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DANNY McBRIDE stars in HBO's "Eastbound & Down," which he co-created, writes and executive produces with longtime friends and collaborators, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Since premiering on the network in February 2010, the show has gained an enormous cult following and aired three successful seasons.
McBride first gained industry awareness with his starring role in David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls, winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. However, it was when he returned in 2006 to the festival with the 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 and co-wrote the film with his fellow college classmates Hill (Observe and Report) and Ben Best (Superbad, season one of "Eastbound & Down"), caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions. Released in May 2009 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 found continued success by starring opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express. The film, which was directed by Green and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), centers on two buddies who get mixed up with a drug gang. McBride was nominated for Best Newcomer for his role as Red by the members of the Detroit Film Critics Society. Sony Pictures released the film in August and opened #1 in the box office, reaching $100 million worldwide.
Immediately following the success of Pineapple, McBride was back on top of the box office a week later with the Paramount release of Tropic Thunder. Directed and written by Ben Stiller, the film was #1 for two weeks in a row and earned over $100 million domestically. McBride was joined by a star-studded cast including Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey.
McBride was seen in the Academy Award-nominated Up in the Air opposite George Clooney and Melanie Lynsky, and voiced Fred McDade in the 2010 animated summer blockbuster Despicable Me, which has currently grossed over $280 million worldwide. McBride has also starred in such comedies as Hot Rod, The Heartbreak Kid, Drillbit Taylor, and Observe and Report. He can also be seen in starring in a cameo role in Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.
In April 2011, McBride starred in Your Highness, which he also co-wrote and produced. Starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, McBride plays Thadeous, a lazy, arrogant prince in medieval times who must complete a quest with his heroic brother (Franco) in order to save their father's kingdom. Most recently, McBride starred in 30 Minutes or Less opposite Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland), Aziz Ansari (Funny People), and reuniting with Nick Swardson (Pineapple Express). The comedy centers around two criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery boy and force him to rob a bank within 30 minutes.
This year, McBride will be the voice of Orpheus in Hell & Back, co-starring with Mila Kunis. Hell & Back follows two best friends on their mission to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell. Also look for McBride on the small screen when his hit TV show "Eastbound & Down" returns for a fourth season on HBO.
Born in Statesboro, Georgia, McBride grew up in Virginia. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in filmmaking. McBride currently resides in Los Angeles.
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