T. J. Miller

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T. J. Miller
T. J. Miller by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Miller at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting Deadpool
Born Todd Joseph Miller
(1981-06-04) June 4, 1981 (age 35)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma mater George Washington University
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, director
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Kate Gorney (m. 2015)
Website Official website

Todd Joseph "T. J." Miller (born June 4, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and director. He currently stars as Erlich Bachman in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. Miller has also performed in such films as Cloverfield (2008), Yogi Bear (2010), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Deadpool (2016).

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney.[1][2] His mother is Jewish.[3] He attended Graland Country Day School, East High School, and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the comedy group GWU recess and the Lambda chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa.

Career[edit]

Miller appeared frequently as a member of the "round table" on Chelsea Lately. He appeared as Marmaduke Brooker in the TV series Carpoolers, which ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 2007-2008. He portrayed Robbie V. on the Disney channel cartoon Gravity Falls. On December 13, 2010, October 28, 2011, and June 14, 2012 he performed stand-up on Conan. On November 15, 2011, T. J. Miller's stand-up special "No Real Reason" premiered on Comedy Central.[4] In 2011, he hosted a special called Mash Up, which was picked up in 2012 for a full season by Comedy Central.[5] Miller starred in Fox TV series The Goodwin Games as Jimmy Goodwin.[6] Miller currently stars in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley, which has been met with widespread critical acclaim and he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015. He voices a talking ball of mucus in commercials for Mucinex, and stars as Greg the Genie in a promotional campaign for Slim Jim meat snacks.[7]

Film[edit]

In Miller's film debut, Cloverfield, he appeared onscreen for only a few minutes, but his voice was heard in almost every scene as the character who videotaped most of the events depicted. In 2009, he played Cessna Jim in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. and the dim-witted grindcore musician Rory in Mike Judge's comedy Extract. In 2010, he co-starred in She's Out of My League as Stainer, played Brian the Concierge in Get Him to the Greek and appeared in a supporting role in the film Unstoppable. Miller voiced the character ‘Tuffnut’ in the Oscar nominated animated film How To Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2.[8] He also played Dan in Gulliver's Travels, released in December 2010. Miller played the supporting character of Ranger Jones in the live-action/animated Yogi Bear 2010 film.[9] Unlike his character on the cartoon show, he is "dumb-but-not-in-a-funny-way," according to the Buffalo News.[10] Miller was cast in the part after two auditions; as a joke, he sent Warner Bros. an improvised video audition with an actual bear, though he had already been offered the part before they received it.[11][12] In 2011, he appeared in the film Our Idiot Brother. He also had a cameo as administrative personnel for Rolling Stone in the 2012 film Rock of Ages. Miller is set to star in the upcoming movie Search Party alongside Adam Pally. This film serves as the directorial debut of frequent Todd Phillips cohort Scot Armstrong.[13] Miller appeared in the 2014 Michael Bay film Transformers: Age of Extinction.[14] In November 2014, Miller was the voice of Fred in the superhero CGI film Big Hero 6.[15] Miller portrayed Weasel in Deadpool.

Music[edit]

On September 12, 2011, Miller released a comedy rap concept album titled The Extended Play E.P. The album features comedians Bo Burnham, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes and hip-hop artists Ugly Duckling and Johnny Polygon.[16] In 2012, Miller released The Extended Play E.P. Illegal Art Remix Tape.[17] Also in 2012, Miller released "Mash Up Audiofile" on Comedy Central Records to mixed reviews.[18]

Podcasting[edit]

Miller started appearing on Chicago-based comedy Podcast Red Bar Radio in 2006 as a semi-regular cohost. He hosts a podcast with friend and fellow comedian Cash Levy, titled Cashing in With TJ Miller,[19] which began airing in March 2012 on the Nerdist Network. He is also a frequent guest on Doug Benson's podcast Doug Loves Movies.

Personal life[edit]

Miller became engaged to his long-term girlfriend, actress Kate Gorney, in 2014. They were married September 6, 2015, at the Denver Botanic Gardens.[20]

Miller described learning about a cerebral arteriovenous malformation on his right frontal lobe on the Pete Holmes podcast You Made It Weird on October 28, 2011. He stated that he became more philosophical, narrated his behaviors, and was unable to sleep while filming Yogi Bear in New Zealand. His brain surgery was successful, though there was a 10% risk of fatality.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Cloverfield Hudson "Hud" Platt
2009 Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, TheThe Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Cessna Jim
2009 Extract Rory
2010 She's Out of My League Wendell ("Stainer")
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Tuffnut Thorston (voice)
2010 Get Him to the Greek Brian
2010 Unstoppable Gilleece
2010 Yogi Bear Ranger Jones
2010 Gulliver's Travels Dan Quint
2011 Our Idiot Brother Billy Orwin
2011 Charlie on Parole Charlie Short film
2012 Rock of Ages Rolling Stone Receptionist
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Darcy
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Tuffnut Thorston (voice)
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Lucas Flannery
2014 Big Hero 6 Fred[22] (voice)
2014 Search Party Jason
2015 Hell and Back Augie (voice)
2016 Deadpool Jack Hammer / Weasel
2016 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Post-production
2016 Office Christmas Party Clay Vanstone Filming
2017 Emojimovie: Express Yourself Gene[23] Upcoming
2018 Ready Player One i-R0k Filming
2018 How To Train Your Dragon 3 Tuffnut Thorston Upcoming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007, 2008 Carpoolers Marmaduke Brooker 13 episodes
2011 Traffic Light Jason Episode: "Breaking Bread"
2011 Happy Endings Jason Shershow Episode: "The Shershow Redemption"
2011 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Prancer (voice) Television short
2011 The League Gabriel Episode: "The Light of Genesis"
2011 Fact Checkers Unit Cop Episode: "Excessive Gass"
2012 Romantic Encounters Toy Story 5 Episode: "Toy Story 5"
2012 How to Rock Danny Mango 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Gorburger Show Gorburger 16 episodes
2012–16 Gravity Falls Robbie Valentino (voice) 13 episodes
2012–present DreamWorks Dragons Tuffnut Thorston (voice) 66 episodes
2013, 2014 American Dad! Benji / Cowboy (voices) 2 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Jimmy Goodwin 7 episodes
2013 High School USA! Brad Slovee (voice) 12 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Matthew Uncredited
Episode: "Speechless"
2014–present Silicon Valley Erlich Bachman Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2015)
2015 Family Guy Premature Volcano (voice) Episode: "Roasted Guy"
2016 Those Who Can't Uncle Jake Episode: "What's Eating Uncle Jake?"
2017 Big Hero 6: The Series Fred (voice) Upcoming Disney XD series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Tuffnut Thorston
2010 Yogi Bear: The Video Game Ranger Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/ci_16837611
  2. ^ http://www.npr.org/2016/02/13/466462562/comic-t-j-miller-trained-clown-and-student-of-Nietzsche
  3. ^ http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/77327/celebrity-jews0415/
  4. ^ Kenny, Eve. "There's Plenty of Reason to Tune In...". Comedy Central. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "T.J. Miller's Mash Up Gets Picked Up For Series By Comedy Central". Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Heisler, Steve. "Mash Up". Other Shows. AV Club. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://uproxx.com/tv/t-j-miller-interview/2/
  8. ^ Miller, TJ. "Bio"
  9. ^ Chang, Justin. "Yogi Bear", Variety, December 12, 2010. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Miller, Melinda. "'Yogi Bear' spoils the picnic: Film with potential winds up being mostly unbearable", Buffalo News, December 17, 2010. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  11. ^ Jacob. "TJ Miller Cast as Ranger Jones Thanks to Bizarre Audition", Beyond Hollywood, November 23, 2009. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  12. ^ Mangel, Kristy. "T.J. Miller Cast in 'Yogi Bear'", The Apiary, November 18, 2009. Accessed January 10, 2011.
  13. ^ "'Search Party' Finds Its Stars, Begins Shooting Next Week". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  14. ^ T.J. Miller Joins 'Transformers 4'
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/nottjmiller/status/447610405309796352
  16. ^ Jeffries, David (2011-09-25). "The Extended Play EP - T.J. Miller : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ "Stream: T.J. Miller – The Extended Play E.P. Illegal Art ReMixTape (CoS Premiere)". Consequence of Sound. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Wenzel, John. "T.J. Miller Mash Up Audiofile album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  19. ^ http://www.nerdist.com/podcast_channel/cashing-in-with-t-j-miller-channel
  20. ^ "You've Never Seen Anything Like This Whimsical Art Deco-Inspired Wedding". Town and Country Magazine. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  21. ^ Pete Holmes (October 27, 2011). "You Made It Weird #223: T.J. Miller #3". You Made It Weird #2: TJ Miller (Podcast). Nerdist Industries. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disney-big-hero-6-tj-miller-70279/
  23. ^ Snierson, Dan (July 17, 2016). "Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller to voice lead character in emoji movie". Entertainment Weekly. 

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