Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor. He has had a successful career in comedy films, and has appeared in such box office successes as Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and How to Train Your Dragon, as well as the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He grew up and still lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec, and has a younger sister, Taylor. His father was of half Sephardic Jewish and half French Catholic ancestry, and his mother is of Irish Catholic background; he has said that he is "probably agnostic".
Baruchel is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He has several tattoos: a Celtic cross (on his upper right arm), his mother's maiden name (on his forearm), and a red Maple Leaf on his left pectoral (which can be seen in Fanboys and Knocked Up).
One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997–1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Baruchel won the role of Steven Karp on Judd Apatow's acclaimed yet short-lived television series Undeclared, where he starred alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, and Monica Keena. He then appeared with James Van Der Beek in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction.
In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve), How to Train Your Dragon, and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Jay has several tattoos including a celtic cross and his mother’s maiden name. He also shows off his Canadian pride by wearing a Canadian maple leaf on his chest.