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Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the 2003 Christmas comedy film, Elf. He also voiced Reilly the beaver in Sony Pictures' Open Season and its sequel, and Jerome the Grizzly Bear in Zookeeper.

For Disney, he portrayed Happy Hogan in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, What If...? and Spider-Man: No Way Home. He also served as director and executive producer for Iron Man and Iron Man 2. The first Iron Man film was made before Disney acquired Marvel. Additionally, he served as an executive producer for The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Additionally, he voiced Pre Vizla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and played Rio Durant in Solo.

He also played Richards in the 2012 Touchstone Pictures drama film, People Like Us. That same year he had a voice role as 'Thark Bookie' in John Carter.

As the director of the 2016 live-action Jungle Book, Favreau aimed to amalgamate the spirit of Disney's The Jungle Book with the faithfulness and storytelling of Rudyard Kipling's original tale. He used Kipling's rendition of The Jungle Book as an opportunity to kick-start Neel Sethi's career into stardom. He also directed the live-action 2019 film, The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 film. Favreau was named a Disney Legend in 2019 as an executive producer on the Disney+ series The Mandalorian and voices Paz Vizla on the show. He is also an executive producer on Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett, Star Wars: Ahsoka and Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic.


Disney Roles


  • Favreau is the first director to direct more than one live-action adaptation of an animated film.
  • He is also the second director of an MCU film to direct a live-action remake, after Kenneth Branagh.
    • Ironically, Branagh's remake of Cinderella was the last remake before Favreau's The Jungle Book.
  • Favreau previously worked with Roger Allers (one of the directors of the 1994 original Lion King film) in the 2006 Sony animated comedy Open Season in which Favreau voiced Reilly the beaver.
  • Favreau's son Max, portrayed young Peter Parker in Iron Man 2.


Year Film Position
1999 Hercules Voice Actor: Jealousy
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Voice Actor: Crumford Lorax
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Voice Actor: One Punch Mullargan
2009 G-Force Voice Actor: Hurley
2012 John Carter Role: Thark Bookie
2012 The Avengers Executive Producer
2012 People Like Us Role: Richards
2013 Iron Man 3 Executive Producer/Role: Happy Hogan
2016 The Jungle Book Director/Role: Pygmy Hog
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Role: Happy Hogan
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Executive Producer/Role: Happy Hogan (deleted scene)
2018 Solo Role: Rio Durant
2019 Avengers: Endgame Executive Producer/Role: Happy Hogan
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Role: Happy Hogan
2019 The Lion King Director
2019 The Mandalorian Executive Producer/Voice Actor (Paz Vizla)
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Role: Happy Hogan
TBA Magic Kingdom Director/Story