Pudi at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Daniel Mark Pudi
March 10, 1979 
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Bridget Pudi (2004–present)|
Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Teresa (née Komendant), a programmer and analyst, and Abraham Pudi. His father is Indian and his mother is Polish (born in Pokośno, Poland, to Marianna (Organek) and Boleslaw Komendant). Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother. He attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois. He studied dance in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in Communication and Theatre in 2001.
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. 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.
Pudi has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, and Pokémon. He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong, which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom, 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". 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.
Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter, whom he met in their freshman year at Marquette University. Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012. He is a runner, and has completed several marathons.
|2007||Cop Show||Saffa||Short film|
|2009||Road Trip: Beer Pong||Arash||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure||Melvin||Short film|
|2010||Blowout Sale||Glen||Short film|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Little Boy Blue||Voice|
|2012||Leader of the Pack||Doug||Short film|
|2012||The Guilt Trip||Sanjay|
|2012||Flatland 2: Sphereland||Puncto||Voice
|2013||The Pretty One||Dr. Rao|
|2013||The Knights of Badassdom||Lando|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||S.H.I.E.L.D. Technician|
|2006||ER||Mahir Kardatay||Episode: "Lost in America"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Raj||Episodes: "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"You've Been Gilmored"
|2006||The West Wing||Santos Aide||Episode: "Two Weeks Out"|
|2007||The Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project||Unknown||Pilot|
|2007–2008||Greek||Sanjay||Episodes: "The Rusty Nail"
"Highway to the Discomfort Zone"
"Move On. Cartwrights"
"No Campus for Old Rules"
|2008||The Bill Engvall Show||Josh||Episode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"|
|2008||Giants of Radio||Teddy||Pilot|
|2009–present||Community||Abed Nadir||Nominated – Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (2012)
|2011||Cougar Town||Chad (Abed Nadir)||Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
|2011||Robot Chicken||Ant Pharoh
Fox's Boxes Customer
Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
|2011||Chuck||Vali Chandrasekaren||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Tommy||Episode: "It's Alive"|
|2013||Royal Pains||Garrett||Episode: "Pregnant Paws"|
|2010–2013||Funny or Die||Jerry Habaludubalah
|Episodes: "Ghetto Prom Emporium"
"Where the Magic Happens"
"Bizarre Bracket Behavior"
|2011||CollegeHumor||Abed Nadir||Episode: "Save Greendale"|
|2012||The Book Club||Danny||Producer|
- "Danny Pudi Biography". Fancast. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
- "J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Award Recipients Young Alumnus of the Year Award: DANIEL M. PUDI, COMM '01". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Desis on Cable: Reshma Shetty and Danny Pudi": Interview in India Currents magazine by Ranjit Souri, November 2009
- The Bonnie Hunt Show, 9 October 2009.
- Halverson, Steve. "'Community' star has ties to Dyersville" Dyersville Commercial, 16 September 2009.
- Community Member Becomes One of the Knights of Badassdom!
- Trailer for Road Trip: Beer Pong announcement
- 'Community' Funnyman Grabs His Sword for 'Knights of Badassdom'!
- Music video for "The Understanding"
- "'Community' star Danny Pudi, wife have twins".
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