Creator / Alan Tudyk

"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 co-stared on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory 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 the psychotic serial killer Carl "Alpha" Craft from Dollhouse, where Tudyk subverted the Wash persona that most Whedon fans best knew him for.

Selected filmography:

Tropes associated with him:

  • Cast the Expert: A big part of the reason he was cast as K2 was because of his experience on i,Robot. In fact, when he was first approached for the role, he thought he was being offered an advisory position as opposed to the role itself.
  • 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's even voiced a chicken.
    • 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. Averted in Moana, where he voices the animal sidekick.
    • Also, being put in Disney stuff in general — after five consecutive roles, he's effectively become the John Ratzenberger of the Disney Animated Canon.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Green Arrow isn't exactly what you'd call "comic relief".
    • Played with as Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6. Krei is a Corrupt Corporate Executive and initially appears to fit the bill as a sleazy villain, but ultimately turns out not to be as bad as expected, showing some regret for his actions and doing a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Typecasting: An odd case since his typical roles are on the opposite end of the spectrum; he tends to play either the Plucky Comic Relief or Creepy psychopaths. Or psychopaths pretending to be the comic relief.
    • In his Disney films, he's always a villain, at least until Moana.
  • Star-Making Role:

"I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar."