“There aren't too many new actors like Alan Arkin or Gene Hackman who exist on their own frequency, do things in a way that nobody else could get away with. Those are the people who are inspirational to me.” Alan Tudyk
Stage, film and television actor Alan Tudyk is known for playing supporting roles in such films as Curtis Hanson's “Wonder Boys” (2000, as Sam Traxler), Betty Thomas' “28 Days” (2000, as Gerhardt), Scott Hicks' “Hearts in Atlantis” (2002, as Monte Man), Rawson Marshall Thurber's “Dodge Ball: A True Underdog Story” (2004, shared a MTV nomination), Alex Proyas' “I, Robot” (2004, as the emotional robot Sonny), Frank Oz's “Death at a Funeral” (2007, as Simon), Judd Apatow's “Knocked Up” (2007, as Jack) and James Mangold's “3:10 to Yuma” (2007, shared a Screen Actors Guild nomination). He is also recognized for his role of Hoban Washburne in the short lived TV series “Firefly” (Fox, 2002-2003) and the big screen adaptation of the Joss Whedon series “Serenity” (2005). He also lent his voice to the popular animated film “Ice Age” (2002) and its sequel “Ice Age: The Metldown” (2006). On stage, the winner of Academic Excellence Award for Drama, an honor he received while a student at Lon Morris Jr. College, has acted on Broadway in productions like “Epic Proportions” (1999), “Spamalot” (2005) and “Prelude to a Kiss” (2007). He has also performed in off-Broadway and regional productions.
Tudyk was once romantically involved with actress/writer Amy Sedaris (born on March 29, 1961) of “Strangers With Candy” fame.
Childhood and Family:
The son of Betty Loyce and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk, Alan Wray Tudyk was born on March 16, 1971, in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, Texas. He graduated from Plano Senior High School and in 1990, studied drama at Lon Morris Jr. College in Jacksonville, Texas. While in college, he won the Academic Excellence Award for Drama and was named “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Sophomore Beau.” He also became a member of the Delta Psi Omega fraternity. In 1993, he left Texas for New York to attend the prestigious Juilliard School. However, in 1996, he left the school to pursue his career.
Alan cites Hal Needham's “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977) as his favorite motion picture. He once had a 1964 Mustang, which he named “Old Sock.” At the time, he regarded it as his most valuable possession.
3:10 to Yuma
Alan Tudyk got his start on stage when he was cast in the Philadelphia and New York City productions of “Bunny Bunny--Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” (1996-1997). He next costarred in David Warren's staging of legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw's “Misalliance” at New York City’s Roundabout Theater and The Yale Repertory Theater's production of Shaw's “Candida.” Also in 1997, Tudyk made his big screen debut in the independent film “35 Miles From Normal,” which was written and directed by Mark Schwahn. The following year, he was featured in the Robin Williams starring comedy “Patch Adam.”
Tudyk performed on stage in Connecticut's Long Wharf Theater production of “The Country Club,” in which he portrayed the supporting role of Hutch, CSC's experimental production of “Oedipus,” which starred Billy Crudup and Frances McDormand (both 1998) and the off-Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” (1999), where he starred as Adam. He debuted on Broadway as exploited film extra Benny Bennet in “Epic Proportions,” a play by Larry Coen and David Crane. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the production opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on October 1, 1999, and went on to run for over 90 performances. It also starred Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Davidson and Richard B. Shull, who died of a heart attack shortly after opening night.
Back to the wide screen, Tudyk offered memorable supporting roles in the 2000 films “28 Days,” directed by Betty Thomas and starring Sandra Bullock, and “Wonder Boys,” an adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel of the same name that was helmed by Curtis Hanson and starred Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey, Jr., Katie Holmes and Rip Torn. Still in 2000, he appeared in episodes of Comedy Central's “Strangers with Candy” and NBC's sitcom “Frasier.”
Tudyk was next cast in Brian Helgeland's “A Knight's Tale” (2001), which starred Heath Ledger, played Monte Man in Stephen King's movie version of “Hearts in Atlantis” (2002), opposite Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem and David Mores, and provided the voice of Oscar/Dab the Dodo in the blockbuster animated feature “Ice Age”(2002). He resurfaced on stage when he took on the starring role, opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, in the off-Broadway comedy “Wonder of the World” (2001).
In 2002, Tudyk also appeared in his first TV series regular role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne, the pilot of Serenity and Zoe Alleyne's (played by Gina Torres) husband, in “Firefly,” which was created by Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame. Premiering on the Fox network on September 20, 2002, the show was axed after eleven episodes aired despite high expectations for the project. The show, however, won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, a VES Award and several additional nominations, and gained strong support from the DVD sales.
Following the cancellation of “Firefly,” Tudyk resumed his film career by taking on the supporting role of Steve the Pirate in the sports comedy “Dodge Ball: A True Underdog Story” (2004, starred Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Rip Torn). He was nominated for a 2005 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team for his role in the film. Later that same year, he gave another memorable performance in the science fiction film “I, Robot,” where he played Sonny, an independent, experimental and human-like robot. The film, which starred Will Smith as Del Spooner and Bridget Moynahan, did well at the box office.
In 2005, Tudyk reprised his TV role of Hoban Washburne in the movie “Serenity,” which is considered the continuation of the Fox TV series “Firefly.” Directed and written by Joss Whedon, the movie received primarily positive reviews from critics, but performed poorly at the box office. The same year, he also acted in the thriller film “Rx” and in episodes of TV series “Arrested Development” and “Into the West” (as Nathan Wheeler). He then voiced the character Cholly in “Ice Age: The Metldown,” appeared in the TV series pilot “Capitol Law” and guest starred as Carl Fisher in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (all 2006).
2007 proved another banner year for Tudyk. He was cast as Simon, the fiancé of Martha (played by Daisy Donovan), in the Frank Oz directed black comedy “Death at a Funeral” and played Jack in the Judd Apatow highly successful comedy “Knocked Up,” which starred Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. He then supported Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Peter Fonda and Ben Foster in James Mangold's remake of the 1957 western film “3:10 to Yuma.” Playing Doc Potter, he shared a 2008 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Meanwhile on stage, Tudyk joined the cast of “Monty Python's Spamalot” on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre from May to December 2005, where he replaced actor Hank Azaria in the role of Sir Lancelot. Costars of the play included Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce. In 2007, he portrayed the role of Peter in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of “Prelude to a Kiss,” directed by Daniel Sullivan.
In 2008, Tudyk costarred with Ty Burrell in the ABC made-for-TV film “Fourplay,” supported Krista Allen and Elizabeth Berkley in the comedy film “Meet Market” (2008) for filmmaker Charlie Loventhal, and portrayed Detective Kurtz in the short film “Bed Ridden” (2009). He also appeared in episodes of “PG Porn” and “DollHouse” (2 episodes, as Alpha) and the pilot of “V” (all 2009). The energetic actor has completed filming “Tucker & Dale vs Evil” (2009), a comedy film from filmmaker Eli Craig. In the movie, he will play Tucker, opposite Tyler Labine as Dale.
Lon Morris Jr. College: Academic Excellence Award for Drama