Todd Joseph Miller (born June 4, 1981) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer and writer.
Miller at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Todd Joseph Miller
June 4, 1981
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian, producer, writer|
Kate Miller (m. 2015)
In 2008, he made his acting debut in Cloverfield, and from 2010 to 2014, he voiced Tuffnut Thorston in the first two How to Train Your Dragon films. From 2014 to 2017, he starred as Erlich Bachman in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley and also played Marvel Comics character Weasel in 2016's Deadpool and its 2018 sequel, Deadpool 2. Miller also has had roles in films such as Yogi Bear, She's Out of My League, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Big Hero 6, Office Christmas Party, The Emoji Movie and Ready Player One.
Early life and educationEdit
Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Leslie Miller, a clinical psychologist and Kent Miller, an attorney from Chanute, Kansas. His Christian father is of English, Scottish, German and Swedish ancestry, whereas his Jewish mother is of German-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, and Russian-Jewish ancestry.
He attended Graland Country Day School and graduated from Denver's East High School, where he participated in drama productions. His drama teacher at East High, Melody Duggan, confirms Miller was a "typical class clown", but said he was much more intuitive than the average teenager. "He understands the frailty of the human condition better than any kid I've ever had."
At GWU, he was a member of the comedy group receSs and the Lambda chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. While in college, Miller studied the circus arts at Frichess Theatre Urbain in Paris, and attended the British American Drama Academy in London, where he studied Shakespeare for a summer.
After college, Miller moved to Chicago and began to perform improvisation and stand-up comedy, performing with many local troupes. He toured with The Second City for two years. In 2008, he was named one of Variety's 10 Comics To Watch.
On June 17, 2017, HBO premiered his hour-long stand-up special, T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous, which was filmed in Miller's native Denver at the end of his 2016 Meticulously Ridiculous Tour.
Miller appeared frequently as a member of the "round table" on Chelsea Lately. He appeared as Marmaduke Brooker in Carpoolers, which ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 2007–2008. In 2012, he voiced Robbie Valentino on the Disney channel cartoon Gravity Falls. On December 13, 2010, October 28, 2011, and June 14, 2012, he performed stand-up on Conan. On November 15, 2011, his stand-up special No Real Reason premiered on Comedy Central. In 2011, he hosted a special called Mash Up, which was picked up in 2012 for a full season by Comedy Central. He starred in the Fox TV series The Goodwin Games as Jimmy Goodwin.
Miller starred in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley, which has been met with widespread critical acclaim and he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015. In May 2017, Miller and HBO jointly announced that Miller will not be returning for the 5th season of Silicon Valley.
In Miller's film debut, Cloverfield, he appeared onscreen for only a few minutes, but his voice was heard in almost every scene as the character who videotaped most of the events depicted. In 2009, he played Cessna Jim in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard and the dim-witted grindcore musician Rory in Mike Judge's comedy Extract. In 2010, he co-starred in She's Out of My League as Stainer, played Brian the Concierge in Get Him to the Greek and appeared in a supporting role in the film Unstoppable.
He voiced the character 'Tuffnut' in the Oscar-nominated animated films How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2. He also played Dan in Gulliver's Travels, released in December 2010. He played the supporting character of Ranger Jones in the live-action/animated Yogi Bear 2010 film.
Unlike his character on the cartoon show, he is "dumb-but-not-in-a-funny-way", according to the Buffalo News. He was cast in the part after two auditions; as a joke, he sent Warner Bros. an improvised video audition with an actual bear, though he had already been offered the part before they received it.
In 2011, he appeared in the film Our Idiot Brother. He had a cameo as administrative personnel for Rolling Stone in the 2012 film Rock of Ages. He starred in the 2016 movie Search Party alongside Adam Pally.
In November 2014, he was the voice of Fred in the superhero CGI film Big Hero 6. He also played Weasel in Deadpool and Deadpool 2. In 2017, he portrayed the voice of the main protagonist Gene, a meh emoji with abnormal expressions, in the animated The Emoji Movie which got extremely negative reception.
On September 12, 2011, Miller released a comedy rap concept album titled The Extended Play E.P. The album features comedians Bo Burnham, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes and hip-hop artists Ugly Duckling and Johnny Polygon.
Miller started appearing on Chicago-based comedy Podcast Red Bar Radio in 2006 as a semi-regular co-host. He hosts a podcast with friend and fellow comedian Cash Levy, titled Cashing in With TJ Miller, which began airing in March 2012 on the Nerdist Network. He is also a frequent guest on Doug Benson's podcast Doug Loves Movies.
In 2014, Miller became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, actress and mixed-media artist Kate Gorney, who changed her last name to Miller. They were married at the Denver Botanic Gardens on September 6, 2015.
Miller described learning about an undiagnosed cerebral arteriovenous malformation on his right frontal lobe on the Pete Holmes podcast You Made It Weird on October 28, 2011. He stated that he became more philosophical, narrated his behaviors, and was unable to sleep while filming Yogi Bear in New Zealand in 2010. His brain surgery was successful, though there was a 10 percent risk of fatality.
Legal issues and controversiesEdit
Uber assault incidentEdit
On December 9, 2016, Miller was arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for allegedly assaulting a driver of the Uber car service company because of a debate he had with the driver over Donald Trump, of whom Miller is an outspoken critic. He was released on his own recognizance after bail was set at $20,000.
In March 2018, Miller reached a civil settlement with the Uber driver.
Sexual assault allegationsEdit
In late 2017, allegations against Miller from his time in college in 2001 resurfaced, part of the Me Too movement and Weinstein effect. An anonymous woman who attended George Washington University with Miller and his wife Kate told The Daily Beast reporter Asawin Suebsaeng that Miller (her then-boyfriend) became violent with her during a sexual encounter; he allegedly choked, shook, and punched her in the mouth, all without her consent. Suebsaeng attempted to contact witnesses and other people involved with the case, some of whom corroborated the accuser's story, adding that it was brought to the attention of the college at the time. Student conduct proceedings were held, the results of which are sealed, although Suebsaeng wrote that (unnamed) "knowledgeable sources" had said that, despite Miller having already graduated by that time, he was declared to be "expelled" at the conclusion of the proceedings.
The Millers responded to the allegations, characterizing the accuser as a vindictive former colleague in a campus comedy troupe who was asked to leave due to inappropriate behavior. The statement said that "[s]adly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again", and also stated that her accusation "undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators".
Amtrak bomb threat incidentEdit
Miller was arrested on the night of April 9, 2018 at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York on federal charges related to a fake bomb threat made while aboard an Amtrak train. According to a Department of Justice press release, he placed an emergency call on March 18, 2018, and reported that a female passenger had "a bomb in her bag" while traveling on Amtrak Train 2256 from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City. After authorities evacuated passengers and searched Amtrak Train 2256, it turned out that Miller was actually on Amtrak Train 2258, which was also evacuated of passengers and searched. No evidence of any explosive device or materials was detected after officials stopped and inspected both trains. According to witnesses interviewed by Amtrak investigators, he appeared to be heavily intoxicated and involved, "in hostile exchanges with a woman who was sitting in a different row from him in the first-class car", and that he had been removed from the train prior to his intended stop due to his intoxication. On April 10, 2018, he was released on a $100,000 bond following an appearance at a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. In September 2018, it was reported that Miller was negotiating a plea deal to avoid a trial. As a result of this and the sexual assault allegations, DreamWorks removed Miller from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The next hearing in the case has been rescheduled for August 1, 2019.
Work misconduct accusationsEdit
On August 5, 2017, Miller sent to his former friend, film-critic Danielle Solzman, a lengthy e-mail using transphobic slurs against her after she asked him to remove a derogatory word that was on his official website.
On July 18, 2018, actress Alice Wetterlund, who recurred on Silicon Valley, a show in which Miller starred, took to Twitter to accuse Miller of inappropriate, unprofessional behavior on set, writing, "I hope to not ruin it for you, but TJ Miller was a bully and petulant brat." In response to her post, HBO, the network that produces the series, released a statement declaring that, "While this is the first time we have heard Alice Wetterlund comment on her experiences on 'Silicon Valley', we are disappointed to learn of her concerns. HBO and the producers have always taken very seriously our responsibility to create a welcoming and congenial environment for everyone who works on the show."
|2008||Cloverfield||Hudson "Hud" Platt|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Cessna Jim|
|2010||She's Out of My League||Wendell ("Stainer")|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Brian|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Ranger Jones|
|2010||Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)||Short film|
|2010||Gulliver's Travels||Dan Quint|
|2010||Successful Alcoholics||Drake||Short film, also co-writer|
|2011||Our Idiot Brother||Billy Orwin|
|2011||Charlie on Parole||Charlie||Short film|
|2011||Gift of the Night Fury||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)||Short film|
|2012||Rock of Ages||Rolling Stone Receptionist|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Darcy|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Lucas Flannery|
|2014||Dawn of the Dragon Racers||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)||Short film|
|2014||Big Hero 6||Fred (voice)|
|2014||Jason Nash Is Married||Tidal|
|2015||Hell and Back||Augie (voice)|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Clay Vanstone|
|2017||Goon: Last of the Enforcers||Chad Bailey|
|2017||The Emoji Movie||Gene (voice)|
|2018||Ready Player One||i-R0k|
|2007–2008||Carpoolers||Marmaduke Brooker||13 episodes|
|2011||Traffic Light||Jason||Episode: "Breaking Bread"|
|2011||Happy Endings||Jason Shershow||Episode: "The Shershow Redemption"|
|2011||Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas||Prancer (voice)||Television short|
|2011||The League||Gabriel||Episode: "The Light of Genesis"|
|2011||Fact Checkers Unit||Cop||Episode: "Excessive Gass"|
|2011||T.J. Miller: No Real Reason||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2012||Romantic Encounters||Toy Story 5||Episode: "Toy Story 5"|
|2012||How to Rock||Danny Mango||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||The Gorburger Show||Gorburger||16 episodes; also writer|
|2012–2016||Gravity Falls||Robbie Valentino (voice)||13 episodes|
|2012–2018||DreamWorks Dragons||Tuffnut Thorston (voice)||82 episodes|
|2013, 2014||American Dad!||Benji / Cowboy (voices)||2 episodes|
|2013||The Goodwin Games||Jimmy Goodwin||7 episodes|
|2013||High School USA!||Brad Slovee (voice)||12 episodes|
|2013||The Jeselnik Offensive||Himself||3 episodes|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Matthew||Uncredited|
|2014–2017||Silicon Valley||Erlich Bachman||38 episodes|
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2015)
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2016)
|2015||Family Guy||Premature Volcano (voice)||Episode: "Roasted Guy"|
|2016||21st Critics' Choice Awards||Himself||Host|
|2016, 2019||Those Who Can't||Uncle Jake||2 Episodes|
|2016||22nd Critics' Choice Awards||Himself||Host|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Sam Richardson vs. T.J. Miller"|
|2017||The Gorburger Show||Gorburger||8 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2017||F is for Family||Randy (voice)||3 episodes|
|2017||T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Tuffnut Thorston|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Ranger Jones|
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III||Fred|
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