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Top 20 Under 40 - Jonathan Cherry

Published: January 20th 2011
in Culture » Society

Jonathan Cherry

Shalom Life is proud to introduce our inaugural ”Top 20 Under 40” list. This list encompasses 20 individuals of diverse occupations and backgrounds; from businessmen and businesswomen and innovative entrepreneurs, to philanthropists, entertainers, doctors and more, the inaugural list places a spotlight on the myriad of talented, creative and passionate Jews, all under 40, who call Toronto home. Each day we'll introduce a new profile. We hope you enjoy the list and look forward to expanding it to other cities in the coming year. 


Jonathan Cherry



When one speaks of the advantages that go with attending a Jewish summer camp, few, if any, folks attribute their experiences to helping them crystallize their career choice. But for Canadian actor Jonathan Cherry, that’s exactly what happened.


"I was a counselor at a basketball camp in Malibu, when my senior councillor there suggested I pursue a film career," said Cherry, a Montreal native. "A lot of creativity comes from Jewish summer camp, and for me it was a great experience. In fact, it influenced my decision to go to film school and ultimately to become an actor."


Raised in Toronto before eventually making the migration to his current home of Los Angeles, Cherry has appeared in a couple of CSI episodes, and several films, including his notable role of Rory Peters in the popular 2002 film Final Destination 2.


Cherry will be returning to the big screen in a big way shortly, starring as a Portugese hockey goaltender in the upcoming film Goon, to be released later this year. The film is directed by Michael Dowse and a team of writers including Vancouver’s Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel from Montreal, who also stars in the film and appeared in recent movies such as The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and The Trotsky. Liev Schrieber and Seann William Scott (best known as Stifler in the American Pie franchise) also star in the film. Goon was shot in Manitoba, with the initial intent of filming solely in Winnipeg. However, Cherry said the production was unable to get enough ice time in the city, so they had to go out to Portage la Prairie for two weeks.


"No one in Winnipeg wanted to give up their ice time so we filmed from 11 at night until 11 in the morning and I'm still worn out from it," Cherry said about a week after returning to LA from location.


And, true to the nature of all actors, Cherry, who grew an unruly, greasy, and totally out-of-control moustache for his role in Goon, decided to have a little fun while visiting his parents in Florida. Tired of his mom constantly showing him off to friends and neighbours in the Sunshine State, Cherry decided to keep the less than ideal lip hair, hoping it might dissuade her from doing so, and allow him to get a bit more R & R.


Even though he grew up in Canada, Cherry said he had never been a huge hockey fan before, but has now been converted, although basketball remains his number one sporting passion.


"I am the biggest Toronto Raptors fan of anyone living in Toronto or elsewhere," Cherry gushes. "I watch every game that I can."

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