Danny Pudi at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
March 10, 1979 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Bridget Pudi (2004–present)|
Early years 
Pudi, who is of Indian and Polish descent, was born and raised in Chicago and grew up speaking Polish. 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, 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. Pudi's home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him to 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 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.
Pudi starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding."
Pudi has also made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue For Three".
Personal life 
Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter, whom he met in their freshman year at Marquette. Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012. He is a runner, and has completed several marathons.
|The Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project|
|2008||Giants of Radio||Teddy|
|2009||Road Trip: Beer Pong||Arash|
|Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure||Melvin the online surfer|
|2012||The Knights of Badassdom||Lando|
|The Guilt Trip||Sanjay|
|2006||ER||Mahir Kardatay||Co-Guest Star - 3 episodes|
|Gilmore Girls||Raj||Guest Star - 4 episodes|
|The West Wing||Santos Aide||Guest Star - 1 episode|
|2007–2008||Greek||Sanjay||Co-Guest Star - 4 episodes|
|2008||The Bill Engvall Show||Josh||Guest Star - 1 episode|
|2009–present||Community||Abed Nadir||Main Cast;
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 (As played by Abed Nadir)||Uncredited Extra - 1 episode|
|Chuck||Buy More Employee||Guest Star - 1 episode|
|McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade||Special Guest|
- "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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