"I was a real ham as a child. I'd insist on dressing up as a cowboy whenever the family went out for dinner. In high school, I was a menace. I'd fake nose bleeds and fainting spells to panic my teachers."Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity and Wat in A Knight's Tale. He currently co-stars on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. He also had a starring role in the film 42 as Ben Chapman and voiced significant roles in the Disney animated films Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. He's appeared in every Disney film since Wreck-It Ralph, in fact, and commonly voices characters who play the role of the Red Herring.Primarily known for his comedic roles, he's made more of a mark with villainous roles in recent years. A good example would be Alpha from Dollhouse, where Tudyk subverted the Wash persona that most Whedon fans best knew him for.
His notable roles include:
- Alistair Krei from Big Hero 6
- Alpha from Dollhouse
- Barry Allen (The Flash) from Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Ben Chapman from 42
- Doc Potter from 3:10 to Yuma
- Duke of Weselton from Frozen
- Duke Weasleton (not to be confused with the above) from Zootopia
- Dutch from Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Elias Marcos from Justified
- Everton from Patch Adams
- Gerhardt from 28 Days
- Green Arrow from Young Justice and Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Hoban "Wash" Washburne from Firefly and Serenity
- Jack from Knocked Up
- K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- King River Butterfly and Ludo from Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- King Candy/Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph
- Lenny from Ice Age
- Michael "Mickey" Crespo from Halo 3: ODST
- Dr. Noah Werner from Suburgatory
- Simon from Death at a Funeral, very convincingly plaing an Englishman
- Sonny from I, Robot
- Superman from Justice League: War
- Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
- Todd Peterson from Frasier
- Tucker from Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
- Pastor Veal from Arrested Development
- Wat from A Knight's Tale
- Powerless as Del
Tropes associated with him:
- Man of a Thousand Voices: His Disney roles alone show he has an impressive vocal range, from King Candy, who sounds like Ed Wynn's Mad Hatter, to the Duke of Weselton, who sounds like Dick Dastardly.
- He wasn't always thus: as Wat in A Knight's Tale (admittedly one of his earliest roles) his English accent was serviceable but wobbled a lot from scene to scene. Since then he's got a lot better.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: At least in terms of his Disney roles, where he tends to play older, slimy, petty villains. This trend continues with his casting in Zootopia as Duke Weaselton.
- Also, being put in Disney stuff in general — after four consecutive roles, he's effectively become the John Ratzenberger of the Disney Animated Canon.
"I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar."