Jason Sudeikis

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Jason Sudeikis

Sudeikis at the premiere of Horrible Bosses, 2011
BornDaniel Jason Sudeikis
(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 37)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Stand up comedian, Writer
Years active 1998–present
Home townOverland Park, Kansas
Spouse(s)Kay Cannon (2004–2010)
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Jason Sudeikis

Sudeikis at the premiere of Horrible Bosses, 2011
BornDaniel Jason Sudeikis
(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 37)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Stand up comedian, Writer
Years active 1998–present
Home townOverland Park, Kansas
Spouse(s)Kay Cannon (2004–2010)

Daniel Jason Sudeikis (play /sʉˈdkɪs/ sə-DAY-kis; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor and comedian best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He also has had a notable breakthrough in the film industry in 2011, starring that year in Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.


Early life

Sudeikis was born Daniel Jason Sudeikis[1] in Fairfax, Virginia. His mother, Kathryn (née Wendt), was formerly a travel agent at Brennco and was president of the American Society of Travel Agents. His father, Daniel Joseph "Dan" Sudeikis, is a vice president of business development.[2][3][4][5] His uncle is actor George Wendt, who is best known for his role as Norm Peterson from Cheers.[6] His maternal grandmother's father was photographer Tom Howard.[7] He is of Lithuanian and Irish descent on his father's side, and German and Irish ancestry on his mother's.[8][9]

As a child, Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas, which he considers his hometown.[10] He attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School, both of which 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, where he won the state title in forensics with Drew Keiter, and was a point guard for the boys' basketball team, and graduating in 1994.

Sudeikis occasionally and proudly references Kansas in Saturday Night Live sketches.[10] He is also a longtime Kansas Jayhawks fan[10][11] and has worked University of Kansas themes and well known Lawrence, Kansas, locations into several sketches on SNL.


Early career

Sudeikis began his comedy career 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.

Saturday Night Live

In 2003, while a regular performer at Second City Las Vegas, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live, and would occasionally make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, 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.

He became famous for his impersonation of American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, as well as one-half of the Two A-Holes with Kristen Wiig.

Sudeikis will return for the 38th season.

Other work

Sudeikis at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.

Sudeikis had a recurring guest 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 videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, playing the role of right-wing radio host Richard Bastion. He also appeared in the 2008 comedy What Happens in Vegas, playing the role of Cameron Diaz'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.[12]

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.[13]

Sudeikis is currently a voice actor on the FOX animated comedy series The Cleveland Show. Sudeikis provides 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 he now works with 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.

He hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on the June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre.[16][17][18]

In 2012, Sudeikis had a recurring role on the third season of the HBO series Eastbound & Down playing both Shane, Kenny Powers battery mate on the Myrtle Beach Mermen, and Shane's twin brother Cole.[19]

Saturday Night Live

Recurring characters

Celebrity impressions

Personal life

Sudeikis married actress and 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon in 2004. They divorced in 2010. Sudeikis is dating actress and fashion model Olivia Wilde.[22]

Sudeikis has two sisters, Lindsay and Kristin. Lindsay is a teacher at Dominican Academy, an all-girls high school in New York. Kristin is an established choreographer and dancer in New York and has appeared on 30 Rock.[1]

On May 11, 2012, his father's family history was traced on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?[23] on the third season of the NBC series.[24]


Sudeikis at the New York Television Festival, October 17, 2009
Year Film Role
1998 Alien Avengers II Chester the molester
2007 The Ten Tony Contiella
Watching the Detectives Jonathan
Meet Bill Jim Whittman
2008 The Rocker David Marshall
Semi-Pro Danny
What Happens in Vegas Mason
2010 The Bounty Hunter Stewart
Going the Distance Box
2011 Hall Pass Fred
Horrible Bosses Kurt Buckman
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Eric Keppler
2012 The Campaign Mitch
Movie 43 Batman
2013 Epic Bomba
We're the Millers (pre-production)
Year Title Role Notes
2005–present Saturday Night Live Cast Member Series regular
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David 1 episode
2007–2010 30 RockFloyd 12 episodes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion Video game (voice)
Childrens Hospital Dr. Robert "Bobby" Fiscus 2 episodes
2008–2009 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various Series regular
2009–present The Cleveland Show Holt Richter / Terry Kimple Series regular (voice)
2010–2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Schmitty 2 episodes
2011 Portlandia Aliki 1 episode
MTV Movie Awards Host 1 episode
2012 Eastbound & Down Shane Gerald/Cole Gerald 5 episodes
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Himself


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