Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis
Real name:
Daniel Jason Sudeikis
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(48 y.o.)
Place of birth:
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
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168 lb (76 kg)
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Jason Sudeikis Biography

Jason Sudeikis is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He's known for his roles in comedies such as "Horrible Bosses" (2011), "Hall Pass" (2011), "We're the Millers" (2013), and sketches from Saturday Night Live. However, he truly rose to fame due to his leading role in the dramedy "Ted Lasso". e{"type":"image","src":"images/content/2023/8/1/comedian-and-actor-jason-sudeikis_20.jpg","title":"Comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis"}

Early Life

Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975, in Fairfax, Virginia. His father, Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, served as a vice president for business development at a major company. His mother, Kathryn Wendt, was the president of the American Society of Travel Agents.
Jason Sudeikis as a child
Jason Sudeikis as a child
Jason's striking appearance and unique surname came from his father's Irish and Lithuanian heritage, and his mother's German roots.

Jason has two sisters, Lindsey and Kristen. He often recalls attending their dance performances as a teenager, mainly because "there were attractive girls in tight clothing."

In his younger years, Sudeikis didn't consider acting as a career path; he was more into sports. At Fort Scott Community College, where he enrolled, he briefly received a basketball scholarship. However, at some point, he became drawn to comedy, influenced by his actor uncle, George Wendt (born in 1948).
Jason Sudeikis in college
Jason Sudeikis in college
Inspired by his relative's success, the young man decided to try his hand at improv. He initially performed at the ComedySportz club in Kansas City, then moved to the improv capital, Chicago.

Acting Career

In Chicago, Jason Sudeikis honed his acting skills, attending courses at the Annoyance Theatre and Improv Olympic. Eventually, he joined the ensemble of The Second City, a premier comedy theater in Chicago since 1959. The Second City has produced notable alumni like Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, and many other renowned actors of today.
Jason Sudeikis in his early years
Jason Sudeikis in his early years
During this time, Sudeikis primarily focused on the stage, although he managed to appear in two low-budget films by the late 1990s. Over the next three years, he made a rapid climb in the Chicago comedy scene, creating his own show, "J.T.S. Brown," collaborating with writers from "The Colbert Report" and "30 Rock."
Science Room with Jason Sudeikis - SNL
Soon after, Jason left Chicago to become one of the founders of The Second City Las Vegas. In a city known more for emptying bank accounts than launching successful projects, Sudeikis spent almost three years, growing rather restless.
Jason Sudeikis in a comedy show
Jason Sudeikis in a comedy show
After unsuccessful attempts to join the performance group Blue Man Group in Vegas, Sudeikis returned to improv, eventually landing a spot on the renowned American show, Saturday Night Live. In 2003, he began as a writer, but gradually earned small roles in sketches. By the mid-2000s, he was a regular alongside Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, and Will Forte. This ensemble is often regarded as one of the show's most vibrant and dynamic.
Jason Sudeikis in 'Saturday Night Live'
Jason Sudeikis in 'Saturday Night Live'
Soon, Sudeikis began receiving offers for other projects. In 2007, Jason took on supporting roles in successful movies like "The Ten," "Watching the Detectives," and "Meet Bill," capturing the attention of global audiences.

Over the next few years, his career steadily progressed, although he was mostly offered supporting roles ("Semi-Pro" and "What Happens in Vegas" in 2008, "The Bounty Hunter" and "Going the Distance" in 2010). Additionally, he appeared in comedy series such as "Childrens Hospital," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Portlandia," "The Last Man on Earth," and many more.
Jason Sudeikis in 'What Happens in Vegas'
Jason Sudeikis in 'What Happens in Vegas'
By 2011, studios and directors were ready to offer Jason Sudeikis lead roles in their big-budget comedies. Films like "Hall Pass" and "Horrible Bosses" were huge hits – thousands were enchanted by the actor's boundless charisma and his ability to transform on screen.
Jason Sudeikis in «Horrible Bosses»
The 2013 film "We're the Millers" showcased just how popular Jason Sudeikis had become, raking in $270 million in its opening weeks. Of course, his co-stars also drew attention, including Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, and Emma Roberts. Sudeikis had become such a big name that his departure from Saturday Night Live in 2013 was expected.
Jason Sudeikis in 'We're the Millers'
Jason Sudeikis in 'We're the Millers'
"Horrible Bosses 2" (2014) made half the money of its predecessor, but it didn't go unnoticed. By 2015, Jason Sudeikis began exploring other film genres. Films like "Tumbledown" and "Sleeping with Other People," though comedic, had deeper and more intricate plots. In 2016, he appeared in the heartfelt movie "Mother's Day" and the biographical drama "Race," playing the coach of talented athlete Jesse Owens (Stephan James), who won a record four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jason Sudeikis Compares Co-star Alison Brie to Meg Ryan
However, Sudeikis didn't plan to completely leave comedy. Light-hearted, fun movies from 2016 like "Colossal" with Anne Hathaway and "Masterminds" with Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Owen Wilson were warmly received by audiences. But 2017 brought dramatic roles for the actor, including a role in Alexander Payne's social satire "Downsizing" and the touching film "Kodachrome" alongside Ed Harris and Elizabeth Olsen.
Jason Sudeikis & Ed Harris on Shooting with Film in Kodachrome
In September 2018, at the Venice Film Festival, Nick Hamm's "Driven" was showcased. The director behind hits like "The Hole" (2001) and "Killing Bono" (2011) told the story of the famous inventor and ex-president of Pontiac, John DeLorean, and the creation of the legendary time-traveling DMC-12 car, made famous by the "Back to the Future" franchise. Lee Pace played DeLorean, while Sudeikis took on the role of his best friend, Jim Hoffman.
Jason Sudeikis in 'Driven'
Jason Sudeikis in 'Driven'
During this period, Sudeikis appeared on Sarah Silverman's comedy show "I Love You, America" as the 37th U.S. president, Richard Nixon. He also starred in his wife Olivia Wilde's directorial debut "Booksmart" and Charlie Day's comedy "Fool's Paradise."

Jason Sudeikis' Personal Life

In June 2004, Jason Sudeikis married American screenwriter Kay Cannon after five years of living together. The couple split in 2008, finalizing their divorce in spring 2010. e{"type":"image","src":"images/content/2023/8/1/jason-sudeikis-and-his-girlfriend-kay-cannon_27.jpg","title":"Jason Sudeikis and his girlfriend Kay Cannon"} In 2011, Sudeikis began dating American actress Olivia Wilde. The couple got engaged two years later. In April 2014, they welcomed a son named Otis Alexander, followed by a daughter, Daisy Josephine, in October 2016.
Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde
Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde
In 2020, Sudeikis and Wilde separated after ten years together. The breakup, which became public in November, came as a shock to both their fans — given that Jason fondly recalled their first kiss just months prior — and to Sudeikis himself. It turned out that Olivia had become close to actor Harry Styles, who was working on her movie "Don't Worry, Darling."
Jason Sudeikis with his former wife and children
Jason Sudeikis with his former wife and children
Sudeikis was born with anosmia — a condition where a person lacks a sense of smell and has a diminished sense of taste. "He thinks everything I cook is a culinary masterpiece. I feel very confident in the kitchen," joked his ex-wife.

Jason Sudeikis Now

Since 2020, Jason Sudeikis has starred in the comedy series "Ted Lasso," which he also wrote. The show revolves around a football coach, with the actual football taking a backseat to human relationships. American Ted Lasso accepts an invitation from a British soccer club to become their head coach. He previously coached American football and knows nothing about soccer. He's been brought in to run the team into the ground. However, Ted's unyielding optimism and zest for life ensure that no challenge can break him.
Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso
Interestingly, Sudeikis first appeared in this role back in 2013. The unnamed American football coach he portrayed was part of an advertisement for English Premier League matches on the American channel NBS.
Jason Sudeikis in the English Premier League advertisement
Olivia Wilde advised him to expand on this character:
You should turn Ted into a full-fledged series or show. Why would an American football coach take over a team in Britain? Why accept a job to get fired? Maybe Ted has family issues? Problems at home, so he's looking for something new at work?
This heartwarming series, which ran for three seasons and was especially timely during such challenging times, garnered rave reviews from audiences, received critical acclaim, and can be said to have reignited Sudeikis's career. For the role of Ted, he even grew a mustache. Lasso's coaching methods are now seriously analyzed by professional soccer coaches. The show earned Sudeikis Emmy awards, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a Golden Globe. He also made it to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people and Bloomberg's list of the 50 most influential people for 2021.
Golden Globe (2021): Jason Sudei wins Best Actor TV Series Musical/Comedy for Ted Lasso

  • How I laughed, straight to tears from the film We`re the Millers!!! It`s hilarious. All the actors played cool, Sudeikis and Aniston are on top!
    2021-05-09 09:31:26
  • Very comedic dude Sudeikis, he makes me feel better. I like the movie «What Happens in Vegas» with him
    2021-05-08 12:14:04
  • Charming actor, in my opinion, his best work is in Hall Pass!
    2021-04-11 10:07:36
  • So Jason was acting in Horrible Bosses, which I loved. But Jason, no! He has no charisma
    2021-04-09 12:56:43
  • Sudeikis is a handsome man, but I can`t remember where I could see him...
    2021-04-03 17:22:47