In 1991 the then 12-year-old Jordan Peele watched as Whoopi Goldberg received her Oscar for Ghost. Seeing a black woman in a comedic role receive this honor left a lasting impression on him and led him to realize that there was no upper limit for people like him. Jordan felt that it was all about what he wanted to do and what he could do. This dream grew in his heart and 27 years later he received 4 Oscar nominations.
Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. His directorial debut in 2017 in the horror/satire “Get Out” was honored in a way he never could have imagined.
Jordan Peele Bio (Age)
Jordan grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after his birth in New York City on February 21, 1979. He attended Calhoun School in Manhattan and then went to Sarah Lawrence College, but later dropped out after two years to form a comedy duo with his college roommate, Rebecca Drysdale (future Key & Peele writer).
During his studies, he wanted to become a puppeteer, but his improvisational performances during his school years led him to pursue a career as a comedian instead. Jordan began his career in improvisational comedy and had success with groups like Boom Chicago, based in Amsterdam and Chicago’s second city, before switching to television.
He was a cast member of MADTV for five seasons (2009-2013) and was loved for his talent for parody by celebrities such as James Brown, Ja Rule, Morgan Freeman, and Montel Williams. Key & Peele was born after meeting his future partner in the comedy Keegan Michael Key on the set of the show.
Jordan became more prominent when he starred in the 2012-2015 comedy central sketch series Key & Peele. His other works include a recurring role in the Adult Swim Show Children’s Hospital, Keanu, Wanderlust (2012), Fargo (2014).
Jordan Peele has made no small contribution to the entertainment world in the comic field, and we look forward to the prospect of new projects in the comic arena.
How Much is Jordan Peele Worth?
Jordan has an estimated net worth of $12 million. His modern classic Get Out, which cost $4.5 million to produce, has grossed over $177 million at the box office, making it one of the most profitable films of 2017.
Jordan Peele’s Family: Parents, Wife
He was born the son of an African-American father, Hayward Peele, and raised by his single mother, Lucinda Williams, a white woman. His father was not around much when he left Jordan when he was only 6 years old. In 1999 his father then died. The little time he spent together with his father always brought him happy memories.
Since 2013 Jordan has been with the American actress, comedian, and TV star of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chelsea Pretti (a white woman). He connected with Chelsea on Twitter after looking up some videos of her and watching a web series she made.
He first fell in love with her when she appeared as a guest with her co-authors on Parks and Recreation in a podcast episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!. It was then that Jordan told his friend that there was a ten percent chance he would marry her before they even met.
The duo got engaged in November 2015 and Chelsea announced her escape in April 2016. According to her Instagram, her wedding was witnessed by her dog.
The comic couple welcomed their first child, a son, Beaumont Gino Peele, on July 1, 2017.
Jordan’s Awards and Nominations
The reward for being good at what you do is broad acclaim, numerous awards, and recognition, not to mention the fat bag that comes with it. Most of Jordan Peele’s works have received numerous nominations and won several awards. Get Out, his directorial debut has received the most awards and nominations. His list of nominations includes:
In 2018 for Best Director:
- Academy Award.
- Empire Award.
- Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
- Independent Spirit Award.
- National Society of Film Critics Award.
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award.
- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film.
For Best Original Screenplay in 2018:
- Academy Award.
- BAFTA Award.
- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay.
- Satellite Award.
- AACTA International Award.
- Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.
The others include:
- Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.
- Academy Award for Best Picture.
- Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.
- London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Film writer of the Year.
- 2017 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film.
- 2017 Austin Film Critics Association for Best Director.
Get Out also scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, for the star actor, Daniel Kaluuya.
The film has also won many awards which include
- Gotham Independent Film Awards for Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.
- Gotham Independent Film Awards for Best Screenplay
- National Board of Review for Best Directorial Debut
- British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film
- New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film
- Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay
- Satellite Award for Best Director
- Writers Guild of America award for the Original Screenplay.
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.
- Producers Guild of America Award – Stanley Kramer Award.
- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
His other work that has been recognized is his comedy sketch series, Key & Peele, for;
- 2016 Writers Guild of America Award (WGAA) for Television: Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series.
- 2013 WGAA for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series.
- 2016 TV Land Icon Awards Comedy Duo Icon (won).
- 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series (won).
- 2014, 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
- 2016 Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
- 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
The award-winning director has a height of 1.75 m (5′ 9″).