• Joel David Moore is a 42 year-old actor and director born in Portland, Oregon, USA.
• He has had a successful acting career since 1996 and has directed six of his own films.
• He is most famously known for his role in the revolutionary film, Avatar.
• His estimated net worth is over $4 million.
• He is active on social media, with almost 5,000 Facebook fans, 65,000 Twitter followers, and nearly 30,000 Instagram followers.

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Short Info

FactGraduated from Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, Oregon in 1995.

Who is Joel David Moore?

Born under the sign of Libra on the 25th of September 1977, in Portland, Oregon USA, of English, Scottish, German and Irish descent, Joel David Moore is a 42 year-old Caucasian actor and director. He is probably most familiar to the world thanks to his frequent exposure on television, and across other media outlets, in great part due to the roles he has had, and the subsequent popularity of the films he has featured in. He has had a great number of successes over the course of his often lucrative acting career since 1996.

Early life and education: The star of the family

Joel was raised alongside his younger brother Adam in their place of birth, by his father John Moore, and his mother Missy (née Irvine) Moore.

The family’s home was located in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Southeast Portland, where Joel spent the majority of his early years. Regarding the interests he had during childhood, Moore hasn’t divulged much on this topic, but looking at his education, the fans have concluded that Joel David initially desired a job of a highly technical nature, which later changed to performance arts as he grew into adolescence. As for his education, the popular actor first attended Benson Polytechnic High School in his birth city, from where he matriculated in 1995. He afterwards enrolled into Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, but had a change of heart two years later, thus transferred to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, graduating from there with a bachelor of fine arts degree in performing arts in 2001.

Career: Theater before television

Joel’s first acting experience took place one year after he finished high school, at which point he appeared in the film entitled “Foxfire”. He put his career on hold until graduation, and then performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival twice in a row, in 2001 and 2002, meanwhile also having starred in two episodes of “City Guys”, “P.O.D.: Youth of the Nation” (2001), and “Boston Public” (2001 and 2002). He resumed the latter year with three more roles, in “Boomtown”, “Providence” and “Deep Cover”. The year 2003 proved highly successful for the auspicious actor at the time, with five additional roles under his belt. Moore went into 2004 and 2005 with the same tempo, being featured in another five titles per year.

Joel David Moore

In 2006, Joel had his first directing experience as well, having worked on the short film entitled “Miles from Home”, alongside six more roles, followed up by another five in 2007, and his first directing credit – in the feature film entitled “Spiral”. Joel was seen in another seven roles in 2008, and entered 2009 as the director of the short film entitled “Byron Phillips: Found”, but that wasn’t his greatest success at the time.

Becoming a legend

Besides another five, in comparison negligible roles, Joel’s acting potential peaked in 2009 when he got to portray Norm Spellman in the legendary James Cameron action adventure fantasy 3D film, at the time completely revolutionary, entitled “Avatar”. Following the film’s massive success, Joel became even more popular, earning himself a spot among highly respected actors and later directors with this achievement.

Considering the fact that “Avatar” is the second highest grossing film of all time ($2.790 billion), only $6 million behind “Avengers: Endgame”, it can be concluded that this is probably the highest contribution to Joel’s net worth. He continued his career, landing four on-screen appearances in 2010, one of them being his continued participation as Keith Bruning, whom he portrayed the previous year as well in “Medium”. He also directed another short film this year, entitled “Hours Before”.

Joel’s current decade

2011 was a boom year for Moore’s career, seeing as he got eight roles in rapid succession, some of the most notable being his voice lending in the “Family Guy” cartoon, and an appearance as Gordon in “Shark Night 3D”.

2012 went by as an even bigger achievement, at which point Joel landed ten roles, most famously the character of Craig in the crime thriller drama entitled “Savages”. He then took somewhat of a break from acting, with only four roles in 2013, one of them continuing as Doug in “Men at Work” from 2012. The year 2014 showed him on screen another four times, notably as Luke in “Grace: The Possession”, and as Lucas Wahl in 22 episodes of “Forever”, which continued into 2015. Joel had no roles in 2016, but his second directed feature film entitled “Youth in Oregon” was released. 2017 was the year when Moore starred in the last season of the highly popular TV series entitled “Bones”, in which he had been appearing intermittently over the years since 2008. In 2018 he only appeared in one episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and remains to be seen in another six upcoming titles.

He remains an actor and director

Since four of the six films he is set to star in are long-awaited “Avatar” sequels, it’s easy for the fans to think that he’s now fully devoted to acting. However, Joel is determined to also become a celebrated director, thus has two full-length movies yet to be released– the comedy entitled “Killing Winston Jones”, expected on the screen in late 2019, and the thriller entitled “Hide and Seek”, set for release in 2020. To sum up his career so far, he’s acted in 79 titles, and directed six of his own.

Love life: His divorce – separating facts from fiction

When it comes to Joel’s romantic involvements, he hasn’t made much of an effort to keep this part of his life a secret, and so there’s a plenitude of information on the topic. His first known partner was Kineret Karen Ben Yishay, a woman of unknown ethnicity and profession, whom he is thought to have dated for at least a few years prior to marrying on New Year’s Eve in 2009.

As reported by TMZ, though, it looks like the couple couldn’t last longer than two and a half years, and so they divorced due to irreconcilable differences in June 2011. There were many rumors about his love life afterwards, but they all lost merit once he began publicly dating “Phil of the Future” actress Ally Michalka. They kept their dates a public matter most of the time, sharing love openly until 2013; sources can’t offer any insight into why they broke up. Some time afterwards he started a relationship with “Almost Famous” star Kate Hudson, but they failed to last more than two months. It doesn’t seem that Moore dated anyone afterwards, because if he did, the fans would surely know. He is supposedly single.

Joel’s awards and more facts about him

It’s surprising to some fans that Moore has thus far had only four nominations, two of which he won.

His first was the Gold Vision Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for his performance in “Spiral”. The second was the Razzle Award in the Worst Screen Couple category for “The Hottie & the Nottie”. His first unawarded nomination took place in 2005, – the MTV Movie Award in the Best On-Screen Team category for “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”, and in 2016 he almost obtained the Best Feature award at the Anchorage International Film Festival, in the Narrative Feature Film category for his directing skills in “Youth in Oregon”. One more interesting detail about the famous actor/director, is that his brother Adam Moore possesses a high education too, being a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Also, his best friend is actor, producer and singer Zachary Levi, who has an equally impressive resume in the entertainment business.

What is Joel David Moore’s net worth?

Have you ever taken a second to consider just how rich Joel could be, in the second half of 2019? Various sources with high credibility offer the estimate that his current wealth is higher than $4 million, earned thanks to lending his invaluable acting and directing expertise to some of the most prominent titles to date, such as “Avatar”. Seeing as there are another four sequels of the incredibly popular film coming up, Joel’s net worth will most definitely increase.

Social media presence

So, how active do you think the popular actor could be on social media? Being a director and a seasoned Hollywood face, Joel is expected by both his colleagues and fans to constantly interact with the audiences on social media, thus exponentially increasing his profits in the long run. Joel seems to be very well aware of how this business model operates, and constantly shares information about his private and professional engagements with his faithful followers. He can be found on each of the three most popular social media networks. His Facebook has almost 5,000 fans, his Twitter just over 65,000, and his Instagram is nearing 30,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameJoel Embiid
Salary4.826 million USD
Height2.13 m, 1.88 m
Weight113 kg
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Kansas, Southern Oregon University, Benson Polytechnic High School
NationalityCameroonian, American


ParentsChristine Embiid, Thomas Embiid, Missy Moore, John Moore
SiblingsArthur Embiid, Muriel Embiid, Adam Moore


NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
MoviesAvatar, Shark Night, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Hottie and the Nottie, Grandma's Boy, Hatchet, CBGB, Savages, Art School Confidential, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Jewtopia, Gone, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, Shanghai Kiss, Julia X 3D, Chillerama, The Shaggy Dog, Spiral, Youth in Or...
TV ShowsForever, E-Ring

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1In an episode of "Bones", Moore's character Dr. Fisher invites his colleagues to camp out overnight to see the movie "Avatar". In reality, Moore had a significant role in the actual "Avatar" film.
2Best friend and business partner of Zachary Levi.
3Graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, Oregon in 1995.
4Has a younger brother, Adam, who graduated from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.
5Graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Performing Arts in 2001.




Budding ProspectsTV Movie post-productionPhil
Bones2008-2017TV SeriesColin Fisher Dr. Colin Fisher
Forever2014-2015TV SeriesLucas Wahl
Divine Access2015Nigel
The Guest2014/ICraig
Killing Winston Jones2014Paavo
CBGB2013Joey Ramone
Hatchet III2013Ben (uncredited)
Men at Work2012-2013TV SeriesDoug
Date My Dad2013TV MovieOwen Phillips
American Citizen2012ShortBob the Radio Host (voice)
Let It Go2012TV MovieSpencer
Franklin & Bash2012TV SeriesDennis Mazzani
Grassroots2012Grant Cogswell
Jewtopia2012Adam Lipschitz
Gone2012/INick Massey
Ticket Out2012Riley (as Joel Moore)
Family Guy2011TV Series
Last Man Standing2011TV SeriesHappy Happy Rainbow Play Care Center Employee
Julia X2011Sam (as Joel Moore)
Shark Night 3D2011Gordon
Chillerama2011Adolf Hitler (segment "The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein")
Chaos2011TV SeriesConstantine Gallo
Hawaii Five-02011TV SeriesDeputy Director Sheldon Tunney
Chuck2010TV SeriesMackintosh
Janie Jones2010Dave (as Joel Moore)
The Third Rule2010ShortPeter (as Joel Moore)
Medium2009-2010TV SeriesKeith Bruning
Avatar2009Norm Spellman
Stuntmen2009Troy Lebowski (as Joel Moore)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt2009Corey Finley
Bed Ridden2009ShortJay
Fairy Tale Police2008ShortBig Bad Wolf (as Joel Moore)
My Name Is Earl2008TV SeriesClyde
The Tiffany Problem2008ShortSam Hane (as Joel Moore)
The Hottie & the Nottie2008Nate Cooper
House M.D.2007TV SeriesEddie
Shanghai Kiss2007Joe Silverman (as Joel Moore)
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning2007TV MovieCooter
The Dead One2007Zak (as Joel Moore)
The Elder Son2006Kenny (as Joel Moore)
Miles from Home2006/IIShortMiles (as Joel Moore)
The Shaggy Dog2006Pound Employee
E-Ring2005-2006TV SeriesGreg - NSA Liaison
Art School Confidential2006Bardo
Grandma's Boy2006J.P.
Cooked2005TV MovieMike (as Joel Moore)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005TV SeriesGuy in the Blue Hat
Reel Guerrillas2005ShortNick Walker (as Joel Moore)
The Inside2005TV SeriesBrian Pines
LAX2004-2005TV SeriesEddie Carson
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story2004Owen
Raising Genius2004Rolf (as Joel Moore)
The Guardian2004TV SeriesMalcom Reeves
The Amazing Westermans2004TV Movie as Joel Moore
Strong Medicine2003TV SeriesDan
Six Feet Under2003TV SeriesVideo Clerk
Angel2003TV SeriesKarl Vamp
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2003TV SeriesPete
Deep Cover2002TV SeriesPete Steinem (as Joel Moore)
Providence2002TV SeriesHoward
Boomtown2002TV SeriesUsher #2
Boston Public2001-2002TV SeriesHartzell
City Guys2001TV SeriesHoover
Foxfire1996First Geek (as Joel Moore)
Paging Dr. FreedTV MovieJonathan


Youth in Oregon2016
Killing Winston Jones2014
Hours Before2010Short
Byron Phillips: Found2009Short
Miles from Home2006/IIShort


#Stuck2014executive producer
Killing Winston Jones2014executive producer
Jewtopia2012executive producer
Shadowheart2009Video executive producer - as Joel Moore
Etienne!2009producer - as Joel Moore
Spiral2007/Iexecutive producer


Hours Before2010Short co-written by
Byron Phillips: Found2009Short


Shark Night 3D2011performer: "Shark Bite"
Bones2009TV Series performer - 1 episode


Hours Before2010Short


Crew Film: TheVolume2010very special thanks
Frozen2010/Ispecial thanks


AM Northwest2012TV SeriesHimself
Your Friends Will Never Believe You2011TV SeriesHimself
The Making of The Diary of Anne Frankenstein2011Documentary shortHimself
A Message from Pandora2010Video documentary shortHimself
Avatar: Production Materials2010Video shortHimself
Capturing Avatar2010Video documentaryHimself
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tyra Banks Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2009TV SeriesHimself
Filmnut2009TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Spiral'2008Video documentary shortHimself (as Joel Moore)
Guts & Gore: The FX of 'Hatchet'2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Joel Moore)
Meeting Victor Crowley2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Joel Moore)
The Making of 'Hatchet'2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Joel Moore)
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself (as Joel Moore)
Confessions of an Action Star2005Himself Prisoner (as Joel Moore)
2004 Much Music Video Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Troldspejlet2009TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Norm Spellman


Won Awards

2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe Hottie & the Nottie (2008)
2007Gold Vision AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalSpiral (2007)

Nominated Awards

2005MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamDodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

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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