Justin Theroux (born August 10, 1971) is an American actor, screenwriter and director.
Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis Theroux, is a journalist and author, and his father, Eugene Theroux, is a corporate lawyer. Justin Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, and the cousin of writers and TV presenters Louis Theroux and Marcel Theroux. He attended The Field School in Washington D.C.
Theroux began acting while attending Buxton School, a boarding school in Williamstown, MA. He graduated from Bennington College with an interdivisional major in visual arts and drama.
Theroux made his film debut in 1996, in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol. Since then, he has performed both on Broadway, starring in the acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, numerous off-Broadway productions, and in comedies, such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Baxter, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Broken Hearts Club and Zoolander. He has also performed in more serious fare such as American Psycho. He recently appeared in the film versions of the cult TV show Strangers With Candy and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. Theroux starred in David Lynch's films Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive.
In 2008, Theroux played John Hancock in the HBO mini-series John Adams. In 2009, Theroux made up part of the voice cast for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He also plays Justin in Parks and Recreation. Theroux wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Iron Man 2. Following Theroux's work on Tropic Thunder, actor Robert Downey, Jr. recommended Theroux as a screenwriter to the film's director, Jon Favreau.
Justin’s body is marked with several tattoos including a target on his left wrist, a pair of scissors on his right wrist and a fly on his arm.