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Jason Segel

Segel in March 2009
Born Jason Jordan Segel
January 18, 1980 (1980-01-18) (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, musician
Years active 1998–present

Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) is an American television and film actor, screenwriter and musician, known for his work with producer Judd Apatow on the short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, and I Love You, Man, and also for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Early life

Segel was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Pacific Palisades, California. Segel attended a Catholic school, though he was raised in his father's Jewish religion.[1][2][3] Following the completion of elementary school, he completed his middle and high school studies at Harvard-Westlake School, where his 6'4" (193 cm)[4] frame helped him as an active member of the state champion boys' basketball team. He was hoping to become an actor during his school days and acted in local theater productions at Palisades Playhouse.[5]

Career

He is known for his role as "Freak" Nick Andopolis on the short-lived NBC comedy-drama series Freaks and Geeks, about a group of suburban Detroit high school students circa 1980. He also personally wrote a song for his character, Nick, to sing to the lead female character, Lindsay (Linda Cardellini), in an episode of Freaks and Geeks.[6] She and Segel dated for a few years following the show's cancellation.[7][8] It was rumored that she broke up with him for gaining twenty pounds,[9] but it has since emerged that the statement was in fact a joke taken out of context.[10]

Segel had recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Neil Jansen and on Undeclared as Eric. He currently plays Marshall on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. 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 director 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. His most recent film I Love You, Man was released on March 20,2009[11] by Dreamworks.

Segel, along with Nicholas Stoller, has recently been enlisted by Disney to write the next Muppets film. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall Segel's character writes a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets. In an interview with Opie and Anthony, when they were on 104.1 WBCN in Boston, he stated 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 Henson puppeteers, and the experience emboldened Segel to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie.[12] Segel performed his Dracula's Lament on the 1000th episode of Craig Ferguson's show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Watermelon Guy First film role
Dead Man on Campus Kyle
SLC Punk! Mike
1999 New Jersey Turnpikes Unknown
2001 North Hollywood Unknown TV Movie
2002 Slackers Sam Schechter
2003 11:14 Leon (Paramedic #1)
Certainly Not a Fairytale Leo
2004 LolliLove Jason
2005 The Good Humor Man Smelly Bob
2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Theodore Everest
2007 Knocked Up Jason
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Peter Bretter Writer
2009 I Love You, Man Sydney Fife
2010 Despicable Me Vector Voice Only
Gulliver's Travels Horatio Post-Production
The Adventurer's Handbook Pre-Production
2011 Jeff Who Lives At Home Jeff Pre-Production
2012 Bad Teacher Pre-Production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks Nick Andopolis 18 episodes
2001-2002 Undeclared Eric Recurring Role
7 episodes
2004 Harry Green and Eugene Eugene Green Unaired pilot[13]
2004-2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neil Jansen Episode: "Mea Culpa"
Episode: "Compulsion"
Episode: "Iced"
2005 Alias Sam Hauser Episode: "The Road Home"
2005-present How I Met Your Mother Marshall Eriksen Regular

References

  1. ^ Elkin, Michael (2009-03-19). "Who Loves Ya, Man?". Jewish Exponent. http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/18495/. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ Sexy Beast
  3. ^ Stated on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday, April 18, 2008
  4. ^ Please go metric USA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system
  5. ^ "Jason Segel. Segel is 6'4" Tall.(page), BuddyTV.com, webpage
  6. ^ "gbdesigns.com". "The William S. Paley Television Festival: A Dedication to Freaks and Geeks". http://www.gbdesigns.com/freaksandgeeks/paley.html. Retrieved January 12, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Boyfriends and Girlfriends" [commentary track], Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series [DVD], 2004, Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory
  8. ^ "Smooching and Mooching" [2nd commentary track], Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series [DVD], 2004, Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory
  9. ^ "Linda Cardellini Broke Up With Ex Because He Was Overweight" (page), Starpulse.com, webpage: [1]
  10. ^ "As writer and star, Jason Segel is fully exposed" (page), Timeout Chicago webpage: [2]
  11. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-10). A Romantic Comedy About Two Straight Men: John Hamburg's I Love You, Man May be the First Dude Flick With a Heart (HTML). The New York Observer. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-11
  12. ^ Variety, March 11, 2008
  13. ^ "dangerousuniverse.com". "2004-2005 Television Pilots (Incomplete at Best)". http://www.dangerousuniverse.com/2004/2004_TV_Pilots.asp. Retrieved January 12, 2007. 

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