Judge at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010.
|Born||Douglas Christopher Judge
October 13, 1964
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Gianna 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-10 Conference player.
Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor. Christopher Judge harbored the desire to become an actor from an early age, and studied drama in high school. "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." He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career. Judge was an All-L.A. City football player at Carson High School and graduated from Carson in 1982. He played for legendary Coach Gene Vollnogle.
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, given to the freshman or newcomer of the year. While at Oregon, Judge was a three time All American, a Pacific-10 Conference Selection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.
Judge initially considered majoring in pre-med, in case his acting aspirations were not realized, but he found he had trouble with the required math, and changed his major, first to psychology, and then to telecommunications and film with a minor in psychology.
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, an "MTV talk show type thing"; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.
In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA. 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 for the show 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. At the audition there were three actors trying out for each of the other principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal'c. Judge was confident that he had acquired the part when they dismissed everyone who's read for the part except him. Of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.[dead link]
Judge's subsequent work includes 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 wrote 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 of the self-discipline required to take a break and then come back. He also doesn't revisit scripts to tinker with them after he is done.
After Stargate SG-1 was canceled, Judge began writing a script for a show called Rage of Angels that would have enabled him to play "the lead in an hour formatted show and prove that a black lead can be commercially viable and sustainable in overseas markets." The script was marketed as a two hour, back door pilot with MGM, but is now apparently with Direct TV and Starz Media.
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 had provided the voice of D-Mob, the main antagonist in that game. He once again appeared as D-Mob in the sequel, Def Jam: Fight for NY, this time as a good guy and as the boss for your main character/hero. He is also known for voicing Jericho in Turok.
Judge is involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. He is an avid golfer. Judge has four children, Cameron Justin, Catrina Christine, Christopher Jordan and Chloe (born 2005). He married model/actress Gianna Patton on December 28, 2011.
Awards and nominations
|1990||Bird on a Wire||Cop at Cafe|
|Cadence||MP in Bar||as Douglas Judge|
|1991||House Party 2||Miles||as D. Christopher Judge|
|2001||Out of Line||Alfonso James|
|2007||A Dog's Breakfast||Chris|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Teal'c|
|2011||Dead Space: Aftermath||Nick Kuttner|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Bane Henchman||Mercenary Assassin #3|
|Clash of the Empires||Amthar|
|2014||Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark||Jack|
|1990||Neon Rider||All's Fair|
|MacGyver||Deron||Live and Learn (credited as Doug Judge)|
|21 Jump Street||Man in queue||Unfinished Business (uncredited)|
|1994||Sirens||Officer Richard Styles||22 episodes (as D. Christopher Judge)|
|1995||Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Workman||There's the Rub: Part 2 (as D. Christopher Judge)|
|1997 to 2007||Stargate SG-1||Teal'c||213 episodes|
|2000 to 2003||X-Men: Evolution||Magneto||17 episodes|
|2001||Romantic Comedy 101||Nigel||TV movie|
|Freedom||Dr. Roeg||Never aired|
|Action Man||Simon Grey||Voice – Animated series|
|2002||He-Man and the Masters of the Universe||Zodak||5 episodes|
|Just Cause||Reverend Lester Stokes||The Wives of Christmas Past|
|Andromeda||Achilles/Wrath of Achilles||The Knight, Death, and the Devil|
|2003||Andromeda||Hector/Resolution of Hector||Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath|
|2005||Personal Effects||Nate Wall||TV movie|
|2008||Stargate: Atlantis||Teal'c||2 episodes|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Assan Rafiq||Anonymous|
|2012||The Mentalist||Dante Holmes||Pink Champagne On Ice|
|2003||Def Jam Vendetta||D-Mob||Mentioned in SG-1|
|2004||Def Jam Fight for NY||D-Mob||As Chris Judge|
|2005||Stargate SG-1: The Alliance||Teal'c||Canceled|
|2008||Turok||Jericho||As Chris Judge|
|2013||Stargate SG-1: Unleashed||Teal'c|
|2002||Stargate SG-1||The Warrior||Season 5, episode 18, aired in January|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||The Changeling||Season 6, episode 19, aired in February|
|Stargate SG-1||Birthright||Season 7, episode 10, aired in August|
|2004||Stargate SG-1||Sacrifices||Season 8, episode 09, aired in September|
- Ultimate TV Transcript (archived)
- Child of the Gods (archived)
- TV Guide Q&A with Christopher Judge (archived)
- Oregon Ducks Football History
- Casanova Award
- Christopher Judge
- Christopher Judge Interview
- Christopher Judge Chat
- Passion of the Chris[dead link]
- Lunch with CJ
- TV Crush Blog
- Michael Shanks at Creation Convention
- Christopher Judge at Starland Accessed October 10, 2010
- Biography of Christopher Judge on tv guide.com
- Jo Storm: Approaching the Possible: The World of Stargate SG-1, p. 27, at Google Books, ECW Press, ISBN 978-1-55022-705-5, p. 27
- "Stargate takes four Saturn Award nominations". GateWorld. March 15, 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
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