Segel, Jason: Actor Profile

Jason Segel plays Sydney Fife in Dreamworks’ new comedy “I Love You, Man,” which is being released on March 20, 2009.

Segel has the ability to consistently create memorable and hilarious characters, as he demonstrated in Judd Apatow’s hit comedy “Knocked Up,” as well as the Apatow-produced “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which was written by Segel and based on his original idea. The film went on to make over $100 million worldwide and set Segel apart from most young Hollywood actors.

In 1999, Segel portrayed Nick on “Freaks and Geeks,” Apatow’s Emmy-nominated television series for NBC. Segel played a lanky, fun-loving freak dreaming of stardom as a rock-and-roll drummer, like his idol, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.

In 2000, he had a recurring role as Eric on “Undeclared,” the Fox series about college freshmen, which was named one of Time magazine’s “Ten Best Shows of 2001.”

Currently, Segel stars as Marshall, opposite Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris, in the third season of the hit CBS comedy series “How I Met Your Mother,” the story of a young man’s struggle to find his true love. This series was also touted by Time magazine, hitting the list at No. 8 on the “Ten Best Shows of 2005.”

Previous feature credits include “Slackers,” “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” “SLC Punk,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Dead Man on Campus.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Segel continues to reside there.