Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles as Simon in the British comedy Death at a Funeral, as Steve the Pirate in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, as Sonny in the science fiction drama I, Robot, as Doc Potter in 3:10 to Yuma, as Tucker in the Tucker & Dale vs Evil and as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the science fiction and western television series Firefly and movie Serenity, as well as Alpha in Dollhouse.

Personal life Edit

Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. He is of half Polish descent[1] and was raised in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas,[2] where he attended Plano Senior High School. 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.

Career Edit

Film Edit

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.[3] 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.[4] He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch.[5]

In 2011, Tudyk joined Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the role of Stephen A. Douglas.[6]

Broadway Edit

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.[7] 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.

Television Edit

Among Tudyk's better known roles was the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the television series Firefly by Joss Whedon.[3] 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.[8]

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 in the animated series Young Justice.[9] He is co-starring in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory.[10]

Video games Edit

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.

Credits Edit

List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1997 35 Miles from Normal Trevor
1998 Patch Adams Everton
2000 28 Days Gerhardt
2000 Wonder Boys Sam Traxler
2000 Strangers with Candy Father Episode: "Blank Stare: Part 1"
Episode: "Blank Stare: Part 2"
2000 Frasier Todd Peterson Episode: "The Great Crane Robbery"
2001 Template:Sortname Wat
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Monte Man
2002 Ice Age Lenny / Dab (voice)
2002–2003 Firefly Hoban 'Wash' Washburne 14 episodes
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Steve the Pirate
2004 I, Robot Sonny Voice and Motion Capture
2005 Arrested Development Pastor Veal Episode: "Meat the Veals"
2005 Rx Pepe
2005 Into the West Nathan Wheeler Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2005 Serenity Hoban 'Wash' Washburne
2006 Capitol Law Walker Eliot TV movie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Cholly (voice)
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carl Fisher Episode: "Burn Out"
2007 Death at a Funeral Simon
2007 Knocked Up Jack
2007 3:10 to Yuma Doc Potter
2008 Fourplay Drew TV movie
2008 Meet Market Danny
2009 Tucker & Dale vs Evil Tucker[11]
2009 PG Porn Bob Episode: "High Poon"
2009 Bed Ridden Det. Kurtz
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Shipwreck Video short
2009 Astro Boy Various
2009 V Dale Maddox Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "There Is No Normal Anymore"
Episode: "A Bright New Day"
2009 Dollhouse Alpha 4 episodes
2009–2010 Glenn Martin DDS (voice) Episode: "Pimp My RV"
Episode: "Korea Opportunities"
Episode: "Jackie of All Trades"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Barry Allen / Flash (voice) Episode: "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"
2010 Beautiful Boy
2010 Tucker & Dale vs Evil Tucker
2010 Conception Mark
2010 Young Justice Oliver Queen/Green Arrow / Psimon (voice) 3 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Sarge (voice) 1 episode
2011 American Dad! (Voice) 1 episode
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dutch
2011– Suburgatory Noah Werner Series regular
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Stephen A. Douglas Filming
List of theatre credits
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Epic Proportions Benny Bennet Helen Hayes Theatre
2005 Spamalot Sir Lancelot Shubert Theatre
2007 Prelude to a Kiss Peter Hoskins Roundabout Theatre Company
2009 Template:Sortname Himself Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (Los Angeles)[12]
The Town Hall (New York City)[13]
List of video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Cholly
2007 Halo 3 Marines
2009 Halo 3: ODST Michael 'Mickey' Crespo

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