Lawrence Jay Duplass is an American film director, author, and actor widely known for his films The Puffy Chair , Cyrus , and Jeff, Who Lives at Home , made in collaboration with his younger brother, Mark Duplass.Duplass stars in the Amazon Video comedy-drama series Transparent , and co-created the HBO comedy-drama series Togetherness .Early lifeDuplass was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Cynthia and Lawrence Duplass. He was raised in a Catholic family, and attended Jesuit High School. Duplass graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in film. Duplass is of part Cajun ancestry.CareerDirectingDuplass attributes much of his and his brother's love for film to his appreciation for Raising Arizona. In an interview with Robert K.