Jason Sudeikis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis 2011 Shankbone 2.JPG
Sudeikis at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.
Born Daniel Jason Sudeikis
(1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 40)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 2003–present
Home town Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Spouse(s) Kay Cannon (2004–2010; divorced)
Partner(s) Olivia Wilde (2011–present; engaged)
Children 1

Daniel Jason Sudeikis (/sᵿˈdkɪs/ sə-DAY-kis; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and voice actor. He began his career in improv comedy. In 2003, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and became a cast member from 2005 to 2013. He has appeared on television in 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down, and other shows. He is also known for his roles in the films Hall Pass (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), Epic (2013), We're the Millers (2013), and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).

Early life[edit]

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 Sudeikis, is a vice president of business development.[2][3][4][5] His uncle (mother's brother) is actor George Wendt, who is best known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers,[6] and his maternal grandmother's father was photographer Tom Howard.[7] Sudeikis 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 has described as his hometown.[10] He attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School; both are located in Overland Park. He began high school at the Jesuit Rockhurst High School in 1990, later transferring to Shawnee Mission West High School.

Sudeikis occasionally referenced 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[edit]

Sudeikis began 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[edit]

In 2003, while a regular performer at 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.[12]

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Male A-hole of the Two A-Holes with Kristen Wiig
  • 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 Will Forte
  • DJ Supersoak. Spoof on Psychopathic Records recording artist 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.[13]
  • 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 where a Southern man ruins his chances of being hired to NASA by eating his interviewer's potato chip.

Other work[edit]

Sudeikis had a recurring 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 character'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.[14]

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.[15]

Sudeikis with co-stars Charlie Day and Jason Bateman at the 2011 premiere of Horrible Bosses.

Sudeikis was a voice actor on the FOX animated comedy series The Cleveland Show. Sudeikis provided 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 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.

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.[16] 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.[17] 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 June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre.[18][19][20]

In 2012, Sudeikis had a recurring role on the third season of the HBO series Eastbound & Down playing Shane, Kenny Powers's battery mate on the Myrtle Beach Mermen, and Shane's twin brother, Cole.[21]

Sudeikis became the voice for a line of advertisements of the Applebee's casual dining chain that began running in 2012.[22]

Sudeikis features in the video for Mumford and Sons song "Hopeless Wanderer".[23]

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 Barclays Premier League.

Personal life[edit]

Sudeikis married actress and 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon on June 26, 2004, after having dated five years prior to that. They separated in 2008 and their divorce was finalized in 2010.

Sudeikis began dating actress Olivia Wilde in November 2011, and they became engaged in January 2013. They have one son, Otis Alexander (born April 20, 2014).[24]

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. On May 11, 2012, his father's family history was traced on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?.[25]


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 Bang Blow & Stroke David Marshall Short film
2008 Semi-Pro Danny
2008 What Happens in Vegas Mason
2010 The Bounty Hunter Stewart
2010 Going the Distance Box
2011 Hall Pass Fred
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Eric Keppler
2011 Horrible Bosses Kurt Buckman
2011 My Least Favorite Career Kurt Buckman Short film
2011 Surviving a Horrible Boss Kurt Buckman Short film
2012 The Campaign Mitch
2013 Movie 43 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 McDonnell
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Red (voice) Post-production
2016 Race Larry Snyder Post-production
2016 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Henry Post-production
2016 Mother's Day Bradley Filming
2016 Colossal Filming
2016 Masterminds Mike McKinney Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2013 Saturday Night Live Himself, Various 168 episodes; also writer
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David Episode: "Plugged"
2007–2010 30 Rock Floyd 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 Richter, Terry Kimple (voice) 80 episodes
2010–2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Schmitty 3 episodes
2011–2014 Portlandia Aliki 2 episodes
2011 2011 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) TV Special
2012–2013 Eastbound & Down Shane Gerald, Cole Gerald 6 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Badtz-Maru, Farmer Smurf (voice) Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2015 The Last Man on Earth Mike Miller 5 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice Notes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion


List of awards and nominations
Year Award / Film Festival Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 40th People's Choice Awards (with Jennifer Aniston) People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Duo We're the Millers Nominated [26]
2014 MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance We're the Millers Nominated [27]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit We're the Millers Nominated [28]
2015 2015 MTV Movie Awards (with Charlie Day) #WTF Moment Horrible Bosses 2 Nominated [29]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards Best Actor Sleeping With Other People Pending


  1. ^ "Jason Sudeikis Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ Terrero, Ruthanne. "Courage and Commitment". TravelAgent Central. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Breaking News – How Jason Sudeikis Landed 'SNL'". Saturday-night-live.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Loretta Wendt, 87, Mother of actor George Wendt, grandmother of SNL's Jason Sudeikis". Google Groups alt.obituaries. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, May 11, 2012
  6. ^ "Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis on the suburban hunt in 'Hall Pass' – LA Daily News". Dailynews.com. February 24, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kogan, Rick (July 28, 2010). "Loretta M. Wendt, 1922–2010". Chicago Tribune. 
  8. ^ Wendt, George. Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional's Guide to Beer. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Jason "Suds" Sudeikis: Sudeikis Working Group". Albionseed.org. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Niccum, Jon (October 28, 2005). "'Saturday Night' fever". www2.ljworld.com. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ Stevens, Hamtpon (August 19, 2008). "JASON SUDEIKIS CHECKS IN: "I'M A LEFTY FROM KANSAS!"". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  12. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 24, 2013). "Jason Sudeikis Not Returning to 'SNL'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Brian Raftery (May 2012). "Big Leap Forward: Jason Sudeikis". Rolling Stone (Big Summer Issue (Special Issue)): 52–54. 
  14. ^ "And the newest cast member of SNL is ...". TV Squad. August 21, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ "News: Jason Sudeikis joins the Bounty Hunter cast". http://www.gerardjamesbutler.co.uk.  External link in |work= (help)
  16. ^ Jackson Cresswell. "Jason Sudeikis Joins HORRIBLE BOSSES Starring Jason Bateman and Charlie Day". 
  17. ^ "Upcoming Raw guest stars". WWE.com. November 29, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "MTV Announces Dates For Movie Awards, VMAs And Woodies". MTV. November 23, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ "MTV Movie Awards: Schwarzenegger's good for a few laughs". Los Angeles Times. 
  20. ^ "'Twilight' sweeps MTV Movie Awards". Independent (London). June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  21. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Stuart Levine (July 7, 2011). "Sudeikis set for 'Eastbound & Down'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Buzz for Applebee's Inflates in Light of Jokey 'Lunch Decoy' Campaign". Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  24. ^ Blumm, K.C.; Jordan, Julie (April 23, 2014). "Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde Welcome Son Otis Alexander". People. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  25. ^ Permalink (January 6, 2012). "NBC Announces The Celebrities Tracing Their Family Trees On Season Three Of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Premiering February 3". NBC.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  26. ^ Glee, Katy Perry Lead People's Choice Award Nominations, 2 Broke Girls' Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs to Host E! Online, Retrieved November 5, 2013
  27. ^ "MTV announces 2014 Movie Award nominees". USA Today. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  28. ^ Vulpo, Mike (August 10, 2014). "2014 Teen Choice Awards: The Fault in Our Stars Win Big, Maid in Manhattan Reunion & More Highlights". E! Online. NBC Universal. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Here Are Your 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees". USA Today. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Aziz Ansari
MTV Movie Awards host
Succeeded by
Russell Brand