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 44)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2003–present
Gia Ruiz
(m. 2010)

Daniel Richard McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. 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 starred 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), 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 descent;[4][5] with Catholic ancestors from Ulster who emigrated to Virginia in the 1870s.[6] He was raised Baptist.[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]


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

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 starred in the HBO comedy series Vice Principals from 2016 to 2017.

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.[18]

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.[19] From the beginning, various aspects of the campaign made some publications believe that film was an elaborate hoax.[20] It was later reported that these ads were actually part of a lead up to a Super Bowl commercial for Tourism Australia.[20]

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.[21][22][23]

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)".[24][25]

In late 2018, HBO ordered The Righteous Gemstones, a new show from McBride and his Rough House Pictures label, straight to series.[26] The show, a comedy, is centered on a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.[27]

Personal life[edit]

McBride has been married to art director Gia Ruiz since October 15, 2010. They have a son and a daughter.[28][29] He lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina.



Year Title Credit Notes
Actor Producer Screenwriter Role
2003 All the Real Girls Yes Bust-Ass
2006 The Foot Fist Way Yes Yes Fred Simmons
2007 Hot Rod Yes Rico Brown
Superbad Yes Buddy at Party Uncredited extra
The Heartbreak Kid Yes Martin
2008 Drillbit Taylor Yes Don Armstrong
Pineapple Express Yes Red
Tropic Thunder Yes Cody Underwood
2009 Fanboys Yes Head of Security Uncredited
Observe and Report Yes Caucasian Crackhead
Land of the Lost Yes Will Stanton
Up in the Air Yes Jim Miller
2010 Despicable Me Yes Fred McDade (voice)
Due Date Yes Lonnie
2011 Your Highness Yes Executive Yes Thadeous
Kung Fu Panda 2 Yes Wolf Boss (voice)
30 Minutes or Less Yes Dwayne King
The Catechism Cataclysm Yes N/A
2012 The Comedy Executive N/A
2013 As I Lay Dying Yes Vernon Tull
This Is the End Yes Himself
Prince Avalanche Executive N/A
Joe Executive N/A
2014 The Sound and the Fury Yes Police Sheriff
Manglehorn Executive N/A
2015 The D Train Executive N/A
Don Verdean Yes Tony Lazarus
Aloha Yes Colonel Lacy
Hell and Back Yes Orpheus (voice)
Rock the Kasbah Yes Nick
2016 Donald Cried Executive N/A
Sausage Party Yes Honey Mustard (voice)
The Angry Birds Movie[30] Yes Bomb (voice)
Masterminds Executive N/A
In Dubious Battle Yes Tramp
2017 Dayveon Executive N/A
Flower Executive N/A
Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Yes Tennessee Faris Short film[31]
Alien: Covenant Yes Tennessee Faris
The Disaster Artist Yes Himself
2018 Arizona Yes Yes Sonny
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Yes Executive Yes Don
Halloween Executive Yes N/A
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Yes Bomb (voice)
Zeroville Yes Financier
2020 Fatman Executive N/A
2021 The Mitchells vs. the Machines Yes Rick Mitchell (voice)
Halloween Kills Executive Yes N/A
2022 Halloween Ends Executive Yes N/A


Year Title Actor Executive
Creator Screenwriter Director Role Notes
2009–13 Eastbound & Down Yes Yes Yes Yes Kenny Powers 29 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Yes Voneeta Teets (voice) 12 episodes
2013 Clear History Yes Frank Television film
2014 Chozen Yes Yes Jimmy (voice) 8 episodes
2016 Animals. Yes Gregory (voice) Episode: "Turkeys"
2016–2017 Vice Principals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Neal Gamby 18 episodes; directed 2 episodes
2019–present The Righteous Gemstones Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Jesse Gemstone


Year Title Role Notes
2011 "Fight for Your Right Revisited" MCA Music video
2012 "Roadie" Sebastian
"The Roadie"
2013 "YOLO" Drug dealer Cameo; music video
The Lonely Island song
Grand Theft Auto V Duane Earl Video game
Host of radio station

Beyond Insemination[32]

2018 Coral Bookmakers Advertising Campaign Sports Rodstein Commercial[33]


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  2. ^ Fine, Marshall (May 23, 2008). "'Foot' in the door for cult comedy star Danny R. McBride". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Gavin Edwards (February 19, 2012). "Kenny Powers and the Unlikely Rise of Danny McBride". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
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  5. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (November 17, 2008). "Funnyman of the Year: Danny McBride". Gq.com.
  6. ^ "Irish American star Danny McBride turned away from religion because of hypocrites". Irishcentral.com.
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  12. ^ Freydkin, Donna (August 14, 2008). "Danny McBride is in the 'Express' lane to fame". USA Today.
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  15. ^ Levine, Stuart (October 27, 2010). "HBO re-ups two half-hour comedies". Variety. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  16. ^ "Pensacola Pelicans kick off season May 14 with great talent". Splash! Northwest Florida's Entertainment Magazine. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  17. ^ "Professional Baseball Team Offers HBO's Kenny Power 2009 Contract". OurSportsCentral. March 9, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  18. ^ "IN CONVERSATION Danny McBride on Alien: Covenant and the Trick to Acting Opposite Michael Fassbender". May 19, 2017.
  19. ^ Garcia, Arturo. "Is a 'Crocodile Dundee' Sequel Being Released in 2018?". Snopes. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  20. ^ a b Moran, Rob (January 24, 2018). "Crocodile Dundee reboot outed as advertising campaign for Tourism Australia". Brisbane Times. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  21. ^ "David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Rebooting 'Halloween' for October 2018 - Bloody Disgusting!". bloody-disgusting.com. February 9, 2017.
  22. ^ Galluzzo, Rob. "David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Will Direct/Write The New HALLOWEEN Movie For Blumhouse!". Blumhouse. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  23. ^ Daw, Robbie (October 9, 2017). "Q&A: John Carpenter Talks New Album Anthology & The Upcoming Halloween Sequel". Stereogum. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
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  25. ^ Evans, Jake. "Coral launches six-part Danny McBride TV ad campaign".
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  27. ^ "Danny McBride Returns With New Family Comedy". HBO.
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  30. ^ "Angry Birds Movie Voice Cast Announced, Includes Game of Thrones and SNL Vets". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  31. ^ 20th Century Fox (February 22, 2017). "Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper - 20th Century FOX". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 4, 2021.
  32. ^ Grand Theft Auto V. Gameinformer; retrieved September 28, 2013
  33. ^ Danny McBride stars as sports rodstein in new Coral's campaign. LBBonline; retrieved January 9, 2019

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