Danny Pudi

Daniel Mark Pudi (born March 10, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. His roles include Abed Nadir on the comedy television series Community (2009–2015),[1] for which he received three nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and one nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

Danny Pudi
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Pudi in July 2013
Daniel Mark Pudi

(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 41)
EducationMarquette University
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active2005–present
Bridget Showalter
(m. 2004)

Early lifeEdit

Daniel Mark Pudi[2] was born in Chicago on March 10, 1979,[3] the son of programmer and analyst Teresa (née Komendant)[4] and Abraham L. Pudi (June 3, 1955 - July 21, 2018).[5][6] His parents immigrated to the U.S. and became naturalized citizens: his mother came from the village of Pokośno, Poland;[4] whereas his father came from the village of Poduru, India, and was from a Telugu Christian family.[5][7][8] Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother and grandmother.[9]

He grew up on the South Side of Chicago with brother Adam and sister Katherine but attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, a northern suburb.[7][10] In 2013, he gave the commencement address at Notre Dame College Prep.[11]

Pudi studied dance in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in communication and theatre in 2001.[12] At Marquette, he was the first winner of the Chris Farley Scholarship.[12] Beyond paying for a year of school, the scholarship led to him performing at an improv comedy event featuring Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle, increasing his interest in studying improv.[7] He performed in summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after Marquette, then studied at The Second City in Chicago.[7]


Pudi became a recruiter for an executive search firm before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to seek television and film roles.[7][13] His home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him avoid the "struggling actor thing in terms of waiting tables, temping and so on". He performed in several television pilots before joining the cast of Community.[7]

He has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, Pokémon, and Far Cry 4.[7][14][13][15] In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with fellow Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown.

In film, he portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong,[16] which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom,[17] which was one of the highlights of Comic Con 2011, according to HitFix.com.[citation needed] He starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding".[18] He has made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue for Three". Pudi had a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the live episode of Hot in Cleveland.

In the autumn of 2014, Pudi appeared in the Off-Broadway musical FOUND.[19] He played the lead role in The Tiger Hunter, an independent film directed by Lena Khan in 2016 and funded through a Kickstarter campaign.[20] In 2017, Pudi began voicing Huey in the DuckTales reboot.[21] He also appeared as Teddy on the NBC sitcom Powerless in the same year.

Pudi began his role as Brad Bakshi in the web tv series Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet that premiered in February 2020. His theater performance for En Garde Arts' series Uncommon Voices was made public in its earliest stages of development in August 2020. The work in progress is entitled Running which tackles his attempt to piece together his relationship with his father which affected his personal identity, cultural background, and his experience with racism throughout his personal life and career.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter.[23] They met while attending Marquette University in their freshman year.[13][7] Their twins, a son named James Timothy and a daughter named Fiona Leigh, were born in January 2012.[8] Pudi is also a runner and has completed several marathons.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cop Show Saffa Short films
2009 Road Trip: Beer Pong Arash
2009 Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure Melvin Short film
2010 Blowout Sale Glen Short film; also writer
2011 Fully Loaded Danny
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Little Boy Blue (voice)
2011 Where the Magic Happens N/A Short film; also writer
2012 Leader of the Pack Doug Short film
2012 The Guilt Trip Sanjay Uncredited
2012 Flatland 2: Sphereland Puncto (voice)
2013 The Pretty One Dr. Rao
2013 Vijay and I Rad
2013 The Knights of Badassdom Lando
2014 Untucked N/A Documentary short; also director, producer and writer
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Com Tech #1 Cameo
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Nathan Vignes
2016 The Tiger Hunter Sami Malik
2016 Taken to the Cleaner Billy Short film
2016 Star Trek Beyond Fi'Ja Cameo[24]
2016 After the Sun Fell Adam
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Brainy Smurf (voice)
2018 Lost Wallet N/A Short film; also director
2018 Good Girls Get High Mr. D
2019 Babysplitters Jeff Penaras
2020 The Argument Brett
TBA Flora & Ulysses Miller Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 ER Mahir Kardatay Episode: "Lost in America"
2006 Gilmore Girls Raj 4 episodes
2006 The West Wing Santos Aide Episode: "Two Weeks Out"
2007–2008 Greek Sanjay 4 episodes
2008 The Bill Engvall Show Josh Episode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"
2009–2015 Community Abed Nadir 110 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)[25]
Nominated–TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)[26]
2011 Cougar Town Abed Nadir Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
2011 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2011 Chuck Vali Chandrasekaren Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012 The Book Club Danny 6 episodes; also producer
2013 Hot in Cleveland Tommy Episode: "It's Alive"
2013 Royal Pains Garrett Episode: "Pregnant Paws"
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Levander Hart (voice) Episode: "Unstank My Hart"
2014 30 for 30 Shorts N/A Documentary short; also director, producer and writer
2015 Newsreaders Ivan Folange Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"
2015 TripTank Various voices 4 episodes
2016 Dr. Ken Topher Episode: "Dave's Valentine"
2016 Pickle and Peanut Bike Jumper (voice) Episode: "Volcano/Bike Jumper"
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Buddha Episode: "The Buddha"
2016 Angie Tribeca Garth Tweedner Episode: "You've Got Blackmail"
2016 Better Things Danny Episode: "Woman Is the Something of the Something"
2017 Powerless Teddy 12 episodes
2017 The Guest Book Tim 2 episodes; "Story One" & "Story Ten"
2017 Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and an Ex-Con"
2017–present DuckTales Huey (voice)
2018 Impulse Beanie Episode: "They Know Not What They Do"
2018–2020 Harvey Street Kids Tiny (voice) 28 episodes
2018 Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Calvin Reichart Episode: "A Better World"
2018 Alone Together Chris Episode: "Big Bear"
2020 Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Brad Bakshi 10 episodes
2020 Mira, Royal Detective Sanjeev Joshi (voice) Recurring Role, 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2017 Hearthstone Professor George Herbert Doyle IV


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  4. ^ a b "Teresa K. Pudi (Komendant)". Poles.org. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Escape with Melanie Light's Latest Short Film - Dread Central". September 29, 2012.
  15. ^ Hughes, William (November 19, 2014). "Danny Pudi and Donald Glover reunite for a video game commercial". The A.V. Club. G/O Media Inc. Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
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  19. ^ "Community Star Danny Pudi and More Cast in New Musical Found". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  20. ^ Rocha, Kelsey (February 4, 2013). "UCLA alumna Lena Khan fundraises for 'The Tiger Hunter'". Daily Bruin.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (December 16, 2016). "'DuckTales': David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz Among Voice Cast For Disney XD Reboot". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
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