May. 12th, 1978
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, USA
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Jason Matthew Biggs (born May 12, 1978) is an American actor best known for his role as Jim Levenstein in the American Pie series of teen comedy films. He has become known for providing the voice of Leonardo in Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, a role he held until he was replaced near the end of the show's second season, and for portraying Larry Bloom in Orange Is the New Black.
Born in the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock Township, New Jersey. His mother, Angela (née Zocco), is a nurse, and his father, Gary Louis Biggs, is a shipping company manager. Biggs' father is of English and Italian descent and Biggs' mother is of Sicilian descent. His last name is derived from his English ancestry. He was raised Roman Catholic. He also has two sisters, one named Heather, a tax specialist (born in 1971), and one named Chiara (born in 1980).
He grew up in Hasbrouck Heights and attended Hasbrouck Heights High School, where he achieved success in tennis. Biggs attended Montclair State University for three weeks before dropping out.
Biggs began acting at the age of five. In 1991, he made his television debut in the short lived FOX series Drexell's Class. In 1988, he received his Screen Actors Guild card for appearing in a TV commercial for Pathmark. He later recalled in a 2015 interview in TV Guide, "I remember I had to eat a doughnut in one of the shots. Over and over again. Awesome".
When Biggs was 12, he starred in a one-off HBO special, The Fotis Sevastakis Story, but due to licensing arguments, it was never aired. That same year, Biggs debuted on Broadway in Conversations with My Father with Judd Hirsch. He then starred in the daytime soap opera, As the World Turns, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Younger Actor.
Biggs attended New York University briefly from 1996–1997, but soon afterwards, he returned to pursue acting. And so he would be seen again in another short lived television series, 1997's Camp Stories. He then starred in American Pie, which went on to become an international hit that has spawned three sequels (also starring Biggs) and four spinoffs (that did not star Biggs). After that, Biggs accepted starring roles in movies such as Loser in 2000, and others. In 2001, Biggs starred in the comedy Saving Silverman. He appeared in the 2002 Broadway production of The Graduate as Benjamin Braddock alongside 'Kathleen Turner' and 'Alicia Silverstone'. In 2003, Biggs appeared as Jerry Falk in the Woody Allen romantic comedy Anything Else.
Biggs has appeared in several other films, including Texas Rangers, Scary Movie and Over Her Dead Body.
Biggs reprised his role as Jim Levenstein in American Reunion, which was released on April 6, 2012. In the summer of 2012, Biggs took a job voicing Leonardo on Nickelodeon in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He left the series during its second season and was temporarily replaced by Dominic Catrambone. Seth Green permanently took over the role from Biggs beginning in season 3. Biggs also plays the cowbell in the supergroup Yukon Kornelius.
In was announced in September 2014 that Biggs would star on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles. The play opened on March 19.
In December 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced Biggs was cast to star as Lead in the comedy Drive, She Said. The story centers on an insecure expectant father (Biggs) who, unable to find work in his field, unwittingly accepts a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Janet Montgomery, 'Ashley Tisdale', Bria Murphy) around Los Angeles. 'Jenny Mollen', who is Biggs' wife in real life, appears as Biggs’ wife onscreen.
Biggs has stated in interviews that he is sometimes cast as an explicitly or implicitly Jewish character, as he was in American Pie (other examples include his roles in Saving Silverman, Prozac Nation, Anything Else, and Orange is the New Black), though he is not Jewish himself.
In January 2008, he became engaged to his My Best Friend's Girl co-star, actress 'Jenny Mollen'; they married (April 23, 2008). In July 2013, Biggs and Mollen announced they were expecting their first child. The couple welcomed their son, Sid Biggs, (February 15, 2014).
Biggs made headlines after writing vulgar jokes about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan on his Twitter account during the 2012 Republican National Convention. In March 2014, Biggs caused controversy when joking about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Four months later, Biggs again generated controversy when he joked about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. He also drew criticism in May 2014 when he mocked the death of The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill. He has also been known for making sex abuse jokes about the Pope.
- Lived with girlfriend 'Lindsay Zir' (qv) in Los Angeles from December of 2004 to February 2007. They had two dogs.
- Worked at the GAP Kids at the Garden State Mall in Paramus, NJ.
- Engaged to 'Jenny Mollen' (qv) [January 30, 2008].
- Is an avid snowboarder and mountain bike enthusiast.
- Is of Italian descent.