Daniel Mark Pudi (born March 10, 1979) is an American actor, who is best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community for which he was three times nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and received a nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.
Pudi at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
Daniel Mark Pudi
March 10, 1979
|Alma mater||Marquette University|
Bridget Showalter (m. 2004)
Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Teresa (née Komendant), a programmer and analyst, and Abraham L. Pudi. His father is an Indian American of Telugu Christian origin (a native of the Coastal Andhra village of Jinnuru in Poduru Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India), and his mother is a Polish American (born in Pokośno, Poland, to Marianna (Organek) and Boleslaw Komendant). Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother and grandmother. He grew up on Chicago's south side, but he attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois, a northern Chicago suburb. In 2013, he gave the commencement address at Notre Dame College Prep.
At Marquette University, Pudi was the first winner of the Chris Farley Scholarship. Beyond paying for a year of school, the scholarship led to him performing at an improv comedy event featuring Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle, increasing his interest in studying improv. Pudi performed in summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after Marquette, then studied at The Second City in Chicago.
Pudi became a recruiter for an executive search firm before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to seek television and film roles. His home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him avoid the "struggling actor thing in terms of waiting tables, temping and so on". He performed in several television pilots before joining the cast of Community.
Pudi has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, and Pokémon. In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with fellow Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown.
He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong, which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom, which was one of the highlights of Comic Con 2011, according to HitFix.com. He starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding".
He has made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue for Three". Pudi had a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the live episode of Hot in Cleveland.
In the autumn of 2014, Pudi appeared in the Off-Broadway musical FOUND. In February 2017, Pudi began his role as Teddy on the NBC sitcom Powerless. In 2017, Pudi is currently voicing Huey in the DuckTales reboot.
Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter. They met while attending Marquette University in their freshman year. Their twins, James Timothy and Fiona Leigh, were born in January 2012. Pudi is also a runner, and has completed several marathons.
|2009||Road Trip: Beer Pong||Arash|
|2009||Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure||Melvin||Short film|
|2010||Blowout Sale||Glen||Short film; also writer|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Little Boy Blue (voice)|
|2012||Leader of the Pack||Doug||Short film|
|2012||The Guilt Trip||Sanjay||Uncredited|
|2012||Flatland 2: Sphereland||Puncto (voice)|
|2013||The Pretty One||Dr. Rao|
|2013||Vijay and I||Rad|
|2013||The Knights of Badassdom||Lando|
|2014||Untucked||N/A||Documentary short; also director, producer and writer|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Com Tech #1||Cameo|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Nathan Vignes|
|2016||The Tiger Hunter||Sami Malik|
|2016||Taken to the Cleaner||Billy||Short film|
|2016||Star Trek Beyond||Fi'Ja||Cameo|
|2016||After the Sun Fell||Adam|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Brainy Smurf (voice)|
|TBA||Flora & Ulysses||Miller||Post-production|
|2006||ER||Mahir Kardatay||Episode: "Lost in America"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Raj||4 episodes|
|2006||The West Wing||Santos Aide||Episode: "Two Weeks Out"|
|2008||The Bill Engvall Show||Josh||Episode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"|
|2009–2015||Community||Abed Nadir||110 episodes|
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated–TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)
|2011||Cougar Town||Chad (Abed Nadir)||Uncredited|
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
|2011||Robot Chicken||Various voices||Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"|
|2011||Chuck||Vali Chandrasekaren||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2012||The Book Club||Danny||6 episodes; also producer|
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Tommy||Episode: "It's Alive"|
|2013||Royal Pains||Garrett||Episode: "Pregnant Paws"|
|2014||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Levander Hart (voice)||Episode: "Unstank My Hart"|
|2014||30 for 30 Shorts||N/A||Documentary short; also director|
|2015||Newsreaders||Ivan Folange||Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"|
|2015||TripTank||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2016||Dr. Ken||Topher||Episode: "Dave's Valentine"|
|2016||Pickle and Peanut||Bike Jumper (voice)||Episode: "Volcano/Bike Jumper"|
|2016||Great Minds with Dan Harmon||Buddha||Episode: "The Buddha"|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Garth Tweedner||Episode: "You've Got Blackmail"|
|2016||Better Things||Danny||Episode: "Woman Is the Something of the Something"|
|2017||The Guest Book||Tim||2 episodes; "Story One" & "Story Ten"|
|2017||Do You Want To See a Dead Body?||Himself||Episode: "A Body and an Ex-Con"|
|2018–present||Harvey Street Kids||Tiny (voice)|
|TBA||Mythic Quest||Brad||Upcoming television series|
|2017||Hearthstone||Professor George Herbert Doyle IV|
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