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Full Name
Daniel Jason Sudeikis

September 18, 1975 (age 48) (

Actor, voice actor, writer, comedian

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Daniel Jason Sudeikis ( ; born September 18, 1975), is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. In 2003, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013. He has appeared on television in 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down, The Last Man on Earth, and other shows. He is known for his roles in the films Hall Pass (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), Epic (2013), We're the Millers (2013), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Sleeping with Other People (2015), the voice of Red in The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and a dramatic role in Race (2016).


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Early life

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Sudeikis was born Daniel Jason Sudeikis in Fairfax, Virginia, and as a child, moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas, which he has described as his hometown. 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. His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, best known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, and his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. Sudeikis is of Lithuanian and Irish descent on his father's side, and German and Irish ancestry on his mother's.

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He was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of smell and virtually no sense of taste.

Career beginnings

Sudeikis began his career in improv comedy. He 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.

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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.

Saturday Night Live

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.

Recurring characters

  • 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 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.
  • 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 and television

    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 comedy What Happens in Vegas (2008), 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.

    Sudeikis appeared in the film The Bounty Hunter, released in March 2010.

    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 Seth Gordon comedy Horrible Bosses (2011), which also starred Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman. 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.

    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. He hosted the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011, at the Gibson Amphitheatre.

    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.

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

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

    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.

    Sudeikis starred alongside Anne Hathaway in Colossal (2016), which was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Sudeikis starred in Masterminds (2016), alongside Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis. He is also an executive producer for comedy television series Detroiters.

    Sudeikis is set to star in the upcoming thriller film, Driven (2018).

    Off-Broadway debut

    From November 2016 - 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.

    Personal life

    He was married to writer-producer Kay Cannon from 2004 to 2010; their relationship ended in divorce.

    Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde became engaged in January 2013. They have a son, Otis Alexander, born April 20, 2014, and a daughter, Daisy Josephine, born October 11, 2016.

    On May 11, 2012, Sudeikis's father's family history was traced on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?


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