Jason Mantzoukas is a very versatile individual who has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than two decades. He has featured in the comedy series, The League in which he played the recurring role Rafi and has made appearances in other movies such as Terrorists (2004), I Hate Valentine’s Day (2009), The Dictator (2012), and Dirty Grandpa (2015) among others. He is also popular as the co-host of the popular podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside June Diane and Paul Scheer.
The versatile entertainer’s unique talents have not gone unnoticed as he has won a few awards in his careers such as BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award and the BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award, to mention a few. However, amidst his successful career progression, one of the controversies that have trailed Jason’s career is in relation to his ethnicity.
Jason Mantzoukas Boasts Of A Rich Greek Heritage
Jason Mantzoukas was born on December 18, 1972, in Nahant, Massachusetts in the United States of America. His father’s name is William Mantzoukas, while that of his mother is Cynthia Mantzoukas (née Mourousas); he has a younger sister by the name Melissa.
His looks have always attracted very interesting questions and conclusions over the years. While many have assumed that he is from the Arab regions of the world, it turned out that Jason is not. He is of Greek descent, even though he was born and raised in the United States of America.
However, Jason’s looks have landed him many of his roles in his acting career. According to him, whenever anyone is looking for ‘a light brown funny guy for a role’, he gets called – once it’s a Middle Eastern role, they try to put him in it but he revealed might not be accepting such roles anymore.
The Entertainer Is Currently Single
Jason Mantzouka is presently not married – at least it hasn’t become public knowledge that he is, hence it is safe to assume that he is still single. Although, there are reports from those close to him hinting that his immediate family members are putting him under extreme pressure to get married and start his own family as soon as possible; but Jason Mantzoukas has once said in an interview when asked about the subject of when he intends to marry, that he is presently enjoying the freedom that comes with being single and that he might not settle down until he is well into his 50’s.
Moreover, Jason is one of those celebrities who has decided to keep personal details of their lives very private, without divulging that information to the public at all. Even though there have been speculations about who he might be dating, he hasn’t come out to speak on the issue.
Jason was known to have only one public relationship and that was with the American actress, Connie Britton back in 2009. Since then, he has not been seen with any other lover in public. There have also been rumors that Jason may actually be gay, and is undecided about coming out. We can only keep our fingers crossed and wish him the very best.
Jason’s Early Interest Was In Music
The actor began taking drum lessons when he was 10 years old and was under the tutelage of Steve Barrett for more than 8 years. According to him, he was influenced by Stephen Perkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Stewart Copeland as a young musician.
He attended Swampscott High School in Massachusetts and he was reported to have been a very skillful percussionist in school. He actively participated in Jazz and marching bands during that time
He was also a member of a band called Slygoul, and many thought that he would become a musician in the future. However, when Jason proceeded to Middlebury College, Middlebury in Vermont in the United States to study religion, he began doing improvisational comedy, which paved way for the development of the talent that would be very useful to him in his future.
He Traded Music For Comedy And Films
In spite of his interests in music, it is known that Jason had always loved comedy. When he was still a high school junior he began writing comedy sketches for variety shows and little did he know how far he would go as a comedian. He initially began to perform short-form improvisational comedy as a part of ‘Otter Nonsense Players at Middlebury College but quickly fell in love with the art as it utilized the same skill set as performing jazz.
After he moved to New York City in 1998, he began to perform comedy regularly at the (UCB)- Upright Citizens Brigade Theater where he was taught by Amy Poehler. Jason then began to perform as a duo with Ed Herbstman under the name “The Mantzoukas Brothers” and they were named the “Best Improv Duo” in 2006 by Time Out New York Magazine.
As a comedian, Jason Mantzoukas eventually made a seamless transition into acting. He featured in his first film, Terrorists in 2004 and has gone ahead to appear in several other films since then. Some of them include Baby Mama, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, I Hate Valentine’s Day, The Dictator, Conception, Adult Beginners, Sleeping with Other People, Dirty Grandpa, How to Be Single, The Life & Times of Tim, and Enlightened just to mention a few.
More so, he has had some credits as a screenwriter including writing the draft of the buddy cop comedy, Ride Along. With his plethora of brilliant works, Jason has had 3 nominations and won 3 awards for his works.
How Successful Is Jason’s Podcasting Career?
Jason is a creative person at heart and he hardly dabbles into anything that doesn’t turn out good. We could blame this on his improvisation experience, but he definitely knows how to hold his own anywhere. Jason co-hosts the Earwolf network podcast How Did This Get Made alongside Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael.
As of now, the podcast which began in December 2010, has over 250 episodes plus 249 minisodes, 3 Origins episodes, and 5 bonus episodes to date. Each episode has a different guest and they basically deconstruct and make a mockery of bad and outlandish films. The podcast has come a long way with them winning a 2019 Webby Award in the Podcasts- Television & Film category. They also won a 2020 iHeartRadio award for Best TV & Film Podcast.
From all indications, it is safe to say that Jason has had it good on all sides of his career. His acting career has been as successful as his career as a podcaster and as of now, he has been able to gather a net worth estimated at $2 million from his several endeavors.