Alan Tudyk

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Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Tudyk in 2017
Born
Alan Wray Tudyk

(1971-03-16) March 16, 1971 (age 49)
EducationLon Morris College
Juilliard School
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)
Charissa Barton
(m. 2016)

Alan Wray Tudyk (/ˈtjdɪk/ TEW-dik;[1] born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor[2] known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western series Firefly and the film Serenity and Tucker McGee in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. He has also had starring roles in the films DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, I, Robot, A Knight's Tale, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 42, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Rogue One. He was also the voice of King Candy in 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, for which he won an Annie Award.

Tudyk appeared on the sitcom Suburgatory (2011–14) and has had guest roles on many other series. Earlier in his career, he appeared frequently in Broadway plays as well. He wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy web series Con Man (2015–17) about a struggling actor whose career is still defined by a successful science fiction TV show he was once on, loosely based on Tudyk's own experience having been on Firefly. The series aired on Syfy in 2017 and earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

As of 2019, Tudyk plays the main antagonist, Mr. Nobody, in the HBO Max series Doom Patrol and voices The Joker and Clayface in the HBO Max series Harley Quinn.

Early life[edit]

Tudyk was born on March 16, 1971, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. He has Polish ancestry.[3] Tudyk was raised in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas,[4] where he attended Plano Senior High School. He had a brief experience as a stand-up comic, before quitting after an angry audience member threatened to kill him.[5] Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, where he won the Academic Excellence award for drama. While in college, he played Beaver Smith in an eastern New Mexico summer stock theater production of Billy the Kid. Tudyk entered Juilliard but left in 1996 before earning a degree.

Career[edit]

Tudyk at the 2005 Serenity Flanvention

Film[edit]

In 2000, Tudyk played Gerhardt, a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days. He played Wat in 2001's A Knight's Tale, Steve the Pirate in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the emotional robot Sonny in I, Robot. In 2005, he reprised his role as the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the film Serenity, derived from the cult television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[6]

In 2007, Tudyk had a supporting role as a strong-willed doctor in the western film 3:10 to Yuma alongside Christian Bale and Russell Crowe along with a brief but memorable role in the film Knocked Up and a highly physical comedic performance in the British film Death at a Funeral. Tudyk starred as Tucker in the indie horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil.[7] He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch.[8]

In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, he voiced Simone (a reckless French accent speaking Chipmunk, the result after Simon was bitten by a spider). In 2012, Tudyk appeared in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the role of Stephen A. Douglas.[9] Tudyk also voiced King Candy in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, a performance for which he won the Annie Award for Voice Acting. He played Ben Chapman in the 2013 film 42 about Jackie Robinson.

Tudyk voiced the Duke of Weselton in Disney's 2013 film Frozen. In 2014, he voiced Alistair Krei in Disney's Big Hero 6 and in 2016, he voiced Duke Weaselton and Heihei in Disney's Wreck-it-Ralph and Moana, respectively. That same year, he played the droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In 2018, he returned for Ralph Breaks the Internet as a new character, Knowsmore. He provided the voice of the parrot, Iago (originally voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) in the 2019 live-action adaptation of Aladdin.[10]

Broadway[edit]

In 1999, Tudyk made his Broadway debut in Epic Proportions. He was also in Wonder of the World, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Misalliance, Oedipus and Bunny Bunny.[11] In 2005, Tudyk filled in for Hank Azaria's roles in Spamalot from June to December and starred in a limited run of Prelude to a Kiss.

Television[edit]

One of Tudyk's better-known roles is the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[6] Although the series ran for only one season, Universal Studios purchased the rights to the show and turned it into a film, Serenity, in which he reprised the role. He did a few voices from Make Way for Noddy.[12] In 2014, Tudyk took over the role of lead anchor on the live action [adult swim] comedy, Newsreaders. Tudyk appeared as the cult leader, Father, in a two-part episode of Strangers With Candy entitled "Blank Stare." Among several guest spots on popular shows such as Arrested Development, he played a convicted child sex offender on a popular episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Tudyk was cast as a special guest star in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.[4] The show featured people whose personalities had been erased, with Tudyk portraying Alpha, a former "active" who accidentally downloaded 48 separate personalities. Alpha served as the main antagonist of the series' first season, with guest appearances in the show's second season. Tudyk also guest-starred in three episodes of ABC's modern remake of the television miniseries V. Tudyk provided the voice of superhero Green Arrow and villain Psimon in the animated series Young Justice.[13] He also co-starred in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory as Noah Werner, a dentist from the city, who moves to the suburbs.[14] Tudyk voiced Debbie the prostitute in season 3 of The Life and Times of Tim. He also provided the voices of Ludo Avarius and King River Butterfly in the Disney animated series Star vs the Forces of Evil.

In 2015, he released his own web series Con Man based loosely upon his experiences touring the convention circuit after the cancellation of Firefly.[15] In 2017 he was a main cast member on the DC Comics-based show Powerless.

In 2017, season 2 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency saw Tudyk in the role of Mr. Priest, a somewhat rogue Blackwing operative who is on familiar terms with Dirk, Bart and the Rowdy 3.

Video games[edit]

Tudyk, along with Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin have voice roles as unnamed Marines in the Xbox 360 game Halo 3. Tudyk would reunite with his Firefly co-stars in Halo 3: ODST as the character "Mickey", an elite ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) who is part of the player character's squad as they try to escape a city invaded by the Covenant. All three actors gave their likenesses to their characters and are given personalities in the game resembling those of their roles from Firefly.

He voiced the DC Comics character Green Arrow once again in the 2013 video game Injustice: Gods Among Us and reprised the role in the 2017 video game Injustice 2.

Personal life[edit]

Tudyk and choreographer Charissa Barton became engaged in December 2015.[16] They married on September 24, 2016.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Tudyk in July 2012

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 35 Miles from Normal Trevor
1998 Patch Adams Everton
2000 28 Days Gerhardt
2000 Wonder Boys Sam Traxler
2001 A Knight's Tale Wat
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Monte Man
2002 Ice Age Lenny (voice)
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Steve the Pirate Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2004 I, Robot Sonny
2005 Rx Pepe
2005 Serenity Hoban "Wash" Washburne
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly (voice)
2007 Death at a Funeral Simon
2007 Knocked Up Jack
2007 3:10 to Yuma Doc Potter Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Meet Market Danny
2009 Bed Ridden Detective Kurtz Short film
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Shipwreck Short film
2009 Astro Boy Mr. Squeegee (voice)
2010 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Tucker McGee
2010 Beautiful Boy Eric
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dutch
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Simone (voice)
2011 Conception Mark
2012 Strange Frame Chat (voice)
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Stephen A. Douglas Uncredited cameo
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Milton, Hunky Siren (voices)
2012 Wreck-It Ralph King Candy (voice) Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2013 42 Ben Chapman
2013 Frozen Duke of Weselton (voice)
2014 Premature Jack Roth
2014 Justice League: War Clark Kent / Superman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Welcome to Me Ted Thurber
2014 Son of a Barman Bill Snyder Short film
2014 Big Hero 6 Alistair Krei (voice)
2014 Tell Morton
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Blondie
2015 Trumbo Ian McLellan Hunter Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2015 Oddball Bradley Slater
2016 Zootopia Duke Weaselton (voice)
2016 Moana Heihei, Villager #3 (voices)
2016 Rogue One K-2SO
2018 Deadpool 2 Redneck #1 Cameo
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet KnowsMore (voice)
2019 Aladdin Iago (voice)
2019 Frozen II Guard, Northuldra Leader, Arendellian Soldier (voices)[18]


Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Father 2 episodes
2000 Frasier Todd Peterson Episode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2002–03 Firefly Hoban "Wash" Washburne Main role
2005–13 Arrested Development Pastor Veal 3 episodes
2005 Into the West Nathan Wheeler Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006 Capitol Law Walker Eliot Pilot
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carl Fisher Episode: "Burn Out"
2008 Fourplay Drew Pilot
2008 Play or Be Played Charlie Pilot
2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Bob Episode: "High Poon"
2009 V Dale Maddox 3 episodes
2009–10 Dollhouse Alpha Recurring role
2009–10 Glenn Martin, DDS Additional Voices (voices) 5 episodes
2010 The Rockford Files Det. Dennis Becker Pilot
2010–11 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Barry Allen / The Flash (voice) 2 episodes
2010–13
2019–present
Young Justice Green Arrow, Psimon, Captain Cold (voices) Recurring role
2011–16 Robot Chicken Pinky, Jeff Foxworthy, Jor-El, Lego Firefighter (voices) 3 episodes
2011, 2013 American Dad! Mr. Capalini, Additional Voices (voices) 2 episodes
2011 Family Guy German Pilot (voice) Episode "German Guy"
2011–12 The Life & Times of Tim Rodrigo, Arthur, Debbie (voices) 3 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Lonnie (voice) Main role
2011–14 Suburgatory Dr. Noah Werner Main role
2012 Phineas & Ferb Additional Voices (voices) Episode: "Sipping with the Enemy"
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Officer Elwood (voice) Episode: "Ligertown"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Sven Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2012 Robot and Monster Crazy Cousin Gizmo (voice) Episode: "The Party"
2014 The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! Chummy Cherub / Sad Tree Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Justified Elias Marcos Episode: "Shot All to Hell"; credited as Wray Nerely
2014 Chozen Kai / Additional Voices (voices) Recurring role
2014 TripTank Terrence, Bootf***er (voices) 2 episodes
2014–15 Newsreaders Reagan Biscayne Main role
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Ray 1 episode
2015 Adventure Time Chatsberry, Additional Voices (voices) 2 episodes
2015, 2020 Rick and Morty Chris, Observant Glorzo (voices) 2 episodes
2015–19 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Ludo Avarius, River Butterfly (voices) Main role
2015–16 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Uli (voice) Recurring role
2016 Clarence Flight Attendant Dan (voice) Episode: "Plane Excited"
2017 Powerless Van Wayne Main role
2017 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Mr. Osmund Priest Recurring role
2017 The Tick Dangerboat (voice) 3 episodes
2018–present Big Hero 6: The Series Alistair Krei (voice) Recurring role
2018–present LEGO Star Wars: All Stars K-2SO (voice) 1 episode
2018–present Final Space Todd H. Watson / Hushfluffles (voices) 2 episodes
2019–present Doom Patrol Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody Main role
2019 The Rookie Ellroy Basso Episode: "Clean Cut"
2019–present Harley Quinn[19] Joker, Clayface, Calendar Man, Doctor Trap, Condiment King, Additional Voices (voices) Main role
2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Boris Episode: "The Surprise Party"
2021 Resident Alien Harry Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Cholly
2007 Halo 3 Marine
2007 Defense Grid: The Awakening Simon
2009 Halo 3: ODST Mickey
2009 Astro Boy: The Video Game Mr. Windex
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Green Arrow
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Additional Voices
2015 Infinite Crisis Green Arrow
2015 Star Wars Battlefront K-2SO
2016 Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars Psilon Advisor
2017 Injustice 2 Green Arrow

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Epic Proportions Benny Bennet Helen Hayes Theatre
2005 Spamalot Sir Lancelot Shubert Theatre
2007 Prelude to a Kiss Peter Roundabout Theatre Company
2009 An Evening Without Monty Python Himself Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (Los Angeles)[20]
The Town Hall (New York City)[21]
2019 Mysterious Circumstances Richard Lancelyn Green / Sherlock Holmes Geffen Playhouse

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 TableTop Himself/Doctor McLickhertitty Episode: "Forbidden Desert"
2015–17 Con Man Wray Nerely Also creator, director, writer and executive producer
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Bibliography[edit]

Con Man Comics[edit]

  • Spectrum #0–1 (script 2016)

Star Wars[edit]

  • Star Wars Adventures Vol. 2: Unexpected Detour (K-2SO's Dialogue writer 2018, ISBN 168405169X; ISBN 978-1684051694)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I am Alan Tudyk (pronounced Tyoo Dik) Actor, Producer, Writer, Director and Kraft service reviewer". reddit. September 7, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Kehe, Jason (December 12, 2016). "How Rogue One's Alan Tudyk Turned Himself Into a 7-Foot Droid". Wired. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/AlanTudyk/status/262609940735209472
  4. ^ a b Adams, Sam (September 30, 2011). "Interview: Alan Tudyk". AV Club. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Karras, Steve. "Hey, You're That Guy: Alan Tudyk". Web2Carz.com. Archived from the original on June 1, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Sundance 2010: Alan Tudyk Talks Firefly Spin-off Comic by Patton Oswalt". Dreadcentral.com. January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Terri (July 9, 2009). "'Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil' Flips Horror With Alan Tudyk And Tyler Labine". MTV Movies. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 13, 2010). "Exclusive: 'Transformers 3' Adds Alan Tudyk". The Wrap. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 17, 2011). "Alan Tudyk joins 'Vampire Hunter'". Variety. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Aladdin': Alan Tudyk to Voice Iago (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 18, 2006). "Butler, Tudyk, Kind, Golden, Huffman cast in reading of musical Xanadu". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sundance '10: New Clips: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil". Dreadcentral.com. January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013.
  13. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (July 23, 2010). "Comic-Con 2010: Young Justice Goes Under Cover". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 13, 2011). "ABC Picks Up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Pan Am,' Tim Allen and Shonda Rhimes Projects, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Collis, Clark (March 10, 2015). "'Firefly' stars launch Indiegogo campaign for web series 'Con Man'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  16. ^ @alantudyk (December 22, 2015). "Apologies ladies-I'm off the market. Apologies fellas-@charissabarton1 is off the market. the single-market not flesh-trade market #engaged" (Tweet). Retrieved January 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Miller, Michael (September 25, 2016). "Rogue One Actor Alan Tudyk Is Married to Choreographer Charissa Barton". People.com. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "Josh Gad Says 'Frozen 2' Songs Will Be Catchier Than The First Films". The Disinsider. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Melrose, Kevin (October 25, 2018). "Alan Tudyk to Voice The Joker in Harley Quinn Animated Series". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 6, 2009). "An Evening Without Monty Python Plays NYC, Beginning Oct. 6". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  21. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 8, 2009). "And Now for Something Just a Little Bit Different". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2019.

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