I've never played a character as much as I've played Hiccup. Sometimes it's hard to see where I stop and he begins.
  — Jay Baruchel[1]  

Jay Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian actor who has starred in many movies including Tropic Thunder, I Am Reed Fish, She's Out of My League (with T.J. Miller), Million Dollar Baby, Fetching Cody, The Trotsky, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (with Alfred Molina) and Night at the Museum 2.

Baruchel is the voice of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III in the films How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World as well as the Cartoon Network series, DreamWorks Dragons: The Series,[2] and the Netflix Original Series, Dragons: Race to the Edge, and the short films Gift of the Night Fury, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, Dawn of the Dragon Racers and the movie short, Book of Dragons.


Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Robyne (née Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Baruchel, an antique dealer. He grew up and, to this day, lives in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâceneighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, and has a younger sister, Taylor. His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew, while his three other grandparents were from a Christian background (of French, Irish, and German descent). Baruchel has said that he is "probably agnostic".


His first time on television was a guest star appearance in Are you Afraid of the Dark? in 1995 and 1999-2000. One of his first major acting roles was on local television series My Hometown in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Elisha Cuthbert. After appearing briefly in Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Baruchel won the role of Steven Karp on Judd Apatow's acclaimed yet short-lived television series Undeclared, where he starred alongside Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, and Monica Keena. He then appeared with James Van Der Beek in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction.

In 2004, Baruchel played boxing hopeful Danger Barch in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. Baruchel then starred in Nemesis Game and Fetching Cody, before appearing opposite Don Johnson on the WB's Just Legal in 2005, and guest-starring on the CBS drama Numb3rs in 2006.

Baruchel appeared in the films Knocked Up (which reunited him with Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen), I'm Reed Fish, Just Buried, and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, alongside Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan and Robert Downey, Jr. He co-starred with Seth Rogen in the 2007 trailer for Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, created by Rogen and Evan Goldberg as a strategy to garner interest and funding for a similar, larger-scale project (later made in 2013 as This Is the End). In 2008, he appeared in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also made a brief appearance in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

In 2010, Baruchel starred in the films The Trotsky, DreamWorks' She's Out of My League (opposite Alice Eve), and the live-action Disney adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He also voiced the starring role in the acclaimed animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, a role he has subsequently continued throughout the franchise, including its television series. Also in 2010, he played two supporting characters in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour. He developed the screenplay for Goon, with Evan Goldberg, playing Johnny Klutz, a character of his own creation. Goon co-stars Sean William Scott and fellow Canadian actor, Eugene Levy. Baruchel will also star in and direct the comedy/horror/slasher film Pig.

Baruchel also appeared in the 2010 Adidas Originals ad campaign, "Cantina", in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup and in video clips for Canadian prog-rockers Rush's 2012–13 Clockwork Angels tour.

In July 2012, he appeared in the music video for the song "Toxic Waltz" by rapper Necro. In the summer of 2013, he starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End and in 2014, he appeared in the RoboCop remake and reprised his role as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Baruchel is in the process of writing the sequel to Goon.

In July 2014, it was announced that Baruchel will be starring in the FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman which premiered in January 2015.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1999 Who Gets the House? Jonathan Film
Running Home Kid #2
2000 Almost Famous Vic Munoz
2002 The Rules of Attraction Harry
Edgar and Jane
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Producer
Short film
2003 Nemesis Game Jeremy Curran Film
2004 Million Dollar Baby Danger Barch
2005 Fetching Cody Art Frankel
2006 I'm Reed Fish Reed Fish
2007 Knocked Up Jay
Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse
  • Jay Baruchel
  • Writer
Short film
Just Buried Oliver Whynacht Film
2008 Real Time Andy Hayes
Tropic Thunder Kevin Sandusky
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Tal Hanson
2009 Fanboys Windows
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Sailor Joey Motorola
The Trotsky Leon
2010 She's Out of My League Kirk Kettner
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Dave Stutler
Good Neighbours Victor
2011 Goon
  • Pat
  • Writer
  • Producer
2012 Cosmopolis Shiner
2013 This Is the End
  • Himself
  • Co-producer
The Art of the Steal Francie
2014 RoboCop Tom Pope
Don Peyote Bates
2016 Lovesick Mark
2016 Goon: Last of the Enforcers
  • Pat
  • Director
  • Writer
2019 Untitled Lone Scherfig Project Post-production;

DreamWorks Dragons Franchise Filmography

Year Title Voice role Notes
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup
Haddock III
Feature film
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Short film
2011 Book of Dragons
Gift of the Night Fury Holiday special; short film
2013–2014 DreamWorks Dragons Defenders of Berk
Riders of Berk
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Feature film
Dawn of the Dragon Racers Short film
2015 Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 1
2016 Season 2
Season 3
2017 Season 4
Season 5
2018 Season 6
2019 How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
Feature film
Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders Game
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming Holiday special; Short film


  • According to producer Douglas Sloan, Jay Baruchel was very emphatic that no one would play Hiccup but him, and that he was happy to come aboard and to voice Hiccup in the TV series.[3]


Notes and References

  1. New Trailer, NYCC Panel, and Cast and Crew Interview!. (Date Published - October 25, 2018). Berk's Grapevine.
  2. Raymundo, Neil. (Date Published - March 3, 2012). DreamWorks Dragons: The Series • ToonBarnToonBarn. ToonBarn.
  3. Glennon, Christopher. (2015). "DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge" Interview With Showrunners Art Brown and Douglas Sloan.

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