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Jason Segel named Hasty Pudding man of the year

Jason Segel
Image caption Segel made his name starring in the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV series Freaks and Geeks

Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Jason Segel is to be awarded this year's Hasty Pudding man of the year prize.

The award is handed out by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest undergraduate drama troupe in the US.

The 32-year-old actor, who also stars in the TV comedy How I Met Your Mother, will receive his prize during a ceremony and parade on 3 February.

Actress Claire Danes has been named this year's woman of the year.

Segel made his name starring in the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV series Freaks and Geeks in 1999.

He went on to appear in drama series CSI and starred in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up.

In 2008 he wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which spawned the sequel Get Him to the Greek, which Segel also wrote and co-produced.

A long-time fan of Jim Henson's Muppets, he sought permission to revive the franchise from Disney - and brought the troupe back to the big screen in the US last year.

The Muppets, which stars Segel and Amy Adams alongside Kermit and Miss Piggy, has made $100m (£64.3m) since it opened during the US Thanksgiving holiday in November.

It is due to open in the UK next month.

Last year's recipient of the Hasty Pudding award was talk show host Jay Leno.

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