Jim Piddock

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Jim Piddock
Born James Anthony Piddock
(1956-04-08) 8 April 1956 (age 58)
Rochester, Kent, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

James Anthony "Jim" Piddock (born 8 April 1956) is an English actor, writer, and producer who began his career on the stage in England, before emigrating to the U.S. in 1981.

Personal life[edit]

Piddock was born in Rochester, Kent, the son of Celia Mary (née O'Callaghan) and Charles Frederick Piddock.[1]

After completing his tertiary studies at Worth Abbey, a Benedictine boarding school in the south of England, Piddock attended London University, gaining an Honours degree in English literature.

After contemplating becoming an anthropologist, Piddock ended up pursuing his other passion and began his acting career on the stage in the UK, before emigrating to the U.S in his early twenties. He made his U.S theatrical debut in The Boy's Own Story in 1982. A number of film and television credits followed, most notably several Christopher Guest films, including Best in Show and For Your Consideration.

Stage career[edit]

Piddock made his theatrical debut in the U.S. in The Boy's Own Story, a one-man show about a football (soccer) goalkeeper, at the Julian Theatre in San Francisco. The show won Piddock the Bay Area Critics' Best Actor Award. The show was then produced Off-Broadway. That same year (1982), he was cast in Noël Coward's Present Laughter, and other Broadway and Off-Broadway shows followed, including the original US production of Noises Off, The Knack at the Roundabout Theatre, Make and Break, and Design For Living.

"I spent the first few years of my career pretty much doing nothing but stage work. I started in rep companies in England then did a one-man show in the U.S which led very quickly to doing several Broadway shows. I got very lucky early on. They were fun shows to do. I was in the first ever production of 'Noises off' in America and my first ever job in New York was being directed by and appearing with George C. Scott", Piddock said.[2]

In the '80s, Piddock moved to Los Angeles where he pursued work in Television.

In November 2007, he was seen onstage at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, starring in a work-in-progress production of What About Dick? alongside an all British expat cast, including Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Emily Mortimer and Tracey Ullman.[3] When that play finally officially premiered in 2012, he was again in the cast.[4] He also appeared in 2009 at the Montalban Theatre and on Broadway in "An Evening Without Monty Python".

Television career[edit]

Following a successful stint as a stage performer, Piddock started successfully carving out a career for himself as a TV actor.

"I’d always wanted to end up working in film and TV. I guess I could have stayed in New York and probably had a long and fruitful career in the theatre but in the mid-1980’s I felt like it was time to change gears and I’d certainly not been short-changed in terms of getting to perform live", Piddock said of his transition into television.[5]

Piddock is well known for his many, varied performances on a vast array of hit TV series. His most recognized character would be that of Paul and Jamie's neighbour, Hal Conway on Mad About You'.

Piddock's other TV credits include The Tracey Ullman Show, Coach, Max Headroom, The Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote, Angel, Yes Dear, ER, Friends, The Geena Davis Show, Crossing Jordan, The Drew Carey Show, Lost, Monk, Without A Trace, Dollhouse, Party Down, Childrens Hospital and Castle. He also appeared in several TV films and mini-series, including From The Earth to the Moon; A Mom for Christmas; She Creature on HBO; and The Women of Windsor.

He also created, wrote and produced the BBC series Too Much Sun.

Film career[edit]

Piddock made his film debut in director Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon 2, in 1989, as the South African consul.

Other film roles followed, including Independence Day, Traces of Red, Multiplicity, Burn Hollywood Burn, Austin Powers 3, A Different Loyalty, Love For Rent, See This Movie, The Prestige, Epic Movie, Who's Your Caddy?, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, and Endless Bummer. He has also appeared in the Christopher Guest comedies Best in Show (as the Dog Show commentator with Fred Willard), A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.

He has also produced and/or wrote a number of films, including Traces of Red, One Good Turn, A Different Loyalty, The Man and Tooth Fairy.

Piddock's regularly asked if he'll hang up his actor skivvy to become a full-time screenwriter, but says loves both acting and writing equally so wants to continue to do both.

Said Piddock, "Each satisfies a different creative and psychological side of whatever the hell it is that I do. But if you held a gun to my head and said you can only earn a living from only one of them? Well... I'd say acting. Because it's a hell of a lot easier! And, to be honest, I can do it a lot more effortlessly. But it's a tough call because there's also nothing more satisfying and gratifying than completing a new screenplay, or even a good day's writing."[6]

Voice work[edit]

"I started doing voice-over commercials when I was working in New York", Piddock has said.[7] "I was actually one of the first voices of Virgin airlines, believe it or not. Then when I came to L.A, I began doing more animation and video game stuff."

As a voice actor, Piddock provided the voice of Major Zero in the English version of the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as well as Agent One in Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Xbox and PlayStation 2. Regarding films he provided the voice of Bolero the Bull in the film Garfield 2, the fictional artistic director of Forever Young Films, Kenneth Loring, doing the commentary in the directors' cut of the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, he also voiced the part of King Mufasa's hornbill majordomo, Zazu in the Disney games Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games and The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure, in the DC Comics animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, he voiced the part of Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and also voiced Chic for the animated science fiction film Dead Space: Downfall based on the video game Dead Space.

Recent work[edit]

Piddock appeared in 2012's The Five-Year Engagement, which starred Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, playing Blunt's father, The Cold Light of Day starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, and The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen.

In August, 2012 it was announced[8] that Piddock would be co-writing, acting, and producing a new TV comedy series with Christopher Guest for HBO and the BBC titled Family Tree.

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