Alan Tudyk

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Alan Tudyk
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BornAlan Wray Tudyk
(1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 43)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Other namesWray Nerely
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1997–present
 
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Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornAlan Wray Tudyk
(1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 43)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Other namesWray Nerely
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1997–present

Alan Wray Tudyk (/ˈtdɪk/; born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice artist known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity, Alpha in the science fiction TV series Dollhouse, Steve the Pirate in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story and Wat in A Knight's Tale. He also co-starred on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. He also had a supporting role in the film 42 as racist baseball manager Ben Chapman and voiced significant roles in the Disney animated films Wreck-It Ralph as King Candy and Frozen as the Duke of Weselton. He is voicing Alistair Krei in Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6.

Early life[edit]

Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. His father is of Polish descent[1] and his mother has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas,[2] where he attended Plano Senior High School. He had a brief experience as a stand-up comic, before quitting after an angry audience member threatened to kill him.[3] Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas where he won the Academic Excellence award for drama. While in college, he played Beaver Smith in an eastern New Mexico summer stock theater production of Billy the Kid. Tudyk entered Juilliard but left in 1996 before earning a degree.

Career[edit]

Tudyk at the 2005 Serenity Flanvention

Film[edit]

In 2000, Tudyk played Gerhardt, a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days. He played Wat in 2001's A Knight's Tale, Steve the Pirate in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the emotional robot Sonny in I, Robot. In 2005, he reprised his role as the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the film Serenity, derived from the cult television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[4] In 2007, he had a supporting role as a strong-willed doctor in the western film 3:10 to Yuma alongside Christian Bale and Russell Crowe along with a brief but memorable role in the film Knocked Up and a highly physical comedic performance in the British film Death at a Funeral. Tudyk starred as Tucker in the indie horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil.[5] He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch.[6] In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, he voiced Simone (a reckless French accent speaking Chipmunk, the result after Simon was bitten by a spider). In 2012, Tudyk appeared in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the role of Stephen A. Douglas.[7] Tudyk also voiced the character King Candy in the 2012 Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, a performance for which he won the Annie Award for Voice Acting. He plays Ben Chapman in the 2013 movie 42 about Jackie Robinson.

Broadway[edit]

In 1999, Tudyk made his Broadway debut in Epic Proportions. He was also in Wonder of the World, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Misalliance, Oedipus and Bunny Bunny.[8] In 2005, Tudyk filled in for Hank Azaria's roles in Spamalot from June to December, and starred in a limited run of Prelude to a Kiss on Broadway.

Television[edit]

Among Tudyk's better known roles have been as the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[4] Although the series ran for only one season, Universal Studios purchased the rights to the show and turned it into a film, Serenity, in which he reprised the role. He did a few voices from Make Way for Noddy.[9] In 2014 Alan took over the role of lead anchor on the live action [adult swim] comedy, Newsreaders. Tudyk appeared as the cult leader, Father, in a two-part episode of Strangers With Candy entitled "Blank Stare." Among several guest spots on popular shows such as Arrested Development, he played a convicted pedophile on a popular episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Tudyk was cast as a special guest star in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.[2] The show featured people whose personalities had been erased, with Tudyk portraying Alpha, a former "active" who accidentally downloaded 48 separate personalities. Alpha served as the main antagonist of the series' first season, with guest appearances in the show's second season. Tudyk also guest-starred in three episodes of ABC's modern remake of the television miniseries V. Tudyk provided the voice of superhero Green Arrow and villain Psimon in the animated series Young Justice.[10] He also co-starred in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory as Noah Werner, a dentist from the city, who moves to the suburbs.[11] Alan voiced Debbie the prostitute in season 3 of The Life and Times of Tim.

Video games[edit]

Tudyk plays the voice of a Marine in the Xbox 360 game Halo 3. He is joined by his Firefly co-stars Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion who both voice Marines. All three actors are given personalities in the game matching those of their characters from Firefly. Tudyk made an appearance in Halo 3: ODST as the character "Mickey", an elite ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) who is part of the player character's squad as they try to escape a city invaded by the Covenant. He also reprised the voice of the DC Comics character Green Arrow in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
199735 Miles from NormalTrevor
1998Patch AdamsEverton
200028 DaysGerhardt
2000Wonder BoysSam Traxler
2001Knight's Tale, AA Knight's TaleWat
2001Hearts in AtlantisMonte Man
2002Ice AgeLenny / Dodo 4 / Freaky Mammal 2 (voices)
2004DodgeBall: A True Underdog StorySteve the PirateNominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2004I, RobotSonny
2005RxPepe
2005SerenityWash
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownCholly (voice)
2007Death at a FuneralSimon
2007Knocked UpJack
20073:10 to YumaDoc PotterNominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008Meet MarketDanny
2009Bed RiddenDetective KurtzShort film
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeShipwreckShort film
2009Astro BoyMr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two (voices)
2010Tucker & Dale vs EvilTucker[12]Nominated - Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
2010Beautiful BoyEric
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonDutch
2011Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedSimone (voice)
2011ConceptionMark
2012Strange FrameChat (voice)
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterStephen A. DouglasUncredited
2012Ice Age: Continental DriftMilton / Hunky Siren (voices)
2012Wreck-It RalphKing Candy (voice)Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
201342Ben Chapman
2013FrozenDuke of Weselton (voice)
2014PrematureJack Roth
2014Justice League: WarClark Kent/Superman (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2014Welcome to Me
2014Son of a BarmanBill SnyderShort film
2014Big Hero 6Alistair Krei (voice)

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Strangers with CandyFather2 episodes
2000FrasierTodd PetersonEpisode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2002–2003FireflyHoban 'Wash' Washburne14 episodes
2005; 2013Arrested DevelopmentPastor Veal3 episodes
2005Into the WestNathan WheelerEpisode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006Capitol LawWalker EliotPilot
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCarl FisherEpisode: "Burn Out"
2008FourplayDrewPilot
2008Play or Be PlayedCharliePilot
2009James Gunn's PG PornBobEpisode: "High Poon"
2009VDale Maddox3 episodes
2009–2010DollhouseAlpha4 episodes
2009–2010Glenn Martin, DDSVarious voices5 episodes
2010Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford FilesDet. Dennis BeckerPilot
2010–2011Batman: The Brave and the BoldBarry Allen/The Flash (voice)2 episodes
2010–2013Young JusticeOliver Queen/Green Arrow / Simon Jones/Psimon / Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (voices)10 episodes
2011–2012Robot ChickenPinky (voice)2 episodes
2011, 2013American Dad!Mr. Capalini / Various voices2 episodes
2011Family GuyGerman pilot (voice)Episode: "German Guy"
2011–2012The Life & Times of TimRodrigo / Arthur / Debbie (voices)3 episodes
2011Good VibesLonnie / Principal Gurniel / Brock Stone / Mr. Proper (voices)12 episodes
2011–2014SuburgatoryDr. Noah Werner45 episodes
2012Phineas & FerbAdditional voicesEpisode: "Sipping with the Enemy"
2012Napoleon DynamiteOfficer Elwood (voice)Episode: "Ligertown"
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::SvenEpisode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2012Robot and MonsterCrazy Cousin Gizmo (voice)Episode: "The Party"
2014JustifiedElias MarcosCredited as "Wray Nerely"
Episode: "Shot All to Hell"
2014ChozenKai / Various voices5 episodes
2014TripTankTerrence / Bootf***er (voices)2 episodes
2014NewsreadersReagan Biscayne

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownCholly (voice)
2007Halo 3Marine
2009Halo 3: ODSTMickey (voice)
2009Astro Boy: The Video GameMr. Windex (voice)
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsGreen Arrow (voice)
2013Young Justice: LegacySimon Jones/Psimon (voice)
2014Infinite CrisisGreen Arrow (voice)

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Epic ProportionsBenny BennetHelen Hayes Theatre
2005SpamalotSir LancelotShubert Theatre
2007Prelude to a KissPeterRoundabout Theatre Company
2009An Evening Without Monty PythonHimselfRicardo Montalbán Theatre (Los Angeles)[13]
The Town Hall (New York City)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Sheila. "Alan Tudyk Interview, Death At A Funeral". MoviesOnline.ca. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Adams, Sam (September 30, 2011). "Interview: Alan Tudyk". AV Club. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Karras, Steve. "Hey, You're That Guy: Alan Tudyk". web2carz.com. Web2Carz.com LTD. Retrieved 4/10/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ a b Sundance 2010: Alan Tudyk Talks Firefly Spin-off Comic by Patton Oswalt
  5. ^ Schwartz, Terri (July 9, 2009). "'Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil' Flips Horror With Alan Tudyk And Tyler Labine". MTV Movies. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ Exclusive: 'Transformers 3' Adds Alan Tudyk
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 17, 2011). "Alan Tudyk joins 'Vampire Hunter'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 18, 2006). "Butler, Tudyk, Kind, Golden, Huffman cast in reading of musical Xanadu". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2006. 
  9. ^ Sundance '10: New Clips: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (July 23, 2010). "Comic-Con 2010: Young Justice Goes Under Cover". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 13, 2011). "ABC Picks Up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Pan Am,' Tim Allen and Shonda Rhimes Projects, More". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sundance '10: College Kid's Blood in New 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil' Clips!
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 6, 2009). "An Evening Without Monty Python Plays NYC, Beginning Oct. 6". Playbill. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  14. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 8, 2009). "And Now for Something Just a Little Bit Different". New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 

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