Joel McHale Biography

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Born: November 20, 1971


Date of Birth: November 20, 1971

Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, Washington, Joel was a history major at the University of Washington, where he was also a member of their championship football team. In addition, Joel received his Master of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.

Currently starring on NBC's hit comedy series, Community, Joel hosted the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards and has worked on a number of films, including playing an FBI agent opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's comedic thriller The Informant. In Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Joel played a spy-hunting reporter married to Jessica Alba, who plays the stepmother to his kids.

He completed a role in Seth MacFarlane's Ted, a live action tale about a boy and his teddy bear, starring opposite Mark Walhberg and Mila Kunis. Other films include What's Your Number? opposite Anna Farris, The Big Year with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson and Deliver Us From Evil (2014). More recently, Joel appeared in the animated crime comedy The Happytime Murders (2018) alongside Melissa McCarthy, and returned to theaters in the thriller Assassination Nation(2018).

In addition, Joel continues to satirize pop culture and current events each week on E!'s The Soup. Joel's quick wit and sharp comedic timing have made The Soup a pop culture phenomenon. Joel also performs his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


The Happytime Murders (2018)
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Assassination Nation (2018)
A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)
Adult Beginners (2014)
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Blended / Famille recomposée (2014)
Ted (2012)
The Big Year / La grande année (2011)
What's Your Number? / C'est quoi ton numéro? (2011)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D / Espions en herbe 4 : Tout le temps du monde (2011)
The Informant! / L'infiltré! (2009)
The Onion Movie (2008) (son nom n'apparaît pas au générique)
Mini's First Time (2006)
Lords of Dogtown / Les seigneurs de Dogtown (2005)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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