Alan Wray Tudyk (born October 16, 1971) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Simon in the black comedy Death at a Funeral, as Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, as Sonny in the Sci-Fi Drama I, Robot, and as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the science fiction/western television series Firefly and movie Serenity.
Tudyk is of Polish descent and was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Loyce (née Wiley) and Timothy Nicholas Tudyk. He was raised in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, where he attended Plano Senior High School. Tudyk studied drama at the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas where he won the Academic Excellence award for Drama. While in college, he played Beaver Smith in an eastern New Mexico summer stock theater production of "Billy the Kid." In 1993, Tudyk entered Juilliard but left in 1996 before earning a degree.
In 2000, Tudyk played a gay German drug addict alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days. Tudyk enjoyed working alongside Bullock as she was "a doll" and a great person to work with, and found Mortensen was "a blast" when it came to filming breaks.
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