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Jason Sudeikis is an award-winning actor, comedian and writer. He was born in Fairfax, Virginia and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, where he received a basketball scholarship to a local junior college after finishing high school. His path to show business began with weekend classes at the Comedy Sportz Theater (now Comedy City) in Kansas City. After discovering his passion for comedy, Sudeikis made his way to Chicago where he performed with The Second City National Touring Company, ImprovOlympic, The Annoyance Theater and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. He then moved to Nevada where he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas. In 2003, Sudeikis was encouraged by his uncle George Wendt (“Cheers”) to send a tape of his work to the producers of “Saturday Night Live,” which quickly led to a job on the hit late night comedy series as a staff writer. Two years later, Sudeikis found himself in front of the camera after auditioning for the show and never looked back.
Sudeikis discovered even greater success when he co-starred in the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses” as well as its sequel alongside an all-star cast including Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx. Soon after, Sudeikis landed the hilarious role of a small-time pot dealer in the film “We’re the Millers” in 2013 which made over $270 million at the box office.
A refusal to be pigeonholed in recent years has led to myriad performances in comedy and drama. He was the star of the mystery “Driven,” reprised his role of ‘Red’ in the animated film “The Angry Birds 2,” acted opposite Ed Harris in “Kodachrome,” was seen as Principal Brown in the film “Booksmart,” and played a leading role in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” alongside Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig.
Other recent films include Nacho Vigolando’s sci-fi thriller “Colossal,” starring opposite Anne Hathaway, and the indie drama “The Book of Love,” directed by Bill Purple. Sudeikis took a dramatic turn in “Race” as legendary athlete Jesse Owens’ coach and mentor, Larry Synder, and viewers fell in love with him as Jake in Leslye Headland’s “Sleeping with Other People.” He also starred in the 2016 heist comedy, “Masterminds” alongside Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig.
Taking his talents to the stage in late 2016, Sudeikis led “Dead Poets Society” at the acclaimed Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway, where he played the iconic role of Professor John Keating (played in the 1989 film by Robin Williams).
Sudeikis’ other film credits include: the animated feature “Epic,” which also starred Beyoncé Knowles and Amanda Seyfried; “The Campaign,” appearing alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis and directed by Jay Roach; Garry Marshall’s ensemble “Mother’s Day,” alongside Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston; “Hall Pass,” a Farrelly Brothers comedy in which he starred opposite Owen Wilson; “The Bounty Hunter,” with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler; “Going the Distance,” opposite Drew Barrymore and Justin Long; and “What Happens in Vegas,” with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.
In the summer of 2013, Sudeikis completed his eighth and final season as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” where he won over audiences with his impersonations of then Vice President Joe Biden, presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the recurring hip-hop dancing character in the “What’s Up with That” sketch.
Sudeikis still enjoys work on the small screen having recently appeared in a multi-episode arc on the comedy “Last Man on Earth” with his fellow SNL alum Will Forte, and he executive produced the workplace buddy comedy “Detroiters” with Lorne Michaels. He also lent his voice to the lead animated character in the comedy “Son of Zorn.”
His past television credits include multiple episodes of the series “Eastbound & Down,” and an arc on “30 Rock,” where he garnered rave reviews as Tina Fey’s love interest, Floyd. Sudeikis was the voice of two principle characters on the animated comedy series “The Cleveland Show” and he also guest starred on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as the forgotten fourth member of Paddy’s gang, Schmitty.
Sudeikis is actively involved with The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, as well as other charities. He currently resides in New York City.