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Alan Tudyk
Born Alan Wray Tudyk
March 16, 1971 (1971-03-16) (age 46)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor and voice artist
Years active 1997–present

Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor, and voice artist known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity and Wat in A Knight's Tale. He currently co-stars on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. He also had a starring role in the film 42 as Ben Chapman and voiced significant roles in the Disney animated films Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

Early lifeEdit

Tudyk (pronounced Tude-ick) was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. His father is of Polish descent[1] and his mother has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas,[2] where he attended Plano Senior High School. He had a brief experience as a stand-up comic, before quitting after an angry audience member threatened to kill him.[3] Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas where he won the Academic Excellence award for drama. While in college, he played Beaver Smith in an eastern New Mexico summer stock theater production of Billy the Kid. Tudyk entered Juilliard but left in 1996 before earning a degree.

FilmEdit

In 2000, Tudyk played Gerhardt, a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days.

Tudyk played Wat in 2001's A Knight's Tale, as well as Steve the Pirate in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the emotional robot Sonny in I, Robot. In 2005, he reprised his role as the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the film Serenity, derived from the cult television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[4] In 2007, he had a supporting role as a strong-willed doctor in the western film 3:10 to Yuma alongside Christian Bale and Russell Crowe along with a brief but memorable role in the film Knocked Up and a highly physical comedic performance in the British film Death at a Funeral. Tudyk starred as Tucker in the indie horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil.[5] He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch.[6]

In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, he voiced Simone (a reckless French accent speaking Chipmunk, the result after Simon was bitten by a spider). In 2012, Tudyk appeared in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the role of Stephen A. Douglas.[7] Tudyk also voiced the character King Candy in the 2012 Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, a performance for which he won the Annie Award for Voice Acting. He plays Ben Chapman in the 2013 movie 42 about Jackie Robinson.

BroadwayEdit

In 1999, Tudyk made his Broadway debut in Epic Proportions. He was also in Wonder of the World, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Misalliance, Oedipus and Bunny Bunny.[8] In 2005, Tudyk filled in for Hank Azaria's roles in Spamalot from June to December, and starred in a limited run of Prelude to a Kiss on Broadway.

TelevisionEdit

Among Tudyk's better known roles was the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[4] Although the series ran for only one season, Universal Studios bought the rights to the show and turned it into a film, Serenity, in which he reprised the role. He did a few voices from Make Way for Noddy.[9]

Tudyk appeared as the cult leader, Father, in a two-part episode of Strangers With Candy entitled "Blank Stare." Among several guest spots on popular shows such as Arrested Development, he played a convicted pedophile on a popular episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Tudyk was cast as a special guest star in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.[2] The show featured people whose personalities had been erased, with Tudyk portraying Alpha, a former "active" who accidentally downloaded 48 separate personalities. Alpha served as the main antagonist of the series' first season, with guest appearances in the show's second season. Tudyk also guest starred in three episodes of ABC's modern remake of the television miniseries V. Tudyk provided the voice of superhero Green Arrow and villain Psimon in the animated series Young Justice.[10] He is co-starring in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory as Noah Werner a dentist from the big city who moved to the suburbs.[11]

Video gamesEdit

Tudyk plays the voice of a Marine in the Xbox 360 game Halo 3. He is joined by his Firefly co-stars Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion who both voice Marines. All three actors are given personalities in the game matching those of their characters from Firefly. Tudyk made an appearance in Halo 3: ODST as the character "Mickey", an elite ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) who is part of the player character's squad as they try to escape a city invaded by the Covenant. He also reprised the voice of the DC Comics character Green Arrow in the game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 35 Miles from Normal Trevor
1998 Patch Adams Everton
2000 28 Days Gerhardt
2000 Wonder Boys Sam Traxler
2001 Knight's Tale, AA Knight's Tale Wat
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Monte Man
2002 Ice Age Lenny
Dab
Voice
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Steve the Pirate Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
2004 I, Robot Sonny
2005 Rx Pepe
2005 Serenity Wash
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly Voice
2007 Death at a Funeral Simon
2007 Knocked Up Jack
2007 3:10 to Yuma Doc Potter Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Meet Market Danny
2009 Bed Ridden Det. Kurtz Short film
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Shipwreck Short film
2009 Astro Boy Mr. Squeegee Voice
2010 Tucker & Dale vs Evil Tucker[12]
2010 Beautiful Boy Eric
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dutch
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Simone Voice
2011 Conception Mark
2012 Strange Frame Chat Voice
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Stephen A. Douglas Uncredited
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Milton
Fabio Sloth
Voice
2012 Wreck-It Ralph King Candy/Turbo Voice
Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2013 42 Ben Chapman
2013 Frozen Duke of Weselton Voice
2014 Justice League: War Clark Kent/Superman Voice
2014 Welcome to Me Post-Production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Father 2 episodes
2000 Frasier Todd Peterson Episode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2002–2003 Firefly Hoban 'Wash' Washburne 14 episodes
2005; 2013 Arrested Development Pastor Veal 3 episodes
2005 Into the West Nathan Wheeler Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006 Capitol Law Walker Eliot TV movie
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carl Fisher Episode: "Burn Out"
2008 Fourplay Drew TV movie
2008 Play or Be Played Charlie TV movie
2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Bob Episode: "High Poon"
2009 V Dale Maddox 3 episodes
2009–2010 Dollhouse Alpha 4 episodes
2009–2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Additional voices Voice
5 episodes
2010 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files Det. Dennis Becker TV movie
2010–2013 Young Justice Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Simon Jones/Psimon
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
Voice
10 episodes
2010–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Barry Allen/The Flash Voice
2 episodes
2011–2012 Robot Chicken Pinky Voice
2 episodes
2011–2013 American Dad! Additional voices Voice
2 episodes
2011 Family Guy German pilot Voice
Episode: "German Guy"
2011 Good Vibes Lonnie Voice
12 episodes
2011–present Suburgatory Dr. Noah Werner Series regular
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Officer Elwood Voice
Episode: "Ligertown"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Sven Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2012 Robot and Monster Crazy Cousin Gizmo Voice
Episode: "The Party
2014 Justified Elias Marcos Episode: "Shot All to Hell" (credited as "Wray Nerely")

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly
2007 Halo 3 Marines
2009 Halo 3: ODST Mickey
2013 Ice Age: Continental Drift Milton
Fabio Sloth
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Simon Jones/Psimon

TheatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Epic Proportions Benny Bennet Helen Hayes Theatre
2005 Spamalot Sir Lancelot Shubert Theatre
2007 Prelude to a Kiss Peter Roundabout Theatre Company
2009 An Evening Without Monty Python Himself Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (Los Angeles)[13]
The Town Hall (New York City)[14]

ReferencesEdit

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