B. J. Novak, full name: Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak was worn on July 31st 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts. He is popular actor, screenwriter, comedian, director and author. He graduated on Harvard University in 2001 with major in Spanish and English literature.
He wrote his thesis on movies made on Shakespeare's Hamlet. After Harvard graduation, B. J. Novak moved to LA and started working as stand-up comedian in clubs. His first gig was in the Youth Hostel in Hollywood in October 2001. He was quite successful as stand-up comedian, as Variety named him as one of ten most promising comedians in 2003. One of his writing roles was in a short-playing Raising Dad sitcom by the WB. Afterwards, he acted in the Premium Blend (by Comedy Central) and in the Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
His television career really developed in 2003, when he acted in MTV's Punk'd, where he played as major accomplice to Ashton Kutcher, playing pranks on Usher, Hilary Duff, Mya and Rachael Leigh Cook.
Novak is the oldest son of Linda and writer William Novak and is of Jewish origin. He has two brothers, Jesse and Lev. Jesse is a composer. B. J. went to Newton South High School, together with John Krasinski, with whom he will later develop and co-star in The Office. His father was ghostwriter for many well-known people's memoirs, such as for Lee Iacocca and Nancy Reagan.
Afterward seeing him on one of his comedy gigs, famous producer Greg Daniels, decided to offer him a role in The Office as Ryan Howard. He made sure to get his school mate John Krasinski in the show as well, where they have been successful ever since.
Along with his successful television career, he also worked on his movie career. He had roles in movies Reign Over Me, Unaccompanied Minors, Knocked Up, The Internship, Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks, Community, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It is known that he will have significant role in The Founder that will be out in 2016, where Michael Keaton will star as Ray Kroc.
In 2013 B. J. Novak signed book deal to write two books for Knopf publishing house. Firs book was released at the beginning of 2014, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. It contained 22 storied and was quite a success, staying a month and half on New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List. In fall 2014, he also published children book calledThe Book With No Pictures for Penguin, which was even a bigger success, as it spend more than 8 months on the top of New York Times Picture Books chart.
Novak has close relationship with Mindy Kaling. Two of them met while acting in The Office and have been on and off romantically involved. He had a role as a consulting producer for her The Mindy Project series, and his brother Jesse composed music for the show.