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American actor and comedian (born 1975)

Jason Sudeikis

Sudeikis at South by Southwest in 2019
Daniel Jason Sudeikis

(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 47)

Fairfax, Virginia, US
Alma mater Fort Scott Community College
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • producer
  • writer
Years active 1997–present
Known for Saturday Night Live (2005-2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

Ted Lasso (2020-Present)

Kay Cannon

(m 2004; div 2010)

Partner Olivia Wilde (2011–2020)
Children 2
  • Tom Howard (great-grandfather)
  • George Wendt (uncle)

Daniel Jason Sudeikis (/sʊˈdkɪs/ suu-DAY-kiss; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy and performed with ComedySportz, iO Chicago (Improv Olympic), and The Second City In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live and starred as a cast member from 2005 to 2013, playing Joe Biden and Mitt Romney, among others

In 2020, he co-created and began starring as the lead in the Apple TV+ sports comedy series Ted Lasso, which earned him four nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards, including wins for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, two wins for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series in 2021 and 2022 and for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Sudeikis has also acted in recurring roles in the comedy series 30 Rock (2007–2010), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2010–2011), Portlandia (2011–2014), and The Last Man on Earth (2015–2018)

He had leading film roles in the comedies Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel, Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), and We’re the Millers (2013), as well as the acclaimed independent films Drinking Buddies (2013), Sleeping with Other People (2015), and Colossal (2016); and supporting roles in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (2017) and Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart (2019) He has also provided voice-work for Epic (2013), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), its 2019 sequel, and Next Gen (2018)

Early life

Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975, in Fairfax, Virginia, to Kathryn Sudeikis (née Wendt), a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents, and Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, a vice president of business development, both originally from Illinois He has two younger sisters, Kristin and Lindsay His father is of Irish and Lithuanian descent, while his mother has German and Irish ancestry His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, and his matrilineal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard

Sudeikis was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of smell

Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park within Johnson County, Kansas; which he has described as his hometown He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and attended Fort Scott Community College on a basketball scholarship, but left before finishing


Career beginnings

In the 1990s, Sudeikis began his career in improv comedy He began performing at ComedySportz (now called Comedy City) in Kansas City, Missouri He moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and IO Theater (formerly known as ImprovOlympic) and was one of the founding members of the long form team, JTS Brown He performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sudeikis was later cast in The Second City Touring Company In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas, where he performed at the Flamingo

Saturday Night Live

In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live (SNL), 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 SNL In 2015, 2016, and 2019 he made occasional appearances on the show On October 23, 2021, Sudeikis made his hosting debut with musical guest Brandi Carlile

Recurring characters

Main article: Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed by cast member)
  • George W Bush, 43rd president of the United States
  • Joe Biden, 47th vice president of the United States and 46th president of the United States
  • Mitt Romney, 70th governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Party nominee for president of the United States
  • Male A-hole of the Two A-Holes with actress Kristen Wiig
  • Ocean Billy, a parody of the 1980s singer Billy Ocean and his hit “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”
  • One half of the Bon Jovi “opposite band” Jon Bovi, appearing on Weekend Update (with Will Forte)
  • 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
  • Vance on “What Up with That”, an overzealous background dancer often dressed in an Adidas tracksuit with a 1980s man perm
  • DJ Supersoak, spoof on DJ Clay
  • 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
  • Jack Rizzoli, an anchor at WXPD News who always tells veteran reporter Herb Welch (Bill Hader) to do his job
  • Tommy, a strip club MC 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”
  • Marshall T Boudreaux, host of the courtroom reality show Maine Justice

Film, television and other work

Early work

Sudeikis had a recurring role on the series 30 Rock (2007–2010), appearing in a total of 12 episodes He played Floyd DeBarber, a love interest of Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon Sudeikis last appeared in four episodes towards the end of the show’s fourth season in 2010

He began his film career with supporting roles in Watching the Detectives (2007), The Ten (2007), Meet Bill (2007), What Happens in Vegas (2008) and The Rocker (2008) He 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 web series The Line on Crackle

He had supporting roles in the movies The Bounty Hunter (2010) and Going the Distance (2010) On August 16, 2010, Sudeikis co-hosted WWE Raw with Going the Distance co-stars Charlie Day and Justin Long at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Sudeikis was a voice actor on the animated-comedy series The Cleveland Show (2009–2013) He provided the voices for Holt Richter, Cleveland’s wannabe hipster neighbor, and Terry Kimple, Cleveland’s hard-partying high school buddy, who now works with Cleveland at the cable company After being credited as a recurring guest in season one, Sudeikis was bumped up to a series regular beginning in season two

Sudeikis with Charlie Day and Jason Bateman at the 2011 premiere of Horrible Bosses

Film breakthrough

In May 2010, Sudeikis joined the cast of the Seth Gordon comedy film Horrible Bosses (2011) 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 Sudeikis played his first lead film role in the Farrelly brothers comedy Hall Pass (2011)

He hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles

Sudeikis became the voice for a line of advertisements of Applebee’s that began running in 2012 Sudeikis made appearances in six episodes on the series Eastbound & Down (2012–2013) He starred as David Clark, a drug dealer, in We’re the Millers (2013), alongside Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter He reprised his role of Kurt Buckman in Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)


Sudeikis starred as Jake in the romantic-comedy film Sleeping with Other People (2015) He starred alongside Rebecca Hall in the romantic-drama film Tumbledown (2015)

Sudeikis voices the character of Red in the animated-comedy film The Angry Birds Movie (2016), based on the video game series of the same name He starred alongside Anne Hathaway in Colossal (2016) He starred in Masterminds (2016) He portrayed Larry Snyder in Race (2016), Henry in The Book of Love (2016), and Bradley in Mother’s Day (2016)

From November to December 2016, Sudeikis played the lead role of John Keating in the Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway production of Dead Poets Society

In 2017, Sudeikis executive produced the comedy series Detroiters, and appeared in two episodes

Sudeikis starred in Kodachrome (2017), alongside Ed Harris and Elizabeth Olsen He made appearances as Glenn in Permission (2017) and as Dave Johnson in Downsizing (2017)

Sudeikis starred as a side-role/reference in the Derren Brown shows Derren Brown: Secret and Derren Brown Underground, where he performed on a screen during the credits, and his name was used as a reference during the show in 2017 and 2018

Sudeikis starred in the thriller Driven Sudeikis voices the character of Justin Pin in the animated action comedy film Next Gen He played Red again in the 2019 animated-comedy The Angry Birds Movie 2

In 2019, Sudeikis appeared on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian as a Speeder Bike trooper

Sudeikis had portrayed Ted Lasso, a hapless American football coach brought to England to coach Tottenham Hotspur FC as part of two promotional videos for NBC Sports in 2013 and 2014 In late 2019, Sudeikis co-wrote and starred in Ted Lasso about an American football coach that gets hired to coach an English football club, AFC Richmond (fictional football club) The series was released in August 2020 to a positive reception It has earned him a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award At the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, he was nominated for and won Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series In 2021, he appeared on the Time 100, Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world

Charity work

Sudeikis played on basketball teams at the 2011 and 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game He and other Kansas City celebrities have hosted the Big Slick for 10 years The event raises money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital So far, the event has raised more than $6 million for the cause

He hosted the benefit concert Thundergong! at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on November 3, 2018, for the charity foundation Steps of Faith which helps provide prosthetic legs and arms

Personal life

Sudeikis at the New York Television Festival, October 17, 2009

In June 2004, Sudeikis married American screenwriter Kay Cannon after five years together The two were on The Second City Las Vegas cast together They separated in 2008 and divorced in February 2010

In 2011, Sudeikis began dating American actress and filmmaker Olivia Wilde The couple became engaged in January 2013 They have a son, born in April 2014, and a daughter, born in October 2016 In November 2020, People exclusively reported that Sudeikis and Wilde’s relationship had ended in early 2020 , but later confirmed that their relationship actually ended in November 2020

Acting credits


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 Professor Bomba Voice
We’re the Millers David Clark / David Miller
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Kurt Buckman
2015 Sleeping with Other People Jake Harper
Tumbledown Andrew McCabe
2016 Race Larry Snyder
Mother’s Day Bradley Barton
The Angry Birds Movie Red Voice
Masterminds Michael Aaron “Mike” McKinney
The Book of Love Henry
Colossal Oscar
2017 Permission Glenn
Downsizing Dave Johnson
Kodachrome Matt Ryder
2018 Driven Jim Hoffman
Next Gen Justin Pin/Ares Voice
2019 Booksmart Principal Jordan Brown
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Red Voice
2021 South of Heaven Jimmy Ray
TBA El Tonto Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Alien Avengers II Chester Television movie
2003–2013 Saturday Night Live Various 174 episodes; also writer
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David Episode: “Plugged”
2007–2010 30 Rock Floyd DeBarber 12 episodes
2008 Childrens Hospital Dr Robert “Bobby” Fiscus 2 episodes
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 6 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Holt Ritcher, Terry Kimple (voices) Main role
2010–2011 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Peter “Schmitty” Schmidt 2 episodes
2011, 2014 Portlandia Aliki, Kim 2 episodes
2011 2011 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) Television special
2012–2013 Eastbound & Down Shane Gerald, Cole Gerald 6 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Badtz-Maru, Farmer Smurf (voices) Episode: “Papercut to Aorta”
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Writer: “Third Member”
2015–2018 The Last Man on Earth Mike Miller Recurring role
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Thomas Edison Episode: “Thomas Edison”
2016–2017 Son of Zorn Zorn (voice) Main role
2017–2018 Detroiters Carter Grant 2 episodes; also executive producer
2018 Sideswiped Dr David Bennett Episode: “Matching Up”
2019 Double Dare Himself 2 episodes
SpongeBob SquarePants Episode: “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout”
Ask the StoryBots Roger the Plumber Episode S0306: “What Happens When You Flush the Toilet”
The Mandalorian Biker Scout Trooper #1 Episode: “Chapter 8: Redemption”
2020 Tournament of Laughs Himself Host
At Home with Amy Sedaris Himself Episode: “Travel”
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who Himself (voice) Episode: “Lost Soles of Jungle River!”
2020–present Ted Lasso Ted Lasso also co-creator, writer and executive producer
2021 Hit Monkey Bryce Fowler (né McHenry) (voice) Main role
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: “Jason Sudeikis/Brandi Carlile”


Year Title Role Venues
2016 Dead Poets Society John Keating Classic Stage Company

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref
2013 “Hopeless Wanderer” Mumford & Sons
2021 “Love Dies Young” Foo Fighters

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo (shared with the entire cast) Movie 43 Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance We’re the Millers Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Duo (with Jennifer Aniston) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit Nominated
MTV Movie Awards #WTF Moment (with Charlie Day) Horrible Bosses 2 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Hissy Fit The Angry Birds Movie Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Most Wanted Pet Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Ted Lasso Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Ted Lasso (episode: “Pilot”) Nominated
Ted Lasso (episode: “Make Rebecca Great Again”) Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series Ted Lasso Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Television: Comedy Series Won
Television: New Series Won
Television: Episodic Comedy Ted Lasso (episode: “Pilot”) Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Ted Lasso Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won

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