• Jonah Bobo is an actor and voice actor best known for his role in “Zathura: A Space Adventure” in 2005.
• As of late-2019, sources inform us of his net worth being over $1 million.
• He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home and shown an interest in acting from a young age.
• His other notable roles include “The Best Thief in the World”, “The Backyardigans”, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Disconnect”.
• Since 2012, he has been inactive from the entertainment industry and has no strong online presence.

Known for movies

Short Info

FactHas a younger sister called Georgia.

Who is Jonah Bobo?

Jonah Bobo was born on 24 January 1997, in Roosevelt Island, New York, USA, and is an actor as well as a voice actor, best known for his role in the 2005 film entitled “Zathura: A Space Adventure” in which he played Danny Budwing. He also worked on “The Backyardigans” as the voice of the character Austin.

The Wealth of Jonah Bobo

How rich is Jonah Bobo? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He was active in the entertainment industry from 2004 to 2012, though it is not known if he will resume his acting endeavors with no showing of his future intentions towards his career.

Time will tell if his net worth will change significantly as he continues his life.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Jonah was raised by his parents in Roosevelt Island, living in an Orthodox Jewish home – his grandmother was Jewish businesswoman Salha “Mama” Bobo who is also known for her philanthropic efforts during her life. At a young age he developed a strong interest towards acting, and quickly capitalized on the opportunities offered to him.

His first film role was in “The Best Thief in the World”, a comedy-drama that starred Mary-Louise Parker. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before later airing through Showtime. During the same year, he had his first starring role in “Around the Bend”, in which he portrayed the youngest in a four-generation family. The film was directed by Jordan Roberts, inspired by his relationship with his criminally insane, substance abusing, and absentee father. The film, however, received negative reviews overall.

Jonah Bobo

Rise to Prominence

In 2005, Bobo had an uncredited role in “Strangers with Candy”, produced by Comedy Central and considered one of the more popular cult shows. During the same year, he was cast in his most notable role in “Zathura: A Space Adventure”. The science fiction adventure film was directed by Jon Favreau, and is an adaptation of the children’s book “Zathura” written by Chris Van Allsburg. He also wrote “Jumanji”, but the film shows no direct connection to “Jumanji” despite being connected in the books, though it was marketed as a part of the same universe. The film showed two brothers playing a mysterious board game, teleporting them to outer space.

While working on these projects, Jonah also had a voice role in the CGI children’s television show entitled “The Backyardigans”. The show follows five animal friends who use their imaginations to embark on adventures while in their shared backyard. The show is based on the live action pilot entitled “Me and My Friends”, which was later retooled using motion capture techniques and CGI. The following year, he had a voice role in “The Fox and the Hound 2” which is a direct to video sequel to 1981’s “The Fox and the Hound”.

Latter Career and Inactivity

In 2008, Jonah was cast in “Choke”, portraying a young Victor Mancini; the film stars Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It is based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name released in 2001, telling the story of a man who intentionally chokes on food in high-class restaurants, encouraging sympathetic people to give him money to help cover his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease hospital bills. The following year, he had a guest role in both “30 Rock” and “Royal Pains”.

In 2011, he appeared in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, a romantic comedy film starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone. It follows the story of a divorced man who is taught how to pick-up women in bars – Gosling’s performance led him to a Golden Globe nomination, and the film was commercially successful. His last film project was released the following year entitled “Disconnect”, a drama starring an ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard and Hope Davis. The film showcases how people experience the negative side of modern communication technology. Since this film he has been inactive from the entertainment industry.

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Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Bobo’s romantic relationships. He has not been public about this aspect of his life, and has been mostly out of the spotlight since 2012, with a lot of speculation as to his current endeavors. The belief is that he has decided to move on to a different career path, though it has not been confirmed. It was revealed through an interview that Jonah is his middle name and that his grandfather is the only one who calls him by his (unknown) first name.

During the filming of “Zathura”, he had to wear fake teeth, as he lost seven teeth while filming. He also has a younger sister and often went to summer camp as a child. One of the reasons why there is very limited information about his current endeavors, is due to the lack of any strong online presence. He does not have accounts on the major social media website such as Instagram and Facebook. He created a Twitter account in 2012, but after posting a tweet, has not been active on the site, moving away from his public endeavors entirely.

General Info

Full NameJonah Bobo
Height1.74 m
ProfessionSinger, Voice Actor


ParentsDenise Raimi, Scott Bobo
SiblingsGeorgia Bobo


MoviesDisconnect, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Choke, Tale of the Mighty Knights, The Fox and the Hound 2, Zathura, Around the Bend, The Best Thief in the World
TV ShowsThe Backyardigans

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1His father is of Egyptian Jewish and Syrian Jewish descent. His mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
2During the summer, he goes to a sleep away camp called Tranquillity.
3Jonah attends Fiorello Laguardia High School in NYC.
4Has a younger sister called Georgia.
5He has been reading since he was 2 1/2.
6He lost seven teeth during the shooting of the movie Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). As the movie takes place in only one day, he had to wear "flippers" (fake teeth).
7Jonah is his middle name. His grandfather is the only person who calls him by his first name.




To Instigate Blue2014ShortJonah
Disconnect2012/IBen Boyd
Crazy, Stupid, Love.2011Robbie
The Backyardigans2004-2010TV SeriesAustin
Royal Pains2009TV SeriesArlo Grant
30 Rock2009TV SeriesEthan
Choke2008Young Victor
The Fox and the Hound 22006VideoTodd (voice)
Zathura: A Space Adventure2005Danny
Strangers with Candy2005Shamus Noblet (uncredited)
Around the Bend2004Zach Lair
The Best Thief in the World2004Sam Zaidman


The Cast of 'Zathura'2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Right Moves: The Making of 'Zathura'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Zathura: Race to the Black Planet2006Video documentary shortHimself
It's a Good Day: The Making of 'Around the Bend'2005Video documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

2012Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActorCrazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
2006Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or YoungerZathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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