Edit
Jason Sudeikis Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (4) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (1) | Trivia (21) | Personal Quotes (19)

Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 September 1975Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Birth NameDaniel Jason Sudeikis
Nickname Suds
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia, to Kathryn (Wendt), a former a travel agent at Brennco and president of the American Society of Travel Agents, and Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, a vice president of business development. He is of Lithuanian and Irish descent on his father's side, and German and Irish ancestry on his mother's. As a child, he moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas, which he has described as his hometown. He attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School; both are located in Overland Park. 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 began performing at ComedySportz (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. After moving to Chicago, he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic, where he was one of the founding members of the long-form team J.T.S. Brown. He was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company, and also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of Second City Las Vegas. He continues to frequently perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's weekly improv show ASSSCAT 3000 in New York City. In 2003, while a regular performer at Second City Las Vegas, he was hired as a sketch writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live (1975) and would occasionally make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, he became a featured player and was upgraded to repertory status in 2006. In July 2013, he announced that he was leaving SNL.

In 2007-2010, he had a recurring role as Floyd on NBC's 30 Rock (2006), playing the love interest of Liz Lemon (played by friend Tina Fey) and appearing in 12 episodes. His voice-over work include video-game Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), playing the role of right-wing radio host Richard Bastion. In 2008, he also appeared in the comedy What Happens in Vegas (2008), playing the role of Cameron Diaz's character's ex-fiancé, in The Rocker (2008) as David Marshall, opposite Rainn Wilson, Emma Stone, and Josh Gad, in Semi-Pro (2008) as Nacho Fan, in Childrens Hospital (2008) as Dr. Robert 'Bobby' Fiscus, and co-starred with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio in the Lorne Michaels-produced web-series "The Line on Crackle". In 2010, he appeared in The Bounty Hunter (2010), alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, playing a colleague of Aniston's character, who falls in love with her, in Going the Distance (2010) as Box, and also co-hosted WWF Raw: Episode dated 16 August 2010 (2010) with his "Going the Distance" co-stars Charlie Day and Justin Long at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He also worked with Day on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) playing Schmitty on two episodes.

In FOX's animated comedy The Cleveland Show (2009), he provided the voices of Holt Richter and Terry Kimple in almost all of episodes until the series' end in 2013, and had a recurring role on the cult comedy Eastbound & Down (2009). His first lead film role, alongside Owen Wilson, was in Farrelly brothers comedy Hall Pass (2011). That year, he also appeared in Seth Gordon comedy Horrible Bosses (2011), opposite Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman, and in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011). He also hosted 2011 MTV Movie Awards (2011). His other movies include The Campaign (2012), opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, Movie 43 (2013), Drinking Buddies (2013), Epic (2013), and We're the Millers (2013). He also starred in Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), and in Sleeping with Other People (2015). He can also be seen in the romantic comedy, Tumbledown (2015) opposite Rebecca Hall and in Race (2016) as Larry Snyder, Jesse Owens' coach.

He is also Henry, a widowed and introverted architect, in The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2016), in Mother's Day (2016), opposite Jennifer Aniston for the fifth time, is the voice of Red in The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and is playing a recurring character, Mike Miller, on The Last Man on Earth (2015). He is also starring in Masterminds (2016), opposite Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig, in Colossal (2016), opposite Anne Hathaway, in Permission (2017), again with Rebecca Hall, in Son of Zorn (2016) as the voice of Zorn, and in Alexander Payne's Downsizing (2017).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous; imoth

Spouse (1)

Kay Cannon (26 June 2004 - 4 March 2010) (divorced)

Trivia (21)

Nephew of George Wendt.
Was a member of Second City Las Vegas before getting hired as a writer on SNL.
In the 1990s, he was a performer with the competitive improvisational comedy troupe ComedySportz, and before getting hired as a writer on SNL, was a member of Second City Las Vegas.
Sudeikis is of Lithuanian and Irish descent on his father (Dan)'s side, and German and Irish ancestry on his mother (Kathy)'s. Has two younger sisters, Lindsay and Kristen Sudeikis. Kristen is a budding actress and dancer in New York City, and has also appeared in an episode of 30 Rock (2006). Younger sister Lindsay is a high school teacher and basketball coach. His uncle (mother's brother) is actor George Wendt (Norm Peterson from NBC's Cheers (1982)). His maternal grandmother's father was photographer Tom Howard.
Grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. Attended Shawnee Mission West High School, Kansas. Attended a local union college on a basketball scholarship. Is an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan.
Attended Shawnee Mission West High School. Paul Rudd also went there.
In January 2013, he was engaged to Olivia Wilde. Son, Otis Alexander (b. April 20, 2014) with Wilde. They live in New York. He was previously married to 30 Rock (2006) writer Kay Cannon during 2004-2010.
His father is of half Lithuanian and half Irish descent, and his mother is of one quarter German and three quarters Irish ancestry.
Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in five movies: The Bounty Hunter (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), We're the Millers (2013), and Mother's Day (2016).
Became a father for the 1st time at age 38 when his fiancée Olivia Wilde gave birth to their son Otis Alexander Sudeikis on April 20, 2014.
When Jason Sudeikis was making the Farrelly brothers' 2011 comedy Hall Pass (2011), writer-director Peter Farrelly told the comic actor he reminded him of Jack Lemmon, the everyman Oscar winner who was equally adept at comedy and drama. "I'm flattered by the comparison, especially given the breath of what I have done to this point", Sudeikis, 40, said. "I like the responsibility of being a person who can be a vessel for the story".
Jason Sudeikis is proud of his historical feature film "Race," in which he plays the coach, Larry Snyder, of famed African American athlete Jesse Owens (Stephan James), who won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Owens' victories angered Adolf Hitler and his inner circle in the Nazi Party who were using the games as propaganda to showcase the superiority of the Aryan race. Larry Snyder, the young Ohio State University track coach whose dreams of Olympic gold disappeared in 1924 when he was severely injured. Though charming, handsome and funny, Snyder also drank away his disappointment. "He had confidence in his craft," said Sudeikis. "But there was a giant hole that booze helped." The "Race" director Stephen Hopkins said, "Most of the coaches at the university were old white guys. Snyder was very young. He had been quite a failure as a coach until he and Jesse met. What Snyder learned from Jesse helped him to become one of the greatest coaches in American history." Director Stephen Hopkins said that he saw a lot of great actors for the role of Snyder, but that they were all too old. So he cast his net wider to see younger actors. "Larry and Jesse Owens were only 15 ears apart in age," he said. "It was a symbiotic relationship. It was more like a mentor and older brother." When Sudeikis came in and read, Hopkins felt he was an "old-fashioned, James Stewart kind of film star. When I met Jason, he's a sports fanatic, and he loves the psychology behind sports. It was exciting".
Sudeikis began performing at ComedySportz (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. After moving to Chicago, Sudeikis studied at the Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic, where he was one of the founding members of the long-form team J.T.S. Brown. He was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company, and also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of Second City Las Vegas. He continues to frequently perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's weekly improv show ASSSCAT 3000 in New York City. In 2003, while a regular performer at Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for NBC's "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." Sudeikis had a recurring role on the NBC series "30 Rock" with friend Tina Fey in early 2007, appearing in a total of seven episodes. He played Floyd DeBarber, a love interest of Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon. He made another appearance as Floyd in a 2008 episode, and appeared again in the Valentine's Day episode airing February 11, 2010, along with Jon Hamm and Dean Winters. Sudeikis last appeared in three episodes towards the end of the show's 4th season in 2010. Sudeikis did voice work for the video-game Grand Theft Auto IV, playing the role of right-wing radio host Richard Bastion. He also appeared in the 2008 film comedy "What Happens in Vegas," playing the role of Cameron Diaz's character's ex-fiancé. In July 2008, Sudeikis co-starred with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio in the Lorne Michaels-produced web-series "The Line on Crackle." Sudeikis appeared in the film "The Bounty Hunter," released in March 2010. He co-starred alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, playing a colleague of Aniston's character, who falls in love with her. 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. In May 2010, Sudeikis joined the cast of the 2011 Seth Gordon comedy "Horrible Bosses," which also starred Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman. 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. Sudeikis also played his first lead film role, alongside Owen Wilson, in the 2011 Farrelly brothers comedy "Hall Pass." 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.
Starring in the 2015 feature film subtle romantic comedy "Tumbledown," helmed by first-time feature director and writer Sean Mewshaw and a screen play written by his wife, Desiree Van Til, Sudeikis gives a restrained performance as Andrew, a New York pop culture scholar who travels to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the widow of an acclaimed singer. Her husband had only released one album before his untimely death. Hannah is fiercely protective of her late husband but has had little success writing her own book. She is initially unwilling to cooperate with Andrew, but soon realizes they should co-write the book. Andrew, the brash writer from New York, has a different take on her husband's life - and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to put together the famous singer's story and begin to write the next chapter of their lives. And before long, the two discover growing feelings toward each other. "I viewed him as a guy who tried to write a few songs and was a little bit angry," Sudeikis said of his role as Andrew. Andrew and Hannah, he added, "help each other knock down their walls. It's scary when you have been hurt and burned." When Sudeikis received the script, he was thrilled that someone had thought of him for a role "outside the box that I have been handed." The author, Mewshaw said, "Part of what appealed to us is that this was a different role for him. I love our favorite comedians taking serious turns and showing a new dimension of themselves. We knew Jason a little bit from 'Saturday Night Live' and having the experience in 'Horrible Bosses' of being really interested and galvanized by his performance." One of the things they loved about Sudeikis, said Desiree Van Til, was that he was "incredibly intellectually rigorous. Jason is actually wildly curious and wants to get to the bottom of everything." Sudeikis like the project so much that he was willing to stay attached to "Tumbledown" for three years while funding was secured. "We had a different lead actress, Rose Byrne, who dropped out, and we had to go find some one else," Sudeikis noted, "Everything happens for a reason".
Jason Sudeikis hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
On Saturday Night Live (1975), one of his characters was Pete Twinkle, the sportscaster hosting obscure women's sports on ESPN Classic with the clueless Greg Stink (Will Forte), or playing the Devil, a frequent guest on Weekend Update.
Cast by Nacho Vigalondo in his "Colossal" with Anne Hathaway, Sudeikis in discussing the feature, "I don't want to give too much away," he said of "Colossal." "I said to Nacho, 'I have been trying to tell people about this movie.' Nacho said, 'I would say it's a move about a woman who returns home and every time she drinks, a monster attacks South Korea.' I said, 'OK.' So that's what the movie is about".
Sudeikis plays the part of Henry, a widower, who helps a homeless girl build a raft out of trash so she can sail the Atlantic ocean in the independent 2016 feature "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea".
Jason Sudeikis gave up a college basketball scholarship to pursue a career in comedy. After graduating from high school in Overland Park, Kansas, Sudeikis attended a local union college on a basketball scholarship. Besides playing sports, though, he also loved comedy and drove some 40 miles to Kansas City on weekends to perform 'improv' at the ComedySportz Theatre. Eventually, he gave up hoops and college and headed to Chicago, where he honed his craft with several improv companies, including the Second City National Touring Company. Jason noted that if he had stayed in college, he could be teaching "drama and coaching basketball at some school in Kansas. I still might, for all we know. It's not lost on me".
His uncle (mother's brother) is actor George Wendt, who is best known for his role as Norm Peterson on the NBC television series "Cheers" (1982-1993). His maternal grandmother's father was photographer Tom Howard. Sudeikis is of Lithuanian and Irish descent on his father's side, and German and Irish ancestry on his mother's. Jason Sudeikis married actress and "30 Rock" writer Kay Cannon on June 26, 2004, after having dated five years prior to that. They separated in 2008 and their divorce was finalized in 2010. Sudeikis began dating actress Olivia Wilde in November 2011, and they became engaged in January 2013. They have one son, Otis Alexander (born April 20, 2014). Though Sudeikis is very funny in person, he's also contemplative and effusive, especially when he talks about his very young son Otis' love for playing drums. Sudeikis, who lives in New York with his fiancee, actress Olivia Wilde, and their son Otis, said, "It's pretty great. As any proud parent might say, 'He's genius'".
Has anosmia, which means he cannot smell or taste.

Personal Quotes (19)

My floundering career has nothing to do with my lack of talent, or being a five in the looks department. It's the height that's going to get me, you're absolutely correct. I don't know why people keep hiring me. I'm like, "Guys, I'm really way too tall to be doing this." I bring it up all the time, but nobody's listening. Maybe it helps that I tell people I'm five foot thirteen.
I think people who live in the worlds that movies are based on end up disliking them. Unless they're from a different time and era.
I am now The Establishment. There's nothing I can do about it.
Growing up, my sisters were both into dancing, so I went to a lot of dance recitals, mostly because there were always pretty girls in leotards.
Each experience I go through - marriage, my public life, my personal life - I'm learning as I go.
People are getting cynical about the news. It doesn't seem like there's one place to watch where you get the straight dope. You watch the channel that proves your point.
When somebody listens and laughs, you're always in better shape than when you're with those folks who just kind of look at you when you say something funny. You wonder if they're looking at you because they're mad that they didn't say it or something. It's hard to handle that.
Once I walked out of my house into to the Puerto Rican Day parade. It was usually a five-minute walk to work, but that day it took me a half-hour to get to 30 Rock.
Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get something you want.
A mustache really defines your face. My dad had a mustache when I was growing up, and I can still remember when he shaved it, he looked like a completely different person.
You start at SNL when you're young and hungry, but I don't want my pro years to be my SNL years.
That's what I love about sketch comedy: a sketch is five minutes, then it goes dark, and there's the potential for something else.
It's fun to play the type of people you dislike.
I've never been a shirt-off, pants-off kind of comedy guy.
I'm not buying a boat because of writing skits.
I'd love to do a drama.
I'd like to extend my career a little bit into different genres.
[on Feb 5, 2016 in L.A. Times, when writer-director Peter Farrelly of Hall Pass (2011) told him that he reminded him of Jack Lemmon] I'm flattered by the comparison, especially given the breath of what I have done to this point. I like the responsibility of being a person who can be a vessel for the story.
[on Feb 5, 2016 in L.A. Times, about Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal (2016)] "'OK.' So that's what the movie is about." [when Vigalondo says, "I don't want to give too much away. I would say it's a movie about a woman who returns home and every time she drinks, a monster attacks South Korea"].

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page