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Jason Segel's birthday: Five facts about the actor

Jason Segel fact No. 1
Jason Segel fact No. 1
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Today he's best known for his role as Marshall Eriksen on "How I Met Your Mother." Before he hit the airwaves on CBS, however, Jason Segel was part of another show that's achieved a bit of a cult following. "Freaks and Geeks" was only on for one season, but it was a major factor in helping to launch Segel's Hollywood career.

Jason Segel was born Jan. 18, 1980 in Los Angeles, Calif., to parents Jillian and Alvin. He began performing at a place called Palisades Playhouse when he was in high school. From there, his entertainment career took off, and he appeared in his first film, "Can't Hardly Wait," in 1998. Segel has since appeared in many films and provided the voice for several animated characters, including Vector in "Despicable Me."

Today, we celebrate Jason Segel's 34th birthday with five quick facts about the actor. Click through the slides to check them out.

Jason Segel fact No. 1
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Jason Segel fact No. 1

Jason Segel has been tall ever since he was 12 years old. Then, he hit his current height of 6-feet-4-inches. He says he was awkward and has compared himself to a weird, gangly ET.

Jason Segel fact No. 2
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Jason Segel fact No. 2

Jason Segel is a minister in the Universal Life Church. The church is non-denominational Christian church. Segel was raised Jewish but attended Christian schools growing up.

Jason Segel fact No. 3
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Jason Segel fact No. 3

Jason Segel attended the same high school as actor Jake Gyllenhaal — Harvard Westlake High School. There, Segel was a member of the basketball team.

Jason Segel fact No. 4
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Jason Segel fact No. 4

Jason Segel was first seen by a casting scout from Paramount when he was 16 years old. At the time, he was performing "The Zoo Story."

Jason Segel fact No. 5
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Jason Segel fact No. 5

Segel also is a songwriter. His music has been featured in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Freaks and Geeks," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Get Him to the Greek."