Jon Heder Biography | Jon Heder
Jon Heder (full name: Jonathan Joseph Heder) is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama’s Boy, When in Rome, and Walt Before Mickey as Roy Disney, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House, Surf’s Up and Pinocchio, as well as the Napoleon Dynamite animated series.
Jon Heder Age | How Old Is Jon Heder
Jonathan Joseph Heder is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He was born on 26 October 1977, in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, Heder is 41 years old as of 2018.
Jon Heder Early life
Jon was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Helen (née Brammer) and Dr. James Heder, a practicing physician. He has an identical twin brother, Dan, as well as an older sister and brother, Rachel and Doug, and two younger brothers, Adam and Matt.
He is the nephew by marriage of former NFL running back and WCAU sportscaster, Vai Sikahema. He is of part Swedish descent. Jon and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, when he was about two years old.
He attended Walker Middle School in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1996, where he was on the swim team and was a member of the Drama Association. Heder is an Eagle Scout.
A 2002 alumnus of Brigham Young University, he worked on the short CGI animated film Pet Shop, written by Logan Deans, which earned a non-traditional animation student Emmy in 2005.
After his movie career took off, he did not return to complete the work he started on the short, although his name does appear in the credits. While attending BYU he befriended Jared Hess and starred in Hess’s short film Peluca, which was later expanded into Napoleon Dynamite.
Peluca received rave reviews on the BYU campus after showing at a few colleges and local film festivals and competitions.
Jon Heder Children | Jon Heder Kids
Jonathan Joseph Heder is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite.
Heder and Kirsten met when both were students at Brigham Young University and have been married since 2002. They are parents to 9-year-old daughter Evan and sons Philip, 7, and Timothy, 2. He has the following children below
- Evan Jane Heder
- Philip Heder
- Timothy Heder
Jon Heder Height | How Tall Is Jon Heder
The American actor is best known for roles in films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory, The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Just Like Heaven, When in Rome and Mama’s Boy. He has a height of 6ft ½ in (184.2 cm)tall.
Jon Heder Family
Jonathan Joseph Heder family includes the following people below:
He was born into a Mormon family of eight children and has an identical twin brother named Dan Heder. His uncle is NFL running back Vai Sikahema. He married Kirsten Heder in 2002 and he has a son named Evan.
Jon Heder Wife | Married
Jonathan Joseph Heder has been married to Kirsten Bales since 2002. The couple met while they were studying at Brigham Young University. They have four children.
Like his brothers and father, Heder is a Scouting enthusiast having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2010, he served as a Scoutmaster for the organization.
Jon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He voiced support for Mitt Romney in the 2012 United States presidential election.
Kirsten Heder is a 41-year-old American Spouse. Born on 24th September 1977 in Athens, GA, USA, she is famous for Married to Jon Heder. Her zodiac sign is Libra.
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Jon Heder Movies And Tv Show
Napoleon Dynamite 2004, Blades of Glory 2007, The Benchwarmers 2006, Monster House 2006, School for Scoundrels 2006, Just like Heaven 2005, Surf’s Up 2007, When in Rome 2010 Ghost Team 2016, Walt Before Mickey 2015, Mama’s Boy 2007, Woke Up Dead 2009, When Jeff Tried To Save The World 2017, Peluca 2002, Pickle and Peanut 2015 – 2018
Moving McAllister 2007, The Tiger Hunter 2016, Gulliver Quinn 2012, Weepah Way for Now 2015, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania 2017, Legend of a Rabbit 2011 Christmas Eve 2015, Pororo The Racing Adventure 2013, The Sasquatch Gang 2006, Sockbaby 2004, My Dad Is Scrooge 2014, L!fe Happens 2011 Bling 2016,
Killing Winston Jones 2014, FCU: Fact Checkers Unit Since 2010, For Ellen 2012, Peter At The End 2012, Pinocchio 2012, Beyond Beyond 2014, Reality 2014, Dead Grandma Since 2011, A Mouse Tale 2015, Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure 2015, The Visitant 2014, Drained 2012, And The Ladybug 2018
Jon Heder Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film produced by Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, Sean Covel, and Jory Weitz, written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared Hess.
The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for which he was paid $1,000. After the film’s runaway success, Heder re-negotiated his compensation and received a cut of the profits.
The film was Jared Hess’ first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca. Napoleon Dynamite was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with MTV Films. It was filmed in and near Franklin County, Idaho in the summer of 2003.
It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. The film’s total worldwide gross revenue was $46,118,097. The film has since developed a cult following. The film has since been voted at number 14 on Bravo’s 100 funniest movies.
Jon Heder Napoleon Dynamite Plot
Napoleon Dynamite is a socially awkward 16-year-old boy from Preston, Idaho, who lives with his grandmother, Carlinda Dynamite, and his older brother, Kipland Ronald “Kip” Dynamite. Kip, 32, is unemployed and boasts of spending hours on Internet chat rooms with his girlfriends and aspiring to be a cage fighter.
Napoleon daydreams his way through school, doodling ligers and fantasy creatures and reluctantly deals with the various bullies who torment him, particularly the obnoxious sports jock Don and the school bully Randy. Napoleon likes to make up stories about himself and his outlandish “skills” while having a sullen and aloof personality.
Napoleon’s grandmother breaks her coccyx in a quad-bike accident and asks their Uncle Rico to look after the boys while she recovers. Rico, a middle-aged and flirtatious steak-loving former athlete who lives in a campervan, treats Napoleon like a child. He uses the visiting opportunity to team up with Kip in a get-rich-quick scheme to sell items door-to-door.
Kip wants money to visit his Internet girlfriend LaFawnduh, while Rico believes riches will help him get over his failed dreams of NFL stardom and his recent breakup with his girlfriend.
Napoleon becomes friends with two students at his school: Deb, a shy girl who runs various small businesses to raise money for college, and Pedro, a bold yet calm transfer student from Juarez, Mexico. Preparations begin for the high school dance. Pedro asks Summer Wheatley, a popular and snobby girl, to be his dance partner, but is rebuffed.
He then asks Deb, who gladly accepts. Pedro encourages an upset Napoleon to find a date for himself, and he picks an attractive and popular classmate, Trisha, from the school yearbook. As a gift, he draws an unintentionally bad picture of her and delivers it to Trisha’s mother, who is one of Rico’s customers.
Rico tells embarrassing stories about Napoleon to evoke sympathy from Trisha’s mother, who buys his wares and forces Trisha to reluctantly accept Napoleon’s invitation. Trisha appears at the dance with Napoleon but soon abandons him, causing Deb to dance with Napoleon out of pity.
Inspired by an election poster at the dance, Pedro decides to run for class president, pitting him against Summer. The two candidates’ factions put up flyers and hand out trinkets to students to attract voters.
To increase their respect by demonstrating “skills”, Napoleon and Pedro enter a Future Farmers of America competition, grading milk and cow udders.
They do well and win medals, but this does little for their popularity. Incidentally, Napoleon visits a thrift store and buys an instructional dance VHS called D-Qwon’s Dance Grooves, becoming a skillful dancer.
Kip’s girlfriend LaFawnduh arrives from Detroit and gives him an urban makeover, outfitting him in hip-hop regalia. Seeing that he dances, LaFawnduh gives Napoleon a mixtape.
Rico’s ongoing sales scheme causes friction with Napoleon as he continues to spread embarrassing rumors about him to prospective customers. Rico tries to sell Deb a breast-enhancement product, claiming it was Napoleon’s suggestion, which causes her to break off their friendship.
His scheme ends after his sales pitch to the wife of the town’s martial arts instructor, Rex, goes awry: Rex assaults Rico after unexpectedly arriving during his demonstration of the breast-enhancement product.
Summer gives a speech before the student body on election day and then presents a dance skit to “Larger than Life” by the Backstreet Boys with a school club. A despondent Pedro gives an unimpressive speech after discovering he is also required to perform a skit.
To save Pedro’s campaign, Napoleon gives the sound engineer LaFawnduh’s mixtape and spontaneously performs an elaborate dance routine to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai. Napoleon’s routine receives a standing ovation from students, stunning Summer and her boyfriend Don.
The film concludes with Pedro becoming the class president, Kip, and LaFawnduh leaving on a bus for Michigan, Rico reuniting with his estranged girlfriend, Grandma returning from the hospital, and Napoleon and Deb reconciling and playing tetherball.
In a post-credits scene, Kip and LaFawnduh are married in an outdoor ceremony in Preston. Napoleon, absent for the vows, arrives riding a horse, claiming that it is a “wild honeymoon stallion” that he has tamed himself.
Kip flicks LaFawnduh’s garter as a keepsake towards Napoleon, Pedro, and Rico (who catches it) before he and LaFawnduh ride off across the fields.
What Happened To Jon Heder
Napoleon Dynamite was such a hit that we are left to wonder why Hollywood doesn’t cast Jon Heder (no, it’s not John Heder) anymore…
Well, this post is all about that, and we will justify why Heder disappeared and you never saw him again.
So, what happened?
He is a One Trick Pony
First of all, we recently talked about Billy Zane and his inability to separate himself from Cal (his character inTitanic).
Well, Jon Heder can’t escape Napoleon Dynamite either. He attempted to do it, playing diverse roles such as in Blades of Glory and School for Scoundrels, but he just couldn’t do it.
His Movies Failed
There were some good films under his belt, but most of them were critically demolished and financially barren.
Nobody wants to repeat the choices from a movie that failed, so that means there was less interest in casting him for other roles.
It may not be something about Jon, but he taking the hits anyway.
The Nerdness is a Facade
Napoleon Dynamite is one of the Geek Gods (not Greek Gods), but in his real-life skin, the actor is nothing like the character.
This means that his fans are unable to love them, man, instead of loving the character.
This could mean little for most, but for Jon Heder, it means his fans aren’t going to buy tickets for his other projects after all Napoleon isn’t starring in them and they have no connection to Heder, the man.
He Prefers Voice Overs
He told the press several times that he feels at home doing voice-overs for cartoons, video-games, and whatnot.
His voice is definitely memorable, so he is procured for that niche as well, so it seems it may be the break he was after.
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Finding Success Online
Jon Heder started to tackle the Internet in 2009, with web projects like Woke Up Dead and other Indie projects.
His fans are able to feel a greater bond through this medium and he can capitalize on what he is known for in the Internet in a way that he can’t in the offline world.
That’s why he is enjoying success in the interwebs.
Living Like a Star… Or Not
Finally, most of the stars are always fueling the press with a material in order to stay relevant and in the memories of the people who call the shots and fans alike.
The actor behind Napoleon Dynamite lives an innocent life and is discreet. People won’t look for him unless there’s a slow day for other stars, and there is never a slow day for stars who actively campaign.
The Family Man Is Done
It seems as if Jon Heder is comfortable in his role as a father of three. He works on what he likes, he lays low and lives a family life.
We can agree that is very noble and we’re happy for him, can’t we?
One thing is for sure, we’d like to see more of Jon in the future (no, not John Heder again!)