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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg earned for his first Oscar as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." "Extra" takes a look back at this young actor's career -- and throws in a few fun facts you might not know.

Jesse Eisenberg: Oscar Nominee Trivia File

The Drummer

Jesse has been playing the drums since age 8.

Big Brother

His little sister is former child actress Hallie Kate Eisenberg, who starred in "Beautiful" and "How to Eat Fried Worms."

No to NYU

Eisenberg studied at The New School in New York City's Greenwich Village. He also had applied and was accepted to New York University but declined enrollment in order to complete a film role.

'Roger Dodger'

Jesse starred in his first feature film, the 2002 "Roger Dodger," also starring Campbell Scott. Eisenberg plays the nephew of a smooth-talking man who takes him out on the town in search of sex. Eisenberg was sick during the filming of most of the nightclub scene and can be seen sweating in different parts of the scene.

Mom's a Professional Clown

Jesse's mother is a professional clown who has performed at children's birthday parties in their hometown of East Brunswick, N.J. for 20 years.


Jesse starred in the horror film about a werewolf, loose in Los Angeles, who changes the lives of three young adults. After being mauled by the beast, they learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves, too.

'The Squid and the Whale'

Jesse stars as a teenager dealing with his parents' (Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) divorce, along with his little brother (Owen Kline). This was the film that really put Eisenberg on the map. Watch this clip from the film.

'The Education of Charlie Banks'

College student Charlie Banks (Eisenberg) has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus. Watch the trailer!

'The Hunting Party'

Eisenberg stars as a young journalist who goes on an unauthorized mission with a seasoned cameraman (Terence Howard) and a discredited war correspondent (Richard Gere) to find the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia. Watch the trailer!


Set in the summer of 1987, Jesse centers around a recent college grad (Eisenberg)who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. Watch the trailer!


Eisenberg's character Columbus comes up with rules to surviving a world that has been overrun by zombies. He also has a phobia about clowns, which is ironic since Eisenberg's real-life mother worked as a party clown. Watch the trailer!

'The Social Network'

Jesse earns his first Oscar nomination for his turn as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

What's Next?

Jesse will star in the comedy "30 Minutes or Less," playing a pizza delivery driver who gets kidnapped by two fledgling criminals and forced to rob a bank within 30 minutes.

'The Emperor's Club'

Eisenberg starred with Kevin Kline in this 2002 school drama about an idealistic prep school teacher (Kline) who attempts to redeem an incorrigible student (Emile Hirsch).

'The Village'

Eisenberg starred as a villager in M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 thriller "The Village."