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DANNY MCBRIDE (Thadeous/Written by/Executive Producer) first gained industry awareness with his starring role in David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls, winner of the 2003 Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. However, it was when he returned in 2006 with the Sundance Film Festival's smash-hit comedy The Foot Fist Way, that he became a known name in Hollywood and desired by its top producers and directors. McBride, who starred in and co-wrote the film with longtime friends and college classmates Jody Hill (Observe and Report) and Ben Best (Superbad), caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay after it debuted at Sundance. The film was supported by Ferrell and McKay's banner, Gary Sanchez Productions, and released by Paramount Vantage. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film "is the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often,” while USA Today remarked that "Foot Fist is more original and comical than such low-budget sleeper hits as Napoleon Dynamite and Hot Fuzz.”

In 2008, McBride continued his success, starring opposite Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and James Franco in Pineapple Express. The film, which was directed by Green and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), centered on two buddies who get mixed up with a drug gang. The members of the Detroit Film Critics Society nominated McBride for Best Newcomer for his role as Red. Sony Pictures released the film in August and it opened No. 1 at the box office, earning more than $100 million worldwide. Immediately following the success of Pineapple Express, McBride was back on top of the box office a week later with the Paramount Pictures release Tropic Thunder. Directed and co-written by Ben Stiller, the film was No. 1 for two weeks in a row and earned more than $100 million domestically. A star-studded cast joined McBride, including Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey.

McBride has starred in such comedies as Hot Rod, The Heartbreak Kid and Drillbit Taylor, and starred opposite Will Ferrell in the action-comedy Land of the Lost. McBride was recently seen starring in HBO's Eastbound & Down, which he wrote and executive produced with Hill and Best, along with executive-producing partners Ferrell, McKay and Chris Henchy. The show features McBride as Kenny Powers, a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball and back home to North Carolina, where he ends up teaching physical education at the middle school he once attended. The show's second season recently aired and the first season is now airing in the U.K.

He recently wrapped 30 Minutes or Less for director Ruben Fleischer and is currently filming the action-comedy L.A.P.I. for director Jody Hill. Born in Statesboro, Georgia, McBride grew up in Virginia. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in filmmaking.


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