Who is Alan Tudyk?
Alan Wray Tudyk, (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor, known for his roles as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the space western (is a subgenre of science fiction which uses the themes and tropes of Westerns within science fiction stories. Subtle influences may include exploration of new, lawless frontiers, while more overt influences may feature literal cowboys in outer space who use ray guns and ride robotic horses) television series Firefly (is an American space Western drama television series which ran from the year 2002–2003, made by the writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear) and the accompanying film Serenity, and Alpha in the science fiction TV series Dollhouse. He co-starred as Tucker McGee in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and has appeared in many other films, including DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, A Knight’s Tale, 42, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Rogue One (A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is a 2016 American space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy is from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of A New Hope, and follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire‘s superweapon). He has voiced roles in every Walt Disney Animation Studios film to date starting with Wreck-It Ralph in 2012.
He also appeared and starred on the 2011-2014 ABC sitcom Suburgatory, and has had guest roles on many other series. Earlier in his career, he appeared frequently in Broadway plays as well. He wrote, directed and starred in the 2015-2017 comedy web series Con Man about a struggling actor whose career is still defined by a successful science fiction TV show he was once on, loosely based on Tudyk’s own experience having been on Firefly. The series aired successfully on the Syfy TV channel in 2017.
After leaving LMJC, Alan went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard conservatory but left in 1996 before earning a degree from there as he had a mindset on acting.
After a few numbers of smaller stage productions in the early ages and a small role in the movie Patch Adams (1998), Alan landed his first Broadway role in 1999 with “Epic Proportions.” He quickly became a sought-after comedic actor, with roles in such films as 28 Days (2000) and A Knight’s Tale (2001).
He was born on March 16, 1971, in El Paso, Texas, and he is the son of Betty Loyce and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. He raised with his father and mother in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where he admitted and studied at 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. Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, where he won the Academic Excellence award for drama. In the life of college, he also 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 any degree by himself.
Alan is of Polish Jewish ancestry on his father’s side. “Tudyk” or “Tudik” comes from “Tsudek”, which is Poylisher Yiddish for “Tzedek”, although whether his name is kohanic (for Tzadok ben Achituv) or a general designation of righteous ancestry is unclear.
As he was doing comedic roles for which he was famous in the industry, he’s made more of a mark with villainous roles in recent years. A good example would be the psychotic serial killer Carl “Alpha” Craft from Dollhouse, where he subverted the Wash persona that most Whedon fans best knew him for.
In real life, Tudyk was engaged to choreographer Charissa Barton in December 2015. They married on September 24, 2016.
He lives in New York City but also has a place in Los Angeles, California
In a snapshot:
- 1971 -Born in El Paso, Texas, USA
- 1998- First movie released “35 Miles from Normal”
- 2000- His first TV series started Strangers with Candy
- 2006- His Voice acting debut with Video Games Ice Age: The Meltdown
- 2015- Engaged with Choreographer Charissa Barton
- 2016- Married with her Fiance
- 2016- Acted in the hit movie Star Wars: Rogue One
Tudyk played Gerhardt by 2000, where he acted as a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days. He played Wat in 2001’s A Knight’s Tale, 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. In 2007, Tudyk 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 also 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. He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (is a 2011 American 3D science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay and based on the Transformers toy line created by Hasbro. It is the third installment in the live-action Transformers film series, and is the sequel to 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen. It is also the first film in the series not to be co-produced by DreamWorks) as Dutch.
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 again appeared in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the role of Stephen A. Douglas. Tudyk also voiced King Candy in Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, a performance for which, he won the Annie Award for Perfect Voice Acting. He played Ben Chapman in the 2013 movie 42 about Jackie Robinson.
He lives in New York City but also has a place in Los Angeles, California
In the year of 1999, Tudyk made his real-time Broadway debut in Epic Proportions. He was also in Wonder of the World at that time, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Misalliance, Oedipus and Bunny Bunny. 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.
One of his best works or roles is the playful, easy-going Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the television series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Although the series ran for only one season, Universal Studios purchased the rights to the show and thought and turned it into a complete film, Serenity, in which he reprised the role of his. He did a few voices from Make Way for Noddy. In 2014, Tudyk took over the role of lead anchor on the live action [adult swim] comedy, Newsreaders. 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 voices as 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 in that games inside in different characters. All three actors are given personalities in the game resembling those of their characters coping 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 from a city invaded by the Covenant. He voiced the DC Comics character Green Arrow in the 2013 video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. He reprised the role in Injustice 2 game.
His Film appearances:
- 1997- 35 Miles from Normal as Trevor
- 1998- Patch Adams as Everton
- 2000- 28 Days as Gerhardt
- 2000- Wonder Boys as Sam Traxler
- 2001- A Knight’s Tale as Wat
- 2001- Hearts in Atlantis as Monte Man
- 2002- Ice Age
- 2004- DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story as Steve the Pirate
- 2004- I, Robot as Sonny
- 2005- Rx as Pepe
- 2005- Serenity as Hoban “Wash” Washburne
- 2006- Ice Age: The Meltdown as Cholly (voice)
- 2007- Death at a Funeral as Simon
- 2007- Knocked Up as Jack
- 2007- 3:10 to Yuma as Doc Potter
- 2008- Meet Market as Danny
- 2009- Bed Ridden as Detective Kurtz
- 2009- The Ballad of G.I. Joe as Shipwreck
- 2009- Astro Boy as Mr. Squeegee
- 2010- Tucker & Dale vs. Evil as Tucker
- 2010- Beautiful Boy as Eric
- 2011- Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch
- 2011- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked as Simeone (Voice)
- 2011- Conception as Mark
- 2012- Strange Frame as Chat (voice)
- 2012- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as Michael Douglas
- 2012- Ice Age: Continental Drift as Milton / Hunky Siren (voices)
- 2012- Wreck-It Ralph as Ralph
- 2013- 42 as Ben Chapman
- 2013- Frozen as Duke of Weselton (voice)
- 2014- Premature as Jack Roth
- 2014- Justice League: War as Clark Kent/Superman (voice)
- 2014- Welcome to Me as Ted Thurber
- 2014- Son of a Barman as Bill Snyder
- 2014- Big Hero 6 as Alistair Krei (voice)
- 2014- Tell as Morton
- 2015- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials as Marcus
- 2015- Trumbo as Ian McLellan Hunter
- 2015- Oddball as Bradley Slater
- 2016- Zootopia as Duke Weaselton (voice)
- 2016- Moana as Villager # 3
- 2016- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as K-2SO
- 2018- Deadpool 2 as Redneck #1
- 2018- Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 as KnowsMore (voice)
His Television appearances:
- 2000- Strangers with Candy as a Father worked for 2 episodes
- 2000- Frasier as Todd Peterson for the episode “The Great Crane Robbery”
- 2002-03- Firefly as Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne worked for 14 episodes
- 2005-13- Arrested Development as Pastor Veal worked for 3 episodes
- 2005- Into the West as Nathan Wheeler worked for “Wheel to the Stars”
- 2006- Capitol Law as Walker Eliot in the episode Pilot.
- 2006- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Carl Fisher in the episode Burn out
- 2008- Fourplay as Drew in the episode Pilot
- 2008- Play or Be Played as Charlie
- 2009- James Gunn’s PG Porn as Bob for the episode High Porn
- 2009- V as Dale Maddox as he worked for 3 episodes
- 2009-10- Dollhouse as Alpha and worked for 5 episodes
- 2009-10- Glenn Martin as Additional Voice and worked for 5 episodes
- 2010- The Rockford Files as Det. Dennis Becker
- 2011- Batman: The Brave and the blood as Barry
- 2010-13- Young Justice as Captain Cold voice for 2 episodes
- 2011- Family Guy as German Pilot
- 2011-12- Robot Chicken as Pinky (voice) as in 2 episodes
- 2011-13- American Dead as Me. Capalini as worked for 2 episodes
- 2011-12- The Life & Times of Tim as Rodrigo and worked for 3 episodes
- 2011- Good Vibes as Lonnie and worked for 12 episodes
- 2011-14- Suburgatory as Dr. Noah worked for 45 episodes
- 2012- Phineas & Ferb as in additional voice
- 2012- Napoleon Dynamite as officer Elwood
- 2012- NTSF as Sven
- 2012- Robot and Monster as Crazy Cousin
- 2014- The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! Sa Sad Tree
- 2014- Chozen as Kai and worked for 5 episodes
- 2014- Trip Tank as Terrence and worked for 2 episodes
- 2014-15- Newsreaders as Reagan and worked for 14 episodes
- 2014- Comedy Bang Bang! As Ray
- 2015- Adventure Time as Chatsberry
- 2015- Rick and Morty as Chris(voice)
- 2015-Present- Star vs the Forces as Ludo Avarius for 30 episodes
- 2015- The adventures of Puss in Boots as Uli (voice)
- 2016- Clarence and Flight attendant (voice)
- 2017- Powerless as Van Wayne and worked for 9 episodes
- 2017- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as Mr. Osmund and worked for 8 episodes
- 2017- The Tick as Dangerboat (voice) and worked for 3 episodes
- 2018- Big Hero 6: The series as Alistair Krei (voice)
Voice over Video Games by Alan
- 2006- Ice age: The Meltdown as Cholly
- 2007- Halo 3 as Marine
- 2007- Defense Grid: The Awakening as Simon
- 2009- Halo 3-ODST as Mickey
- 2009- Astro Boy as Mr. Windex
- 2013- Injustice as Green Arrow
- 2013- Young Injustice: Legacy as Simon Jones
- 2014- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as in additional voices
- 2015- Infinite Crisis as Green Arrow
- 2016- Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars as Psilon advior
- 2017- Injustice 2 as Green Arrow
Trivia about Alan
- Alan’s most prized possession was a 1964 Mustang, which he named as Old Sock.
- He arranged a we-don’t-work-for-Fox-anymore party for the cast and crew of the short-lived TV series Firefly (2002) after he heard that it was canceled and they will no more make any more series.
- According to the other stuffs of the Firefly (2002) cast, he was consistently the worst speaker of Chinese on the show ever. He attributes this to having to learn long, tough and complicated phrases and sentences such as “Mother of God and all her wacky nephews” in Mandarin.
- While he was preparing for the role of Sonny in the film of I, Robot (2004), he studied dance, movement, and mime to accurately portray movement that was programmed in. His work was captured with motion-capture technology so it can be transferred into the movie with computer.
- To prepare for the role of Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), he joined a group of pirate role players called the Rumrunners and spent a week at Pirate Camp to learn the facts and figures of the pirates.
- In the Firefly episode “Out of Gas” (1×05) Wash wires up a large, red button for the captain to press if he needs to, the crew to return to the ship again. When he shows it to Mal he says, “When your miracle gets here, just hit this button.” When Alan left the Firefly (2002) set after the series was canceled, he took that button with him as a keepsake. After few years, When Joss Whedon announced that he would be searching for a way to bring the show Firefly back to the pavilion, as either a series or a feature film may be, Alan sent him the button with a note that said, again, “When your miracle gets here, just hit this button.”.
- In college life, Alan was active in the Delta Psi Omega fraternity.
- Alan filled in for Hank Azaria in the Broadway show “Spamalot” while the latter was filming the second season of Huff (2004) and working on the 17th season of The Simpsons (1989). Actress Sara Ramirez, another performer in the production at this time, was in Alan’s class (Group 26) at Juilliard and were preparing herself.
- Smokey and the Bandit is his favorite movie that released in 1977.
- As a nod to his character in Firefly (2002) and Serenity (2005), Alan can be heard in Halo 3 swearing in Chinese, quickly followed and elaborated by “I wish I was someone else right now!”.
- While in commentary for both A Knight’s Tale (2001) and Knocked Up (2007) in the audition, the directors mention having to give Alan the role due to his improvisation in the audition, His “your entrails will become your extrails” in A Knight’s Tale and his whole “Tighter” bit in Knocked Up.
- He performed in the Haggard Middle School (Plano, Texas) play Aesop’s Fables as the Fox and won UIL regional best duet acting with by 1984, now internationally famous musician, Karl Poetschke. They performed excerpts from Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”. That time Alan played Felix.
- Has got a star tattoo on his back, which can be seen in Conception (2011) and Meet Market (2004).
- Has been cast in the Broadway production of Monty Python’s Spamalot as he was replaced Hank Azaria who was leaving in early June to film a second season of his Showtime television series Huff!.
- He ended role of Lancelot by 2005 on Broadway’s production of Spamalot.
- His last name is pronounced as “too-dick”.
42, A movie to talk about
Fans of Suburgatory and Firefly know actor Alan Tudyk as the actor with an open face and daft smile while the audiences that saw I, Robot remember the humanity he invested in a character of man-made machinery. But, however, the audiences that sat down in the dark for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, and saw a startling new aspect of the 42-year-old actor’s craft. Playing Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who more than any other character in the film embodies the angry face and venomous voice of mid-century racism in America, Tudyk taunts Robinson (newcomer Chadwick Boseman) with a relentless geyser of vile and humiliating epithets.
“The way Brian saw this role and the reason he wanted me in the role [was] he didn’t want a straight-up villain,” says Tudyk, who has been good friends with writer/director Brian Helgeland since working together on the medieval adventure A Knight’s Tale and from there they made a good relationship. “He didn’t want the kind of the guy that everybody sees come on screen and the minute they see him they say, ‘Oh, I hate this guy.’ He wanted somebody that might be funny. If you read up on it and go back, the people who knew Ben Chapman really liked him, they thought he was a good guy. He wasn’t viewed as a villain. When he comes up out of the dugout and yells all these insults, there’s a lot of it that he’s doing to entertain his players and it has this schoolyard quality to it: ‘You doing a little dance for us, ‘Jangles? You can do it, can’t you? You can dance, you got rhythm.’”
While he was sitting on a set for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Alan Tudyk officially took part of the Star Wars universe, playing the voice of droid K2SO in Rogue One, but science fiction fans first fell in love with him as Hoban “Wash” Washburne, the Serenity’s pilot in Joss Whedon’s short lived space western Firefly. You can also see him in 2001’s A Knight’s Tale, alongside Ron Funches in NBC’s superhero-themed insurance company comedy Powerless, and as Pastor Veal in Arrested Development. You can also hear him provide voices in Frozen, Adventure Time and Wreck It Ralph, for which he delivered a breakout performance as King Candy. He’s a busy man.
Inspired by a life going to fan conventions he also recently created his own show (and accompanying mobile game) Con Man, which follows former science fiction star Wray Nerely. The series scored a huge backing from fans on Kickstarter and has so far filmed two seasons that have aired on ComicCon HQ, ComicCon’s subscription streaming video service. Alan said about joining Star Wars Movie:
“They’d asked me about what it’s like to be at Star Wars Celebration and I’ve been coming to these for a long time because of Firefly, and when I said Firefly, the whole crowd went crazy, so it didn’t seem like there was anybody who didn’t know what that was. There’s a lot of overlap but as far as collectors and things like that, there’s a difference.”
A very talented guy with great voice
At least in terms of his Disney roles, where he tends to play older, slimy, petty villains. This trend continues with his casting in Zootopia as Duke Weaselton. Averted in Moana, where he voices the animal sidekick. Also he put his magical voice in over a lot of video games as well like Halo 3, Injustice, Call of Duty and so on.
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