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 40)
Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.
Medium Film, television
Nationality American
Years active 2000–present
Spouse Gia Ruiz (m. 2010)
Children 1
Notable works and roles Eastbound & Down
Vice Principals
The Foot Fist Way
Pineapple Express
Your Highness
This Is the End
Up in the Air

Daniel Richard "Danny" McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, writer and comedian. He is best known for starring in the HBO comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, both of which he co-created with frequent collaborator Jody Hill. He has also starred in comedy films, such as The Foot Fist Way (2006), Hot Rod (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Land of the Lost (2009), 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 is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent, with ancestors from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.[4] He was raised Baptist.[5] 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.[6][7][8][9][10]

McBride married Gia Ruiz in October 2010 and they have a child who was born in 2011.[11]


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.[12]

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 show 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. 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.[12]

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
2011 The Catechism Cataclysm Producer
2012 The Comedy Executive producer
2013 As I Lay Dying Vernon Tull
2013 This Is the End Danny McBride
2013 Prince Avalanche Executive producer
2013 Joe Executive producer
2014 The Sound and the Fury Police Sheriff Cameo
2014 Manglehorn Executive producer
2015 Don Verdean Tony Lazarus
2015 Aloha Colonel Lacy
2015 Hell and Back Orpheus (voice)
2015 Rock the Kasbah Nick
2016 Sausage Party Honey Mustard (voice)
2016 The Angry Birds Movie[18] Bomb (voice)
2016 Masterminds Executive producer
2016 In Dubious Battle Tramp Post-production
2016 Zeroville Financier Post-production
2017 Alien: Covenant Gilbert Walterman Post-production
2017 The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Writer
Executive producer
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 Television film
2014 Chozen Jimmy (voice) Series regular
Executive producer
2016 Animals. Gregory (voice) Episode: "Turkeys"
2016–present Vice Principals Neal Gamby Creator
Series regular
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited MCA Music video
2012 Roadie Sebastian
"The Roadie"
Music video
2013 YOLO Drug-dealer Cameo
The Lonely Island song
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Duane Earl Video game
My Blaine County DJ[19]


  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. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPFO7n8W9Eg, stated at 25:30
  6. ^ The Free Lance-Star; accessed August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ The Free Lance-Star; accessed August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Movie, TV projects fall in line for local native". Fredericksburg.com. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2013-09-08. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (2008-08-08). "Breakout Actor: Danny McBride". EW.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  10. ^ Freydkin, Donna (August 14, 2008). "Danny McBride is in the 'Express' lane to fame". USA Today. 
  11. ^ "Danny McBride, Wife Expecting Baby Boy". 
  12. ^ a b Danny McBride at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ "TV Show News and Ratings - Live Feed". 
  14. ^ Levine, Stuart (2012-07-02). "HBO asks for more 'Eastbound & Down'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  15. ^ Levine, Stuart (2010-10-27). "HBO re-ups two half-hour comedies". Variety. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  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. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Angry Birds Movie Voice Cast Announced, Includes Game of Thrones and SNL Vets". 
  19. ^ Grand Theft Auto V. gameinformer; retrieved September 28, 2013

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