Danny Pudi

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Danny Pudi
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BornDaniel Mark Pudi
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 34)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Bridget Pudi (2004–present)
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Danny Pudi
Danny Pudi by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
BornDaniel Mark Pudi
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 34)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Bridget Pudi (2004–present)

Daniel Mark "Danny" Pudi[2] (born March 10, 1979) is an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC comedy series Community.

Early years[edit]

Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up speaking Polish. He is of Indian and Polish descent.[3] He attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois.[3][4] He studied dance in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in Communication and Theatre in 2001.[5]


At Marquette University, Pudi won the Chris Farley Scholarship. Beyond paying for a year of school, the scholarship led to his performing at an improv comedy event featuring Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle, increasing his interest in studying improv. Pudi performed in summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after Marquette, then studied at The Second City in Chicago. He became a recruiter for an executive search firm before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to seek television and film roles.[3][6] His home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him avoid the "struggling actor thing in terms of waiting tables, temping and so on". He performed in several television pilots before joining the cast of Community.[3]

Pudi has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, and Pokémon.[3][6][7] He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong,[8] which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom,[9] which was one of the highlights of Comic Con 2011, according to HitFix.com. He starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding".[10] He has made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue for Three". In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with fellow Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown. In 2013, he gave the commencement address for Notre Dame College Prep.

Personal life[edit]

Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter, whom he met in their freshman year at Marquette University.[6][3] Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012.[11] He is a runner, and has completed several marathons.[3]



2007Cop ShowSaffaShort film
2009Road Trip: Beer PongArashDirect-to-video
2009Nilam Auntie: An International TreasureMelvinShort film
2010Blowout SaleGlenShort film
2011Fully LoadedDanny
2011Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilLittle Boy BlueVoice
2012Leader of the PackDougShort film
2012The Guilt TripSanjay
2012Flatland 2: SpherelandPunctoVoice
2013The Pretty OneDr. Rao
2013The Knights of BadassdomLando


2006ERMahir KardatayEpisode: "Lost in America"
2006Gilmore GirlsRajEpisodes: "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"You've Been Gilmored"
"Go, Bulldogs!"
"French Twist"
2006The West WingSantos AideEpisode: "Two Weeks Out"
2007The Untitled Rob Roy Thomas ProjectUnknownPilot
2007–2008GreekSanjayEpisodes: "The Rusty Nail"
"Highway to the Discomfort Zone"
"Move On. Cartwrights"
"No Campus for Old Rules"
2008The Bill Engvall ShowJoshEpisode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"
2008Giants of RadioTeddyPilot
2009–presentCommunityAbed NadirNominated – Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)[12]
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (2012)[13]
2011Cougar TownChad (Abed Nadir)Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
2011Robot ChickenAnt Pharoh
Fox's Boxes Customer
Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2011ChuckVali ChandrasekarenEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2013Hot in ClevelandTommyEpisode: "It's Alive"
2013Royal PainsGarrettEpisode: "Pregnant Paws"


2010–2013Funny or DieJerry Habaludubalah
Episodes: "Ghetto Prom Emporium"
"Where the Magic Happens"
"Bizarre Bracket Behavior"
2011CollegeHumorAbed NadirEpisode: "Save Greendale"
2012The Book ClubDannyProducer


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