Effortlessly funny, goofy, and down to earth. Jason Segel has made a career in Hollywood from being himself. Naturally an easy-going fellow, Jason found it easy early in his acting career playing roles that required an unassuming sometimes naive romantic persona.
Jason Segel Biography
Jason Segel was born on January 18, 1980, in Los Angeles, California to a Jewish father Alvin Segel a Lawyer, and his mother Jillian Segel a stay-at-home mum. Jason is the second of a family of three, with a younger sister Alison and an older brother Adam.
He attended the private St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish School after which he moved to Harvard-Westlake School, where he made a name for himself as a talented basketball player. With an impressive body frame and height of 6 ft 4, he was an integral part of the 1996/1997 CIF State champion boys’ basketball team. His dunking prowess earned him the nick-name Dr. Dunk.
His foray into acting came with his role as Nick Andopolis on the short-lived NBC comedy-drama series Freaks and Geeks. The series proved successful and he landed recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Neil Jansen. He played Marshall Eriksen on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Jason also continued his string of impressive successes in the film, ‘I Love You, Man’ where he played the role of a groom who is about to get married but has no best friend to be the best man. He starred alongside Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz in the comedy Bad Teacher.
In 2011, Jason Segel was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, he also won the Critics Choice Award for Best Song for The Muppets.
It is fair to say that Jason has had a checkered history with women. Though he prefers to keep his love life very secret, his propensity to date fellow celebrities hasn’t helped his quest for secrecy. Jason dated actress Linda Cardellini for six years, They started in March 2001 after they met on set. The pair were co-stars on Dead Man on Campus (1998) and Freaks and Geeks (1999). After playing as couples on set they extended their romance to real life. They broke up in January 2007.
The breakup had such a profound effect on Jason that it inspired the movie – Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) which was written by himself and co-produced by Judd Apatow. Jason started dating Heath Ledger’s former partner, actress Michelle Williams in 2012. Michelle who was just recovering from Heath’s tragic death found short-lived solace in the lovable Jason.
After Jason and Michelle broke up in 2013, he had a relationship with Michelle Trachtenberg. Currently, Jason is dating photographer Alexis Minter. She is a sister to actress Whitney Minter.
As always, no one really had a clue as to who Jason Segel was dating until he announced that they were in a relationship in January 2016 at Sean Penn’s Help Haiti fundraiser in Los Angeles. They had been spotted together in a few locations together prior to the fundraiser. The first time they appeared together was at the Independent Spirit Awards that was held in Santa Monica, California. They have also made appearances together at Academy Awards red carpet. Jason is not married.
Jason Segel Weight Loss
Anyone who has seen Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Humour Man, Bye Bye Benjamin will attest to the fact that he was on the heavy side.
Jason was ordered to lose weight by the President of Universal Pictures Ron Meyer in order to fit for the role in the movie Sex Tape, costarring Cameron Diaz. He also appeared in the movie, The Five-Year Engagement looking slim.
His bosses at Universal Studios sent a trainer to set and ensured he worked out twice a day. The trainer also had the mandate to monitor Segel’s feeding habits.
In typical funnyman style, Jason figured out creative ways to quench his raging appetite on set. Seeing that he was to play the role of a chef in some scenes in the movie, he would con his co-stars into faltering on their lines so the scenes are repeated so he can get to eat all over again.
Jason Segel is a Hollywood royalty, he has featured in highly lucrative movies including Despicable Me, Bad Teacher, This is 40, The End of the Tour, I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement, The Discovery, Come Sunday. He has a net worth of $8 million
Jason Segel is 6 ft 4 inches tall.