Alan Tudyk

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Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornAlan Wray Tudyk
(1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 42)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor
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 42)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present

Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity and Wat in A Knight's Tale. He currently co-stars on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. He also had a starring role in the film 42 as Ben Chapman.

Early life[edit]

Tudyk (pronounced Tude-ick) 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.

Tudyk played Wat in 2001's A Knight's Tale, as well as 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 was 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 bought 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]

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 is co-starring in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory as Noah Werner a dentist from the big city who moved to the suburbs.[11]

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
Dab
Voice
2004DodgeBall: A True Underdog StorySteve the PirateNominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2004I, RobotSonny
2005RxPepe
2005SerenityWash
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownChollyVoice
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 RiddenDet. KurtzShort film
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeShipwreckShort film
2009Astro BoyMr. SqueegeeVoice
2010Tucker & Dale vs EvilTucker[12]
2010Beautiful BoyEric
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonDutch
2011Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedSimoneVoice
2011ConceptionMark
2012Strange FrameChatVoice
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterStephen A. DouglasUncredited
2012Ice Age: Continental DriftMilton
Fabio Sloth
Voice
2012Wreck-It RalphKing Candy/TurboVoice
Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
201342Ben Chapman
2013FrozenDuke of WeseltonVoice
2014Justice League: WarClark Kent/SupermanVoice
2014Welcome to MeFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Strangers with CandyFatherEpisode: "Blank Stare: Part 1"
Episode: "Blank Stare: Part 2"
2000FrasierTodd PetersonEpisode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2002–2003FireflyHoban 'Wash' WashburneSeries regular
2005; 2013Arrested DevelopmentPastor VealEpisode: "Meat the Veals"
"Colony Collapse"
"A New Attitude"
2005Into the WestNathan WheelerEpisode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006Capitol LawWalker EliotTV movie
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCarl FisherEpisode: "Burn Out"
2008FourplayDrewTV movie
2008Play or Be PlayedCharlieTV movie
2009James Gunn's PG PornBobEpisode: "High Poon"
2009VDale MaddoxEpisodes: "Pilot"
"There Is No Normal Anymore"
"A Bright New Day"
2009–2010DollhouseAlphaEpisodes: "Briar Rose"
"Omega"
"A Love Supreme"
"Epitaph Two: Return"
2009–2010Glenn Martin, DDSAdditional voicesVoice
Episodes: "Pimp My RV"
"Korea Opportunities"
"Jackie of All Trades"
"Life Swap"
"Dad News Bears"
2010Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford FilesDet. Dennis BeckerTV movie
2010–2013Young JusticeOliver Queen/Green Arrow
Simon Jones/Psimon
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
Voice
Episodes: "Independence Day"
"Infiltrator"
"Bereft"
"Image"
"Agendas"
"Insecurity"
"Salvage"
"Beneath"
"Satisfaction"
"The Fix"
2010–2011Batman: The Brave and the BoldBarry Allen/The FlashVoice
Episodes: "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!
"Four-Star Spectacular!"
2011–2012Robot ChickenPinkyVoice
Episodes: "Kramer Vs. Showgirls"
"Eviscerated Post-Coital by a Six Foot Mantis"
2011–2013American Dad!Additional voicesVoice
Episodes: "Fart-Break Hotel"
"For Black Eyes Only"
"The Boring Identity"
2011Family GuyGerman pilotVoice
Episode: "German Guy"
2011Good VibesLonnieVoice
Series regular
2011–presentSuburgatoryDr. Noah WernerSeries regular
2012Napoleon DynamiteOfficer ElwoodVoice
Episode: "Ligertown"
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::SvenEpisode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownCholly
2007Halo 3Marines
2009Halo 3: ODSTMickey
2013Ice Age: Continental DriftMilton
Fabio Sloth
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsGreen Arrow
2013Young Justice: LegacySimon Jones/Psimon

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. 
  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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