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Daniel Jason Sudeikis (/sʊˈdkɪs/ suu-DAY-kiss; born September 18, 1975)[1] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy. He performed at ComedySportz in Kansas City and with The Second City. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013.

Jason Sudeikis
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Sudeikis in 2011
Daniel Jason Sudeikis

(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 43)
OccupationComedian, actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active1997–present
Home townOverland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Kay Cannon
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
Partner(s)Olivia Wilde (2011–present; engaged)
RelativesGeorge Wendt (uncle)
Comedy career
GenresImprovisational comedy

Sudeikis is known for his roles in the films Horrible Bosses (2011), Hall Pass (2011), We're the Millers (2013), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Colossal (2016), Mother's Day (2016) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).[2]


Early lifeEdit

Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, who was Vice President of business development, and, Kathryn (née Wendt), a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents.[3] His father is of Irish and Lithuanian ancestry, while his mother has German and Irish descent.[4][5][6] His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, and his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard.[7][8][9]

Sudeikis was born with anosmia, leaving him with virtually no sense of taste or smell.[10][11]

He has two sisters, Lindsay and Kristen.[12] As a child, Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas, which he has described as his hometown.[13][14] He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School.[15] He attended Fort Scott Community College on a basketball scholarship, but left before finishing.


Career beginningsEdit

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 longform team, J.T.S. Brown. He also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sudeikis was later cast in The Second City Touring Company and performed greatest hit shows while on the road. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas, where he performed at the Flamingo.[16]

Saturday Night LiveEdit

In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live, 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 Saturday Night Live.[17] In 2015 and 2016, he made occasional appearances on the show.

Recurring characters

  • George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.
  • Joe Biden, 47th Vice 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".[18]
  • 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. In the earlier sketches, Officer Sikorsky's last name was Matthews.
  • Dancer on What Up with That, an overzealous background dancer often dressed in a red and white Adidas tracksuit with a 1980s man perm. The Ed Helms/Paul Simon episode reveals that his real name is Vance.
  • One half of Bon Jovi opposite band "Jon Bovi" appearing on Weekend Update with actor Will Forte.
  • DJ Supersoak. Spoof on DJ Clay. Emcee for Kickspit Underground Music with Lil' Blaster (Nasim Pedrad) and MC George Castanza (Jay Pharoah). He has appeared in the "Underground Rock Minute", the "Crunkmas Karnival", the "Kickspit Underground Easter Festival", the "Columbus Day Assblast" and the "Donkey Punch the Ballot" sketches.
  • 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. On the Emma Stone/Coldplay episode, the Devil gets so upset over the Penn State University sex scandal that he quits his job as The Prince of Darkness and returns to his old job as a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable.[19]
  • Jack Rizzoli, an anchor at WXPD News who always tells veteran reporter Herb Welch (Bill Hader) to do his job.
  • Tommy, a strip club M.C. 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". Considers Jonathan and Rebecca to be the worst students in his Japanese studies class due to their stereotypical perceptions of Japanese culture and is only on the show because university policy states that one of the teachers have to be present if students are using the campus studio.
  • Marshall T. Boudreaux: The host of the courtroom reality show, Maine Justice. Originally, the character was an archetypical Southern gentleman known as Mr. Aymong who appeared on a one-shot sketch on the season 35 episode hosted by Blake Lively in which a Southern man ruins his chances of being hired to NASA by eating his interviewer's potato chip.

Film, television and other workEdit

Early workEdit

Sudeikis had a recurring role on the NBC series, 30 Rock (2007-2010), appearing in a total of twelve 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 4th 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 Lorne Michaels-produced web-series The Line on Crackle.[20]

He had supporting roles in the films, 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.[21]

Sudeikis was a voice actor on the FOX 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 previously 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 breakthroughEdit

In May 2010, Sudeikis joined the cast of the Seth Gordon comedy film, Horrible Bosses (2011), which also starred Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman.[22] Sudeikis also played his first lead film role, alongside Owen Wilson, in the Farrelly brothers comedy Hall Pass (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.

He hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.[23][24][25]

Sudeikis became the voice for a line of advertisements of the Applebee's casual dining chain that began running in 2012.[26] Sudeikis made appearances in six episodes on the HBO series Eastbound & Down (2012-2013), playing Shane, Kenny Powers's battery mate on the Myrtle Beach Mermen, and Shane's twin brother, Cole.[27] He starred as David Clark, a drug dealer, in We're the Millers (2013), alongside Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter.

Sudeikis has portrayed Ted Lasso, a hapless American football coach brought to England to coach the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, as part of two promotional videos for NBC Sports in 2013 and 2014 for their coverage of the Premier League. 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), alongside Alison Brie. He starred alongside Rebecca Hall in the romantic-drama film Tumbledown (2015), playing the character of Andrew McCabe, a writer from New York.

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).[28] He starred in Masterminds (2016), alongside Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis. He portrayed Larry Snyder in the biographical sports drama film, Race (2016), Henry in the drama film, The Book of Love (2016) and Bradley in the film, 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, the stage adaptation of the film by the same name.[29]

In 2017, Sudeikis executive produced for comedy television series, Detroiters. He also appeared in two episodes.

Sudeikis starred in the Netflix film, 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 show, 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 is set to star in the upcoming thriller, Driven (2018).[30] Sudeikis voices the character of Justin Pin in the animated action comedy film Next Gen.

Personal lifeEdit

In June 2004, he married American screenwriter Kay Cannon after five years together. They separated in 2008 and divorced in March 2010.[31]

In 2011, Sudeikis began dating American actress Olivia Wilde. They became engaged in January 2013.[32] They have a son, Otis Alexander Sudeikis (born April 20, 2014),[33] and a daughter, Daisy Josephine Sudeikis (born October 11, 2016).[34]

He played on basketball teams at the 2011 and 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

He announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he is hosting the benefit concert Thundergong! at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on November 3, 2018 for the charity foundation, Steps of Faith, which helps provide prosthetic legs and arms.[35]


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


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Ten Tony Contiella
2007 Watching the Detectives Jonathan
2007 Meet Bill Jim Whittman
2008 The Rocker David Marshall
2008 Semi-Pro Nacho Fan
2008 What Happens in Vegas Mason
2010 The Bounty Hunter Stewart
2010 Going the Distance Box Saunders
2011 Hall Pass Fred Searing
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Eric Keppler
2011 Horrible Bosses Kurt Buckman
2012 The Campaign Mitch Wilson
2013 Movie 43 Fake Batman
2013 Drinking Buddies Gene Dentler
2013 Epic Bomba (voice)
2013 We're the Millers David Clark
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Kurt Buckman
2015 Sleeping with Other People Jake
2015 Tumbledown Andrew McCabe
2016 Race Larry Snyder
2016 Mother's Day Bradley
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Red (voice)
2016 Masterminds Mike McKinney
2016 The Book of Love Henry
2016 Colossal Oscar
2017 Permission Glenn
2017 Downsizing Dave Johnson
2017 Kodachrome Matt Ryder
2018 Driven Jim Hoffman
2018 Next Gen Justin Pin (voice) Completed
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Red (voice) Filming
2019 Booksmart Post-production
TBA El Tonto Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2013 Saturday Night Live Various Regular role; 174 episodes, also writer
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David Episode: "Plugged"
2007–2010 30 Rock Floyd DeBarber Recurring role; 12 episodes
2008 Childrens Hospital Dr. Robert "Bobby" Fiscus Guest role; 2 episodes
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various Recurring role; 6 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Holt Ritcher, Terry Kimple (voices) Main role; 88 episodes
2010–2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Peter "Schmitty" Schmidt Guest role; 2 episodes
2011–2014 Portlandia Aliki / Kim Guest role; 2 episodes
2011 2011 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) Television special
2012–2013 Eastbound & Down Shane Gerald / Cole Gerald Recurring role; 6 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Badtz-Maru / Farmer Smurf (voices) Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014 Garfunkel and Oates N/A Episode: "Third Member"; co-writer
2015–2018 The Last Man on Earth Mike Miller Recurring role; 13 episodes
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Thomas Edison Episode: "Thomas Edison"
2016–2017 Son of Zorn Zorn (voice) Main role; 13 episodes
2017–present Detroiters Carter Grant Guest role; 2 episodes, also executive producer
2018 Sideswiped Dr. David Bennett Episode: "Matching Up"


Year Title Role Venues
2016 Dead Poet's Society John Keating Classic Stage Company

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2013 "Hopeless Wanderer" Mumford and Sons [36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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