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Joel McHale
Full name: Joel Edward McHale
Birth date: November 20, 1971
Birth place: Rome, Italy
Occupation: Actor
Education: Mercer Island High School
University of Washington
Parents: Jack McHale
Laurie McHale
Spouse(s): Sarah Williams (m. 1996)
Children: 2
Website: Website

Joel Edward McHale[1] (born November 20, 1971)[2] is an American actor, comedian and writer. McHale provided the voice of DVD in the Regular Show episode "Format Wars II."

Early life

McHale was born in Rome, Italy, the son of Jack and Laurie McHale.[1][3] He is of Irish and Norwegian descent.[4] McHale was raised Catholic and lived in New Jersey and Seattle, Washington during his childhood.[5] He attended Mercer Island High School and went to the University of Washington, where he played on the football team as a tight end and majored in history; McHale stated he did terribly and mostly played football as a dare.[6][7][8] McHale graduated from Washington in 2000 with a master's degree in fine art, and moved to Hollywood six months after graduation.[6][8]


McHale is well known for hosting The Soup, beginning in 2004 and ending in 2015.[5][6][1] He has acted in the following: Will & Grace, Spider-Man 2, Phineas and Ferb, Open Season 2, Community, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Ted, and in commercials for McDonalds, Levi's, IHOP and Burger King.[6][9][1] A more thorough filmography may be found here.

Voice credits

Season 6

Personal life

McHale married Sarah Williams, an interior decorator, in 1996; they have two sons.[6][10] He and his family reside in Los Angeles, California.[11]

External links


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  4. From the following exchange: Rosie O'Donnell: "You know. You are Irish Catholic." Joel McHale: "I am Irish Catholic." O'Donnell: "Well, I got that right." McHale: "Yes. And Norwegian. So, yes, we are -- can be funny and drunk and then really quiet."
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4
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  10. Stated on The Soup, January 15, 2010, E!.

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