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Jason Jordan Segel (/ˈsiːɡəl/; born January 18, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author. He is known for his role as Marshall Eriksen
Marshall Eriksen
in the CBS
CBS
sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as well as for his work with producer Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
on the television series Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks
and Undeclared, and for the critically and commercially successful comedies he has starred in, written, and produced. Segel has starred in several films, including Knocked Up
Knocked Up
(2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
(2008), I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man
(2009), Despicable Me (2010), Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
(2011), The Muppets
Muppets
(2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Sex Tape (2014) and The Discovery (2017). His performance as the late author David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
in the 2015 film The End of the Tour
The End of the Tour
was met with critical acclaim, earning him a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Segel was born January 18, 1980, in Los Angeles, to Jillian (née Jordan) and Alvin Segel, a lawyer.[1][2][3][4] He grew up in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood.[5] His father is Jewish, whereas his mother is Christian.[6] He has stated that he was raised Jewish,[7] as well as "a little bit of everything".[8] Segel went to Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and also attended St. Matthew's Parish School, a private Episcopal school.[9][10][11] He has an older brother, Adam,[1][12] and a younger sister, Alison.[13] Following elementary school and middle school, Segel completed his high school studies at Harvard-Westlake School, where his 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) frame helped him as an active member of the 1996 and 1997 CIF state champion boys' basketball team.[14][15] He won a slam dunk contest in high school[16] and he was nicknamed "Dr. Dunk."[17] He was a backup to the team's star center, Jason Collins, who went on to play in the NBA.[14] Career[edit]

Segel at the World of Color
World of Color
premiere in June 2010

Segel's first major role was as stoner "freak" Nick Andopolis on the critically acclaimed but short-lived 1999 NBC
NBC
comedy-drama series Freaks and Geeks. The series revolved around a group of suburban Detroit
Detroit
high school students circa 1980. Segel personally composed a song for his character, Nick, to sing to the lead female character, Lindsay (Linda Cardellini).[18] Segel had recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Neil Jansen and on Undeclared as Eric. He played Marshall Eriksen
Marshall Eriksen
on the CBS
CBS
sitcom How I Met Your Mother; he had previously stated he would move on to other projects in 2013 when his contract expired,[19] but was successfully convinced to finish the series after its ninth season in 2014.[20] Feature film appearances include Slackers, SLC Punk!, The Good Humor Man, and Dead Man on Campus. In 2007, he appeared in Knocked Up, directed by Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks
producer Judd Apatow. Segel starred in the lead role of 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a film he wrote and Apatow produced with Shauna Robertson for Universal Pictures. He also starred in I Love You, Man, which was released on March 20, 2009 by DreamWorks.[21] In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Segel's character writes a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets. He also appeared in a full frontal nude scene in the film.[22] In an interview,[23] he stated that the Dracula musical with puppets, as well as being broken up with while naked, were real experiences he wrote into the movie. Those cloth creatures were custom-made by the Jim Henson Company, and the experience emboldened Segel to pitch his concept for a Muppets
Muppets
movie.[24] Segel performed a song from the film, "Dracula's Lament", on the 1000th episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Segel with Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones
and Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
at the I Love You, Man premiere, March 2009

For the 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek, Segel co-wrote most of the soundtrack's music which was performed by the fictional band Infant Sorrow. He also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
and sang an original song entitled "Wonky Eyed Girl".[25] In 2010, he voiced Gru's arch-rival Vector in the Universal's CGI animated film, Despicable Me
Despicable Me
and appeared as "Horatio" in a fantasy comedy film Gulliver's Travels
Gulliver's Travels
directed by Rob Letterman
Rob Letterman
and very loosely based on Part One of the 18th-century novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift. Segel appeared in Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, which opened in June 2011. He played gym teacher and thwarted suitor Russell Gettis.[26] Along with Nicholas Stoller, Segel approached Disney
Disney
in 2007 to write the latest Muppets
Muppets
film. Disney
Disney
was unsure on how to take the request, as Segel had just done frontal nudity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but after realizing that he was an avid fan, the project was approved. Segel stated that he wanted to do the film because the last film in the series to be released in theaters was Muppets
Muppets
from Space in 1999, and he felt that the younger generation was missing out on enjoying one of his childhood favorites.[27] Segel decided not to star in the sequel to The Muppets, Muppets
Muppets
Most Wanted.[28] He filmed The Five-Year Engagement, with Emily Blunt, in spring 2011, in Michigan, and the film was released on April 27, 2012. Segel will also be in the cast of a film based on the 2012 Quebec maple syrup heist, which will be directed by Seth Gordon.[29] In 2013, Segel revealed he was working on a series of young adult novels, based on a story he conceived when he was 21.[30] In the fall of 2014, the first novel of the series Nightmares!, co-written with Kirsten Miller, was released, with the followup coming out the following year.[31][32] In 2015, Segel received praise[33][34][35] for his portrayal of the late author David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
in the independent biographical drama film The End of the Tour. For his performance, he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.[36] In 2017, Segel and Miller released their first young adult novel, Otherworld. Personal life[edit] Segel is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.[37] He performed a wedding ceremony on The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
on July 6, 2010, for a couple that solicited his services by placing wanted pictures of him around his home town and the bar he frequently visited.[38] He is a smoker, and in a 2008 interview, his TV wife Alyson Hannigan claimed that she found it hard to kiss him because of the smell, claiming that she felt like she was 'kissing an ashtray'. [39] He attempted to quit smoking during one year of the show but has since relapsed.[40] Filmography[edit]

Segel with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
and Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
in September 2011

Film[edit]

Title Role Notes

1998 Can't Hardly Wait Watermelon Guy

1998 Dead Man on Campus Kyle

1998 SLC Punk! Mike

2002 Slackers Sam Schechter

2003 11:14 Leon (Paramedic #1)

2003 Certainly Not a Fairytale Leo

2004 LolliLove Jason

2005 Good Humor Man, TheThe Good Humor Man Smelly Bob

2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Theodore Everest

2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Frat Boy Delete scenes only

2007 Knocked Up Jason

2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Peter Bretter Also writer

2009 I Love You, Man Sydney Fife

2010 Get Him to the Greek

Writer and producer

2010 Despicable Me Victor "Vector" Perkins Voice

2010 Gulliver's Travels Horatio

2011 Bad Teacher Russell Gettis

2011 Friends with Benefits Brice Uncredited[41]

2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Jeff Thompkins

2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Gary Also writer and executive producer[5]

2012 The Five-Year Engagement Tom Solomon Also writer and executive producer

2012 This Is 40 Jason

2013 This Is the End Himself Uncredited[42]

2014 Sex Tape Jay Hargrove Also writer and executive producer

2015 The End of the Tour David Foster Wallace

2017 The Discovery Will

2018 Come Sunday Henry

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Nick Andopolis 18 episodes

2001 North Hollywood

Unaired pilot

2001–2002 Undeclared Eric 7 episodes

2004 Harry Green and Eugene Eugene Green Unaired pilot[43]

2004–2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neil Jansen 3 episodes

2005 Alias Sam Hauser Episode: "The Road Home"

2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Marshall Eriksen 208 episodes

2009 Family Guy Marshall Eriksen Voice Episode: "Peter's Progress"

2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Jason Segel/Florence and the Machine"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Result

2000 Freaks and Geeks Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series: Young Ensemble Nominated

2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment Nominated

2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Teen Choice Award
Teen Choice Award
for Choice Movie: Breakout Male Nominated

2011

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Won

2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Critics Choice Award for Best Song shared with Amy Adams
Amy Adams
and Bret McKenzie Won

2011 The Muppets Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated

2015 The End of the Tour Seattle Film Festival Award for Best Actor 3rd Place

2015 The End of the Tour Indiana Film Journalist Association Award for Best Actor Runner-up

2015 The End of the Tour Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Nominated

2015 The End of the Tour San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated

2015 The End of the Tour Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated

See also[edit]

biography portal

References[edit]

^ a b "Jason Segel". TV Guide. Retrieved June 17, 2014.  ^ Mills, Nancy (July 8, 2010). "'Despicable Me' star Jason Segel really gets into his roles". USA Today. Retrieved September 2, 2010.  ^ "Now Trending: Jason Segel
Jason Segel
reveals he made his mother cry with full-frontal nudity scene". The Globe and Mail.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
- Latest news, videos, and information". today.com.  ^ a b Iley, Chrissy (February 4, 2012). "So Jason Segel, are you a man or a Muppet". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved June 17, 2014.  ^ "Turning nasty was no stretch for Sarah Marshall's Jason Segel". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.  ^ Bloom, Nate (March 31, 2009). "Interfaith Celebrities: Jason Segel on the Benefits of Not Fitting In". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
on the universe—and 'The Five Year Engagement'". The Jewish
Jewish
Journal of Greater Los Angeles. April 24, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ Elkin, Michael (March 19, 2009). "Who Loves Ya, Man?". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved March 19, 2009.  ^ "Segel's starry-eyed man-child amuses and moves us". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. March 15, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ Andrew Tobin, "Actor Jason Segel
Jason Segel
opens up about childhood as Jewish outsider", July 30, 2015 ...attending Christian school during the day and Hebrew school at night. "At Christian school you’re the Jewish
Jewish
kid, and at Hebrew school you’re the Christian kid. I think that's the nature of groups," he said. "And so everyone wants to compartmentalize people. And I think I decided at that point, like OK, its me versus the world, kind of." ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Explains the Mysteries of Guydom". Fresh Air. October 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.  ^ Abele, Robert (April 13, 2008). "This breakup really broke up Jason Segel". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times.  ^ a b Sondheimer, Eric (October 30, 1996). "Fastbreak to Silver Screen". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Daily News. Retrieved April 29, 2013.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Biography". Buddy TV. Retrieved February 6, 2013. ^ " Jason Collins
Jason Collins
on Jason Segel's Secret Dunking Past". Retrieved March 24, 2018.  ^ Miller, Julie. "Jason Segel's High-School Nickname Was "Dr. Dunk"". Retrieved March 24, 2018.  ^ "gbdesigns.com". "The William S. Paley Television Festival: A Dedication to 'Freaks and Geeks'". Retrieved January 12, 2007.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
to quit 'How I Met Your Mother'". timeslive.co.za. August 1, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2013.  ^ Finke, Nikki (December 21, 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: 'How I Met Your Mother' To Return For Season 9; Cast Deals Closed Today After Jason Segel Turnaround; Show Was Given Up For Dead Until 11th Hour". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.  ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (March 10, 2009). A Romantic Comedy About Two Straight Men: John Hamburg's I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man
May be the First Dude Flick With a Heart (HTML). The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on March 11, 2009 ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Goes Full-Frontal In "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"". The Huffington Post. April 25, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2013.  ^ Opie and Anthony, 104.1 WBCN in Boston ^ Fleming, Michael (March 12, 2008). "Segel and Stoller take on Muppets". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2013.  ^ Craig Ferguson has Jason Segel
Jason Segel
serenade his "Wonky Eyed Girl". youtube.com.  ^ Dargis, Manohla, "When the Teacher Gets High Marks in the Raunchy and the Profane", The New York Times, June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011. ^ Jay Leno. " The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno
Jay Leno
- Jason Segel, Part 2 (11/8/11) - Video". NBC.com. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ Angela Dawson/Front Row Features. "'Home' boy: Jason Segel
Jason Segel
'was just born hilarious'". Knoxville.com. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ "Sony Picks Up Maple Syrup Heist Project, Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Attached to Star". The Hollywood Reporter. September 24, 2013.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
writing young adult book series". 3 News NZ. April 8, 2013.  ^ Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Sells Three-Book Children's Series hollywoodreport.com, 23 April 2013 ^ Children's Audiobooks - Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Reads "Nightmares!", New York Times, November 21, 2014. ^ Tallerico, Brian (January 24, 2015). "The End of the Tour". Rogerebert.com.  ^ Nashawaty, Chris (July 29, 2015). "The End of the Tour". Entertainment Weekly.  ^ Lawson, Richard (January 25, 2015). "' The End of the Tour
The End of the Tour
Is a Deeply Affecting Tribute to a Cherished Writer, and a Huge Breakthrough for Jason Segel". Vanity Fair.  ^ McNary, Dave (November 24, 2015). "'Carol', 'Spotlight', 'Beasts of No Nation' Lead Spirit Awards Nominations". Independent Spirit Awards. Variety.  ^ "Ordained Minister Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Marries Couple on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)". Aoltv.com. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  ^ Karpel, Ari (December 10, 2010). "Kevin Smith, Kathy Griffin and Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Officiate at Weddings". The New York Times.  ^ " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
is a smoker".  ^ "20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About How I Met Your Mother". November 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2018.  ^ Bierly, Mandi (July 25, 2011). "'Friends With Benefits' vs. 'No Strings Attached': Let's compare!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 3, 2016.  ^ Grossberg, Josh (November 5, 2013). " Jason Segel
Jason Segel
Looks All Banged Up on Set—See the Pic!". E! News. Retrieved May 19, 2016.  ^ "dangerousuniverse.com". "2004–2005 Television Pilots (Incomplete at Best)". Retrieved January 12, 2007. 

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