The “Not Fade Away” star John Magaro is a popular American TV and film actor, who is known for playing roles in films such as “The Umbrella Academy” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
John Robert Magaro was born in Akron, Ohio USA, on 16 February 1983 under the Leo zodiac sign, which makes him 38 years old as of 2021. He was brought up by his well-settled Christian parents, James and Wendy Magaro, who were both teachers by profession. His mother is of Jewish ancestry and his father was Italian. Before attaining the age of 13, John was brought up together with his brother Joe, who is four years older than him. As he was growing up, he dreamt of becoming a successful and always wanted to study acting when he joined school.
Magaro went to Stow-Munroe Falls City School, since his parents knew that he longed to become an actor and were very supportive of his skills. They got him trained at a local theatre where he was also very active, and made regular appearances at the Akron-based Weathervane Playhouse, Blossom Music Center’s Kent State Penthouse Theatre, and Cleveland Play House. He also appeared in commercials and TV films while he was studying, including playing a role in one of “Rescue 911’s” episodes. He matriculated in 2001 to Point Park University, Pittsburgh, where he studied theatre.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
John likes drumming. He learned the skill from the late Scottish drumming legend, Andy White, who is famous for playing drums in the “Love Me Do” album, which was the Beatles’ first release. To secure the lead role of a college dropout who aspired to become a musician in “Fade Away” film, he was required to be a skilled drummer, and he had to take several classes with Andy to master his skill.
“The Umbrella Academy” star is a fitness enthusiast. He once had to lose nearly 90lbs (40kgs) to secure a role in the “Unbroken” sports film that became a commercial hit, because he had to be perfectly fit to portray his character. The film is about the aftermath of World War II, and thanks partly to his praised performance, it received many positive reviews.
He enjoys cinema, and reading books.
When he’s not working, John likes traveling and hanging out with his friends.
Career, Awards, and Social Media Presence
Magaro made his first film appearance in 2005, when he was assigned a minor role in the film “Prisoners of War.” In the year that followed, he was cast in the “Conviction” TV series before landing another film role in “Level Red”. After his appearances in films such as 2007’s “The Brave One,” “Assassination of a High School President” in 2008, and 2009’s “The Box,” John landed a major role in the TV film “Taking Chance” (2009).
The actor portrayed Domiano in the 2012 film “Not Fade Away,” and following this success, he was selected to appear in 2013’s “Deep Power,” and “Unbroken” in 2014, in which he portrayed Frank. The war film was written by William Nicholson and the Coen Brothers, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” and directed and produced by the famous Angelina Jolie. In 2015, John made several guest appearances, in “The Big Short,” “Carol,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” and “Orange Is the New Black” by Netflix.
In 2016, he made his first Broadway appearance, as Earl Williams in “The Front Page” hit revival, before being cast in the “Crisis in Six Scenes” TV series, which followed his lead role in Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Tiger Be Still” play.
Some of his most recent roles include in films such as “Marshall”(2017), “Overlord” in 2018, “The Umbrella Academy” (2019), and the upcoming film “The Many Saints of Newark.”
In addition to appearing in films, John caught the public eye in the 2000s for appearing and singing in a Coke/Walmart commercial entitled “My Extended Family” (2008). The commercial became a great success, which earned him considerable fame.
John received a Hollywood Spotlight Award for his appearance in “Not Fade Away.” He also bagged the Palm Springs Film Festival’s Ensemble Performance Award with the cast, for his role in the award-winning film, ” The Big Shot.”
Social Media Presence
John is not active on any social media acc,ounts including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He was once seen on Instagram when his co-star Ellen Page of “The Umbrella Academy”, posted his photo on her page, and captioned it expressing gratitude to him.
John was previously dating Yael Stone, co-star of He is married to Janice Hong, a Fashion Designer, whom he met in 2012 during his brother’s wedding ceremony. The duo dated for four years before they tied the knot in 2016. They are currently living in New York.
John’s parents parted ways in 1996 when he was 13 years old. It was hard for him to cope with the divorce as he was a teenager, but he stayed with his mother who raised him in her Jewish religion.
The divorce affected his relationship with his elder brother, but despite going through a rough patch, they remained there for each other. Magaro is rumored to be very close to Joe and according to sources, they visit one another constantly, and they reside close to each other. Joe is married with two kids, and currently works in the financial sector for Jay Goldman & Co.
Magaro is a close friend of Kyle Martin, whom he met during his sixth grade. Martin describes John as a very funny person, who likes pranking his close relatives including his cousin, Jeremy Lublin.
John is of slim build, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs approximately 164lbs (74kgs). His chest, waist, and bicep sizes are 33ins, 31ins, and 14ins respectively. The Akron-born superstar has hazel eyes and dark brown hair.
John’s primary income source is his successful acting career. He has featured in over 40 films and TV shows since he made his acting debut in 2005. As of mid-2021, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million.