Born as Daniel Mark Pudi, professionally known as Danny Pudi, Danny is an American actor/comedian who has starred in over forty-five television films and movies since his debut.
He is well known for playing Abed Nadir on Community –an NBC/Yahoo! comedy series, which aired from September 2009 to June 2015. The series was set at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado, and starred other notable actors and actresses such as Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.
Brief Bio – Age
Pudi was born in Chicago on March 10, 1979, as Daniel Mark Pudi. His mother Teresa is a programmer and an analyst but his father’s occupation is unknown. He is of Indian/Polish descent.
His father Abraham is an American-Indian and his mother is Polish, Danny speaks Polish. He grew up in Chicago, attended Notre Dame College Prep and Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from where he bagged a degree in Communication and Theatre in 2001.
While Danny Pudi was in Chicago, he studied at a dance school. At Marquette University, he got a year scholarship from the Chris Farley Scholarship scheme (he was the first recipient of the scholarship). Beyond paying his one-year tuition fees, the scholarship availed him the opportunity of performing at an improv comedy event which also featured two notable American stand-up comedians – Dave Chappelle, and Jim Breuer.
This experience fueled Pudi’s desire to study improv. and led to his performing at a summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after his study in Marquette. He also studied at The Second City in Chicago
After School, Danny Pudi worked for an executive research company as a recruiter, before eventually relocating to L.A in 2005, where he began seeking for TV and film roles. He was lucky his home based job gave him the opportunity to attend auditions. According to him, this helped him avoid the struggling actor thing as he constantly performed in several television pilots before eventually getting a role in the Community.
He played as Arash in the 2009 comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong (the movie, unfortunately, received more negative reviews than positive), he was also in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom as Lando. He featured in The Understanding– the Jones Street Station music video.
Danny has also made cameo appearances in several internet videos, including A Monologue for Three titled BriTANicK, a live episode of Hot in Cleveland and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
In 2014, he starred in an Off-Broadway musical FOUND, and in 2017, he played Teddy on Powerless (an NBC sitcom) and voiced Huey in the DuckTales reboot.
He has also done TV commercials for the likes of McDonald’s, Pokémon, Snickers, T-Mobile, and Verizon. He was a celebrity contestant on The Pyramid alongside Community co-actress Yvette in 2012.
Danny Pudi’s Wife (Bridget Showalter), Family
Danny is happily married to Bridget Showalter. The couple met in Marquette University as freshmen and tied the knots in 2004 after dating for several years. They welcomed a set of twins – James Timothy and Fiona Leigh in 2012.
His Height And Other Facts
The talented actor and father of two stand at a height of 6’0 (1.83 m), weighing 70kg. Information about his other body measurements are unknown. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Pudi is also a runner, he ran track in high school and has also competed in several marathons. He is into Yoga as well and once said it helps him to be a strong runner.
Danny said he attended Marquette University (a Catholic University) to please his parents, who he thinks wanted him to be a priest. He is a huge fan of the Marquette basketball team.
At the age of five, his mom enrolled him in a dance class. Pudi once did an impromptu Polish dance on The Bonnie Hunt Show.
He was nicknamed Study Poison in Marquette because he would rather hang out with a group of friends to drink Coca-Cola, play games, watch movies, and do any other fun thing than sit to study.
Pudi actually got the Community role on his birthday. He recently revealed in an interview that his relationship with co-actor Donald Glover actually goes beyond the screens. They are really close friends in reality, “we are brothers” he said laughing.
Danny Pudi is active on Instagram and Twitter, he has over 696k followers on Twitter and over 79k on Instagram.
Full Name: Daniel Mark Pudi
Date of Birth: March 10, 1979,
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Education: Notre Dame College Prep and Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Bridget Showalter
Children: (2) – James Timothy and Fiona Leigh