Joel McHale Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
Birth NameJoel Edward McHale
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Mercer Island High School. He was a history major at the University of Washington, where he was a member of the championship football team. In addition, Joel received his master's of fine arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.

Joel was a cast member on KING-TV's Almost Live! (1984). He moved to LA after graduating college and quickly landed parts in Will & Grace (1998) and Oliver Beene (2003). 2004 was a big year for Joel, as he booked roles in Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Onion Movie (2008), and Lords of Dogtown (2005). In addition, that year he began writing, producing and starring in The Soup (2004) on E! in which he counted down the most absurd, hysterical, wacky, and surreal moments in the world of reality TV and celebrities each week. Joel's quick wit and sharp comedic timing made "The Soup" a pop-culture phenomenon.

Joel starred on the hit comedy series Community (2009). He also appeared opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's comedic thriller The Informant! (2009). He hosted the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, and co-starred in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World (2011), opposite Jessica Alba, in which he played a spy-hunting reporter married to Alba's character, the stepmother of his children. In 2011, he also had a role in What's Your Number? (2011) with Anna Faris and The Big Year (2011) with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson.

McHale appeared in Seth MacFarlane's Ted (2012), a live-action tale of a boy and his teddy bear. Co-starring with Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Seth MacFarlane, he played a charming but sleazy boss of Mila Kunis' character.

In 2016, Joel was cast as the main character on the sitcom The Great Indoors (2016). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons. He performs stand-up comedy around the country to sold-out audiences.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Associate and Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Sarah Williams (20 July 1996 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Biting, sarcastic humor
Towering height

Trivia (14)

Is known for his appearance in Burger King commercials as an office jerk.
Went to the University of Washington as an undergrad from 1991-1995. Got his bachelor's degree in history and was a tight end for the Husky football team.
His wife gave birth to their first son, Edward Roy McHale, in 2005. They call him Eddie.
His father's profession moved the family around several times. Joel was born in Rome before his family moved to Washington State, then they lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey for 2 years before moving back to a Seattle suburb.
His son, Eddie, underwent open heart surgery when 2 months old. He made a full recovery.
Was a history major and went on to complete the master's program in acting at the University of Washington.
His wife gave birth to their second child, Isaac McHale, on March 12, 2008.
Joel is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity from the Alpha Rho chapter at the University of Washington.
His father is of Irish descent. His maternal grandfather was of half Norwegian and half Finnish ancestry, and his maternal grandmother was of English and Norwegian descent.
Die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan.
Is virtually a dead ringer for Christopher Titus.
Friends with Conan O'Brien.
Frequently mistaken as Ryan Seacrest.

Personal Quotes (16)

My goal and my career is definitely not to be famous. That's a really horrible goal, just to be famous for the sake of having fame.
I won't do porn. Well, I won't do triple-X porn.
I've always made fun of television shows and how ridiculous some celebrity behavior is, but I never thought my job would be commenting on it. There's a side of me that's happy I get to say these things out loud. But other times I feel like a whore.
[on The Soup's mascot dog, Lou] I didn't like Chihuahuas very much before I met Lou, I thought they looked like big-eyed rats, but now I'm in love.
Every parent should thank God for the gift that is their children's health, and shower them with love.
I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn't that great?
Follow what your head is telling you and work hard. That's the big secret.
I don't think the NFL had the slightest intention of taking me, except as maybe a water boy.
If you have a dream, just lie about it. Lie your way unto your dreams.
It's an awesome thing to be flung out onto the stage twice a weekend in front of 250 people, and you have to make it up as you go along.
Joel McHale is so money, he should be printed on money.
Once you've been booked, people in Hollywood say, 'Oh he must be good.' All the while you're the same actor.
Yes, I would say my comedy is grunge, evidenced by the fact my jokes have put an end to big-hair glam comedy.
You have to have talent. You have to get the audition and then you have to nail the audition.
In prison, inmates sometimes use Cheetos and grape juice as makeup. I wouldn't use that beauty regimen around Britney Spears - she might lick your face off!
It's important to have the right agent - people that are working hard for you. But an actor needs to be in control of their career no matter how good the representation is.

Salary (1)

Community (2009) $50,000 /episode (2009-10)

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