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Daniel Jason Sudeikis (born September 18, 1975) (pronounced: suh-DAY-kiss) is an Americanmarker actor and comedian.

Personal life

Sudeikis was born in Fairfax, Virginiamarker, and is of partial Lithuanianmarker descent. He moved to Overland Park, Kansasmarker with his family as a child. Jason considers Overland Park to be his hometown. He attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School, both of which are located in Overland Park, Kansas. He began high school at the Jesuit Rockhurst High Schoolmarker in 1991, later transferring to Shawnee Mission West High School, where he was a point guard for the boys' basketball team, graduating in 1994. Jason is proud of being from Kansasmarker and often references Kansas in SNL sketches. Jason is also a long time die-hard Kansas Jayhawks fan and has worked KUmarker themes and well known Lawrence, Kansasmarker locations into several sketches on SNL.

Sudeikis was married to actress and 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon but they have separated. He is the nephew of actor and frequent 1990s-era Saturday Night Live guest star George Wendt - known for his role as "Norm" from Cheers. He has two sisters, Lindsay and Kristin. Kristin is a budding actress and dancer in New York Citymarker, and has also appeared in an episode of 30 Rock.

His next movie will be The Bounty Hunter, currently in production and projected to be released in 2010. He will be starring alongside Gerard Butler (who plays the Bounty Hunter) and Jennifer Aniston (as Cassidy). He will play Cassidy's colleague who falls in love with her and mistakenly assumes she is his girlfriend.

Career

Sudeikis in December 2008
In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live at the recommendation of Jeff Richmond, husband of then head writer Tina Fey, when he was performing at The Second City in Las Vegasmarker and later, in May 2005, became a featured player on the show. He became famous for his impersonation of American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, as well as one-half of the A-Hole duo with Kristen Wiig (one of many sketches in which the two are paired). He was upgraded to repertory status at the beginning of the show's 32nd season on September 30, 2006.

Before being hired by Saturday Night Live, he performed at ComedySportz (now Comedy City) in Kansas Citymarker, where he co-founded a sketch comedy troupe called Der Monkenpickle. After moving to Chicago, Sudeikis studied at iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) where he was one of the founding members of the legendary long-form team JTS Brown, whose form is now part of the curriculum in Level 5 classes at iO. He was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company and has performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdammarker. While with The Second City, he became a founding member of Second City Las Vegasmarker. He has also studied at ImprovOlympic and the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and frequently performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatremarker in New York.

Sudeikis had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock in early 2007, appearing in a total of seven episodes. He played Floyd, a love interest of Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon. He made another appearance as Floyd in a 2008 episode.

He also plays the role of extreme right-wing talk show host Richard Bastion on the fictional radio station WKTT, in Grand Theft Auto IV. He was recently in the Cameron Diaz/Ashton Kutcher led comedy What Happens in Vegas as Cameron Diaz's character's ex-boyfriend.

In July 2008, Sudeikis co-starred in the web series The Line on Crackle.

Sudeikis has a recurring role on Fox's The Cleveland Show as one of Cleveland's neighbors, Holt.

Saturday Night Live

Recurring characters

  • Male A-Hole ("Two A-Holes...") with Kristen Wiig as the Female A-Hole
  • 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 offer who brings in convict Lorenzo McIntosh (Kenan Thompson) in an attemp to "scare straight" the three delinquent teens (Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan and Andy Samberg) that he often arrests.
  • "What Up With That?" Dancer, a hip-hop dancer usually dressed in RUN-DMC-style Adidas tracksuits, often seen as one of the background performers on the "What Up With That?" talk show.
  • One half of Bon Jovi backwards band 'Jon Bovi' appearing on weekend update with Will Forte


Celebrity impressions





Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1998 Alien Avengers II Chester
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
2009 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy N/A (completed)
2010 The Bounty Hunter N/A (in production)
Going the Distance Box (post-production)
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Henry (pre-production)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003-present Saturday Night Live Various 85 episodes
2007 Wainy Days Handsome David Episode: Plugged
2007-08 30 Rock Floyd 8 Episodes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Richard Bastion VG (Voice Role)
Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08 Joe Biden/Various (also archive footage)
Children's Hospital Dr. Robert "Bobby" Fiscus Episode 1.5
Episode 1.7
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various Episode 1.1
Episode 1.3
Episode 2.1
Episode 2.2
Episode 2.3



2009 The Cleveland Show Holt Pilot
Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance
Birth of a Salesman



References

  1. Jason Sudeikis Biography. Retrieved October 21, 2009.


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