Patrick Warburton

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Patrick Warburton
Patrick Warburton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Warburton in 2011
Born (1964-11-14) November 14, 1964 (age 57)
Alma materOrange Coast College
Years active1986–present
Cathy Jennings
(m. 1991)

Patrick Warburton (born November 14, 1964)[1] is an American actor. On television, he has played David Puddy on Seinfeld,[2] the title role on The Tick, Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect, Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement and Lemony Snicket on A Series of Unfortunate Events.[3] His voice acting roles include Joe Swanson on Family Guy, Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove, Professor Barkin on Kim Possible, Brock Samson on The Venture Bros., Flynn in Skylanders and Hugo Vasquez in Tales from the Borderlands. In advertising, he plays a "control enthusiast" in commercials for National Car Rental.[4]

Early life[edit]

Warburton is the son of orthopedic surgeon John Charles Warburton Jr. and Barbara Jeanne Gratz (an actress credited as Barbara Lord).[5][6][7] He and his three sisters, Mary, Lara, and Megan, were raised in a "very religious" and "conservative" Catholic family in Huntington Beach, California,[8] where he attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School. He later attended Servite High School (in Anaheim, California), then transferred to Newport Harbor High School (in Newport Beach, California). He studied marine biology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, but dropped out to pursue modeling and acting.[9]


Warburton's acting roles often rely on his distinctive deep, booming voice and large physique. In the 1990s, he was known for his recurring role in Seinfeld as David Puddy, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Elaine Benes. He played Eric in the sitcom "Dave's World", and had a small role in the 2002 film Men in Black II as J's new partner, T.

Warburton played the title role in FOX's short-lived series The Tick. He has repeatedly criticized FOX's mismanagement of the series after its cancellation, stating that the network "apparently didn't have a clue."[10]

He played Nick Sharp in 8 Simple Rules; and in 2003, joined the cast of Less Than Perfect as anchorman Jeb Denton. He also played Jeff Bingham in Rules of Engagement, and Rip Riley in the FX series Archer.

Warburton in January 2007

Warburton has provided voices for several animated films and TV programs, including a lead character in Game Over, Buzz Lightyear; the Little Green Men in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove, with David Spade, Eartha Kitt, and John Goodman. Spade and Warburton reunited for the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, which aired from 2007 to 2013, and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser in 2015. Warburton reprised his role as Kronk for the direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove, and the subsequent TV series The Emperor's New School. He voiced Steve Barkin in the Disney Channel show Kim Possible.

Warburton was also cast in The Venture Bros., where he voices Brock Samson, and voices Joe Swanson on Fox’s Family Guy and Detective Cash in The Batman. He recorded voices for the computer-animated feature films Hoodwinked, Chicken Little, Bee Movie, Open Season, and Tak (all three games),Tak and the Power of Juju.[citation needed] He was also the voice of Commander Blaine H. Tate on the Comedy Central animated series Moonbeam City in October 2015.

Warburton appeared on GSN’s Poker Royale Celebrities vs. the Pros tournament in 2005, winning the tournament and the $50,000 grand prize. On November 8, 2009, he appeared as the Wild West character Cal Johnson on Seth & Alex’s (Almost Live) Comedy Show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein on Fox. He was also cast as Sheriff Bronson Stone in the Cartoon Network series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and appeared as Bowser in a video by CollegeHumor, "The Roast of Mario".[11]

He appeared on the American version of Top Gear on February 21, 2012, where he set the "Big Star, Small Car" lap record, beating previous record-holder Arlene Tur.[12]

Warburton starred in the 2016 NBC sitcom Crowded, where he and Carrie Preston played parents who were about to enjoy their empty-nest years only to find their daughters and his parents moving back in to live with them. It ran for one season of 13 episodes.[13]

He is featured as the flight attendant, Patrick, in the "preboarding" video shown to guests at Soarin' Around the World in Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California and Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida where he explains the ride's requirements, reprising his role from the preboarding video of the predecessor ride, Soarin' Over California. He lent his voice to the droid G2-4T in the queue of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

He starred as Lemony Snicket in the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[14]

Despite being a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, Warburton has appeared at multiple New Jersey Devils games with his face (and chest) painted similar to that of his Devils crazed role in an episode of "Seinfeld", exhorting the crowd in a manner like that of his David Puddy character.[15][16] His real-life relationship with the Devils began when the team invited him to drop the ceremonial first puck of the 1995 season, and he showed up with his face painted. After dropping the puck, he slipped and fell, but rescued the moment by regaining his balance and ripping off his shirt to reveal his chest was painted with the letter "D",[16] which came to be regarded as an iconic moment in Devils history.[15][16] The Devils gave out a Puddy bobblehead doll to fans at a 2019 game.[15]

In the commercial and advertising world, Warburton is the voice in the Carrier Corporation commercials for their air-conditioning and HVAC units, and was the voice of Superman in The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman for American Express. He is the voice of Lewis in the "Clark & Lewis Expedition" radio commercials for Horizon Air. In August 2009, he played a high-end PC in a "Get a Mac" ad for Apple Inc.[17] He became the spokesman for Japanese automaker Honda's "Good Reasons" advertising campaign in September 2011.[18] He is the voice in NAPA's "Can of Know How" commercial. In 2015, he appeared in National Car Rental's "Be the Boss of You" commercials. He is the voice of the current "Discover Fresh" radio ad campaign by Souplantation, a California-based buffet-style restaurant chain (known as Sweet Tomatoes in other markets).[19]

Warburton is also the voice of Ranger, a forest ranger, in a series of radio spots for the national Smokey Bear campaign sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Warburton married Cathy Jennings, whom he met in college.[21] They have three sons and one daughter: Talon, Alexandra, Shane and Gabriel.[22] They live in Santa Rosa Valley, California.[23]

Warburton is a Christian, and has said that he is willing to turn off Family Guy "when it takes its religious humor too far", perceiving such moments "as diminished returns".[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Dragonard Richard Abdee
1991 Scorchers Balford
1994 Dickwad Charlie's Brother Short film
1996 American Strays Rookie Cop
1999 The Woman Chaser Richard Hudson
2000 Scream 3 Steven Stone
2000 The Dish Al Burnett
2001 Camouflage Horace Tutt, Jr.
2001 Dirt Vincent
2001 Joe Somebody Mark McKinney
2002 Run Ronnie Run Head of Gay Conspiracy Cameo
2002 Big Trouble Officer Walter Kramitz
2002 Men in Black II Agent T
2004 Bob Steel Rudy Buckmaster
2005 The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Max Bright
2005 Rebound Larry Burgess
2007 I'll Believe You Dr. Seth Douglass
2007 Underdog Cad
2008 Get Smart Hymie
2008 Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control Hymie Direct-to-DVD
2009 Made for Each Other Mack Mackenzie
2009 Rock Slyde Rock Slyde Also executive producer
2009 The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives Ace Mulligan
2010 Flicka 2 Hank Direct-to-DVD
2012 Sophomore Mr. McKee
2012 Ted Guy
2013 Movie 43 Steve Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Screen Combo
2013 Bad Milo Phil
2014 Playing It Cool Dick
2014 School Dance Prairie Puff Man
2014 The Extendables Himself Cameo
2015 Hoovey Jeff Elliot
2015 Divine Access Bob
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Captain Bryce
2015 Ted 2 Guy
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Foggle / Guardian Angel
2016 Better Watch Out Robert
2017 Austin Found Chief Williams
2019 The Wedding Year Michael
2020 Inheritance Archer Monroe


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Paper Chase Pool Boy Episode: "Honor"
1990 Quantum Leap Blaster Episode: "The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam) – April 7, 1970"
1991 Anything But Love Zak Saturday (Adult) Episode: "The Torrid Zone"
1992 Grapevine Billy Episode: "The Lisa and Billy Story"
1992 Northern Exposure Glenn Episode: "Northwest Passages"
1992 Murphy Brown Bo Episode: "A Year to Remember"
1993 Mad About You Sam Episode: "Love Among the Tiles"
1993 Nurses Chuck Episode: "What Are Friends For?"
1993 Designing Women Craig 3 episodes
1993 Love & War Duane Episode: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
1994 Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story Scott Mersereau Television film
1995 Grace Under Fire Meter Man Episode: "A Night at the Opera"
1995 Ellen Jack 3 episodes
1995–1997 Dave's World Eric 34 episodes
1995–1998 Seinfeld David Puddy 10 episodes
1998 House Rules Dan Episode: "Sex and Violence"
1998 Maggie Winters Sonny Episode: "Likable Maggie"
1998–1999 NewsRadio Johnny Johnson 5 episodes
1999 The Apartment Complex Morgan Television film
2000 Angels in the Infield Eddie "Steady" Everett Television film
2001–2002 The Tick The Tick 9 episodes
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Burt Landon Episode: "Company Picnic"
2002 The Twilight Zone Azoth the Avenger Episode: "Azoth the Avenger is a Friend of Mine"
2002–2003 8 Simple Rules Nick Sharpe 3 episodes
2003 Happy Family Bill Harris Episode: "Bill's Back"
2003–2006 Less than Perfect Jeb Denton 49 episodes
2007–2013 Rules of Engagement Jeff Bingham 100 episodes
2014 The Soup Actor Episode: "Clips of Love and Passion"
2014 Sequestered Governor Bennett 12 episodes
2016 Crowded Mike Moore 13 episodes; also producer
2016–2019 The Tick N/A Producer
2017–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket 25 episodes
2018–2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. General Rick Stoner 4 episodes
2019 The Orville Lt. Tharl 2 episodes
2020 Space Force General Dabney Stramm 3 episodes

Animated film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Little Green Men / Buzz Lightyear (TV version) Direct-to-DVD
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Kronk
2004 Home on the Range Patrick
2005 Chicken Little Alien Cop
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Joe Swanson Direct-to-DVD
2005 Sky High Royal Pain
2005 Kronk's New Groove Kronk Direct-to-DVD
2005 Hoodwinked! Wolf
2006 The Wild Blag
2006 Open Season Ian
2006 Happily N'Ever After Prince Charming
2007 Bee Movie Ken
2008 Space Chimps Titan
2010 Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Titan Direct-to-DVD
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Wolf
2011 The Little Engine That Could Caboose
2014 Beyond Beyond The Feather King
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman King Agamemnon
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Pulaski
2016 Elephant Kingdom Human King Direct-to-DVD
2017 Animal Crackers Brock
2019 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Magic Mirror
2021 To Meet the Faces You Meet Timmy the Wunderbot[25] Indie film
2021 Seal Team Geraldo

Animated series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Lastrigon / Agamemnon 2 episodes
1999–present Family Guy Joe Swanson 273 episodes
2000 Teacher's Pet Security Guard Episode: "Movin' on Pup/Escaping Dog Trick"
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Buzz Lightyear / Little Green Men 62 episodes
2001–2002 The Zeta Project Sheriff Bronson Stone 26 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Steve Barkin 35 episodes
2003–2018 The Venture Bros. Brock Samson 71 episodes
2004 Game Over Ripley "Rip" Smashenburn 6 episodes
2005 American Dad! Stan Smith (angry voice) Episode: "Stannie Get Your Gun"
2005 Pet Alien Radio Announcer Episode: "Attack of the 50 Foot Boy"
2005–2006 The Batman Cash Tankenson 2 episodes
2005–2006 The X's Mr. X 20 episodes
2006–2008 The Emperor's New School Kronk 52 episodes
2007 Biker Mice from Mars A-Bomb Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"
2007 Robot Chicken Big Jim / The Riddler / Seuss Dad Episode: "Endless Breadsticks"
2007–2009 Tak and the Power of Juju Lok 15 episodes
2009 The Fairly OddParents Agent #1 / Agent #2 2 episodes
2009–2010 The Cleveland Show Joe Swanson 2 episodes
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Sheriff Bronson Stone 34 episodes[26]
2011 Archer Rip Riley 3 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Big Mike Watermelon Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Elmer Episode: "Street Smarts/Nighty Night Ninja"
2013 Fish Hooks Man-Voiced Albert Episode: "Bye Bye Bea Bea/ Glass Man Standing"
2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Ninja 2005 Episode: "When Howie Met Randy"
2015 Moonbeam City Commander Blade H. Tate Episode: "Quest for Aquatica"
2015 TripTank Cop / Steve's Dad 6 episodes
2017–2021 Puppy Dog Pals Captain Dog / Worker #1 10 episodes
2018 Skylanders Academy Flynn 5 episodes
2020 Elena of Avalor General Macaw Episode: "Coronation Day"
2020–present Baby Shark's Big Show! Grandpa Shark English dub

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Spider-Man Hostage "What If?" mode
2001 The Emperor's New Groove Kronk
2003 Tak and the Power of Juju Lok
2004 Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Lok
2005 Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Lok
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Joe Swanson
2006 Open Season Ian
2007 Bee Movie Game Ken
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Additional Voices
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Damone
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops S.O.G. Operative
2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Flynn
2012 Skylanders: Giants Flynn
2012 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Joe Swanson
2013 Poker Night 2 Brock Samson
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Flynn
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Joe Swanson
2014–2015 Tales from the Borderlands Hugo Vasquez / Rhysquez
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Flynn
2015 Nords: Heroes of the North King Björn [27]
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers[28] Flynn [a]
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Flynn
2019 The Outer Worlds Martin Callahan
2020 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered American Soldier


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Roast of Mario Bowser

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2001 Online Film and Television Association Award Best Voice-Over Performance The Emperor's New Groove Nominated
Annie Award Voice Acting in a Feature Production Nominated
2005 New York VisionFest Outstanding Achievement Award Acting – Male The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Won
2006 Boulder International Film Festival Award Best Actor Won
Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Best Male Performance Won
2007 Annie Award Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production The Emperor's New School Nominated
2008 Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Bee Movie Nominated
2019 Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Skylanders Academy Nominated
2021 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in a Preschool Animated Program Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day Nominated


  1. ^ Skylanders roles are reprising for later releases.[29]


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