Christopher Judge

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Christopher Judge

Judge at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010.
BornDouglas Christopher Judge
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
SpouseGianna Patton (December 28, 2011- present)
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Christopher Judge

Judge at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010.
BornDouglas Christopher Judge
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
SpouseGianna Patton (December 28, 2011- present)

Douglas Christopher Judge (born October 13, 1964) is an American actor best known for playing Teal'c in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. He attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship and was a Pacific Ten Conference player.


Early life

Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor. Judge harbored the desire to become an actor at an early age, studying drama in high school.[1] "The television set was my babysitter growing up. I can remember wanting to invoke the feelings that I was getting from television—I wanted to be the one who was the catalyst for those feelings in other people. Performing was something I've always known I was going to do."[2] He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career.[3]

Judge received a scholarship from the University of Oregon and played defensive back and safety for the Ducks from 1982 to 1985. He led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984, and earned the Casanova Award in 1982,[4] given to the freshman or newcomer of the year.[5] While at Oregon, Judge was a three time All American,[2] a Pacific-10 Conference Selection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.[4]

Judge initially considered majoring in pre-med, in the event that his acting aspirations were not successful,[1] but he found he had trouble with the required math, and changed his major, first to psychology, and then to telecommunications and film[3] with a minor in psychology.[2]

Judge won a contest to host a radio show in Oregon, and in his senior year he won a regional contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show,[6] an "MTV talk show type thing"; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.[7]



Judge at the 2008 Armageddon Convention in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA.[7] A few of his early roles were in the 1990s Bird on a Wire, Cadence, Neon Rider and MacGyver with future Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies such as 21 Jump Street (with future SG-1 director Peter DeLuise), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House Party 2, and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.

Judge's largest role came in 1997 with Stargate SG-1. While at a friend's house, he saw his friend's roommate practicing for an audition and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent and insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client.[8] At the audition there were three sets of actors for each of the principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal'c. Judge was confident he got the part when they dismissed everyone who read for the part except him.[2] Out of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.[9]

More recent works of Judge's include guest spots on Andromeda, Stargate Atlantis, The Mentalist, the television movie Personal Effects, and the films Snow Dogs and A Dog's Breakfast, the latter written and directed by fellow Stargate actor David Hewlett. Judge appeared in "Anonymous", the October 26, 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, and as one of Bane's henchmen in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.


Judge has written four episodes of Stargate SG-1: season five's "The Warrior", season six's "The Changeling", season seven's "Birthright", and season eight's "Sacrifices". He likes to lock himself in a room and write whatever he's working on in one sitting, as he feels he has little self-discipline to take a break and then come back. He also doesn't revisit scripts to tinker with them after he is done.[10]

After Stargate SG-1 was canceled, Judge began writing a script for a show called Rage of Angels that he intended to be "the lead in an hour formatted show and prove that a black lead can be commercially viable and sustainable in overseas markets."[11] The script was marketed as a two hour, back door pilot with MGM,[11] but now apparently is with Direct TV and Starz Media.[12]

Voice work

Judge has also done voice acting for animated series and video games, including the voice of Magneto on X-Men: Evolution and the canceled Stargate SG-1: The Alliance. In the season eight episode, "Avatar", Teal'c informs SG-1 that he plays Def Jam Vendetta, alluding to the fact that Chris Judge was a voice actor in that game. He is also known for voicing Jericho in Turok.

Judge provided the voice of Zodak on the revived He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon as well as Coach Grey in the Action Man CGI series

Personal life

Judge with his wife Gianna Patton (right) at the 2011 Saturn Awards

Judge is involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. He is an avid golfer.[13] Judge has four children, Cameron Justin, Catrina Christine, Christopher Jordan and Chloe (born 2005). He married model/actress Gianna Patton on December 28, 2011.[14][15]

Awards and nominations

In 2002, Judge was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work on Stargate SG-1.[16]



YearTitleRoleCredit information
1990Bird on a WireCop at Cafe
CadenceMP in Baras Douglas Judge
1991House Party 2Milesas D. Christopher Judge
2001Out of LineAlfonso James
2007A Dog's BreakfastChris
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthTeal'c
2008Stargate: ContinuumTeal'c
2009ParadoxCaptain Papillo
2011Dead Space: AftermathNick Kuttner
2012The Dark Knight RisesMercenary Security #4


1990Neon RiderAll's Fair
MacGyverDeronLive and Learn (credited as Doug Judge)
21 Jump StreetMan in queueUnfinished Business (uncredited)
1994SirensOfficer Richard Styles22 episodes (as D. Christopher Judge)
1995Fresh Prince of Bel-AirWorkmanThere's the Rub: Part 2 (as D. Christopher Judge)
1997 to 2007Stargate SG-1Teal'c213 episodes
2000 to 2003X-Men: EvolutionMagneto17 episodes
2001Romantic Comedy 101NigelTV movie
First WaveXevallah
FreedomDr. RoegNever aired
Action ManSimon GreyVoice – Animated series
2002He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseZodak5 episodes
Just CauseReverend Lester StokesThe Wives of Christmas Past
AndromedaAchilles/Wrath of AchillesThe Knight, Death, and the Devil
2003AndromedaHector/Resolution of HectorDay of Judgment, Day of Wrath
2005Personal EffectsNate WallTV movie
2008Stargate: AtlantisTeal'c2 episodes
2010NCIS: Los AngelesAssan RafiqAnonymous
2010Hollywood TreasureHimselfAnonymous
2012The MentalistDante HolmesPink Champagne On Ice

Video games

2003Def Jam VendettaD-MobMentioned in SG-1
2004Def Jam Fight for NYD-MobAs Chris Judge
2005Stargate SG-1: The AllianceTeal'cCanceled
2008TurokJerichoAs Chris Judge


2002Stargate SG-1The WarriorSeason 5, episode 18, aired in January
2003Stargate SG-1The ChangelingSeason 6, episode 19, aired in February
Stargate SG-1BirthrightSeason 7, episode 10, aired in August
2004Stargate SG-1SacrificesSeason 8, episode 09, aired in September


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