David Ury

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David Ury
Born David Brian Ury
(1973-09-30) September 30, 1973 (age 43)
Sonoma, California, U.S.
Other names D.B.U.
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian, english<->Japanese translation specialist
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)

David Brian Ury (born September 30, 1973) is an American film and television actor, stand-up comedian and Japanese film, anime and manga translation specialist. He is a descendant of Ashkenazi Jewish impressionist painter Lesser Ury.


Ury learned to speak Japanese while at college in Tokyo[citation needed] and has worked as a translator in film, television, and manga and currently (As of May 2011[1]) translates and writes English adaptations for Japanese comics (manga) (some notable manga include Rave Master vol.33,34,35, Basilisk, Genshiken, Gacha Gacha and The Wallflower).[2][original research?] Ury moved to Los Angeles in August 2001 where he began performing stand-up comedy.

Cartoonist Keith Knight, a neighbor of his, described Ury's acting career as "Spooge man" and "a cavalcade of reprobates, sleazeballs, derelicts, & weirdos...."[3]


TV Series and Movies[edit]

David Ury has made several film and television appearances, including an episode of Tim Kring's Crossing Jordan and in Shoot 'Em Up. He also appeared in Heroes, Malcolm in the Middle, Life, Without a Trace, Breaking Bad, Zeke and Luther, and The Librarians.[4] In March 2015, Ury was cast for Rob Zombie's slasher film 31 as Schizo-Head.[5]


David Ury also has YouTube channels/accounts/personalities or alter-egos, which include Karaoke Steve and Ken Tanaka, the so-called adopted twin brother of David Ury. Tanaka is described as an Ashkenazi Jewish man adopted as an infant by Japanese parents Hideo and Mari Tanaka, and raised in Shimane Prefecture of Japan; he returns to Los Angeles to find his birth parents Jonathan and Linda Smith. Ken Tanaka bears a resemblance to lonelygirl15 with Ken Tanaka's first appearance on YouTube.[6]

Ken Tanaka speaks Japanese and English with a heavy Japanese accent and makes videos about Ken's search for his birth parents, culture and life in Japan and Los Angeles. Many viewers are convinced that Tanaka's story is true, while others believe that he is merely a character played by David Ury. After some viewers began to comment that Tanaka looked a lot like actor David Ury, Tanaka made a video where Tanaka goes to meet Ury.[7] The video shows David Ury and Ken Tanaka meeting and discovering that they are identical twin brothers.

As of 22 August 2011 Ken Tanaka has over 200 YouTube videos in both his two YouTube channels (helpmefindparents and kentanakajapan). Tanaka's videos also document his visual art career and the making of his book "Everybody Dies- A Children's Book for Grown Ups" ISBN 0-615-46493-9 . Tanaka's work is sought after by collectors of the work of German impressionist painter Lesser Ury presumably by those who believe that Tanaka is actually David Ury.

David Ury's Ken Tanaka is also famous by YouTube series of "how to speak fluent Japanese"[8] (with appearances of Remi February (Artist), David "Takeo" Neptune (Short film director) and Masataka "Polo" Yazaki (Musician of former band Nirf)) and "I Am Robot", which won "YouTube Video Awards".[9]

Ken Tanaka has also made appearances in YouTube with MissHannahMinx and Gimmeabreakman (aka Victor from Japan).


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Fear, Inc. Pete
A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits Freddie Marks Direct to video
2015 31 Schizo-Head
Powers Dr. Death
2014 Grimm Hofmann
The Haunted Hathaways Green Ghoul Crossover episode: "The Haunted Thundermans"
The Thundermans
2009–11 Zeke and Luther Donut "Don" Donaldson Recurring Role
2011 Bones Larry Wolfram Episode: "The Feet on the Beach"
The Young and the Restless Burt Episode: "Daniel Finally Regains Consciousness"
2010 Lie to Me Witness Episode: "Headlock"
Rizzoli & Isles Sandy Grotty Episodes: "Boston Strangler Redux"
The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It Yes Man
2009 Breaking Bad Spooge 2 episodes: "Peekaboo", "Breakage"
The Revenant ATM robber
2006–09 Heroes Landlord 3 episodes: "Chapter Nine, Turn and Face the Strange", "Chapter One 'Genesis'", "Unaired Premiere Episode"
2008–09 Life Hard Case #1 2 episodes: "Re-Entry", "Trapdoor"
2008 Without a Trace Gil Episode: "Better Angels"
Parasomnia Record Store Owner
Black Widow Bixler
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Barkeep
Shoot'Em Up Diner Holdup Leader
Close to Home Rooster Episode: "Internet Bride"
2006 Crossing Jordan Arthur Hay Episode: "Blame Game"
Dark Ride Attendant #1
2005 Blue Collar TV Sketch performer Episode: "Fashion"
2004 Charmed Shapeshifter Episode: "Witchness Protection"
Paparazzi Fan
Able Edwards Franklin Wallace
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Mechanic Episode: "Zoo"


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