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Jason Sudeikis is considered a heavy favorite to take home an Emmy on Sept. 19 for his iconic portrayal of a small-time Midwestern college football coach hired to lead a pro soccer team in England on Apple TV+’s hit series Ted Lasso.

While the role is his most heralded yet, fans still don’t know much about the 46-year-old former SNL funnyman (who, like his character, hails from the great state of Kansas. There, you already know one thing!).

Ahead of the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, bone up on your Sudeikis trivia with our roundup of some fun facts you might not know about actor—who, for starters, is not Ed Helms of Hangover fame, even though fans often get the two confused!

  • His uncle is Cheers star George Wendt.
  • Sudeikis joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2003 before becoming a cast member from 2005 to 2013.
  • He has co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in five movies: The Bounty Hunter, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2 and Mother’s Day.
  • He was born with a congenital condition called anosmia (no sense of smell).
  • Sudeikis attended Fort Scott Community College in Kansas on a basketball scholarship and suited up as a player for the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in 2011 and 2016.
  • Sudeikis’ SNL characters include playing politicians George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, Joe Biden, 46th president of the United States, and Senator Mitt Romney.
  • Sudeikis is a supporter of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
  • Sudeikis was a founding member of the Second City Las Vegas.
  • In 2012, Sudeikis became the voice for Applebee’s commercials.
  • Sudeikis was born in Fairfax, Virginia on Sept. 18, 1975.

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