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 Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the science fiction and western television series Firefly and movie Serenity, and more recently as Alpha in Dollhouse.
Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. He is of Polish descent and was raised in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, 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. In 1993, Tudyk entered Juilliard but left in 1996 before earning a degree.
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. He reprised the role of Wash in the feature film Serenity. 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.
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. 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.
Tudyk is perhaps best known for his role as 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 bought the rights to the show and turned it into a film, Serenity, in which he reprised the role.
Most recently, Tudyk was cast as a special guest star in Joss Whedon's latest production, Dollhouse. The show features people who have had their personalities erased to be replaced by any fantasy a rich client can afford. Tudyk portrayed Alpha, a former "active" who accidentally downloads 48 separate personalities. Alpha serves 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 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.
|1997||35 Miles from Normal||Trevor|
|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||A Knight's Tale||Wat|
|2001||Hearts in Atlantis||Monte Man|
|2002||Ice Age||Oscar / Dab (voice)|
|Firefly||Hoban 'Wash' Washburne||14 episode|
|2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||Steve the Pirate|
|2004||I, Robot||Sonny||Voice only|
|2005||Arrested Development||Pastor Veal||Episode: "Meat the Veals"|
|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||3:10 to Yuma||Doc Potter|
|2009||Tucker & Dale vs Evil||Tucker|
|2009||PG Porn||Bob||Episode: "High Poon"|
|2009||Bed Ridden||Det. Kurtz|
|2009||The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Shipwreck||Video|
|2009||V||Dale Maddox||Episode: "Pilot"|
Episode: "There Is No Normal Anymore"
Episode: "A Bright New Day"
|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||Young Justice||Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (voice)||Post-production|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Agent Simmons' Assistant / Dutch||Post-production|
|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||An Evening Without Monty Python||Himself||Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (Los Angeles)|
The Town Hall (New York City)
|2006||Ice Age 2: The Meltdown||Cholly|
|2009||Halo 3: ODST||Michael 'Mickey' Crespo|