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Jason Segel
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Jason Jordan Segel
January 18, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Actor, screenwriter, composer, musician, singer, comedian
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Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) played Marshall Eriksen on How I Met Your Mother. Other notable roles include TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared and movies Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and I Love You, Man.

Early life

Jason was born in Los Angeles, Californi, born to  Jillian (née Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin G. Segel, a lawyer, and grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. His mother is Christian and his father is Jewish. He stated that he was raised Jewish, aside  "a little bit of everything". He attended a Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah, and as well as going to St. Matthew's Parish School , a private Episcopal school. He has a younger sister called  Alison and an older half-brother, Adam.

After elementary school and middle school, Segel finished his high school studies at Harvard-Westlake School, where his frame and height aided him as an active member of the 1996 and 1997 CIF state champion boys' basketball team. He was a backup for the team's star centers, twin brothers Jarron and Jason Collins. Segel hoped to of become a professional actor during college, however he ultimately chose not to attend college. Instead he acted in local theater productions at Palisades Playhouse.


Segel's first major role was as stoner "freak" Nick Andopolis on the critically acclaimed yet short-lived 1999 NBC comedy-drama series Freaks and Geeks. The series revolved around a gang of suburban Detroit high school students circa 1980. Segel personally composed one song for his character, Nick, to sing to the lead female character, Lindsay Linda Cardellini. She and Segel dated for a few years following the show's cancellation. It was rumoured that she dumped  him for putting on too much weight, but it was later revealed that the statement was in fact a joke taken out of context.

He had recurring roles on CSI as Neil Jansen and on Undeclared as Eric. He played  Marshall Eriksen on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother; he had previously stated he would move on to other projects in 2013 when his contract expires, but was successfully convinced to finish the series after its ninth season in 2014. Other filmography credits 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 creator 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 performed in I Love You, Man, which was released on March 20, 2009 by Dreamworks.

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. In an interview, 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 movie. Segel performed a song from the film, entitled "Dracula's Lament", on the 1000th episode of Craig Ferguson's show on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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 Show with Craig Ferguson and sang an original song entitled "Wonky Eyed Girl".

In 2010, he voiced Gru's arch-rival Vector in the Universal's CGI animated film, Me and appeared as "Horatio" in a fantasy comedy film Gulliver's Travels directed by 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. Along with Nicholas Stoller, Segel approached Disney in 2007 to write the latest Muppets Film . 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 from Space in 1999, and he felt that the younger generation was missing out on enjoying one of his childhood favorites. He has stated that he will not star in the sequel to The Muppets. He filmed The Five-Year Engagement, with Emily Blunt, in spring 2011, in Michigan, and the film was released on April 27, 2012.

In 2013, Segel revealed he was working on a series of young adult novels, based on a tale he came up with when he was 21.

Personal life

Segel dated Michelle Williams for around one year, breaking up around the end of February 2013. Furthermore, he is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. He performed a wedding ceremony on 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 visits.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Watermelon Guy Film debut
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 Good Humor Man Smelly Bob
2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Theodore Everest
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Frat Boy Scenes deleted
2007 Knocked Up Jason
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Peter Bretter Also Writer
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Male
2009 I Love You, Man Sydney Fife
2010 Despicable Me Vector Voice only
Animation debut
Get Him to the Greek N/A Writer/Producer Only
Gulliver's Travels Horatio
Todd vs. High School Himself
2011 The Muppets Gary Also Writer/Executive Producer
Critics Choice Award for Best Song Shared with Amy Adams and Bret McKenzie
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Friends with Benefits Brice Uncredited
Bad Teacher Russell Gettis
Jeff, Who Lives at Home Jeff
2012 This Is 40 Jason
The Five-Year Engagement Tom Solomon Also Writer/Executive Producer
2013 This Is the End Jason Segel Post-Production
Undercover Cop Actor Script


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Nick Andopolis Main role, 18 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series: Young Ensemble
2001–2002 Undeclared Eric Recurring role, 7 episodes
2004 Harry Green and Eugene Eugene Green Unaired pilot
2004–2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neil Jansen Episode: "Mea Culpa"
Episode: "Compulsion"
Episode: "Iced"
2005 Alias Sam Hauser Episode: "The Road Home"
2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Marshall Eriksen Main role 
2009 Family Guy Marshall Eriksen Episode: Peter's Progress
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself, Host Episode: "Jason Segel/Florence and the Machine
Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Himself Episode: "Jason Segel"

Notes and Trivia

  • His western zodiac sign is Capricorn and his Chinese zodiac sign is a Monkey.

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