Alan Tudyk

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Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Alan Wray Tudyk
(1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 43)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Other names Wray Nerely
Occupation Actor, voice artist
Years active 1997–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, Frozen as the Duke of Weselton, and Big Hero 6 as Alistair Krei.

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]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 35 Miles from Normal Trevor
1998 Patch Adams Everton
2000 28 Days Gerhardt
2000 Wonder Boys Sam Traxler
2001 Knight's Tale, AA Knight's Tale Wat
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Monte Man
2002 Ice Age Lenny / Dodo 4 / Freaky Mammal 2 (voices)
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Steve the Pirate Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2004 I, Robot Sonny
2005 Rx Pepe
2005 Serenity Wash
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly (voice)
2007 Death at a Funeral Simon
2007 Knocked Up Jack
2007 3:10 to Yuma Doc Potter Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Meet Market Danny
2009 Bed Ridden Detective Kurtz Short film
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Shipwreck Short film
2009 Astro Boy Mr. Squeegee / Scrapheap Head / Stinger Two (voices)
2010 Tucker & Dale vs Evil Tucker[12] Nominated - Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
2010 Beautiful Boy Eric
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dutch
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Simone (voice)
2011 Conception Mark
2012 Strange Frame Chat (voice)
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Stephen A. Douglas Uncredited
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Milton / Hunky Siren (voices)
2012 Wreck-It Ralph King Candy (voice) Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2013 42 Ben Chapman
2013 Frozen Duke of Weselton (voice)
2014 Premature Jack Roth
2014 Justice League: War Clark Kent/Superman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Welcome to Me
2014 Son of a Barman Bill Snyder Short film
2014 Big Hero 6 Alistair Krei (voice)
2014 Tell Morton
2015 Trumbo Ian Mclellan Hunter

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Father 2 episodes
2000 Frasier Todd Peterson Episode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2002–2003 Firefly Hoban 'Wash' Washburne 14 episodes
2005; 2013 Arrested Development Pastor Veal 3 episodes
2005 Into the West Nathan Wheeler Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006 Capitol Law Walker Eliot Pilot
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carl Fisher Episode: "Burn Out"
2008 Fourplay Drew Pilot
2008 Play or Be Played Charlie Pilot
2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Bob Episode: "High Poon"
2009 V Dale Maddox 3 episodes
2009–2010 Dollhouse Alpha 4 episodes
2009–2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Various voices 5 episodes
2010 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files Det. Dennis Becker Pilot
2010–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Barry Allen/The Flash (voice) 2 episodes
2010–2013 Young Justice Oliver Queen/Green Arrow / Simon Jones/Psimon / Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (voices) 10 episodes
2011–2012 Robot Chicken Pinky (voice) 2 episodes
2011, 2013 American Dad! Mr. Capalini / Various voices 2 episodes
2011 Family Guy German pilot (voice) Episode: "German Guy"
2011–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Rodrigo / Arthur / Debbie (voices) 3 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Lonnie / Principal Gurniel / Brock Stone / Mr. Proper (voices) 12 episodes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Dr. Noah Werner 45 episodes
2012 Phineas & Ferb Additional voices Episode: "Sipping with the Enemy"
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Officer Elwood (voice) Episode: "Ligertown"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Sven Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2012 Robot and Monster Crazy Cousin Gizmo (voice) Episode: "The Party"
2014 Justified Elias Marcos Credited as "Wray Nerely"
Episode: "Shot All to Hell"
2014 Chozen Kai / Various voices 5 episodes
2014 TripTank Terrence / Bootf***er (voices) 2 episodes
2014 Newsreaders Reagan Biscayne

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly (voice)
2007 Halo 3 Marine
2009 Halo 3: ODST Mickey (voice)
2009 Astro Boy: The Video Game Mr. Windex (voice)
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Green Arrow (voice)
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Simon Jones/Psimon (voice)
2014 Infinite Crisis Green Arrow (voice)

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Epic Proportions Benny Bennet Helen Hayes Theatre
2005 Spamalot Sir Lancelot Shubert Theatre
2007 Prelude to a Kiss Peter Roundabout Theatre Company
2009 An Evening Without Monty Python Himself Ricardo 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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