Rochester, Kent, England
Jim Piddock is an English actor, writer, and producer who began his career on the stage in the United Kingdom, before emigrating to the United States in 1981.
Piddock was born in Rochester, Kent, the son of Celia Mary (née O'Callaghan) and Charles Frederick Piddock. After completing his tertiary studies at Worth School, a Roman Catholic Benedictine boarding school in the south of England, Piddock attended London University, gaining an Honours degree in English literature.
Despite being a resident of California since 1985, he founded a Supporters Trust for the South London football team he had supported since childhood, Crystal Palace, which helped lead the club out of administration and avoid liquidation in 2000. The unique model for this Trust has since been incorporated by supporters of football clubs across the United Kingdom. Piddock is often seen attending Crystal Palace games when he is in England.
He has a daughter, Alexandra, from his former marriage with writer Margaret Oberman. Piddock is currently engaged to actress Ann Cusack, who he has been with since 2011.
In 2020, the 68th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, he became a Lord
Piddock began his acting career on the stage in the UK, before emigrating to the US in his early twenties. He made his US theatrical debut in a one-man show, The Boy's Own Story, in 1982. A large number of film and television credits followed, most notably Lethal Weapon 2, Independence Day, The Prestige, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Five-Year Engagement, Think Like a Man Too, and several Christopher Guest films, including Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.
Piddock made his theatrical debut in the US in The Boy's Own Story, a one-man show about a football (soccer) goalkeeper, at the Julian Theatre in San Francisco. The show won Piddock the Bay Area Critics' Best Actor Award. The show was then produced Off-Broadway. That same year (1982), he was cast in Noël Coward's Present Laughter, and other Broadway and Off-Broadway shows followed, including the original US production of Noises Off, The Knack at the Roundabout Theatre, Make and Break, and Design For Living. He won a Drama Desk award for his performance in Noises Off.
"I spent the first few years of my career pretty much doing nothing but stage work. I started in rep companies in England then did a one-man show in the US which led very quickly to doing several Broadway shows. I got very lucky early on. They were fun shows to do. I was in the first ever production of Noises Off in America and my first ever job in New York was being directed by and appearing with George C. Scott",
In November 2007, he cemented his growing reputation as one of the UK's most notable comedy actor exports at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, starring on stage in a production of What About Dick? alongside an all British expat cast, including Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Emily Mortimer and Tracey Ullman. When the play officially premiered in 2012, with the addition of Russell Brand, he was again in the cast. He also appeared in 2009 at the Montalban Theatre and on Broadway in An Evening Without Monty Python.
Film and television career
Following a successful stint as a stage performer, Piddock started successfully carving out a career for himself as a TV actor, now spanning four decades. Of his transition into television, Piddock said,
"I'd always wanted to end up working in film and TV. I guess I could have stayed in New York and probably had a long and fruitful career in the theatre but in the mid-1980s I felt like it was time to change gears and I'd certainly not been short-changed in terms of getting to perform live."
He has also appeared in several TV films and mini-series, including From The Earth to the Moon, A Mom for Christmas, She Creature on HBO, and The Women of Windsor. He also created, wrote and produced the BBC series Too Much Sun.
As a voice actor, Piddock provided the voice of Major Zero in the English version of the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as well as Agent One in Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Xbox and PlayStation 2. In film he provided the voice of Bolero the Bull in the film Garfield 2 and of Kenneth Loring, the fictional artistic director of Forever Young Films, in the commentary of the directors' cut of the Coen brothers' Blood Simple. He also voiced the part of King Mufasa's hornbill majordomo, Zazu in the Disney games Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games and The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure, Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the DC Comics animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, and voiced Chic for the animated science fiction film Dead Space: Downfall, based on the video game Dead Space.
Piddock appeared in 2012's The Five-Year Engagement, which starred Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, playing Blunt's father, The Cold Light of Day starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, and The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen.
In August 2012, it was announced that Piddock would be co-writing, acting, and producing a new TV comedy series with Christopher Guest for HBO and the BBC titled Family Tree. The show subsequently aired in 2013.
On 13 October 2016, Mascots, which he also co-wrote with Guest, stars in, and produced, premiered on Netflix. Since then he has appeared in several television shows, including Modern Family, Designated Survivor, Get Shorty, Training Day, Blunt Talk, and The Royals.
Writing and producing
Piddock sold his first screenplay in 1990 for a mid-six figure sum. Since then, his produced work has been diverse, ranging from Fox's $120 million grossing family film Tooth Fairy in 2010, starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, and Stephen Merchant; New Line's action-comedy The Man, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy; and the Cold War romantic thriller A Different Loyalty, starring Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett. His other produced film writing credits include the thrillers Traces of Red (Samuel Goldwyn Company) and One Good Turn (First Look Pictures).
In November 2019, it was announced that his screenplay Frankel would begin shooting in 2020 with Jeremy Irons playing the lead role of Sir Henry Cecil.
In the television world, Piddock created, wrote, and produced the BBC sitcom Too Much Sun, starring Mark Addy, Alex Jennings, and Lee Majors. In addition to writing, producing, and starring in the HBO/BBC series Family Tree, he has also written one-hour episodic dramas for U.S. television and several half-hour comedy pilots.
In 2019, Piddock optioned all the David Raker books, written by Tim Weaver, to develop as a UK/US returnable crime series and also teamed up with producer Mark Gordon to produce a series based on his one-hour pilot about a London gangster living in America, titled Faces.
|1989||Lethal Weapon 2||Consulate Envoy|
|1992||Traces of Red||Mr. Martyn||Also writer|
|1997||Burn Hollywood Burn||Attendant #1|
|2000||Best in Show||Trevor Beckwith|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Headmaster|
|2003||A Mighty Wind||Leonard Crabbe|
|2004||See This Movie||Martin Hughes|
|2004||A Different Loyalty||George Quennell||Also writer and co-producer|
|2005||Love for Rent||Frank Bauman|
|2005||Death to the Supermodels||Self-help Ryan (voice)||Video|
|2006||Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Bolero (voice)|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Simon Whitset|
|2007||Who's Your Caddy?||Harrington|
|2007||The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising||Old George|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Loyalist / Simon Cowell Look-a-Like|
|2008||Dead Space: Downfall||Chic (voice)||Video|
|2009||Falling Up||Phillip Dowling|
|2009||Endless Bummer||Mr. Newell|
|2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Peter Wicklow|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Limousine Driver in London|
|2010||Batman: Under the Red Hood||Alfred Pennyworth (voice)||Video|
|2012||The Cold Light of Day||Meckler|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||George Barnes|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Declan|
|2015||Kill Your Friends||Derek Sommers|
|2016||Mascots||Owen Golly, Sr.||Also writer and executive producer|
|1985||Wildside||Bank Robber||Episode: "The Crimea of the Century"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Brian||Episode: "Take My Life... Please!/Devil's Alphabet/The Library"|
|1986||Fame||The Record Producer||Episode: "Fame and Fortune"|
|1987||The Tracey Ullman Show||Derrick||2 episodes|
|1988||Max Headroom||Mr. Kelly||Episode: "Neurostim"|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Hank||Episode: "Old Money"|
|1989||Tour of Duty||Maj. Shadlow||Episode: "Lonely at the Top"|
|1990||A Mom for Christmas||Wilkins||Television film|
|1990–1991||Coach||Alan / Attendant||2 episodes|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Malcolm Brooker||Episode: "Murder in White"|
|1994–1996||Mad About You||Logic Professor / Hal Conway||7 episodes|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||(voice)||Episode: "The Sphinx"|
|1997–1998||Team Knight Rider||Max Amendas||2 episodes|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||John Hodge||Episode: "Can We Do This?"|
|1998||The New Batman Adventures||Martin (voice)||Episode: "Cult of the Cat"|
|1999||Tracey Takes On...||Vicar||Episode: "Hair"|
|2000||The Geena Davis Show||Mr. Levenstein||Episode: "Piece of Cake"|
|2000||Angel||The Valet||Episode: "The Trial"|
|2001||Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||(voice)||2 episodes|
|2001||Yes, Dear||Vet||Episode: "Worst in Show"|
|2001||Friends||Dennis Phillips||Episode: "The One After I Do"|
|2001||She Creature||Captain Dunn||Television film|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Larry||Episode: "The Appraisal"|
|2002||Maybe It's Me||Judge Parks||Episode: "The Quahog Festival Episode"|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||Lord Mercer||4 episodes|
|2002||ER||Dr. Earl Whitehead||Episode: "Chaos Theory"|
|2003||Crossing Jordan||Norman Gibson||Episode: "Family Ties"|
|2004||The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch||Troy Nixon||Television film|
|2005||Lost||Francis Heatherton||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2006||That '70s Show||TV Announcer (voice)||Episode: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"; uncredited|
|2006||Monk||Jake Colbert||Episode: "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing"|
|2007||Without a Trace||Dr. McNeil||Episode: "Claus and Effect"|
|2008||The Middleman||Arthur Mendelson||Episode: "The Cursed Tuba Contingency"|
|2009||Dollhouse||Biz||Episode: "Stage Fright"|
|2009–2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Doctor Sivana, Dr. Watson, Calendar Man,
Shazam, Thaddeus Sivana Jr. (voice)
|2010||Chuck||Curator of Classical Art||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Mask"|
|2010||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||King Urien, Color Commentator, Chair Umpire (voice)||Episode: "Duped"|
|2010||Party Down||Leland Corke||Episode: "Not on Your Wife Opening Night"|
|2010||Law & Order: LA||Jay Bickson||Episode: "Hollywood"|
|2010||Castle||Lord Henry||Episode: "Punked"|
|2011||Up All Night||Matthew Taylor||Episode: "New Car"|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Edward||Episode: "One False Move, Zimbabwe!"|
|2012||Touch||Dr. Knox||Episode: "Zone of Exclusion"|
|2012||Childrens Hospital||Cyrus Mittleman||Episode: "British Hospital"|
|2013||Family Tree||Mr. Pfister||5 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Hobson Chipps||Episode: "Hawaii Die-0"|
|2013||Work It||Carl||Episode: "My So-Called Mid-Life Crisis"|
|2014||Turbo Fast||Sir Reginald, Rich Man #2 (voice)||Episode: "A Tale of Two Turbos/The Escargot Affair"|
|2014||Franklin & Bash||Dean Casseday||Episode: "Spirits in the Material World"|
|2014||Mom||Kenneth||Episode: "Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage"|
|2015||Man Seeking Woman||Unknown||Episode: "Stain"|
|2015||Marry Me||Chuck||Episode: "Date Me"|
|2015||Instant Mom||Dr. Ian Houser||Episode: "Ghost Busted"|
|2015||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Lord Simultaneous, Sir John, Overmind, Warbot (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||The Grinder||Barrister Cromwell||Episode: "Buckingham Malice"|
|2015||The Royals||Truman||2 episodes|
|2016||Blunt Talk||Unknown||Episode: "Your Therapist and His Pussy Are Here"|
|2017||Elementary||Tom Saunders (voice)||Episode: "Fidelity"; uncredited|
|2017||Training Day||Abel Cribbs||Episode: "Sunset"|
|2017||The Tom and Jerry Show||Alistair (voice)||Episode: "Downton Tabby/Growing Pains/Toodle Boom"|
|2017||Get Shorty||Julian Pynter||Episode: "A Man of Letters"|
|2017||Designated Survivor||Dr. Rune||Episode: "Line of Fire"|
|2018||Modern Family||Malcolm Fennerman||Episode: "The Escape"|
|2019||A Confession||Judge Griffith Williams||Episode #1.6|
|2020||The Haunting of Bly Manor||Father Stack||Episode: "The Pupil"|
|2001||The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure||Zazu|
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Bilbo Baggins, Elrond|||
|2004||The Bard's Tale||Additional voices|||
|2004||Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater||Major Zero||English Dub|
|2006||Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops||English Dub|
|2010||The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest||Elrond, Bilbo Baggins|||
|2011||The Lord of the Rings: War in the North|||
|2012||Lego The Lord of the Rings|
|2013||Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure||Alfred Pennyworth|||
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- Willoughby, Shane. "Major Zero Speaks!". The Gaming Liberty. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Eric Idle Workshops 'What About Dick?' with Izzard, Curry". Broadway World. 12 October 2007.
- Michael Gioia (26 April 2012). "What About Dick?, With Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Tracey Ullman, Offered 26–29 April in L.A." Playbill.
- Willloughby, Shane. "Major Zero Speaks!". The Gaming Liberty.
- "Behind The Voice Actors - Jim Piddock". Behind the Voice Actors.
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- Morris, Clint. "Christopher Guest, Jim Piddock & Chris O'Dowd plant Family Tree". Moviehole. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Kay, Jeremy. "Jeremy Irons to star as racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil in 'Frankel' for WaZabi Films (exclusive)". Screen. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- InXile Entertainment. The Bard’s Tale. InXile Entertainment. Scene: Ending credits, 2:10:21 in, More Great Talent.
- "Facebook Fanpage"
- "Web Wombat Interview #1"
- "Web Wombat Interview #2"
- Interview for "Batman The Brave and the Bold"
- "Listen to Me Podcast : Interview"
- "Collider: The Five-Year Engagement Set Visit Interviews"
- "Culture: The Seeker Interview"
- "Straight2DVD Interview"
- "GeekWeek Tooth Fairy Interview"
- "MH : For Your Consideration Interview"