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Aaron Himelstein is an American actor best known for playing a younger version of Austin Powers in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember. He provided the voice for Desna in The Legend of Korra.

The Legend of Korra credits


Character information: Desna

Selected other credits

Television work


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Biographical information

Personal life

Himelstein is the son of Susan, née Maloney, and Robert "Bob" Himelstein; he is of Jewish heritage on his father's side and German-Irish on his mother's. He is close friends with fellow Joan of Arcadia stars Michael Welch and Chris Marquette; Himelstein and Welch had known each other for several years but did not become good friends until the series began in 2003.

He dated Remember the Daze co-star Leighton Meester in 2007 and the two of them briefly rekindled their romance in 2012.


Himelstein has made a number of guest appearances on television throughout his career, beginning in 1999 with the series Cupid. This was followed by appearances in, among others, Significant Others, House M.D., Journeyman, Do Over, Community, and four episodes of Doll & Em. He also began appearing in the series Joan of Arcadia in 2003, playing Friedman, Luke Girardi's best friend, and would ultimately appear in the series until its conclusion in 2005.

Himelstein is perhaps best known in film for playing a younger version of Austin Powers in Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002, which followed an appearance in High Fidelity two years prior. In 2006, he appeared in Fast Food Nation, Down the P.C.H., and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and had a part in Remember the Daze alongside Amber Heard, Alexa Vega, and Leighton Meester a year later. He appeared in Losers Take All in 2011 and had a small part in the Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014.

Away from acting, Aaron wrote, directed, and edited two short films, Sugar Mountain and The Napkin, and was also a producer on the films Fellowship and Choose Connor, released in 2005 and 2007, respectively.