Jonathan Joseph "Jon" Heder is an American actor and filmmaker best known for portraying title character of the 2004 comedy film Napoleon Dynamite.
Heder 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. Heder is the nephew by marriage of former NFL running back and current WCAU sportscaster, Vai Sikahema. Heder is of part Swedish descent. Heder and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, when he was 2 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.
A 2002 alumnus of Brigham Young University, Heder 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. Also, while attending BYU he befriended Jared Hess and starred in Hess' short film Peluca, which was later expanded into Napoleon Dynamite. Peluca received rave reviews on the BYU campus after showing at a few college and local film festivals and competitions.
Heder's feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. In June 2005, Heder received the MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance and Breakthrough Male Performance for the role. On October 8, 2005, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ashlee Simpson. After his success with Napoleon Dynamite, Heder and his film co-star Efren Ramirez filmed a series of commercials to promote Utah's 2005 State Fair.
Heder appeared in the film The Sasquatch Gang, had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven, and appeared with Rob Schneider and David Spade in Adam Sandler's The Benchwarmers. He was the voice of the character Skull in the animated film Monster House, and he starred in the comedy School for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Jacinda Barrett.
Heder's second turn at voice acting came in 2007 when he voiced the character of Chicken Joe in the animated film Surf's Up. In 2012, he reprised his role as Napoleon Dynamite in Fox's animated television adaptation. In 2013, Heder appeared in the music video for Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World", and in 2014, he appeared in the music video for the Chromeo song "Old 45s".
Most recently, Heder voiced Pickle in Disney XD's Pickle and Peanut.
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