Jason Sudeikis

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Jason Sudeikis
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Sudeikis in 2013
Born Daniel Jason Sudeikis
(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 41)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active 2003–present
Home town Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Spouse(s) Kay Cannon (m. 2004; div. 2010)
Partner(s) Olivia Wilde (2011–present; engaged)
Children 2

Daniel Jason Sudeikis (pronunciation: suu-DAY-kiss; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.[1] He began his career in improvisational comedy and was a member of The Second City. In 2003, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013.[2][3]

He has appeared on the television shows 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down, The Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn, and other shows. He is best known for his film roles in Hall Pass (2011), A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), We're the Millers (2013), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Sleeping with Other People (2015), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and Colossal (2017).

Early life[edit]

Sudeikis was born in Fairfax, Virginia, and as a child, moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas. His mother, Kathryn (née Wendt), was formerly a travel agent at Brennco/President of the American Society of Travel Agents and his father, Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, is Vice-President of a business development. His uncle is actor George Wendt.[4] His maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard.[5] Sudeikis has two younger sisters, Lindsey Sudeikis, a high school teacher and basketball coach, and Kristen Sudeikis, an actress and dancer in New York City. Sudeikis is of Lithuanian and Irish ancestry on his father's side, and German and Irish on his mother's side.[6]

Sudeikis attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School. He began high school at the Jesuit Rockhurst High School in 1990, later transferring due to academic reasons to Shawnee Mission West High School. He attended Fort Scott Community College on a basketball scholarship, but left before finishing. He began performing improvisational comedy at ComedySportz (now called Comedy City) in Kansas City.

He was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of smell and virtually no sense of taste.[7][8]


Career beginnings[edit]

Sudeikis began performing improvisational comedy at ComedySportz (now called Comedy City) in Kansas City. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic, and was one of the founding members of the long-form team J.T.S. Brown. He performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sudeikis was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

In 2003, while a regular performer at Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live, and would occasionally make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, he became a featured player on the show, and was upgraded to repertory status at the beginning of the show's 32nd season on September 30, 2006. In July 2013, Sudeikis announced that he was leaving Saturday Night Live.[9]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]

  • Male A-hole of the Two A-Holes with Kristen Wiig
  • Gil, a news anchor who treats his field correspondent Michelle Dison's (Kristen Wiig) misfortunes as amusement
  • One of the guys from the "Song Memories" sketches who is the first to tell strange stories about where he was when he first heard a song
  • Ed Mahoney, a brash man who often makes a fool of himself in public
  • Officer Sikorsky, a police officer who brings in convict Lorenzo McIntosh (Kenan Thompson) in an attempt to "scare straight" the three delinquent teens (Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Andy Samberg, and occasionally the week's guest host) that he often arrests. In the earlier sketches, Officer Sikorsky's last name was Matthews.
  • Dancer on What Up with That, an overzealous background dancer often dressed in a red and white Adidas tracksuit with a 1980s man perm. The Ed Helms/Paul Simon episode reveals that his real name is Vance.
  • One half of Bon Jovi opposite band 'Jon Bovi' appearing on Weekend Update with Will Forte
  • DJ Supersoak. Spoof on DJ Clay. Emcee for Kickspit Underground Music with Lil' Blaster (Nasim Pedrad) and MC George Castanza (Jay Pharoah). He has appeared in the "Underground Rock Minute", the "Crunkmas Karnival", the "Kickspit Underground Easter Festival", the "Columbus Day Assblast" and the "Donkey Punch the Ballot" sketches.
  • Pete Twinkle, ESPN Classic host of obscure women's sports with dim-witted Greg Stink (Will Forte) as his co-host
  • Jeff, a disgruntled film and theatre technician who starts unprovoked arguments with the star of the piece.
  • The Devil, who often comes on Weekend Update to point out religious and moral hypocrisy on Earth. On the Emma Stone/Coldplay episode, the Devil gets so upset over the Penn State University sex scandal that he quits his job as The Prince of Darkness and returns to his old job as a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable.[10]
  • Jack Rizzoli, an anchor at WXPD News who always tells veteran reporter Herb Welch (Bill Hader) to do his job.
  • Tommy, a strip club M.C. for Bongo's Clown Room
  • Sensei Mark Hoffman, the faculty adviser and Japanese Studies teacher to Jonathan Cavanaugh-san and Rebecca Stern-Markowitz-san (Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer, respectively), hosts of "J-Pop America Fun Time Now". Considers Jonathan and Rebecca to be the worst students in his Japanese studies class due to their stereotypical perceptions of Japanese culture and is only on the show because university policy states that one of the teachers have to be present if students are using the campus studio.
  • Marshall T. Boudreaux: The host of the courtroom reality show, Maine Justice. Originally, the character was an archetypical Southern gentleman known as Mr. Aymong who appeared on a one-shot sketch on the season 35 episode hosted by Blake Lively in which a Southern man ruins his chances of being hired to NASA by eating his interviewer's potato chip.

Film and television work[edit]

Sudeikis with co-stars Charlie Day and Jason Bateman at the 2011 premiere of Horrible Bosses.

Sudeikis had a recurring role on the NBC series 30 Rock with his friend Tina Fey from 2007-2010. He played Floyd DeBarber, a love interest of Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon. Sudeikis did voice work for the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), playing the role of right-wing radio host Richard Bastion. In July 2008, Sudeikis co-starred with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio in the Lorne Michaels-produced web-series The Line on Crackle.[11]

He also appeared in the comedy What Happens in Vegas (2008), playing the role of Cameron Diaz's character's ex-fiancé. Sudeikis appeared in the film The Bounty Hunter, released in March 2010.

Sudeikis was a voice actor on the FOX animated comedy series The Cleveland Show. Sudeikis provided the voice for Holt Richter, Cleveland's wannabe hipster neighbor, as well as the voice of Terry Kimple, Cleveland's hard-partying high school buddy, who now works with Cleveland at the cable company. After previously being credited as a recurring guest in season one, Sudeikis was bumped up to a series regular beginning in season two.[12]

Sudeikis co-hosted WWE Raw with Going the Distance co-stars Charlie Day and Justin Long on August 16, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[13] He had worked with Day when he played the role of Schmitty on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and reprised the role on that show's 7th-season finale.

In May 2010, he joined the cast of the comedy Horrible Bosses (2011).[14] Sudeikis played his first lead film role, alongside Owen Wilson, in the Farrelly brothers comedy Hall Pass (2011).[15] He also starred in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011). He hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.[16]

Sudeikis had a recurring role on the third season of the HBO series Eastbound & Down from 2012-2013, playing Shane, Kenny Powers's battery mate on the Myrtle Beach Mermen, and Shane's twin brother, Cole.[17] Sudeikis became the voice for a line of advertisements of the Applebee's casual dining chain that began running in 2012.[18] He features in the music video for Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".[19]

Sudeikis starred in the comedies We're the Millers (2013) and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014). In 2013 and 2014, he also portrayed Ted Lasso, an American football coach brought to England to coach the Tottenham Hotspur, as part of two promotional videos for NBC Sports for their coverage of the Premier League.

Sudeikis starred in Sleeping with Other People (2015), Tumbledown (2015), The Book of Love (2016), Mother Day (2016), and Race (2016). He also had another recurring role on the television show, The Last Man on Earth from 2015-2016.

In October 2016, Sudeikis played the lead role of John Keating in the Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway production in New York City of Dead Poets Society, the stage adaptation of the film by the same name.

Personal life[edit]

Sudeikis married screenwriter Kay Cannon in 2004 after being together for nine years. They separated in 2008 and their divorce was finalized in 2010.[20]

He started dating actress Olivia Wilde in 2011 and became engaged in January 2013.[21] They have a son, Otis Alexander Sudeikis, born April 20, 2014, and a daughter, Daisy Josephine Sudeikis, born October 11, 2016.[22][23]

On May 11, 2012, Sudeikis's father's family history was traced on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?[24]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Ten Tony Contiella
Watching the Detectives Jonathan
Meet Bill Jim Whittman
2008 The Rocker David Marshall
Semi-Pro Nacho Fan Cameo
What Happens in Vegas Mason
2010 The Bounty Hunter Stewart
Going the Distance Box Saunders
2011 Hall Pass Fred Searing
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Eric Keppler
Horrible Bosses Kurt Buckman
2012 The Campaign Mitch Wilson
2013 Movie 43 Fake Batman
Drinking Buddies Gene Dentler
Epic Bomba (voice)
We're the Millers David Clark
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Kurt Buckman
2015 Sleeping with Other People Jake
Tumbledown Andrew McCabe
2016 Race Larry Snyder
Mother's Day Bradley
The Angry Birds Movie Red (voice)
Masterminds Mike McKinney
The Book of Love Henry
Colossal Oscar
2017 Permission Glenn Post-production
Downsizing Post-production
Kodachrome Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003–13 Saturday Night Live Various 174 episodes; also writer
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David Episode: "Plugged"
2007–10 30 Rock Floyd DeBarber 12 episodes
2008 Childrens Hospital Dr. Robert "Bobby" Fiscus 2 episodes
2008–12 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 6 episodes
2009–13 The Cleveland Show Various 80 episodes
2010–11 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Peter "Schmitty" Schmidt 2 episodes
2011–14 Portlandia Aliki / Kim 2 episodes
2011 2011 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) TV special
2012–13 Eastbound & Down Shane Gerald / Cole Gerald 6 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Badtz-Maru / Farmer Smurf (voice) Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014 Garfunkel and Oates N/A Co-wrote episode: "Third Member"
2015–17 The Last Man on Earth Mike Miller 13 episodes
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Thomas Edison Episode: "Thomas Edison"
2016–17 Son of Zorn Zorn (voice) 13 episodes
2017–present Detroiters Carter Grant 2 episodes; (executive producer)
Year Title Voice
Video games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award / Film Festival Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Duo (with Jennifer Aniston) We're the Millers Nominated [25]
MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance We're the Millers Nominated [26]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit We're the Millers Nominated [27]
2015 MTV Movie Awards #WTF Moment (with Charlie Day) Horrible Bosses 2 Nominated [28]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Hissy Fit The Angry Birds Movie Nominated [29]
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Most Wanted Pet The Angry Birds Movie Nominated [30]


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  13. ^ "Upcoming Raw guest stars". WWE.com. November 29, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
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  18. ^ "Buzz for Applebee's Inflates in Light of Jokey 'Lunch Decoy' Campaign". Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
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  23. ^ Juneau, Jen (October 15, 2016). "Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Welcome Second Child". People. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  24. ^ Permalink (January 6, 2012). "NBC Announces The Celebrities Tracing Their Family Trees On Season Three Of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Premiering February 3". NBC.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
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  30. ^ "Justin Timberlake and Kevin Hart Lead Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Nominations". Variety. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 

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