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Jay A

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Considered among the best Kenyan rappers of his generation, his music provides topped graphs in Kenyan radio and been included on so on of MTV Bottom, Channel O and much more. His initial track was known as “Clap Yo Hands.” He became popular for monitors like “Dumbala” and “Gello.” He highlighted Jamaican musician Tiana on his melody “Don’s End.” He’s from Nairobi, Kenya. He appears as much as Wiz Khalifa being a source of motivation.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jay A
Date Of Birth October 27, 1990
Died August 24, 2017, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Place Of Birth Kenya
Height 1.88 m
Profession Rapper
Education George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Trenton Central High School, Dawson College
Nationality Canadian
Children Blue Ivy Carter, Sir Carter, Rumi Carter
Parents Gloria Carter, Adnes Reeves, Serge Baruchel, Robyne Ropell
Siblings Eric Carter, Andrea Carter, Michelle Carter, Taylor Baruchel
Awards MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, BET Award for Best Collaboration, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Male, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, BET Award for Video of the Year, BET Award for Best Group, Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Lyricist of the Year, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Collabo, Duo or Group, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Live Performer, BET Hip Hop Award for MVP of the Year, BET Hip Hop Award for Hustler of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist, Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, BET Hip Hop Award for CD of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Monster Single of the Year, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Urban, Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, People's Choice Award for Favorite Combined Forces, Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist, Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artist of the Year, UK Festival Award for Most Memorable Moment, Soul Train Music Award for Sammy Davis, Jr. – Entertainer of the Year (Male), MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment, Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Male Performance in a Feature
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hip-Hop, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, World Music Award for World’s Best Video, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, BET Award for Best Hip-Hop Artist, BET Award for Viewer's Choice, World Music Award for World’s Best Album, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Track of the Year, Tony Award for Best Musical, BET Hip Hop Award for Made You Look Award, World Music Award for World’s Best Song, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Track, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, Billboard Music Award for Top Male Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album, People's Choice Award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration, World Music Award for World’s Best Live Act, World Music Award for World’s Best Male Artist, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Live Act, World Music Award for World’s Best Entertainer of the Year, MTV Australia Award for Best Collaboration, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, Brit Award for International Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Rhythm & Bars Award, Soul Train Music Award for Song of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, Soul Train Music Award for Best Dance Performance, iHeartRadio Music Award for Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, MTV Video Music Award for Quadruple Threat of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Album of the Year, NME Award for Best Solo Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Album of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Tour, Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Music Star: Male, Soul Train Music Award for Video of the Year, NME Award for Best Album Artwork, Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Canadian Screen Award for Adapted Screenplay, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Canadian Comedy Person of the Year
Movies How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, This Is the End, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, She's Out of My League, Goon, Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, Million Dollar Baby, The Art of the Steal, Fanboys, RoboCop, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Trotsky, Cosmopolis, Almost Famous, I'm Reed Fish, The Rules of Attraction, Good Neighbors, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Just Buried, Fetching Cody, Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, Don Peyote, Nemesis Game, Book of Dragons, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, Dawn of the Dragon Racers, Running Home, Lovesick, Aloha, Real Time, Popular Mechanics for Kids: Lightning and Other Forces of Nature, The Sickroom, Toxsik Waltz, Jadoogaro Ka Sangram
TV Shows Man Seeking Woman, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, Just Legal, The Stones, Undeclared, Popular Mechanics for Kids, DreamWorks Dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge, My Hometown
Star Sign Scorpio

  • Facts
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  • Awards
  • Salaries
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#Fact
1 Older brother of Taylor Baruchel.
2 Close friend of Seth Rogen.
3 Was engaged to actress Alison Pill from December 2010 until March 2013.
4 Has a red maple leaf the size of a golfball tatooed over the left side of his chest (over his heart). His other tattoos are of a Celtic Cross and of his mother's maiden name.
5 Jay's paternal grandfather, Johnny Baruchel, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was from a Sephardi Jewish family (from Egypt, Algeria, and Italy). Jay's three other grandparents were from a Christian background. Jay's paternal grandmother, Marie-Madeleine Virlouvet, was of French background. Jay's maternal grandparents, Robert William Ropell and Helen Margaret Saunders, were both Canadian-born, and were both of German and Irish ancestry.
6 Resides in Montreal, Canada.
7 Is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.
8 Speaks French fluently.
9 Attended the same high school as Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Melissa Auf der Maur and Mitsou.
10 Played drums in Canadian rock group "Martin".
11 He started taking acting classes at the age of 12


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Train Your Dragon 3 2018 pre-production Hiccup (voice)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers 2017 post-production Pat
Lovesick 2016/I completed Mark Adam Jones
Man Seeking Woman 2015-2017 TV Series Josh Greenberg
Dragons: Race to the Edge 2015-2016 TV Series Hiccup
Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers 2014 Video short Hiccup (voice)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 Hiccup (voice)
Don Peyote 2014 Bates
Dragons: Riders of Berk 2012-2014 TV Series Hiccup Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
RoboCop 2014 Tom Pope
The Art of the Steal 2013 Francie Tobin
The Real World: This Is the End Edition 2013 TV Short Jay Baruchel
This Is the End 2013 Jay Baruchel
Cosmopolis 2012 Shiner
Being Human 2012 TV Series Stu
Book of Dragons 2011 Video short Hiccup (voice)
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury 2011 Video short Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voice)
Goon 2011 Pat
The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour 2011 TV Series Private Prosciutto / Falcon
Marcy 2011 TV Series Jay
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon 2010 TV Short Hiccup (voice)
Good Neighbors 2010 Victor
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 Dave
How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Hiccup (voice)
She's Out of My League 2010 Kirk
Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon Legends 2010 Short voice
The Trotsky 2009 Leon Bronstein
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 Sailor Joey Motorola
Fanboys 2009 Windows
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 Tal
Tropic Thunder 2008 Kevin Sandusky - Hot LZ
Real Time 2008 Andy Hayes
Just Buried 2007 Oliver Whynacht
Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse 2007 Short Jay
Knocked Up 2007 Jay
Numb3rs 2006-2007 TV Series Oswald Kittner
Just Legal 2005-2006 TV Series Skip Ross
I'm Reed Fish 2006 Reed Fish
Fetching Cody 2005 Art Frankel
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Danger Barch
The Stones 2004 TV Series Winston Stone
Undeclared 2001-2003 TV Series Steven Karp
Nemesis Game 2003 Jeremy Curran
The Rules of Attraction 2002 Harry
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher 2002 TV Movie Jimmy Fleming
Almost Famous 2000 Vic Munoz
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1995-2000 TV Series Jason Midas Ross Doyle Alex ...
Running Home 1999 Kid #2
Who Gets the House? 1999 Jonathan
The Worst Witch 1998 TV Series Bean Pole
The Sickroom 1998 Short Patient
My Hometown 1996 TV Series Thomas Thompson

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goon: Last of the Enforcers 2017 screenplay post-production
Goon 2011 written by
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goon: Last of the Enforcers 2017 post-production
Trailer Park Boys 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celtic Soul 2016 Documentary executive producer
This Is the End 2013 co-producer
Goon 2011 producer
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 performer: "I'm Awesome" / writer: "I'm Awesome"

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short special effects

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane 2002 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Never Take Me Seriously 2013 Short very special thanks
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness 2008 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celtic Soul 2016 Documentary Himself
Ice Guardians 2016 Documentary Himself
Why Your Vote Matters 2015 TV Movie Himself (voice)
Conan 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
Just for Laughs: All-Access 2014 TV Series Himself - Host
Made in Hollywood 2010-2014 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
In Studio 2 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stroumboulopoulos 2013 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
This Hour Has 22 Minutes 2013 TV Series Himself
Citizens of Cosmopolis 2012 Video documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Pro-Semitism: Hollywood 2011 Short Himself
Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75 2011 TV Special Himself
31st Annual Genie Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - User's Choice Winner & Presenter
Janela Indiscreta 2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rotten Tomatoes Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Star Wars: Adidas Originals - Cantina 2010 2010 TV Movie Himself
Xposé 2010 TV Series Himself
Troldspejlet 2010 TV Series Himself - Actor / Hiccup
HBO First Look 2008-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl 2009 Video short Himself
The Movie Loft 2008 TV Series Himself
The Cast of 'Tropic Thunder' 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Tropic Thunder: Before the Thunder 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Tropic Thunder: The Hot LZ 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Born to Fight 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Popular Mechanics for Kids 1997 TV Series documentary Jay

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour 2013 Video
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment This Is the End (2013) · Backstreet Boys
· Seth Rogen
· Craig Robinson
2011 Annie Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
2011 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
2007 Film Discovery Jury Award US Comedy Arts Festival Best Actor I'm Reed Fish (2006)
2007 Film Discovery Jury Award US Comedy Arts Festival Best Actor Award I'm Reed Fish (2006)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers (2014)
2015 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Cate Blanchett
· Gerard Butler
· Djimon Hounsou
· America Ferrera
· Kristen Wiig
· T.J. Miller
· Jonah Hill
· Christopher Mintz-Plasse
· Craig Ferguson
2014 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Art of the Steal (2013)
2013 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Adapted Screenplay Goon (2011) · Evan Goldberg
2013 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Goon (2011)
2013 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film Goon (2011)
2011 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Trotsky (2009)
2011 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Actor (Meilleur Acteur) The Trotsky (2009)
2011 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor in a Canadian Film The Trotsky (2009)
2004 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Million Dollar Baby (2004) · Clint Eastwood
· Hilary Swank
· Morgan Freeman
· Anthony Mackie
· Michael Coulter
· Brían F. O'Byrne
· Margo Martindale
· Lucia Rijker


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#Quote
1 I always beat the drum to hire as many locals as we can, but I don't need to tell them that. They know. From a casting perspective you can find a lot of talented people, but also it's very important that there are so many ethnicities represented in Toronto. You can actually cast a wide net and it looks like the real world.
2 [on The Making Of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice] Physical comedy is the reason I got into acting. I've been tripping and falling down my whole life, so I figured I might as well find a way to get paid for it.
3 I'm just sick of watching Canadian movies with Canadian actors and Canadian backdrops, and then they exchange money and it's American cash. I remember when The Trotsky (2009) came out. All the reviews were like, "Oh, some of the Montreal inside jokes will take some getting used to". I was just like, what inside jokes? We reference the town we're shooting in. Turn the camera on, walk down the street. Where you're shooting, that's where it takes place. It's as simple as that.
4 [on making movies in Canada] I'm not chasing a brass ring anymore. I'm not trying to be a movie star. I'm so happy with the life I have right now, and part of that is being up here. So it just comes down to I want to make movies at home. I prefer spending time here than in any other country in the world.
5 I am a proud Montrealer. Jobs will take me where they take me but nothing will ever be able to convince me to leave my home. If it were up to me every job would be somewhere in Canada.
6 [on being directed by David Cronenberg] That man has been one of my heroes since I was about thirteen. I adore his movies and his body of work is something that all Canadians can take proud ownership of. When I was asked if I'd be interested in doing two days on ['Cosmopolis'] I said 'Yes, yes, and yes' without having read the script. I would have picked up his dry cleaning if they'd asked me.
7 I think sports makes for good drama because it has all the same ingredients as anything worth reading or listening to or watching. Conflict, desire, heartbreak - it's all there. People project their hopes, ambitions and failings onto their sports clubs. They become symbiotically connected with the fate of their favorite team. This is a deep blood oath connection to something ancient and tribal inside most if us and, as a result, it's universal.
8 The hockey I was raised on, the hockey I understand, the hockey that my dad taught me about when I was a boy was intrinsically connected with fighting. I grew up in a house where we revered tough guys.

#Trademark
1 Often wears sneakers to red carpet events
2 Nasally voice
3 Often plays awkward yet endearing characters
4 Expressive eyes/eyebrows
5 Lanky frame

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