Have you been watching the HBO Network’s comedy television series Silicon Valley? If you have, then you should be familiar with the character Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti played by actor Joshua Max Brener (professionally known as Josh Brener). Brener’s Hollywood career took off entirely in 2009, and he now has a long line of acting credits, both film, and television. In only ten years in the industry, Josh Brener has been a part of no less than forty screen projects.
These include some of the most prestigious in the industry, such as Disney Channel’s Star Wars Resistance, on which Josh has been featuring since October 2018. This is no doubt an outstanding achievement born out of great talent. If you want to know more about the dynamic personality, the secret behind his career success, and a lot more, join us as we take a deep but brief dive into the often comedic actor’s most eventful life and career.
Josh Brener Wanted to Be a Baseball Player
According to information found on Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Birth Index, 1903 – 1997, the birth of Josh Brener occurred on Monday, October 1, 1984, in Houston, Texas. From childhood, he aspired to become a famous baseball player, but that dream got shattered by an injury he sustained on the baseball pitch in sixth grade. This caused him to redirect his interest to acting instead.
We also know that Josh Brener had his high school education at Bellaire High School in Greater Houston. While in high school in 2003, Josh Brener was the winner of the Tommy Tune Award for his outstanding performance in Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
Josh Brener’s Evolving Career As An Actor
In Silicon Valley, where he played his most famous role to date as ‘Big Head,’ his character is a dumb man who dropped out of college. Things are, however, much different in real life. Not only is he a smart person, but he also attended Harvard University and graduated in 2007. At Harvard, he was the president of the theatrical student society, Hasty Pudding Theatricals. At the Ivy League school, he studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater.
After he graduated, Josh made his professional acting career debut with the 2009 short comedy, The Condom Killer. He followed up his appearance in the short comedy by a role as a graduate student in The Guy Who Cured Cancer. He also played Matt in Sofia And Sam in 2009. The actor has been part of many multiple-year TV series such as Glory Daze (2010/11), The Big Bang Theory (2011 – 2013), Maron (2013 – 2015), and Future-Worm (2016 – 2018). Others are Silicon Valley (since 2014), DuckTales (since 2017), Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (since 2018), and Star Wars Resistance (since 2018).
So far, in more than twelve years in the industry, the Houston-born actor cum comedian has appeared in more than 49 movies and TV shows. However, while he remains a fan favorite for film and TV fans worldwide, he hasn’t found as much love with critics. So far, the actor has only one nomination for an award, which is the Maverick Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor in the short film, The Condom Killer.
Did You Know Josh is Also an Acting Teacher?
The awards may be yet to come and validate Josh Brener’s recognizable talents on screen, but the management of Stan Kirsch Acting Studios in Hollywood has. The actor is one of the studio’s teachers. He is part of a training team of actors at the studio, which has produced several successful Hollywood talents. Some of the studio’s alum include Rachel Bloom, David Giuntoli, Christine Ko, and Josh Brener himself.
The Actor Is Now A Multimillionaire
No one can say if Josh Brener would have become a major league baseball player and gotten the wealth that goes with it. But, his second career choice as a comedian and actor has been financially rewarding for him. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actor has a net worth of $5 million. The biggest contributors to his net worth include his Silicon Valley role, along with various voice acting gigs like 101 Dalmatian Street, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars: Resistance.
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Josh is Married to an Actor/Comedian
As already hinted on, Josh Brener is someone who likes to keep his personal life private. But this attitude often makes him a subject of so many speculations among his teeming fans around the world. His sexual orientation, for example, has been a topic in the front burner for a long time. So also is his marital and love life.
So, if you are one of those who have been wondering if Josh Brener is married or who his wife is, here is an answer to the mystery. Josh is married to an actress cum writer named Meghan Falcone. The pair met on the field, acting on comedy sets for the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) Theatre.
Josh Brener’s wife has appeared in more than 40 movies and TV shows, including roles in Californication (2007), Foursome (2016), and Future Man (2017). She also has three award nominations to her name. One of them is the Best Comedy Actor in a Feature award by Studio City Film Festival for her role in Bastsh*t Bride.
The couple began their relationship while still Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) Theatre, and after dating for some time, the duo decided to get married. They exchanged marital vows in a secret wedding that reportedly took place sometime in 2014.
The couple seems to be very compatible, being both comedians. So, probably as a function of this compatibility, they are enjoying their union. However, there is no information available just yet on whether the marriage has produced any child.
His Parents Raised Him as a Jew
Josh Brener is the son of Daniel Brener and his wife, Sharon. We can’t find any more details about Josh’s family members because he prefers not to reveal such personal info. However, in an interview available on YouTube, Josh reveals that they raised him a Jew. We take this to mean that his parents are Jewish. Meanwhile, although not exclusively, his name ‘Joshua’ seems to support his claim to Jewish roots.