Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity, Simon in the British comedy Death at a Funeral, Steve the Pirate in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Sonny in the science fiction drama I, Robot, Doc Potter in 3:10 to Yuma, Tucker in Tucker & Dale vs Evil, King Candy in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and Alpha in Dollhouse. He currently co-stars on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.
Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. His father is of Polish descent and his mother has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas where he won the Academic Excellence award for drama.
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 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. He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch.
In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, he voiced Simone (a reckless French accent speaking Chipmunk, the result after Simon was bitten by a spider). In 2012, Tudyk appeared in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the role of Stephen A. Douglas. Tudyk also voiced the character King Candy in the 2012 Disney animated film, Wreck-It Ralph.
Among Tudyk’s better known roles was 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.
In video games 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.
Tudyk was also cast as a special guest star in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, 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 also provided the voice of superhero Green Arrow in the animated series Young Justice and the hit video game Injustice: Gods Amongst Us. He is co-starring in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory as Noah.
Alan looks forward to meeting all his fans in Adelaide and Brisbane.
Alan will participate in signing and photo sessions* on Friday in Brisbane (2:30pm to 5:30pm), and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities. Alan’s Q&A panels are scheduled for Sunday in Adelaide, and on Friday and Sunday in Brisbane.
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
* Autograph ($50 each) and photograph ($60 each) fees apply.
Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.