Danny Pudi

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Danny Pudi
Danny Pudi by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born Daniel Mark Pudi
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 35)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2006–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, 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).[3][4][5] Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother. He attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois.[3][6] He studied dance in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in Communication and Theatre in 2001.[7]


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][8] 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][8][9] He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong,[10] which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom,[11] 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".[12] 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.[8][3] Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012.[13] He is a runner, and has completed several marathons.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Fully Loaded Danny
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


Year Title Role Notes
2006 ER Mahir Kardatay Episode: "Lost in America"
2006 Gilmore Girls Raj Episodes: "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"You've Been Gilmored"
"Go, Bulldogs!"
"French Twist"
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)[14]
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (2012)[15]
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"


Year Title Role Notes
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


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