Christopher Judge

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Christopher Judge
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Judge at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010.
Born Douglas Christopher Judge
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California, United States
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.

Early life[edit]

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.[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 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,[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 the pre-med track, in case his acting aspirations were not realized,[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]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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 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.[8] 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 had read for the part except him.[2] Of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.[dead link][9]

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.

Writing[edit]

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".

After Stargate SG-1 was cancelled, 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."[10] The script was marketed as a two hour, back door pilot with MGM,[10] but is now apparently with Direct TV and Starz Media.[11]

Voice work[edit]

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 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[edit]

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.[12] Judge has four children, Cameron Justin, Catrina Christine, Christopher Jordan and Chloe (born 2005). He married model/actress Gianna Patton on December 28, 2011.[13][14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Credit information
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
2008 Stargate: Continuum Teal'c
2009 Paradox Captain Papillo
2011 Dead Space: Aftermath Nick Kuttner
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Bane Henchman Mercenary Assassin #3
Clash of the Empires Amthar
2014 Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark Jack
2014 Reaper Officer Banks
Year Title Role Episode/Notes
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
First Wave Xevallah
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
2010 Hollywood Treasure Himself Anonymous
2012 The Mentalist Dante Holmes Pink Champagne On Ice

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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

Writer[edit]

Year Title Episode Notes
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

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