Daniel Jason Sudeikis is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy and performed with ComedySportz and The Second City. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live and became a cast member from 2005 to 2013. Take a look below for 27 more fun and fascinating facts about Jason Sudeikis.
1. Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975, in Fairfax, Virginia, to Dan and Kathryn Sudeikis; a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents.
2. His father is of Irish and Lithuanian descent (hence the Lithuanian surname), while his mother has German and Irish ancestry.
3. His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, and his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard.
4. Sudeikis was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of smell.
5. He has two sisters, Lindsay and Kristen.
6. As a child, Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas, which he has described as his hometown.
7. He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School.
8. He attended Fort Scott Community College on a basketball scholarship, but left before finishing.
9. In June 2004, he married American screenwriter Kay Cannon after five years together. They separated in 2008 and divorced in February 2010.
10. In 2011, Sudeikis began dating American actress Olivia Wilde.
11. They became engaged in January 2013. They have two children.
12. He played on basketball teams at the 2011 and 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He and other Kansas celebrities have hosted the Big Slick for ten years. The event raises money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital. So far, the event has raised more than $6 million for the cause.
13. He hosted the benefit concert Thundergong! at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on November 3, 2018 for the charity foundation Steps of Faith which helps provide prosthetic legs and arms.
14. In the 1990s, Sudeikis began his career in improv comedy.
15. He began performing at ComedySportz (now called Comedy City) in Kansas City, Missouri.
16. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and IO Theater (formerly known as ImprovOlympic) and was one of the founding members of the long form team, J.T.S. Brown.
17. He also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
18. Sudeikis was later cast in The Second City Touring Company and performed greatest hit shows while on the road.
19. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas, where he performed at the Flamingo.
20. In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live or SNL, and would occasionally make bit appearances as audience members or extras.
21. 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.
22. In July 2013, Sudeikis announced that he was leaving Saturday Night Live.
23. Sudeikis had a recurring role on the NBC series, 30 Rock (2007-2010), appearing in a total of twelve episodes.
24. He began his film career with supporting roles in Watching the Detectives (2007), The Ten (2007), Meet Bill (2007), What Happens in Vegas (2008) and The Rocker (2008).
25. He did voice work for the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), playing the role of right-wing radio host, Richard Bastion.
26. In July 2008, Sudeikis co-starred with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio in the Lorne Michaels-produced web-series The Line on Crackle.
27. He had supporting roles in the films, The Bounty Hunter (2010) and Going the Distance (2010).