Date of Birth: October 3rd 1983
Jesse Eisenberg was born in New York City and raised in Queens and New Jersey. He attended the Frost and Hammarskjold schools in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and spent a year at East Brunswick High School before switching to a performing arts school in New York. He did children's theater while growing up as a way to avoid going to school, and landed a role in the film Roger Dodger (2002) in his senior year of high school. Eisenberg doubts he would have chosen to pursue an acting career had he not done that film, saying, "I don't think I am brave enough to pursue something so unpredictable, but I got lucky and decided to try and capitalize on it." He studies liberal arts at the New School University, focusing on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism.
Eisenberg is now a busy film actor, involved in seven films in 2009 alone. He also starred in The Education of Charlie Banks (2007) and appeared in films such as The Hunting Party (2007), One Day Like Rain (2007), and M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004). He received rave reviews for his portrayal of Walt Berkman in the independent film The Squid and the Whale (2005) and was nominated in 2006 for the Independent Spirit Best Supporting Actor award and the Broadcast Film Critics' Best Young Actor Award.
He is interested in world politics, having traveled in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Eisenberg is also interested in writing plays, has played the drums since he was a young child, and created OneUpMe.com, the retired wordplay website.