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Danny McBride

McBride in March 2009
Born Daniel R. McBride
December 29, 1976 (1976-12-29) (age 33)
Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2003–present

Daniel "Danny" McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer.

McBride was born in Statesboro, Georgia and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia.[1] In 2006, he played one of the lead roles in the low-budget comedy film The Foot Fist Way, which he wrote with friends and frequent collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best. McBride appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 26, 2008 as the character Fred Simmons of The Foot Fist Way. Many viewers were not familiar with either the character or the actor and as a result there was initially much speculation as to whether the seemingly disastrous Tae Kwon Do demonstration--during which Simmons asked for a "redo" after a failed block-splitting attempt, with his allotted time on the show already over--and awkward interview--during which he repeatedly lashed out at fellow guest Will Ferrell for dancing around in a sexual nature during his interview segment earlier--were real or staged. Among the only immediate clues to suggest the interview was a setup was when the website for the film[2] was flashed onscreen during the interview.

McBride has mainly appeared in supporting roles in the comedy films Hot Rod, The Heartbreak Kid, Drillbit Taylor, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Fanboys, Observe and Report, Land of the Lost, and Your Highness. He also created and stars in the HBO sitcom Eastbound & Down, about a washed up former major league baseball player with anger management issues, also a collaboration with Hill and Best. The series is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and the pilot episode premiered February 15, 2009. It features guest appearances from frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson. On April 8, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[3] In March 2009, McBride was offered a contract to play professional baseball with the Pensacola Pelicans, a minor league team in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He received the offer for his role as Kenny Powers, a washed up former major league pitcher, on HBO's Eastbound & Down.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 All the Real Girls Bust-Ass
2006 The Foot Fist Way Fred Simmons Also writer
2007 Hot Rod Rico
Superbad Stand-in at 5th and Paysview Party
The Heartbreak Kid Martin
2008 Drillbit Taylor Don
Tropic Thunder Cody Underwood
Pineapple Express Red
2009 Fanboys Head of Security
Observe and Report Caucasian Crack Dealer
Eastbound and Down Kenny Powers HBO TV series
Land of the Lost Will Stanton
Up in the Air Jim
2010 Hench Mike Fulton
Despicable Me Fred McDade Voice
Your Highness Thadeous Also writer


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