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Jason Sudeikis Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel Jason Sudeikis
Birth Place:
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • While in high school, he started attending improv workshops at ComedySportz in Kansas City; later cofounded the comedy troupe Der Monkenpickle
  • Earned a basketball scholarship to Fort Scott Community College but was kicked off the team because of poor grades
  • First professional performing experience came with the Second City National Touring Company, Improv Olympic and the Annoyance Theater; later acted with the group Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and was a founding member of Second City Las Vegas
  • Nephew of former Cheers star and SNL's "Superfan" mainstay George Wendt, who encouraged Sudeikis to audition for Saturday Night Live after attending an improv performance
  • Hired first as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2003
  • Ex-wife Kay Cannon was a writer for NBC's 30 Rock, on which Sudeikis had a recurring role
  • His voice-acting work includes The Cleveland Show and the video game Grand Theft Auto IV


  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2021Writers Guild Awards-Comedy Series: winner
  • 2021Writers Guild Awards-New Series: winner
  • 2021Producers Guild Awards-Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: nominated
  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: winner