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Also Known As: Alan Wray Tudyk Died:
Born: March 16, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: El Paso, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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An energetic and amiable actor with a flair for comedy, Texas-bred Alan Tudyk has become known for leading stage roles in off-beat productions and scene-stealing supporting turns in film. The usually spiky haired blonde possesses chiseled Germanic good looks and an oft-revealed muscular body, power-connoting attributes interestingly offset by his frequent portrayals of effete or inane characters. The Juilliard graduate first made his mark with work on stage in both regional and Off-Broadway productions before marking his Broadway debut with 1999's "Epic Proportions" and essaying memorable supporting turns in the 2000 features "Wonder Boys" and "28 Days." 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...

An energetic and amiable actor with a flair for comedy, Texas-bred Alan Tudyk has become known for leading stage roles in off-beat productions and scene-stealing supporting turns in film. The usually spiky haired blonde possesses chiseled Germanic good looks and an oft-revealed muscular body, power-connoting attributes interestingly offset by his frequent portrayals of effete or inane characters. The Juilliard graduate first made his mark with work on stage in both regional and Off-Broadway productions before marking his Broadway debut with 1999's "Epic Proportions" and essaying memorable supporting turns in the 2000 features "Wonder Boys" and "28 Days."

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 1998's "Patch Adams." Around this time, his stage career began 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 movie "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." The next year, Tudyk voiced characters in the hit animated movie "Ice Age" and landed a featured role on Joss Whedon's ensemble sci-fi series "Firefly," which was set on a cramped spaceship hundreds of years in the future. Although the fan-favorite show did not last long on the air, it was later revived as the film "Serenity" (2005), and Tudyk reprised his character "Wash" Washburne, 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 "Dodgeball" (2004). Shortly thereafter, 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. Continuing to win featured parts in major movies, Tudyk played the hapless and hallucinating Simon in "Death at a Funeral" (2007) and Doc Potter in the Western remake "3:10 to Yuma" (2007), starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. He later reunited with Whedon for a stint on his sci-fi show "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009-2010), starred in the cult-favorite horror comedy "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil" (2010) and voiced the wacky ruler King Candy in the cartoon blockbuster "Wreck-It Ralph" (2012). Remaining perpetually busy, Tudyk was also featured in the baseball drama "42" (2013) and played a duke in the Disney animated movie "Frozen" (2013).

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 Premature (2014)
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 Frozen (2013)
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 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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 Beautiful Boy (2011)
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 Astro Boy (2009)
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Raised in Texas
1996:
Portrayed all of the supporting characters in the Philadelphia and New York productions of "Bunny Bunny ¿ Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy" starring Paula Cale and Bruno Kirby
1997:
Appeared in the feature "35 Miles From Normal"
1997:
Co-starred in David Warren's staging of George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" at NYC's Roundabout Theater
1997:
Featured in Yale Repertory Theater's production of Shaw's "Candida"
1998:
Cast in a featured role in "Patch Adams"
1998:
Played Eteocles in CSC's experimental production of "Oedipus'" starring Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup
1998:
Landed a supporting role as Hutch the resident drunk in "The Country Club," produced at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theater
1999:
Starred as Adam in "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway take on humankind's beginnings with Adam and Steve
1999:
Made Broadway debut in "Epic Proportions," playing put-upon movie extra Benny Bennet in the comedy set during filming of a 1930s biblical feature
2000:
Guest starred on the bizarre Comedy Cental series "Strangers With Candy," starring off-screen companion Amy Sedaris
2000:
Gave a memorable supporting turn as a pleasantly drug-addled janitor in "Wonder Boys"
2000:
Starred as a a gay German rehab patient opposite Sandra Bullock in "28 Days"
2001:
Appeared as the dim Wat in "A Knight's Tale"
2001:
Had featured role in "Hearts in Atlantis"
2001:
Starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in the off-Broadway comedy "Wonder of the World"
2002:
Cast in Joss Whedon's Fox drama "Firefly"
2004:
Cast with Ben Stiller in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2004:
Cast opposite Will Smith as the Robot in the sci-fi thriller "I, Robot"
2005:
Starred in "Serenity," the feature-length adaptation of Joss Whedon's TV show "Firefly"
2007:
Co-starred in the Frank Oz directed "Death at a Funeral"
2007:
Co-starred with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in "3:10 to Yuma," a Western directed by James Mangold
2009:
Guest starred on ABC's sci-fi drama series "V"
2011:
Co-starred with Tyler Labine in "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil"
2011:
Cast in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
2012:
Voiced King Candy in "Wreck-It Ralph"
2013:
Featured in the baseball movie "42"
2013:
Lent his voice to Disney's "Frozen"
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Education

Lon Morris College: Jacksonville , Texas -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

Alan Tuydk is the founder of the NY Improv Troupe and a founding member of the Dallas Improv Troupe

"To be naked on stage and have the desired reaction be laughter is tough." --Tudyk on his revealing role in "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told"

Tudyk, tracing his comic roots back to hometown school days: "I was always acting up. Texas is a big football place; when you're a small smart-ass, you have to find something to save yourself. So I would make people laugh." --quoted in InTheater, October 25-November 1, 1999

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companion:
Amy Sedaris. Actor, comic. Starred in the TV sitcom "Strangers With Candy".

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