Jason Segel

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Jason Segel
Jason Segel 2011.jpg
Segel at the premiere of The Muppets in December 2011
BornJason Jordan Segel
(1980-01-18) January 18, 1980 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, composer, musician, singer, ordained minister
Years active1998–present
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Jason Segel
Jason Segel 2011.jpg
Segel at the premiere of The Muppets in December 2011
BornJason Jordan Segel
(1980-01-18) January 18, 1980 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, composer, musician, singer, ordained minister
Years active1998–present

Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, songwriter, singer, puppeteer and musician. He is known for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as well as his work with producer Judd Apatow on the cult classic, short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall; Knocked Up; I Love You, Man; Gulliver's Travels; Bad Teacher; Despicable Me; The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement.

Early life[edit]

Segel was born on January 18, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Jillian (née Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin G. Segel, a lawyer,[1][2] and grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian.[3] He has stated that he was raised Jewish,[4] as well as "a little bit of everything".[5] He went to Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah, and also attended St. Matthew's Parish School, a private Episcopal school.[6][7] He has an older half-brother, Adam, and a younger sister, Alison.[8][9]

Following elementary school and middle school, Segel completed his high school studies at Harvard-Westlake School,[10] where his 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) frame[11][12] helped him as an active member of the 1996 and 1997 CIF state champion boys' basketball team. He was a backup to the team's star center, Jason Collins, who went on to play in the NBA.[10] Segel had hopes of becoming a professional actor while in college, although he ultimately chose not to go to college. Instead, he acted in local theater productions at Palisades Playhouse.


Segel at the World of Color premiere in June 2010

Segel's first major role was as stoner "freak" Nick Andopolis on the critically acclaimed but short-lived 1999 NBC comedy-drama series Freaks and Geeks. The series revolved around a group of suburban Detroit high school students circa 1980. Segel personally composed a song for his character, Nick, to sing to the lead female character, Lindsay (Linda Cardellini).[13] Cardellini and Segel dated for a few years following the show's cancellation.[14][15] It was rumored that she broke up with him for gaining too much weight,[16] but it was later revealed that the statement was in fact a joke taken out of context.[17]

Segel had recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Neil Jansen and on Undeclared as Eric. He currently plays Marshall Eriksen on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother; he had previously stated he would move on to other projects in 2013 when his contract expired,[18] but was successfully convinced to finish the series after its ninth season in 2014.[19] Feature film appearances include Slackers, SLC Punk!, The Good Humor Man, and Dead Man on Campus. In 2007, he appeared in Knocked Up, directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Judd Apatow. Segel starred in the lead role of 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a film he wrote and Apatow produced with Shauna Robertson for Universal Pictures. He also starred in I Love You, Man, which was released on March 20, 2009[20] by DreamWorks.

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Segel's character writes a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets. He also appeared in a full frontal nude scene in the film.[21] In an interview,[22] he stated that the Dracula musical with puppets, as well as being broken up with while naked, were real experiences he wrote into the movie. Those cloth creatures were custom-made by the Jim Henson Company, and the experience emboldened Segel to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie.[23] Segel performed a song from the film, entitled "Dracula's Lament", on the 1000th episode of Craig Ferguson's show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Segel with Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd at the I Love You, Man premiere, March 2009

For the 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek, Segel co-wrote most of the soundtrack's music which was performed by the fictional band Infant Sorrow. He also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and sang an original song entitled "Wonky Eyed Girl".[9]

In 2010, he voiced Gru's arch-rival Vector in the Universal's CGI animated film, Despicable Me and appeared as "Horatio" in a fantasy comedy film Gulliver's Travels directed by Rob Letterman and very loosely based on Part One of the 18th-century novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift. Segel appeared in Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, which opened in June 2011. He played gym teacher and thwarted suitor Russell Gettis.[24] Along with Nicholas Stoller, Segel approached Disney in 2007 to write the latest Muppets film. Disney was unsure on how to take the request, as Segel had just done frontal nudity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but after realizing that he was an avid fan, the project was approved. Segel stated that he wanted to do the film because the last film in the series to be released in theaters was Muppets from Space in 1999, and he felt that the younger generation was missing out on enjoying one of his childhood favorites.[25] He has stated that he will not star in the sequel to The Muppets.[26] He filmed The Five-Year Engagement, with Emily Blunt, in spring 2011, in Michigan, and the film was released on April 27, 2012.

In 2013, Segel revealed he was working on a series of young adult novels, based on a story he conceived when he was 21.[27] Segel will also be in the cast of a film based on the 2012 Quebec maple syrup heist, which will be directed by Seth Gordon.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Segel dated his Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini for a few years following the show's cancellation. Segel dated actress Michelle Williams for about a year, breaking up at the end of February 2013.[29]

He is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.[30] He performed a wedding ceremony on The Tonight Show on July 6, 2010 for a couple that solicited his services by placing wanted pictures of him around his home town and the bar he frequently visits.[31]


Segel with Joss Whedon and Neil Patrick Harris in September 2011


1998Can't Hardly WaitWatermelon GuyFilm debut
1998Dead Man on CampusKyle
1998SLC Punk!Mike
2001North HollywoodTelevision film
2002SlackersSam Schechter
200311:14Leon (Paramedic #1)
2003Certainly Not a FairytaleLeo
2005Good Humor Man, TheThe Good Humor ManSmelly Bob
2006Bye Bye BenjaminTheodore Everest
2006Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinyFrat BoyScenes deleted
2007Knocked UpJason
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallPeter BretterAlso writer
2009I Love You, ManSydney Fife
2010Despicable MeVectorVoice only
2010Get Him to the GreekWriter and producer only
2010Gulliver's TravelsHoratio
2010Todd vs. High SchoolHimself
2011Bad TeacherRussell Gettis
2011Friends with BenefitsBriceUncredited
2011Muppets, TheThe MuppetsGaryAlso writer and executive producer[32]
2011Jeff, Who Lives at HomeJeff
2012This Is 40Jason
2012The Five-Year EngagementTom SolomonAlso writer and executive producer
2013This Is the EndHimselfUncredited
2014Basic Math[33]Filming


1999–2000Freaks and GeeksNick Andopolis18 episodes
2001–2002UndeclaredEric7 episodes
2004Harry Green and EugeneEugene GreenUnaired pilot[34]
2004–2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNeil Jansen3 episodes
2005AliasSam HauserEpisode: "The Road Home"
2005–presentHow I Met Your MotherMarshall EriksenMain role
2009Family GuyMarshall EriksenVoice
Episode: "Peter's Progress"
2011Saturday Night LiveHimself, HostEpisode: "Jason Segel/Florence and the Machine"
2011Take Two with Phineas and FerbHimselfEpisode: "Jason Segel"

Awards and nominations[edit]

2000Freaks and GeeksYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series: Young EnsembleNominated
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallMTV Movie Award for Best WTF MomentNominated
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout MaleNominated
2011Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Lifetime Achievement AwardWon
2011Muppets, TheThe MuppetsCritics Choice Award for Best Song shared with Amy Adams and Bret McKenzieWon
2011The MuppetsGeorgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted ScreenplayNominated


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