June 25, 2024

John Robert Magaro (born February 16, 1983; Age: 41 years) is a highly esteemed American actor celebrated for his exceptional talent in the entertainment industry. With a career marked by compelling performances, Magaro has earned widespread acclaim for his notable roles across various mediums.

Magaro gained prominence for his outstanding portrayal of Charlie Geller in the critically acclaimed film “The Big Short” (2015). His nuanced performance in this movie showcased his versatility and acting prowess, contributing to his recognition in the American film landscape. 

Additionally, Magaro has left an indelible mark in the industry through his role in “Past Lives,” further solidifying his reputation as a versatile and accomplished actor.

Early Life & Education

John Magaro was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, into the family of James Magaro. His parents were Italian and Jewish, and he grew up in Munroe Falls, Ohio. His father, James Magaro, was a teacher, while his mother, Wendy Magaro, was also a teacher.

Magaro’s formative years were spent in Munroe Falls, and he attended the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for acting. Eager to pursue his interest, he became involved in the local theater scene, participating in productions in Akron and at renowned venues like the Cleveland Play House, the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Centre, and the Weathervane Playhouse.

Post-high school, Magaro continued to hone his talent by enrolling at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he pursued his studies and ultimately graduated in 2001


John Robert Magaro began his journey in the entertainment industry at a young age, making his early foray into acting through television commercials. His innate talent and early exposure eventually led to a noteworthy role in an episode of the television series “Rescue 911.”

Magaro has become a recognized figure in the American entertainment industry. His breakthrough came with his portrayal of Charlie Geller in the critically acclaimed film “The Big Short” (2015), where he showcased a remarkable ability to embody complex characters with depth and authenticity. Magaro continued to carve his niche in the industry with a compelling role in “Past Lives,” demonstrating his versatility and range as an actor.

In addition to his success in film, Magaro has made impactful contributions to the television landscape. His involvement in Netflix’s groundbreaking series “Orange Is the New Black” showcased his adaptability in navigating the demands of episodic storytelling. Magaro’s foray into television extended further with his role in Amazon’s “Crisis in Six Scenes,” reinforcing his status as an actor capable of seamlessly transitioning between different mediums.

In 2012, John Magaro showcased his talent as the lead actor in the film “Not Fade Away,” a performance that earned him acclaim and garnered the prestigious HFF Spotlight award, underscoring his skill and presence in the industry. His performance was further highlighted in 2019 when he took on the lead role of “Cookie” in Kelly Reichard’s critically acclaimed film “First Cow.” Magaro’s portrayal in this film not only received widespread praise but also earned him a nomination for the 2020 Gotham Award for Best Actor, solidifying his reputation as an actor


  • Prisoners of War
  • The Brave One
  • Assassination of a High School President
  • The Box
  • My Soul to Take
  • Down the Shore
  • Deep Powder
  • Unbroken
  • Don’t Worry Baby
  • The Finest Hours
  • War Machine
  • Overlord
  • First Cow
  • Sylvie’s Love
  • 18½
  • Lansky
  • Showing Up
  • Past Lives
  • Big George Foreman

Awards & Nomination

  • Hollywood Film Awards (1)
  • Florida Film Critics Circle (1)

Personal Life

John Magaro is happily married to Janice Hong, a talented fashion designer. The couple welcomed their first child in 2020, marking a joyous milestone in their lives. Beyond the glamour of the entertainment world, Magaro openly shares his personal journey, shedding light on his experience grappling with anxiety disorder. 

Social Media

  • Instagram: @johnmagaro
  • Twitter: @johnmagaro

Net Worth

As a prominent American actor, John Magaro’s net worth is estimated to be around US$3million

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