Funnyman Jason Segel landed his first major TV role at the budding age of 18 - he was hired by writer-director Judd Apatow in 1998 to join the cast of the high school comedy series ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ Though the show failed to attract enough viewers to continue after one season, it later gained a cult following, which may have helped Segel and his costars’ rise to the spotlight in future years. Segel faded into the shadows for a while until he landed the role of kindhearted lawyer Marshall in the sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ in 2005. The TV show drew in viewers and gradually became a smash hit, partially due to Segel’s relatable nature and top-notch comedic timing. The notoriously tall actor was suddenly in high demand, and he began starring alongside comedy juggernauts in films like ‘I Love You Man’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ which he wrote himself. Segel also received the prestigious honor of working with the Muppets in their latest big-screen adventure, 2011’s ‘The Muppets.’
Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) is an American television and film actor, screenwriter, composer, puppeteer, musician, singer and comedian. Known for his work with producer Judd Apatow on the cult classic, short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Gulliver's Travels, Bad Teacher, Despicable Me, The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement, and also for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Segel was born in Los Angeles, the son of Jillian (ne Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin G. Segel, a lawyer, and grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. He has stated that he was raised Jewish, as well as 'a little bit of everything'. He went to Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah, and also attended St. Matthew's Parish School, a private Episcopal school.
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