Pudi at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Daniel Mark Pudi
March 10, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Bridget Showalter (m. 2004)|
Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Teresa (née Komendant), a programmer and analyst, and Abraham Pudi. His father is Indian, and his mother is Polish (born in Pokośno, Poland, to Marianna (Organek) and Boleslaw Komendant). Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother and grandmother. He grew up on Chicago's south side, but he attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois, a northern Chicago suburb. In 2013, he gave the commencement address at Notre Dame College Prep.
At Marquette University, Pudi was the first winner of the Chris Farley Scholarship. Beyond paying for a year of school, the scholarship led to him performing at an improv comedy event featuring Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle, increasing his interest in studying improv. Pudi performed in summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after Marquette, then studied at The Second City in Chicago.
Pudi became a recruiter for an executive search firm before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to seek television and film roles. His home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him avoid the "struggling actor thing in terms of waiting tables, temping and so on". He performed in several television pilots before joining the cast of Community.
Pudi has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, and Pokémon. In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with fellow Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown.
He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong, which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom, which was one of the highlights of Comic Con 2011, according to HitFix.com. He starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding". He has made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue for Three", and had a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as a guest appearance on the first ever live episode of Hot in Cleveland. In the fall of 2014, Pudi appeared in the Off-Broadway musical FOUND.
Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter. They met while attending Marquette University their freshman year. Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012. He is a runner, and has completed several marathons. He adores TV shows such as 30 Rock and frequently watches The Wendy Williams Show.
|2007||Cop Show||Saffa||Short film|
|2009||Road Trip: Beer Pong||Arash|
|2009||Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure||Melvin||Short film|
|2010||Blowout Sale||Glen||Short film|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Little Boy Blue||Voice|
|2012||Leader of the Pack||Doug||Short film|
|2012||The Guilt Trip||Sanjay||Uncredited|
|2012||Flatland 2: Sphereland||Puncto||Voice|
|2013||The Pretty One||Dr. Rao|
|2013||Vijay and I||Rad|
|2013||The Knights of Badassdom||Lando|
|2014||Untucked||N/A||Documentary short; director|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Com Tech #1||Cameo|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Nathan Vignes|
|2015||The Tiger Hunter||Sami Malik||In post-production|
|2006||ER||Mahir Kardatay||Episode: "Lost in America"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Raj||4 episodes|
|2006||The West Wing||Santos Aide||Episode: "Two Weeks Out"|
|2007||Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project||Pilot|
|2008||The Bill Engvall Show||Josh||Episode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"|
|2008||Giants of Radio||Teddy||Pilot|
|2009–2015||Community||Abed Nadir||110 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)
|2011||Cougar Town||Chad (Abed Nadir)||Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
|2011||Robot Chicken||Ant Pharaoh / Fox's Boxes Customer (voices)||Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"|
|2011||Chuck||Vali Chandrasekaren||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2012||The Book Club||Danny||6 episodes; also producer|
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Tommy||Episode: "It's Alive"|
|2013||Royal Pains||Garrett||Episode: "Pregnant Paws"|
|2014||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Levander Hart (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Newsreaders||Ivan Folange||Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"|
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- The Bonnie Hunt Show, 9 October 2009.
- Sweeney Etter, Nicole. "Breakout star Danny Pudi was a hit at Marquette first". Marquette Magazine (Marquette University). Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Halverson, Steve. "'Community' star has ties to Dyersville" Dyersville Commercial, 16 September 2009.
- Community Member Becomes One of the Knights of Badassdom!
- Trailer for Road Trip: Beer Pong announcement
- 'Community' Funnyman Grabs His Sword for 'Knights of Badassdom'!
- Music video for "The Understanding"
- "Weddings; Showalter-Pudi". Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). 8 October 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Danny Pudi: Awards at the Internet Movie Database
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