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Christopher Judge

Judge at Comic Con '08.
Born Douglas Christopher Judge
October 13, 1964 (1964-10-13) (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States

Douglas Christopher Judge (born October 13, 1964) is an American actor of African American and Cherokee Native descent. He attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, and was a Pacific Ten Conference player. Judge is best known for playing Teal'c in Stargate SG-1, and has done voice acting for animated series and video games. Judge has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor.

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Early life

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Judge always knew that he wanted to be an actor, studying drama in high school.[1] "The television set was my babysitter growing up. I can remember wanting to invoke the feelings that I was getting from television--I wanted to be the one who was the catalyst for those feelings in other people. Performing was something I've always known I was going to do." [2]. He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career.[3]

Judge received a scholarship from the University of Oregon and played defensive back and safety for the Ducks from 1982 to 1985. He led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984, and earned the Casanova Award in 1982[4], given to the freshman or newcomer of the year.[5] While at Oregon, Judge was a three time All American[2], a Pacific-10 Conference Selection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.[4]

Judge figured he would study pre-med at first, in case acting didn't work out[1], but soon found he had trouble with the required math. He then changed his major to psychology, then again to telecommunications and film.[3] with a minor in psychology.[2]

Judge won a contest to host a radio show in Oregon, and in his senior year he won a regional contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show[6], an "MTV talk show type thing"; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.[7]

Acting Career

Chris Judge at the 2008 Armageddon Convention in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA.[7] A few of his early roles were in the 1990's Bird on a Wire, Cadence, Neon Rider and MacGyver with future Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies such as 21 Jump Street (with future SG-1 director Peter DeLuise), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House Party 2, and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.

Judge's largest role came in 1997 with Stargate SG-1. While at a friend's house, he saw his friend's roommate practicing for an audition and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent and insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client.[8] At the audition there were three sets of actors for each of the principle roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal'c. Judge was confident he got the part when they dismissed everyone who read for the part except him.[2] Out of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.[9]

More recent works of Judge's include guest spots on Andromeda and Stargate Atlantis, the television movie Personal Effects, and the films Snow Dogs and A Dog's Breakfast, the latter written and directed by fellow Stargate actor David Hewlett.

Writing career

Judge has written four episodes of Stargate SG-1: season five's "The Warrior", season six's "The Changeling", season seven's "Birthright", and season eight's "Sacrifices". He likes to lock himself in a room and write whatever he's working on in one sitting, as he feels he has little self-discipline to take a break and then come back. He also doesn't revisit scripts to tinker with them after he is done[10]

After Stargate SG-1 was canceled, Judge began writing a script for a show called Rage of Angels. He wanted to "...be the lead in an hour formatted show and prove that a black lead can be commercially viable and sustainable in overseas markets."[11] The script was marketed as a two hour, back door pilot with MGM[11], but now apparently is with Direct TV and Starz Media.[12]

Voice work

Judge has also done voice acting for animated series and video games, including the voice of Magneto on X-Men: Evolution and the canceled Stargate SG-1: The Alliance. In the season eight episode, "Avatar" and "The Warrior", Teal'c informs SG-1 that he plays Def Jam Vendetta, alluding to the fact that Chris Judge was a voice actor in that game. He is also known for voicing Jericho in Turok.

Judge provided the voice of Zodak on the revived He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon.

Awards and nominations

In 2002, Judge was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work on Stargate SG-1.[13]

Personal life

He has three children with his wife Margaret Judge. Christopher, Cameron, and Catrina. He is now engaged to Gianna Patton, with whom he has one child, Chloe.[14]

Judge is involved with the Boys and Girls club of Canada[15], and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Filmography

Sometimes credited as Chris Judge, D. Christopher Judge, Douglas Judge or Doug Judge.

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Film

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Bird on a Wire Cop at Cafe
Cadence MP in Bar as Douglas Judge
1991 House Party 2 Miles as D. Christopher Judge
2001 Out of Line Alfonso James
2002 Snow Dogs Dr. Brooks
2007 A Dog's Breakfast Chris
2009 Paradox post production

Television

Year Title Role Episode/Notes
1990 Neon Rider All's Fair
MacGyver Deron Live and Learn (as Doug Judge)
21 Jump Street Man in queue Unfinished Business (uncredited)
1994 Sirens Officer Richard Styles 22 episodes (as D. Christopher Judge)
1995 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Workman There's the Rub: Part 2 (as D. Christopher Judge)
1997 to 2007 Stargate SG-1 Teal'c 211 episodes
2000 to 2003 X-Men: Evolution Magneto 17 episodes
2001 Romantic Comedy 101 Nigel TV movie
First Wave Xevallah
Freedom Dr. Roeg Never aired
Action Man Simon Grey Voice – Animated series
2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Zodak 5 episodes
Just Cause Reverend Lester Stokes The Wives of Christmas Past
Andromeda Achilles/Wrath of Achilles The Knight, Death, and the Devil
2003 Andromeda Hector/Resolution of Hector Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath
2005 Personal Effects Nate Wall TV movie
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Teal'c 2 episodes

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Def Jam Vendetta D-Mob Mentioned in SG-1
2004 Def Jam Fight for NY D-Mob As Chris Judge
2005 Stargate SG-1: The Alliance Teal'c Canceled
2008 Turok Jericho As Chris Judge
2009 Silent Hill: Shattered Memories TBA Not Confirmed

Video

Year Title Role
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Teal'c
Stargate: Continuum Teal'c

Writer

Year Title Episode Notes
2002 Stargate SG-1 The Warrior Season 5, episode 18, aired in January
2003 Stargate SG-1 The Changeling Season 6, episode 19, aired in February
Stargate SG-1 Birthright Season 7, episode 10, aired in August
2004 Stargate SG-1 Sacrifices Season 8, episode 09, aired in September

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