Biography

Benjamin Joseph Manaly "B. J." Novak (born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director from Newton, Massachusetts. He is widely known for his contributions to the U.S. version of The Office from 2005 to 2013, being a writer, co-executive producer for and playing the role of Ryan Howard on the series. He is also known to international audiences for appearing in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds (2009).

Benjamin Joseph Manaly "B. J." Novak (born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director from Newton, Massachusetts. He is widely known for his contributions to the U.S. version of The Office from 2005 to 2013, being a writer, co-executive producer for and playing the role of Ryan Howard on the series. He is also known to international audiences for appearing in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds (2009).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 19

Birthday 1979-07-31

Place of Birth Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • Benjamin Joseph Manaly
  • B.J. Novak
  • BJ Novak

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Founder as Harry Sonneborn
2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (1 episode) as B.J. Novak
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Allistar Smythe
2013 Saving Mr. Banks as Robert Sherman
2013 The Smurfs 2 as Baker Smurf (voice)
2013 The Internship as Male Interviewer
2012 The Bitter Buddha as Himself
2011 The Smurfs as Baker Smurf (voice)
2009 Inglourious Basterds as Private First Class Smithson "The Little Man" Utivich
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (1 episode)
2007 Knocked Up as Young Doctor
2007 Reign Over Me as Mr. Fallon
2006 Unaccompanied Minors as Desk Attendant
2005 The Office (172 episodes) as Ryan Howard
2003 Punk'd (5 episodes) as Field Agent (2 episodes) as Himself
2002 E! Live from the Red Carpet (2 episodes) as Himself
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode)

Writing

2012 The Mindy Project (1 episode)Writer
2005 The Office (3 episodes)Executive Story Editor (14 episodes)Writer

Production

2012 The Mindy Project (117 episodes)Executive Producer (0 episodes)Producer
2005 The Office (195 episodes)Producer

Directing

2012 The Mindy Project (2 episodes)Director
2005 The Office (7 episodes)Director

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