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.

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Tropes associated with him:

  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Gerrit Graham, due to their beaky and tall appearances (not to mention how Tudyk's default hairstyle resembles Graham's from the mid-1980s to today), their character actor abilities to play disparate comedic and serious roles and being associated with Disney more then once (Graham himself had voice roles in The Little Mermaid and Gargoyles, had writing credit on the short cartoon The Prince and the Pauper and had made his early acting debut at age eight in a Detroit Art Institute stage production of Winnie-the-Pooh, which would later become a well-known Disney-owned franchise).
  • 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 a Steve Buscemi impression. 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.
  • Playing Against Type: On the other hand, he provides the voice of Heihei the Chicken from Moana, who is the film's Plucky Comic Relief animal sidekick.

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