Alan Tudyk Biography


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Birth Name: Alan Tudyk
Born: 03/16/1971
Birth Place: El Paso, Texas, USA


An early theater credit that proved Tudyk's versatility and drew on the fast paced skills he had honed as an improv actor was his work in "Bunny Bunny--Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy". Here he starred with Bruno Kirby and Paula Cale, playing every supporting player in each scene. He took this most unusual role from its Philadelphia debut in 1996 to New York City in 1997. That same year he was featured in two productions of works by legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw, co-starring in "Misalliance" at New York's Roundabout Theater and "Candida" at The Yale Rep. Both of these turns earned the actor good reviews, and raised his stage profile. The big screen began to beckon Tudyk, who was featured in that year's "35 Miles From Normal" and the 1998's "Patch Adams". 1998 also saw his stage career begin to really take off, going from a supporting role in CSC's star-studded but troubled production of "Oedipus" and a turn as one-dimensional drunk Hutch in "The Country Club" to a starring role in Paul Rudnick's "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told". The latter, a tongue-in-cheek take on the story of creation, substituting Steve for Eve as Adam's partner, the play was a raucous and sometimes crass affair, but the attention it garnered earned the actor some well-deserved note. Tudyk played Adam, a somewhat shallow and dim but likable character in a winning turn that called for the actor to appear on stage completely nude for a significant portion of the play. Tudyk proved game for such a challenge, and next bared some above-the-belt flesh on the Great White Way, co-starring in "Epic Proportions", a comedy set during the production of a 1930s biblical epic. He played Benny Bennet, the less fortunate of two brothers, who is an extra in the film.

The following year, Tudyk returned to the big screen with supporting roles in the well-received comedy/dramas "Wonder Boys" and "28 Days". In the former he played Traxler, a happily wasted janitor who meets up with his former professor, the falling apart writer Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas). His turn in the film made an impression with moviegoers, who enjoyed his charming take on the dim character. Next up was a role as Gerhardt, a gay, German addict whose stay in rehab gets him in touch with his emotions and threatens to ruin his romantic chances in the Sandra Bullock starrer "28 Days". Tudyk veritably stole every scene he was featured in with his engaging take on the high-strung and high-maintenance but lovable character.

In 2001, Tudyk once again had a small but memorable role playing the oddly lovable and faithful Squire to Heath Ledger's Sir William in "A Knight's Tale." In 2002, Tudyk got a featured role in the ensemble drama "Firefly" from "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon, set on a cramped spaceship 500 years in the future--although the series did not last long on the air, it was reprised as a film, retitled "Serenity" (2005) and Tudyk reprised his character "Wash" Warren, providing both comic relief and a touch of pathos. Adding another extreme eccentric to his resume, the actor took on the role of Steve the Pirate, a patron of Vince Vaughn's Average Joe gym who genuinely believes he's a buccaneer, in the sports comedy "Dodge Ball" (2004). That same year he provided the voice of the soft-spoken android Sonny in the sci-fi action film "I, Robot," based on the famed Isaac Asimov story.




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