With his creation of "Beavis and Butt-Head"
and "King of the Hill," MIKE JUDGE (Director/Screenwriter)
is responsible for two of the most successful television shows
of the '90s.
Judge was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and grew up in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. In June of 1985, he graduated with a degree in physics
from UC San Diego, and two months later, landed a job with a government
contracting company that worked primarily on the F-18 jet electronic
By his own admission, Judge felt uncomfortable working on machines
that he believed to be potential instruments of death and destruction.
"I decided that instead of bringing death to people, I would
rather just make them feel miserable." To further that goal,
he quit his job and began playing music for a living in 1986.
Throughout the years, Judge had always harbored a desire to be
involved in comedy and film making, but couldn't figure out a
way to realize those dreams. In 1991, he attended an animation
festival at a local Dallas theatre, and saw an opportunity to
combine both aspirations. The next day, Judge went to the library,
checked out a book on animation and taught himself a new trade.
He bought an old Bolex movie camera and some cheap animation
supplies. Seven weeks later, "Office Space" was completed.
Later that year, he began another short cartoon entitled "Frog
Baseball," which introduced two characters named Beavis and
Butt-Head. The cartoon debuted in an animation festival in La
Jolla, CA., and caught the attention of MTV executives who were
already interested in Judge's earlier work for their series, "Liquid
Television." Although their original deal called for 35
episodes, Judge would eventually go on to produce, write, direct,
and voice over 200 episodes of the duo's exploits for MTV. He
also wrote and directed their smash full length feature, "Beavis
and Butt-Head Do America."
In 1995, Judge, along with Greg Daniels, created the characters
of the Hill family. From its initial airing in early 1997, "King
of the Hill" has become both a critical and audience favorite.
As he did with Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge performs many of the
voices, including that of the title character, Hank Hill.
Judge, his wife Francesca, and their daughters reside in Austin,
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