Danny McBride

Active - 2003 - Present  |   Born - Dec 29, 1976 in Statesboro, Georgia, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Born in 1976, character actor Danny McBride took his Hollywood bow in the early 2000s and frequented mostly youth-oriented comedies, often though not always with a visceral element. These included Jody Hill's cult hit The Foot Fist Way (which he also co-scripted with Hill and Ben Best), the Farrelly Brothers' raunchy remake The Heartbreak Kid (2007), and the Judd Apatow-produced, David Gordon Green-directed action comedy Pineapple Express (2008), which starred Seth Rogen. The 2009 Observe and Report -- a by-the-throat comedy about a psychotic mall guard -- re-teamed co-star McBride with lead Rogen and director Hill.

In 2009, McBride added television to his résumé, starring as a washed-up ex-baseball player in the HBO sitcom Eastbound & Down, which he also executive produced; the following year, he collaborated with director Green once again on the fantasy-comedy Your Highness. He had a small but memorable part in the Oscar-nominated George Clooney vehicle Up In the Air. He reteamed with David Gordon Green and James Franco for the fantasy pot comedy Your Highness in 2011, lending his vocal talents to Kung Fu Panda 2 that same year.

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  • Majored in filmmaking in college, but never studied acting.  
  • Met fellow filmmakers David Gordon Green, Jeff Nichols and Jody Hill while attending college at the University of North Carolina.
  • Film debut was in 2003's All the Real Girls; first lead role was in The Foot Fist Way in 2006.
  • Cocreated and starred in Eastbound and Down, in which he plays a washed-up major-league pitcher.
  • Was offered a contract in March 2009 to play baseball in the minor leagues with the Pensacola Pelicans based on his work in Eastbound and Down.