, 2009) – Season 5
“Happy Hour” (March 25, 2010) – Season 6
“Counseling” (September 30, 2010) – Season 7
“Threat Level Midnight” (February 17, 2011) – Season 7
“The List” (September 22, 2011) – Season 8
“Free Family Portrait Studio” (May 10, 2012) – Season 8
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy Series (2006)
Nominated: Writers Guild of America Award for a Comedy Series (2005, 2007, 2008)
Nominated: Writers Guild of America Award for a New Series (2005)
Nominated: Writers Guild of America Award for an Episodic Comedy (2005, 2007)

2013

The Mindy Project

1 episode

B. J. Novak Roles as a Director

Year

Title

Notes

2009

The Office – Blackmail webisode series

4 episodes

2009

The Office – “Scott’s Tots”

aired 12/03/09

2011

The Office – “The Seminar”

aired 01/27/11

The Office – “The List”

aired 09/22/11

2012

The Office – “Trivia”

aired 01/12/12

2013

The Mindy Project – “Mindy’s Minute”

aired 02/19/13

2013

The Mindy Project – “Santa Fe”

aired 04/09/13

B. J. Novak Awards and Nominations

Year

Group

Award

Work

Result

2005

Writers Guild of America Awards

New Series

The Office

Nominated

Episodic Comedy – for episode “Diversity Day”

Nominated

Comedy Series

Nominated

2006

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Won

Writers Guild of America Awards

Comedy Series

Won

2007

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Won

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominated

Writers Guild of America Awards

Episodic Comedy – for episode “Local Ad”

Nominated

Comedy Series

Nominated

2008

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Nominated

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominated

Writers Guild of America Awards

Comedy Series

Nominated

2009

Emmy Awards

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominated