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Also Known As: Dave Cross Died:
Born: April 4, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer

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A key figure in the rise of alternative comedy in the 1990s, writer-actor-comedian David Cross was associated with two of the subgenre's most lasting and influential television shows - "Mr. Show with Bob and David" (HBO, 1995-98) and "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). The inventive sketch comedy show and the half-hour sitcom, respectively, were both adored by critics and earned a loyal following among comedy and alternative pop culture fans, but their niche audiences failed to deliver the numbers their respective networks demanded. In his stand-up comedy, Cross was fiercely intelligent, brutally honest, and often confrontational, especially in the fields of politics and religion. Cross managed to build a solid career at the fringes of Hollywood, with a Grammy-nominated stand-up album, voiceover work for offbeat animated series like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (Adult Swim, 2000- ) and "Crank Yankers," (Comedy Central, 2002-05; MTV2, 2007), and big screen character roles in the films "I'm Not There" (2007) and "Year One" (2009). Longtime Cross devotees, however, truly appreciated the work of his own creation, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" (IFC, 2010-12) and thrilled at news of the...

A key figure in the rise of alternative comedy in the 1990s, writer-actor-comedian David Cross was associated with two of the subgenre's most lasting and influential television shows - "Mr. Show with Bob and David" (HBO, 1995-98) and "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). The inventive sketch comedy show and the half-hour sitcom, respectively, were both adored by critics and earned a loyal following among comedy and alternative pop culture fans, but their niche audiences failed to deliver the numbers their respective networks demanded. In his stand-up comedy, Cross was fiercely intelligent, brutally honest, and often confrontational, especially in the fields of politics and religion. Cross managed to build a solid career at the fringes of Hollywood, with a Grammy-nominated stand-up album, voiceover work for offbeat animated series like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (Adult Swim, 2000- ) and "Crank Yankers," (Comedy Central, 2002-05; MTV2, 2007), and big screen character roles in the films "I'm Not There" (2007) and "Year One" (2009). Longtime Cross devotees, however, truly appreciated the work of his own creation, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" (IFC, 2010-12) and thrilled at news of the revival of "Arrested Development" on the media provider Netflix. Irreverent, opinionated and outspoken, Cross somehow managed to work on an incredibly wide array of projects, while never compromising his professional integrity or recognized comedic persona.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Hits (2014)
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  Tenacious D (1999) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

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 Obvious Child (2014)
2.
3.
 It's a Disaster (2012)
4.
 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 Megamind (2010)
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 Year One (2009)
9.
 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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Nabbed first paid gig at a local (Atlanta) transvestite bar shortly after 18th birthday; received $30
1992:
Met Bob Odenkirk when the two were writing for "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox); also performed on show
1995:
Portrayed Ralph Dellaposa in the feature bomb "Destiny Turns on the Radio"
1995:
Co-creator and co-star (with Odenkirk) of HBO's "Mr. Show with Bob and David"
1995:
Appeared as Earl on episodes of "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
1996:
Acted in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," starring good friend Janeane Garofalo
1996:
Starred in "HBO Comedy Half-Hour: David Cross"
1996:
Played a sales manager in "The Cable Guy"
1997:
Made appearance as ill-fated coroner's clerk in "Men in Black"
1998:
Had featured role in "Small Soldiers"
2000:
With Odenkirk, provided character voice for the NBC animated comedy series "Sammy"
2001:
Acted in "Scary Movie 2" and "Pootie Tang"
2001:
Voiced one of the animals in "Dr. Dolittle 2"
2002:
Returned with a more featured role in "Men in Black 2"
2003:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, for <i>Shut Up, You F***ing Baby!</i>
2003:
Played Tobias F√ľnke, the husband of Portia DeRossi's character on the Fox comedy series "Arrested Development"
2006:
Voiced Bloomsberry Jr. in "Curious George," the big screen version of the popular children's books
2006:
Cast in the comedy "She's the Man" starring Amanda Bynes
2007:
Played Allen Ginsberg in Todd Haynes' biopic "I'm Not There," a film reflecting the life of musician Bob Dylan
2007:
Landed a featured role in the live-action and animated "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
2008:
Lent his voice to the animated Crane in "Kung Fu Panda"
2009:
Appeared as Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve in the biblical comedy "Year One"
2009:
Returned for "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
2010:
Cast as Minion, Megamind's sidekick in the animated comedy "Megamind"
2011:
Reprised voiceover role of Crane in "Kung Fu Panda 2" and as Ian in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked"
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -
Northside School of the Arts: Atlanta , Georgia -

Notes

"This sounds corny, but we're just interested in doing good work. It was never our intent to use this show as a vehicle to become rich, lazy people . . . Of course, the important thing to remember is to get out while we're still funny. Then we'll make movies for the Bubble Factory. Then we'll start talking." --David Cross in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2, 1997

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companion:
Mary Lynn Rajskub. Actor, comedian. No longer together.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Susi Cross. Computer retailer. Retired.

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