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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
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#Fact
1Older brother of Taylor Baruchel.
2Close friend of Seth Rogen.
3Was engaged to actress Alison Pill from December 2010 until March 2013.
4Has 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.
5Jay'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.
6Resides in Montreal, Canada.
7Is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.
8Speaks French fluently.
9Attended the same high school as Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Melissa Auf der Maur and Mitsou.
10Played drums in Canadian rock group "Martin".
11He started taking acting classes at the age of 12


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Train Your Dragon 32018pre-productionHiccup (voice)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers2017post-productionPat
Lovesick2016/IcompletedMark Adam Jones
Man Seeking Woman2015-2017TV SeriesJosh Greenberg
Dragons: Race to the Edge2015-2016TV SeriesHiccup
Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers2014Video shortHiccup (voice)
How to Train Your Dragon 22014Hiccup (voice)
Don Peyote2014Bates
Dragons: Riders of Berk2012-2014TV SeriesHiccup Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
RoboCop2014Tom Pope
The Art of the Steal2013Francie Tobin
The Real World: This Is the End Edition2013TV ShortJay Baruchel
This Is the End2013Jay Baruchel
Cosmopolis2012Shiner
Being Human2012TV SeriesStu
Book of Dragons2011Video shortHiccup (voice)
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury2011Video shortHiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voice)
Goon2011Pat
The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour2011TV SeriesPrivate Prosciutto / Falcon
Marcy2011TV SeriesJay
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon2010TV ShortHiccup (voice)
Good Neighbors2010Victor
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010Dave
How to Train Your Dragon2010Hiccup (voice)
She's Out of My League2010Kirk
Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon Legends2010Short voice
The Trotsky2009Leon Bronstein
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian2009Sailor Joey Motorola
Fanboys2009Windows
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist2008Tal
Tropic Thunder2008Kevin Sandusky - Hot LZ
Real Time2008Andy Hayes
Just Buried2007Oliver Whynacht
Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse2007ShortJay
Knocked Up2007Jay
Numb3rs2006-2007TV SeriesOswald Kittner
Just Legal2005-2006TV SeriesSkip Ross
I'm Reed Fish2006Reed Fish
Fetching Cody2005Art Frankel
Million Dollar Baby2004Danger Barch
The Stones2004TV SeriesWinston Stone
Undeclared2001-2003TV SeriesSteven Karp
Nemesis Game2003Jeremy Curran
The Rules of Attraction2002Harry
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher2002TV MovieJimmy Fleming
Almost Famous2000Vic Munoz
Are You Afraid of the Dark?1995-2000TV SeriesJason Midas Ross Doyle Alex ...
Running Home1999Kid #2
Who Gets the House?1999Jonathan
The Worst Witch1998TV SeriesBean Pole
The Sickroom1998ShortPatient
My Hometown1996TV SeriesThomas Thompson

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goon: Last of the Enforcers2017screenplay post-production
Goon2011written by
Edgar and Jane2002Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goon: Last of the Enforcers2017post-production
Trailer Park Boys2014TV Series 1 episode
Edgar and Jane2002Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celtic Soul2016Documentary executive producer
This Is the End2013co-producer
Goon2011producer
Edgar and Jane2002Short producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010performer: "I'm Awesome" / writer: "I'm Awesome"

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane2002Short

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane2002Short special effects

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edgar and Jane2002Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Never Take Me Seriously2013Short very special thanks
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness2008Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celtic Soul2016DocumentaryHimself
Ice Guardians2016DocumentaryHimself
Why Your Vote Matters2015TV MovieHimself (voice)
Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
Just for Laughs: All-Access2014TV SeriesHimself - Host
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In Studio 22013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stroumboulopoulos2013TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
This Hour Has 22 Minutes2013TV SeriesHimself
Citizens of Cosmopolis2012Video documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Pro-Semitism: Hollywood2011ShortHimself
Long Story Short: CBC Turns 752011TV SpecialHimself
31st Annual Genie Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - User's Choice Winner & Presenter
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Star Wars: Adidas Originals - Cantina 20102010TV MovieHimself
Xposé2010TV SeriesHimself
Troldspejlet2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Hiccup
HBO First Look2008-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl2009Video shortHimself
The Movie Loft2008TV SeriesHimself
The Cast of 'Tropic Thunder'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Tropic Thunder: Before the Thunder2008Video documentary shortHimself
Tropic Thunder: The Hot LZ2008Video documentary shortHimself
Born to Fight2005Video documentary shortHimself
Popular Mechanics for Kids1997TV Series documentaryJay

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour2013Video
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical MomentThis Is the End (2013)· Backstreet Boys
· Seth Rogen
· Craig Robinson
2011AnnieAnnie AwardsBest Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionHow to Train Your Dragon (2010)
2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceHow to Train Your Dragon (2010)
2007Film Discovery Jury AwardUS Comedy Arts FestivalBest ActorI'm Reed Fish (2006)
2007Film Discovery Jury AwardUS Comedy Arts FestivalBest Actor AwardI'm Reed Fish (2006)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortDragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers (2014)
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmHow 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
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Art of the Steal (2013)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAdapted ScreenplayGoon (2011)· Evan Goldberg
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleGoon (2011)
2013VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actor in a Canadian FilmGoon (2011)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Trotsky (2009)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)The Trotsky (2009)
2011VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actor in a Canadian FilmThe Trotsky (2009)
2004ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMillion 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
1I 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.
3I'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.
5I 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.
7I 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.
8The 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
1Often wears sneakers to red carpet events
2Nasally voice
3Often plays awkward yet endearing characters
4Expressive eyes/eyebrows
5Lanky frame

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