Benjamin Joseph Manaly “B. J.” Novak was born on July 31, 1979 in Newton, Massachusets, United States, and raised in a Jewish family with two younger brothers – Lev and Jesse. B. J. Novak attended Newton South High School together with the famous American actor and director John Krasinski. After school in 1997 Novak attended Harvard University and after graduation moved to Los Angeles to support himself financially and be independent. There he started to work as a comedian in different clubs and produced an amazing performance on October 10 2001 at the Hollywood Youth Hostel, and by 2003 B. J. Novak’s name was included in the famous list of top 10 Comedians To Watch.
B. J. Novak Net Worth $18 Million
At that time Novak wasn’t at the top of his career. True popularity and success came after his appearance in a British sitcom television series broadcast in the United Kingdom and called “The Office”. There he worked both as an actor and screenwriter. As a writer for the first time, Novak had an opportunity to show his abilities on the TV show “Raising Dad”, although he didn’t work there for very long.
Year 2003 was also successful in B. J. Novak’s life. At that time Novak started to participate in an American hidden-camera reality TV series on MTV entitled “Punk’d”, in which he became one of the main cast members. “Punk’d” was a show of playing pranks on celebrities – they ‘pranked’ Hilary Duff, Racheal Leigh Cook and even Usher.
Today Benjamin Novak has estimated net worth of $20-22 million thanks to his screenwrting, voice and acting career. Since the amazing success of “The Office”, Novak has played in movies “Unaccompanied Minors” (released in 2006), “Reign Over Me” (2007), “Knocked Up” (2007) and “Inglorious Bastards” (2009). In 2014 Novak has already appeared on TV screens – he played Mr. Egypt in the “Community” episode “Basic Sandwich” and in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, where he played one of Spider-Man’s main rivals, Alistair Smythe. He even played Baker Smurf in the famous American 3D comedy called “The Smurfs” – this was one of the most notable of Novak’s performances as a great voice actor.
Novak has been nominated for many awards, including Emmy Award, but has won three of them. He twice won the same award – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Comedy Series by Screen Actors Guild Award in 2006 and 2007 and also won Comedy Series award by Writers Guild of America Awards. Last time he was nominated was for Performance in a Comedy Series.
Today B. J. Novak lives in United States. He is a close friend of Vera Mindy Chokalingam, better known as Mindy Kaling – American comedian, actress and writer. Novak met Mindy while they were both writing for “The Office”. These two sometimes appeared in public as a couple, but their relationship nowadays is called unstable in magazines even after Novak clarified their relationship with Kaling on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live”. However, it couldn’t ruin their close friendship which has lasted for years.