The award-winning scriptwriter, BJ Novak is most famous for his work in the series, The Office. The series became extremely popular and earned several nominations and awards, and also established Novak’s reputation as a scriptwriter. Following his outstanding writing works, the brilliant actor has received numerous accolades. He has also penned down many bestseller books and has featured in a good number of movies and TV series. Beyond working as an actor, Novak has also directed many episodes of some TV shows including The Mindy Project. Discover more about the career and body measurements of the accomplished director below.
Who is BJ Novak, The Office Actor?
The esteemed actor, Benjamin Joseph Manaly was born to author William Novak and Linda Manaly. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the United States on 31st July 1979. His father who is of Jewish background has written several books including “The Great American Man Shortage and Other Roadblocks to Romance (and What to Do About It),” and “High Culture: Marijuana in the Lives of Americans.” He has also served as the editor of The Big Book of Jewish Humor and has been credited as the writer of many celebrity biographies including that of Magic John.
BJ Novak has two brothers; Jesse and Lev Novak. His younger brother, Jesse is a composer best known for his works in TV shows such as BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie. He completed his basic education from Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and Newton South High School. He is an alumnus of Harvard University where he studied English and Spanish Literature. During his days in college, he was a fellow of an undergraduate Humor publication known as The Harvard Lampoon and a social club called Hasty Pudding Club.
Upon his graduation from the university, Novak relocated to Los Angeles and there, he began to perform in clubs as a stand up comic artist. He then moved on to perform on TV shows like Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. Kicking off with his writing career, the adroit actor landed his first gig by serving as the writer of two episodes of the TV sitcom, Raising Dad. He followed it up by writing several episodes of the NBC sitcom, The Office after meeting with Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Live that created the sitcom. BJ Novak has also penned down several books including “The Book With No Pictures,” “The Alphabet Book With No Pictures” and “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” The latter, a New York Times bestseller spent six weeks on the Fiction Bestsellers list. He also inked two-book deal which was in seven-figure with a New York Publishing house, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in the year 2013.
Furthermore, BJ Novak took to acting in 2003 by featuring in the MTV hidden camera-practical joke reality TV program, Punk’d. He further made an appearance in the 2006 Christmas comedy film, Unaccompanied Minors as a Flight Attendant. Meanwhile, from 2005 to 2013, he had a big breakthrough by starring as Ryan Howard in The Office. His other acting credits include Reign Over Me, Inglorious Bastards, The Internship, Saving Mr. Banks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Newsroom, The Founder, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and many others. He also voiced Baker Smurf in the animated comedy film, The Smurfs and its sequel, The Smurfs 2.
BJ Novak’s extraordinary performances in his acting works have earned him Writers Guild of America Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and nominations in Primetime Emmy Awards and others.
In addition to his works, BJ Novak created an app called The List App together with Dev Flaherty in 2015. Although the app gained a Webby Award nomination, it was closedown two years later following a poor growth.
With regards to his personal life, BJ Novak has had an on and off affair with the actress, writer, producer and director, Vera Mindy Chokalimgam known professionally as Mindy Kaling who was his co-star in The Office. Even though the pair are often seen together, Mindy who gave birth to her daughter in 2017 has stated that Novak is a close friend of hers who is also her daughter’s godfather.
His Height and Weight
The highly skilled scriptwriter stands at a height of 5 feet 8.5 inches (1.76 m). He has a body mass of 75 kg (165 lb). His other body measurements are not yet publicly known.