Danny McBride

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Danny McBride
Danny McBride WonderCon 2013.jpg
McBride at WonderCon in 2013
Birth name Daniel Richard McBride[1]
Born (1976-12-29) December 29, 1976 (age 39)
Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 2003–present
Spouse Gia Ruiz (m. 2010)
Children 1
Notable works and roles Eastbound & Down
Pineapple Express
The Foot Fist Way
Your Highness
This Is the End
Up in the Air

Daniel Richard "Danny" McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and stand-up comedian. He co-created and starred in the sports sitcom Eastbound & Down (2009–2013). He also starred in comedy films, such as Pineapple Express (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Your Highness (2011) and This Is The End (2013).

Personal life[edit]

McBride was born in Statesboro, Georgia.[2] His mother, Kathy Rudy, and his stepfather both work at Marine Corps Base Quantico as civilian support.[3] On his father's side, McBride has ancestors from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.[4] 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 North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[5][6][7][8][9]

McBride married Gia Ruiz in October 2010, at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, and they have a son named Declan who was born in 2011.[10]


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 guest appearances from frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson.[11]

On April 8, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[12] On July 2, 2012 HBO renewed the series for a fourth season.[13][14] 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.[15][16]

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. Additional film appearances include All the Real Girls, Hot Rod, Land of the Lost, 30 Minutes or Less, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Observe and Report, Due Date, Up in the Air, Your Highness and This Is the End.[11]

In 2014, McBride and Hill created and began filming the comedy series Vice Principals for HBO.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 All the Real Girls Bust-Ass
2006 The Foot Fist Way Fred Simmons Writer
2007 Hot Rod Rico Brown
2007 Superbad Buddy at Party Uncredited
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Martin
2008 Drillbit Taylor Don Armstrong
2008 Pineapple Express Red
2008 Tropic Thunder Cody Underwood
2009 Fanboys Head of Security Uncredited
2009 Observe and Report Caucasian Crackhead
2009 Land of the Lost Will Stanton
2009 Up in the Air Jim Miller
2010 Despicable Me Fred McDade Voice
2010 Due Date Lonnie
2011 Your Highness Thadeous Writer
Executive producer
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Wolf Boss Voice
2011 30 Minutes or Less Dwayne King
2013 As I Lay Dying Vernon Tull
2013 This Is the End Danny McBride
2014 The Sound and the Fury Police Sheriff Cameo
2015 Don Verdean Tony Lazarus
2015 Aloha Colonel Lacy
2015 Hell and Back Orpheus Voice
2016 The Angry Birds Movie[17] Bomb Voice
TBA In Dubious Battle Tramp Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Drunk History George Washington Volume 3
2009–2013 Eastbound & Down Kenny Powers Creator
Executive producer
Series regular
2011 Good Vibes Voneeta Teets (voice) Series regular
2013 Clear History Frank Movie
2014 Chozen Jimmy (voice) Series regular
Executive producer
2016 Vice Principals Neal Gamby Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited MCA Music video
2013 YOLO Drug-dealer Cameo
The Lonely Island song
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Duane Earl Voice
My Blaine County DJ[18]


  1. ^ Byrne, Paul (2008-09-14). "Danny McBride talks Eastbound & Down & his upcoming Movies". Movies Ireland. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  2. ^ Fine, Marshall (2008-05-23). "'Foot' in the door for cult comedy star Danny R. McBride". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ a b Gavin Edwards (2012-02-19). "Kenny Powers and the Unlikely Rise of Danny McBride". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "The prince McBride". The Irish Times. April 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ The Free Lance-Star; accessed August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ The Free Lance-Star; accessed August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Movie, TV projects fall in line for local native". Fredericksburg.com. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  8. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (2008-08-08). "Breakout Actor: Danny McBride". EW.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ Freydkin, Donna (August 14, 2008). "Danny McBride is in the 'Express' lane to fame". USA Today. 
  10. ^ Lussier, Germaine (May 10, 2010). "Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride to Co-Star in Untitled Comedy". Collider.com. 
  11. ^ a b Danny McBride at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ The Hollywood Reporter
  13. ^ Levine, Stuart (2012-07-02). "HBO asks for more ‘Eastbound & Down’". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  14. ^ Levine, Stuart (2010-10-27). "HBO re-ups two half-hour comedies". Variety. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  15. ^ "Pensacola Pelicans kick off season May 14 with great talent". Splash! Northwest Florida's Entertainment Magazine. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Professional Baseball Team Offers HBO's Kenny Power 2009 Contract". OurSportsCentral. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/angry-birds-movie-voice-cast-155400506.html
  18. ^ Grand Theft Auto V. gameinformer; retrieved September 28, 2013

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