Jon Heder became an overnight sensation and gained an instant cult following with his feature film debut in the title role of the offbeat comedy “Napoleon Dynamite.” Heder’s endearing portrayal of the somewhat nerdy high schooler who helps his friend Pedro get elected class president was a huge financial success and brought him two MTV Movie Awards, one in the category of Breakthrough Male and a second for Best Musical Performance for his crowd-pleasing election night dance. Heder met Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess while both were studying film at Brigham Young University; the director first cast him in a short film, “Peluca.”
In spring 2007, Heder starred opposite Will Ferrell in the hit comedy “Blades of Glory,” which has taken in close to $120 million dollars at the domestic box office. That same year, Heder also starred in “Mama’s Boy” opposite Diane Keaton and Jeff Daniels. In addition to his live-action roles, Heder also returned to animation that year in Columbia Pictures’ “Surf’s Up” after previously voicing a role in Columbia Pictures’ “Monster House.”
Heder also starred in the feature films “The Benchwarmers,” “School for Scoundrels” and “Just Like Heaven” with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffallo.
In addition to his on-screen career, Heder also works with his twin brother Dan and older brother Doug to put projects of their own into development; as both brothers studied film at BYU, the trio is focused on developing feature film properties, both live-action and animation (Heder and his twin brother both studied computer animation in college).
Napoleon Dynamite 10th Anniversary
Thursday, January 23rd, 7pm, The Castro Theatre BUY TICKETS