32 Facts About Jordan Peele


Jordan Haworth Peele was born on February 21, 1979 and is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker.

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Jordan Peele is best known for his film and television work in the comedy and horror genres.

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Jordan Peele has served as the host and producer of the CBS All Access revival of the anthology series The Twilight Zone.

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Jordan Peele's 2017 directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, was a critical and box office success, for which he received numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

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Jordan Peele directed, wrote, and produced the acclaimed horror film Us and the science fiction horror film Nope (2022).

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Jordan Peele is the founder of film and television production company Monkeypaw Productions.

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In 2017, Jordan Peele was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

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Jordan Haworth Peele was born in New York City on February 21, 1979.

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Jordan Peele last saw his father when he was seven years old, and was raised by his single mother on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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Jordan Peele attended the Computer School in Manhattan, graduated from The Calhoun School on Manhattan's Upper West Side in 1997 after securing a scholarship to attend the private school, and went on to Sarah Lawrence College.

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Jordan Peele regularly performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago.

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Jordan Peele portrayed a popular character called "Danish Supermodel Ute" during his time at Boom Chicago and hosted MTV's Comedy Weekend in 2002.

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Jordan Peele performed celebrity impersonations, which included favorites Caroll Spinney, Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, Timbaland, and Forest Whitaker.

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Jordan Peele was absent from the first four episodes of his second season on Mad TV.

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Jordan Peele was nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award for his song "Sad Fitty Cent", a music video parody about 50 Cent lamenting over his rivalry with Kanye West.

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Jordan Peele appeared in a viral video titled "Hillary vs Obama" where he and a Hillary Clinton supporter (played by short-term cast member Lisa Donovan) argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better president, only to get upstaged by a Rudy Giuliani supporter (played by Donovan's brother, Ben).

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Jordan Peele auditioned to be a cast member for Saturday Night Live when SNL producers were looking for someone to play Barack Obama.

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In 2010, Jordan Peele co-starred in the Fox comedy pilot The Station, and appeared with a recurring role in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital.

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Jordan Peele had a supporting role in the David Wain-directed comedy Wanderlust, which was released in 2012.

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In 2014, Jordan Peele played an FBI agent in the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo, based on the 1996 film of the same name.

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In 2016, Jordan Peele starred in and produced, with Key, the first feature film in which the two both had leading roles, Keanu.

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Jordan Peele won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, becoming the first African-American screenwriter to win in this category.

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Jordan Peele became the third person, after Warren Beatty and James L Brooks, to be nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for a debut film, and the first black person to receive them for any one film.

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In early 2018 Jordan Peele announced his intention to retire from acting, stating in an interview with CBS "Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing".

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In 2018, Peele co-created the TBS comedy series The Last O G, starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish.

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In February 2020, Jordan Peele produced a 10-episode series about hunting down Nazis called Hunters.

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Jordan Peele produced the HBO series Lovecraft Country written by Underground co-creator Misha Green.

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Jordan Peele co-produced and co-wrote the 2021 sequel to Candyman, through his Monkeypaw Productions, of which Candyman star Tony Todd stated in a 2018 interview with Nightmare on Film Street, "I'd rather have him do it, someone with intelligence, who's going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup of who Candyman is and why he existed in the first place.

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In October 2020, Rosenfeld and Jordan Peele signed on to produce the remake of Wes Craven's 1991 comedy horror film The People Under the Stairs.

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In February 2017, Jordan Peele curated the Brooklyn Academy of Music film series "The Art of the Social Thriller", comprising 12 films that inspired the making of Get Out, including the horror films Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, Candyman, The People Under the Stairs, Scream, The Silence of the Lambs, Funny Games, Misery, the thrillers Rear Window and The 'Burbs, and the comedy drama Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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Jordan Peele has listed Steve Martin and Martin Lawrence as arguably his two biggest influences.

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Jordan Peele has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and won one Primetime Emmy Award.

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