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Danny McBride
Danny McBride WonderCon 2013.jpg
McBride speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
Birth name Daniel Richard McBride[1]
Born (1976-12-29) December 29, 1976 (age 41)
Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.
Medium Film, television
Nationality American
Years active 2003–present
Gia Ruiz (m. 2010)
Children 2

Daniel Richard McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He starred in the HBO television series Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, both of which he co-created with frequent collaborator Jody Hill. He has also starred in films, such as The Foot Fist Way (2006), Pineapple Express (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Up in the Air (2009), Your Highness (2011), This Is the End (2013), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

Early life

McBride was born in Statesboro, Georgia.[2] His mother, Kathy Rudy, and his stepfather both work at Marine Corps Base Quantico as civilian support.[3] McBride has English, Jewish, Scottish and Irish heritage.[4][5] He was raised Baptist.[6] His mother performed sermons in church using puppets, and McBride stated that his "interest in telling stories comes from her".[3] He was raised in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he graduated from Courtland High School and attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and became one of the "Three Flavas" along with well known director Jody Hill and Kris Baucom.[7][8][9][10][11]


In 2006, McBride played Fred Simmons in the low-budget comedy film The Foot Fist Way, which he co-wrote with collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best. He appeared in character as Simmons to promote the film on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 26, 2008. He wrote and starred in the HBO original comedy series Eastbound & Down (also a collaboration with Hill and Best), as Kenny Powers, a washed up former major league baseball pitcher with anger management issues. The series was produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, and the pilot episode premiered on February 15, 2009, featuring Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson.

On April 8, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[12] On July 2, 2012, HBO renewed the series for a fourth season.[13][14] The series ended on November 17, 2013. In March 2009, because of his role as Powers, he received an offer to play professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans, a minor league team in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.[15][16]

In 2010, he signed an endorsement deal with K-Swiss shoes and played the eponymous roadie in the Tenacious D music video for "Roadie" in 2012. McBride starred in the HBO comedy series Vice Principals from 2016 to 2017.

In January 2018, two trailers were released online for what was supposedly a Crocodile Dundee sequel, titled Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. The film was said to star McBride as Brian Dundee, the son of the original Crocodile Dundee. The trailers also feature cameo appearances by Australian actors Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, and Ruby Rose.[17] From the beginning, various aspects of the campaign made some publications believe that film was an elaborate hoax.[18] It was later reported that these ads were actually part of a lead up to a Super Bowl commercial for Tourism Australia.[18]

McBride and David Gordon Green co-wrote the script for Halloween, the 2018 sequel to Halloween (1978). The film was directed by Green, executive produced by series creator John Carpenter, and produced by Jason Blum.[19][20][21]

Personal life

McBride has been married to art director Gia Ruiz since October 15, 2010. They have a son and a daughter.[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 All the Real Girls Bust-Ass
2006 The Foot Fist Way Fred Simmons Also writer
2007 Hot Rod Rico Brown
2007 Superbad Buddy at Party Uncredited extra
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Martin
2008 Drillbit Taylor Don Armstrong
2008 Pineapple Express Red
2008 Tropic Thunder Cody Underwood
2009 Fanboys Head of Security Uncredited
2009 Observe and Report Caucasian Crackhead
2009 Land of the Lost Will Stanton
2009 Up in the Air Jim Miller
2010 Despicable Me Fred McDade (voice)
2010 Due Date Lonnie
2011 Your Highness Thadeous Also writer and executive producer
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Wolf Boss (voice)
2011 30 Minutes or Less Dwayne King
2011 The Catechism Cataclysm Producer
2012 The Comedy Executive producer
2013 As I Lay Dying Vernon Tull
2013 This Is the End Himself
2013 Prince Avalanche Executive producer
2013 Joe Executive producer
2014 The Sound and the Fury Police Sheriff Cameo
2014 Manglehorn Executive producer
2015 Don Verdean Tony Lazarus
2015 Aloha Colonel Lacy
2015 Hell and Back Orpheus (voice)
2015 Rock the Kasbah Nick
2016 Sausage Party Honey Mustard (voice)
2016 The Angry Birds Movie[24] Bomb (voice)
2016 Masterminds Executive producer
2016 In Dubious Battle Tramp
2017 The Disaster Artist Himself Cameo
2017 Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Tennessee Faris Short film[25]
2017 Alien: Covenant
2018 Arizona Sonny Also producer
2018 The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Don Also writer and executive producer
2018 Halloween Co-writer and executive producer
2018 Zeroville Financier Post-production
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Bomb (voice) In production


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2013 Eastbound & Down Kenny Powers 29 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2011 Good Vibes Voneeta Teets (voice) 12 episodes
2013 Clear History Frank Television film
2014 Chozen Jimmy (voice) 8 episodes; also executive producer
2016 Animals. Gregory (voice) Episode: "Turkeys"
2016–2017 Vice Principals Neal Gamby 18 episodes; also creator, writer, executive producer and directed 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2011 "Fight for Your Right Revisited" MCA Music video
2012 "Roadie" Sebastian
"The Roadie"
Music video
2013 "YOLO" Drug dealer Cameo; music video
The Lonely Island song
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Duane Earl Video game
Host of Beyond Insemination[26]


  1. ^ Byrne, Paul (2008-09-14). "Danny McBride talks Eastbound & Down & his upcoming Movies". Movies Ireland. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  2. ^ Fine, Marshall (2008-05-23). "'Foot' in the door for cult comedy star Danny R. McBride". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  3. ^ a b Gavin Edwards (2012-02-19). "Kenny Powers and the Unlikely Rise of Danny McBride". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ "The prince McBride". The Irish Times. April 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (November 17, 2008). "Funnyman of the Year: Danny McBride". Gq.com.
  6. ^ WTF Podcast Marc Maron (July 4, 2016). "WTF Podcast - DANNY MCBRIDE". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. ^ The Free Lance-Star; News.google.com, accessed August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ The Free Lance-Star; News.google.com, accessed August 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Movie, TV projects fall in line for local native". Fredericksburg.com. 2008-01-24. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  10. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (2008-08-08). "Breakout Actor: Danny McBride". Ew.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  11. ^ Freydkin, Donna (August 14, 2008). "Danny McBride is in the 'Express' lane to fame". USA Today.
  12. ^ "TV Show News and Ratings - Live Feed". Thrfeed.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  13. ^ Levine, Stuart (2012-07-02). "HBO asks for more 'Eastbound & Down'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  14. ^ Levine, Stuart (2010-10-27). "HBO re-ups two half-hour comedies". Variety. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  15. ^ "Pensacola Pelicans kick off season May 14 with great talent". Splash! Northwest Florida's Entertainment Magazine. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  16. ^ "Professional Baseball Team Offers HBO's Kenny Power 2009 Contract". OurSportsCentral. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  17. ^ Garcia, Arturo. "Is a 'Crocodile Dundee' Sequel Being Released in 2018?". Snopes. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b Moran, Rob. "Crocodile Dundee reboot outed as advertising campaign for Tourism Australia". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  19. ^ "David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Rebooting 'Halloween' for October 2018 - Bloody Disgusting!". bloody-disgusting.com.
  20. ^ Galluzzo, Rob. "David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Will Direct/Write The New HALLOWEEN Movie For Blumhouse!". Blumhouse. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  21. ^ Daw, Robbie (2017-10-09). "Q&A: John Carpenter Talks New Album Anthology & The Upcoming Halloween Sequel". Stereogum. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  22. ^ "Danny McBride, Wife Expecting Baby Boy". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  23. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/features/danny-mcbride-the-rolling-stone-interview-w515014
  24. ^ "Angry Birds Movie Voice Cast Announced, Includes Game of Thrones and SNL Vets". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  25. ^ 20th Century Fox (February 22, 2017). "Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper - 20th Century FOX". YouTube.
  26. ^ Grand Theft Auto V. Gameinformer; retrieved September 28, 2013

External links

  • Danny McBride on IMDb
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