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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 July 1979Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameBenjamin Joseph Manaly Novak
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

B.J. Novak was born on July 31, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak. He is a producer and actor, known for The Office (2005), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

Trivia (6)

Attended Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts. His high school classmate, John Krasinski, is now a co-star on The Office (2005).
Son of noted ghostwriter William Novak.
Graduate of Harvard University - degree in English and Spanish literature. He wrote a thesis about the films of Hamlet.
Brother of Jesse Novak, former member of Olde English Sketch Comedy.
Performing at "Comedy for a Cure" at Loyola Marymount University. [December 2009]
His parents are both from Jewish families (from Romania, Russia, and Austria). His mother's maiden name, "Manaly", had been "Manalovitz" or "Manalovici" several generations back.

Personal Quotes (9)

The most exciting thing I aspire to do is to write something new that I know is going to work, or perform something that I know is going to make people laugh.
There's not many good comedies to watch - you know, comedies that make you glad you watched them.
I wanted to be a writer first, and I struck out in the world to be a writer first, and then found stand-up as a more creative outlet, as a 3D way to be creative.
I'm a believer in trusting the director.
I do not have very much office experience.
Good comics gravitate to each other; you know who's your type of person by watching them onstage, hopefully.
'The Office' is less a comedy than so many other 'comedies' that have been on the air. It's really about the balance between what is real and what is comic.
Travel is impossible, but daydreaming about travel is easy.
Different people have different styles, but there is an opportunity as a director to be a writer in every moment, with every visual cue and every piece of production design. Everything is a decision, and everything can be obsessed over.

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