Segel in March 2009
|Born||Jason Jordan Segel
January 18, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, musician|
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.
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. Following the completion of elementary school, he completed his middle and high school studies at Harvard-Westlake School, where his 6'4" (193 cm) 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.
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. She and Segel dated for a few years following the show's cancellation. It was rumored that she broke up with him for gaining twenty pounds, but it has since emerged that the statement was in fact a joke taken out of context.
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 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. Segel performed his Dracula's Lament on the 1000th episode of Craig Ferguson's show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Watermelon Guy||First film role|
|Dead Man on Campus||Kyle|
|1999||New Jersey Turnpikes||Unknown|
|2001||North Hollywood||Unknown||TV Movie|
|2003||11:14||Leon (Paramedic #1)|
|Certainly Not a Fairytale||Leo|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Smelly Bob|
|2006||Bye Bye Benjamin||Theodore Everest|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Peter Bretter||Writer|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Sydney Fife|
|2010||Despicable Me||Vector||Voice Only|
|The Adventurer's Handbook||Pre-Production|
|2011||Jeff Who Lives At Home||Jeff||Pre-Production|
|1999-2000||Freaks and Geeks||Nick Andopolis||18 episodes|
|2004||Harry Green and Eugene||Eugene Green||Unaired pilot|
|2004-2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Neil Jansen||Episode: "Mea Culpa"
|2005||Alias||Sam Hauser||Episode: "The Road Home"|
|2005-present||How I Met Your Mother||Marshall Eriksen||Regular|