Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia, and as a child, moved with his family to Overland Park, Kansas. His mother, Kathryn (née Wendt), was a travel agent at Brennco, and President of the American Society of Travel Agents. His father, Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, was vice president of a business development. His uncle is actor George Wendt, and his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. He has two younger sisters, Lindsay, a high school teacher and basketball coach, and Kristen Sudeikis, an actress and dancer in New York City. Sudeikis is of Lithuanian and Irish ancestry on his father's side, and German and Irish on his mother's side.
He attended Brookridge Elementary School before transferring to Holy Cross Catholic School. He began high school at the Jesuit Rockhurst High School in 1990, later transferring due to academic reasons to Shawnee Mission West High School. He attended Fort Scott Community College on a basketball scholarship, but left before finishing. He began performing improvisational comedy at ComedySportz (now called Comedy City) in Kansas City.
Sudeikis moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic, and was one of the founding members of the long-form team J.T.S. Brown. He performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was later cast in The Second City's National Touring Company. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas.
In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, he was hired as a sketch writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live (1975) and would occasionally make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, he became a featured player and was upgraded to repertory status in 2006. In July 2013, he announced that he was leaving SNL.
Sudeikis began to appear in major Hollywood films, such as, What Happens in Vegas (2008), The Rocker (2008), Semi-Pro (2008), The Bounty Hunter (2010), and Going the Distance (2010). He also co-hosted Episode #18.33 (2010) with his "Going the Distance" co-stars Charlie Day and Justin Long at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Sudeikis starred in the comedy films Hall Pass (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011). He also hosted 2011 MTV Movie Awards (2011). His other notable comedy roles include, We're the Millers (2013), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Sleeping with Other People (2015), and Mother's Day (2016). He starred in the dramatic films, Tumbledown (2015), The Book of Love (2016), and Race (2016).
He had recurring roles on television shows, including, NBC's 30 Rock (2006) from 2007-2010, Eastbound & Down (2009) from 2012-2013, and The Last Man on Earth (2015) from 2015-2016.
Aside from his notable on-screen roles, some of his voice-over work include, the right-wing radio host Richard Bastion in the video-game Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), the voices of Holt Richter and Terry Kimple in almost every episode of FOX's animated comedy The Cleveland Show (2009), until the series' end in 2013. He is the voice of Bomba in Epic (2013) and the voice of Red in The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
In October 2016, he played John Keating in the off-Broadway theatre production of Dead Poet's Society at the Classic Stage Company in New York City.
Some of his more recent film roles include, Masterminds (2016), Colossal (2016), Downsizing (2017), Kodachrome (2017), and Permission (2017).View Full Bio