Danny McBride

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Danny McBride
McBride in 2009 promoting the film Observe and Report
Daniel Richard McBride[1]

(1976-12-29) December 29, 1976 (age 46)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2003–present
Gia Ruiz
(m. 2010)

Daniel Richard McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer. He starred in the HBO television series Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals, and The Righteous Gemstones, also co-creating the former two with frequent collaborator Jody Hill while creating the latter himself. He has appeared in films such as The Foot Fist Way (2006), Hot Rod (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Up in the Air (2009), Your Highness (2011), This Is the End (2013), and Alien: Covenant (2017). He has done voice acting for Despicable Me (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Hell and Back (2015), The Angry Birds Movie, Sausage Party (both 2016), The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), and The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021).

Early life[edit]

McBride was born on December 29, 1976, in Statesboro, Georgia.[2] His mother, Kathy Rudy, and his stepfather both work at Marine Corps Base Quantico, as civilian support.[3] McBride has Irish, Scottish, English and Jewish ancestry;[4][5] with Catholic ancestors from Ulster who emigrated to Virginia in the 1870s.[6] He was raised Baptist, and has said, "church was very much part of my life when I was a kid. My parents were really involved and went all the time."[4][7] His mother performed sermons in church using puppets, and McBride stated that his "interest in telling stories comes from her."[3] He was raised in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he graduated from Courtland High School and attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and became one of the "Three Flavas" along with director Jody Hill and Kris Baucom.[8][9][10][11][12]


McBride made his acting debut in 2003, playing a supporting role in his college friend David Gordon Green's second feature film All the Real Girls.[13]

In 2006, McBride played Fred Simmons in the low-budget comedy film The Foot Fist Way, which he co-wrote with collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best. He appeared in character as Simmons to promote the film on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 26, 2008. He wrote and starred in the HBO original comedy series Eastbound & Down (also a collaboration with Hill and Best), as Kenny Powers, a washed-up former major league baseball pitcher with anger management issues. The series was produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, and the pilot episode premiered on February 15, 2009, featuring Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson.

On April 8, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[14] On July 2, 2012, HBO renewed the series for a fourth season.[15][16] The series ended on November 17, 2013. In March 2009, because of his role as Powers, he received an offer to play semi-professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans, a team in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.[17][18]

In 2010, he signed an endorsement deal with K-Swiss shoes and played the eponymous roadie in the Tenacious D music video for "Roadie" in 2012. McBride co-starred in the HBO comedy series Vice Principals from 2016 to 2017.

McBride provided the voice for Duane Earl, a fictional talk radio host in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V. Earl, the owner of the Blaine County Radio station, is the host of Beyond Insemination, a segment where Earl (McBride) converses with callers.

In 2017 McBride appeared in Alien: Covenant directed by Ridley Scott starring alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender and Billy Crudup. McBride told Vanity Fair in an interview that he was both surprised and glad for the opportunity to be involved with the Alien movie since he had been a longtime fan of the franchise.[19]

In January 2018, two trailers were released online for what was supposedly a Crocodile Dundee sequel, titled Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. The film was said to star McBride as Brian Dundee, the son of the original Crocodile Dundee. The trailers feature cameo appearances by Australian actors Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, and Ruby Rose.[20] From the beginning, various aspects of the campaign made some publications believe that film was an elaborate hoax.[21] It was later reported that these ads were actually part of a lead up to a Super Bowl commercial for Tourism Australia.[21]

McBride and David Gordon Green co-wrote the script for Halloween, the 2018 sequel to Halloween (1978). The film was directed by Green, executive produced by series creator John Carpenter, and produced by Jason Blum.[22][23][24]

Since 2018 McBride has been the face of bookmaker Coral's television commercials in the United Kingdom, playing a character called "Sports Rodstein", described as "the world's biggest sports fan (although not the savviest)".[25][26]

In late 2018, HBO ordered The Righteous Gemstones, a new show from McBride and his Rough House Pictures label, straight to series.[27] The show, a comedy co-starring McBride, John Goodman, Adam Devine, and Edi Patterson is centered on a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.[28]

In 2021, McBride provided the voice of Rick Mitchell in the Sony Pictures Animation film The Mitchells vs. the Machines.[29]

Personal life[edit]

McBride has been married to art director Gia Ruiz since October 15, 2010. They have a son and a daughter.[30][31] He lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina.



Year Title Actor Writer Executive Producer Role Notes
2003 All the Real Girls Yes No No Bust-Ass
2006 The Foot Fist Way Yes Yes No Fred Simmons
2007 Hot Rod Yes No No Rico Brown
Superbad Uncredited No No Buddy at Party
The Heartbreak Kid Yes No No Martin
2008 Drillbit Taylor Yes No No Don Armstrong
Pineapple Express Yes No No Red
Tropic Thunder Yes No No Cody Underwood
2009 Fanboys Uncredited No No Head of Security
Observe and Report Yes No No Caucasian Crackhead
Land of the Lost Yes No No Will Stanton
Up in the Air Yes No No Jim Miller
2010 Despicable Me Yes No No Fred McDade (voice)
Due Date Yes No No Lonnie
2011 Your Highness Yes Yes Yes Thadeous
Fight for Your Right Revisited Yes No No MCA Short film
Kung Fu Panda 2 Yes No No Wolf Boss (voice)
30 Minutes or Less Yes No No Dwayne King
2013 As I Lay Dying Yes No No Vernon Tull
This Is the End Yes No No Himself
2014 The Sound and the Fury Yes No No Police Sheriff
Don Verdean Yes No No Tony Lazarus
2015 Aloha Yes No No Colonel Lacy
Hell and Back Yes No No Orpheus (voice)
Rock the Kasbah Yes No No Nick
2016 The Angry Birds Movie[32] Yes No No Bomb (voice)
Sausage Party Yes No No Honey Mustard (voice)
In Dubious Battle Yes No No Tramp
2017 Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Yes No No Tennessee Faris Short film[33]
Alien: Covenant Yes No No Tennessee Faris
The Disaster Artist Yes No No Himself
2018 Arizona Yes No No Sonny Also producer
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Yes Yes Yes Don
Halloween No Yes Yes
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Yes No No Bomb (voice)
Zeroville Yes No No Financier
2021 The Mitchells vs. the Machines Yes No No Rick Mitchell (voice)
Halloween Kills No Yes Yes
2022 Halloween Ends No Yes Yes
2023 The Exorcist No Story Yes Post-production

Executive producer only[edit]

Year Title Notes
2011 The Catechism Cataclysm Producer
2012 The Comedy
2013 Prince Avalanche
2013 Joe
2013 Manglehorn
2015 The D Train
2016 Donald Cried
2016 Masterminds
2017 Dayveon
2017 Flower
2020 Fatman


Year Title Actor Director Writer Executive Producer Creator Role Notes
2009–2013 Eastbound & Down Yes No Yes Yes Yes Kenny Powers 29 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Yes No No No No Voneeta Teets (voice) 12 episodes
2013 Clear History Yes No No No No Frank Television film
2014 Chozen Yes No No Yes No Jimmy (voice) 8 episodes
2016 Animals Yes No No No No Gregory (voice) Episode: "Turkeys"
2016–2017 Vice Principals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Neal Gamby 18 episodes and directed 2 episodes
2019–present The Righteous Gemstones Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Jesse Gemstone 18 episodes and directed 2 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role Notes
2011 "Make Some Noise" The Beastie Boys MCA
2012 "Roadie" Tenacious D Sebastian / "The Roadie"
2013 "YOLO" The Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar Drug dealer Cameo

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Duane Earl Voice role [34]


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