Jason Segel is easily one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, an entertainer whose sense of humour brought fame. This award-winning actor, comedian, screenwriter, author, songwriter, and singer has impressive credits both on the small and silver screens. Besides his popularity as an actor, not many are aware that the fan favourite is also musically gifted and takes credit for some hit movie soundtracks and songs.
Jason is the type who takes his career seriously, we have seen some occasions when the actor cum comedian has had to take some good but uncomfortable measures in order to properly fit into roles. One of such is a considerable weight loss for the 2014 rom-com Sex Tape. He was forced to undergo a strict diet and structured fitness routine by Hollywood executives at Universal Studios and needless to say, it paid off.
Jason Segel Made His Acting Debut At The Age Of 18
It was while Jason Segel was still a student at Harvard-Westlake School that his talents caught the attention of a Hollywood executive, thus, he made a life-changing decision of ditching college for an acting career. The aspiring actor debuted on the acting scene at the age of 18, landing a role on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks – a 1999 critically acclaimed but short-lived NBC comedy-drama series. The young actor’s outstanding performance as stoner “freak” Nick Andopolis in the cult classic TV series brought him relative fame and the drama was centred on a group of uptown Detroit high school students circa 1980.
His talent as a composer was also brought to fore in Freaks and Geeks as Jason personally composed the song his character Nick sang to the female lead Lindsay, depicted by Linda Cardellini. This role set the tone for subsequent roles including the showrunner’s follow-up sitcom Undeclared where he was cast as Eric.
His Performance On Freaks and Geeks Opened An In-road into Other Roles
As he gained more popularity in the entertainment scene, Jason Segel landed the role of Neil Jansen in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Jason had a major breakthrough in the year 2005 when he got the role of Marshall Eriksen in the hit series How I Met Your Mother; he garnered critical acclaim on the popular CBS sitcom which aired for nine seasons (from 2005 to 2014).
His movie debut was accomplished on the set of Can’t Hardly Wait in 1998, during that period, he landed other movies like SLC Punk!, Slackers, Dead Man on Campus, and The Good Humor Man. With time, Jason chose to work both behind and in front of the camera, writing and starring in the 2008 rom-com Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the movie was produced by Judd Apatow in collaboration with Shauna Robertson for Universal Pictures. Jason’s 2007 movie Knocked Up was also produced by Apatow. The movie I Love You, Man by DreamWorks gave him a starring role in 2009.
In 2010, Jason Segel appeared in two comedies – Get Him to the Greek where he composed part of the soundtrack’s music and as Horatio in Gulliver’s Travels by Rob Letterman. The actor showed up in Bad Teacher in 2011, sharing the screen with Cameron Diaz. Others include The Five-Year Engagement with Emily Blunt (2012), as well as 2015’s The End of the Tour where his depiction of the deceased author David Foster Wallace earned him praise and an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Male Lead. Jason Segel is also a competent author with his first adult novel Otherworld released in 2017. His most recent effort is evident in the 2020 TV series Dispatches from Elsewhere which he starred in, as well as created.
He Also Plays Voice Roles
Jason Segel is equally a voice actor and fans of the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, which was a hit, would recognize his voice as villain Victor “Vector” Perkins. Besides his fame as an actor and screenwriter, Jason is also a musician and songwriter whose songs have also been featured on some of his acting projects. In addition to writing most of Get Him to the Greek’s soundtrack in 2010, he is also credited for co-writing and producing the 2011 musical comedy The Muppets.
Segel’s numerous efforts in the entertainment industry have been recognized both locally and internationally. Notably, he is a 2011 recipient of the Critics Choice Award for Best Song for The Muppets‘ Life’s a Happy Song. Others are the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, as well as the 2014 Scott Brown Memorial Award.
Jason Segel Has Earned A Great Fortune From His Acting Career
Staring his acting career as a teenager is a plus for the Los Angeles-born actor and earning some level of fame with his debut role in Freaks and Geeks set the tone for subsequent roles in the industry. Thus, one would not be surprised to learn that Jason Segel started earning the big bucks right from his early days in the movies.
Jason’s annual income as published by reliable sources like Celebrity Net Worth shows the actor takes as much as $225 thousand per episode of his appearances which has brought his total net worth to an astounding $50 million. Though the bigger portion of his fortune came from acting, the veteran entertainer also earns from his books, as well as his work as a music composer, a screenwriter, and from voice roles.
He Has A Long List Of Exes
Jason Segel is not and has never been married, at least not yet! However, he is known to have been in several high profile relationships mostly with his female colleagues in the entertainment industry. Though the actor has tried to keep details of his love life under the radar, they still manage to somehow make the headlines. Below are some of the women linked him.
In 2001, Segel was romantically linked to actress Linda Cardellini. The pair dated for six long years before parting ways in 2007. In fact, the emotional effects of their relationship were reflected in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Rumours had it that Jason was an item with actress, producer, director, host, author, model, and entrepreneur Drew Barrymore in November 2008, but there are no pointers to how long the duo lasted or whether it actually happened.
The actor soon moved on to other women. In 2009, he was romantically linked to actress, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur Lindsay Lohan. In the last month of 2009, a photo showing Lohan leaving Jason Segel’s home sparked rumours of the two having a fling.
It would not be wrong to surmise that Jason Segel’s dalliance with Michelle Ryan was one of his shortest relationships. In fact, they barely lasted one month, starting from June 2009 to July 2009.
Jason recorded another short-lived romance with American actress Michelle Trachtenberg in August 2009. This only means that he switched one Michelle with another within a few days. However, this particular Michelle didn’t even last till the end of August 2009.
With the number of women the actor has dated, we would not be surprised to see the dates of his relationships conflicting with each other as the records captured his startup date with actress Chloë Sevigny as February 2009 which conflicts with the previous ones, however, they lasted till November 2009.
Michelle Williams became the flavour of 2012 for Jason. Their relationship which commenced in February did not exceed one year, coming to a halt in February 2013.
With time, Bojana Novakovic came on the scene, their dalliance took off in 2013 and lasted for all of one year. Just like the previous ones, it came to an end in 2014.
Jason is currently in a relationship with photographer Alexis Mixter; she is Whitney Minter’s sister. The pair began dating in 2014 and is presumed to be waxing strong together as they appear together at the Academy Awards red carpet; fans hope their love story unfolds happily.