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Ilana Rapp, 1995 - 2009

ALAN TUDYK
(
Dale Maddox)


 

Alan Wray Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas on March 16, 1971 and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named "Most Likely to Succeed" and "Sophomore Beau." During this time Alan was an active member of the Delta Psi Omega fraternity.

After leaving LMJC, Alan went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard conservatory, but left in 1996 before earning a degree.

After a number of smaller stage productions, and a small role in the movie Patch Adams, Alan landed his first
Broadway role in 1999 with Epic Proportions. He quickly became a sought-after comedic actor, with roles in such films as 28 Days and A Knight's Tale.

In 2002, Alan got the role of Wash, the wise-cracking pilot of Serenity on the short-lived series Firefly. Though the series lasted only eleven episodes, this may be Alan's most well-known and loved role. No other networks would buy the failed series, but Universal Pictures began courting the creator Joss Whedon to produce a big screen version of the series.

While awaiting the final news of Firefly's fate, Alan played the beloved "Steve the Pirate" in the movie Dodgeball and the voice of the robot "Sonny" in I, Robot.

In 2005 Alan finally reprised the role of Wash in Serenity, the feature film version of the series Firefly. The same year he went back to
Broadway
from June to November, taking over the role of Lancelot for Hank Azaria in the successful musical Spamalot.

He currently lives in New York City but also has a place in Los Angeles, California.  From IMDB.com

NEW - 11/09 - Fan Sue Maynard has the pleasure of attending a convention with guests MORENA BACCARIN and ALAN TUDYK!  Here are the highlights and the pics!

Sue writes:

Here are some points of what I can remember:
 
- Morena and Alan both looked GREAT.  Both seemed to be relaxed and enjoying themselves in front of the audience, and both seemed eager to talk about V, though Morena moreso, as she obviously features prominently in the show, and Alan has been doing other things (ie Dollhouse), recently, as well.  Both fielded questions about the show, though, in addition to the usual Firefly/Serenity questions, as that was what the convention was focusing on
 
- Morena asked if we, the audience, were enjoying V, and the room burst into enthusiastic applause
 
- someone asked Morena if the things she does to appear more lizard-like (ie the rapid eye flutter/blinking thing) were planned from the beginning, or if it was just something that came about.  She said that she was given some sort of suggestions, but that she was pretty much given free reign to try some subtle things, and they'd see how it went ... decide what to keep as time went on and they got a chance to see how it all played with the audience.  She's extremely beautiful in person...way more than on TV, even...and the biggest sweetheart ever, yet she is a talented actress who can smile in a way that makes her seem purely evil, much like the scene where Anna was rehearsing waht she would say to the woman who's husband had been killed.  She can be so subtle, and yet portray very powerful emotions onscreen.  I love watching her!
 
- Morena said that someone had asked her how she felt about the fact that the fate of the show rests quite a lot on her shoulders.  That had made her nervous, to be sure!  No pressure, right?  lol
 
- Alan joked that it had to be some kind of record to be killed twice in three episodes of the same show!  lol
 
- Both actors were excited to see the V poster I brought for them to sign...I'd gotten my hands on one of the Canadian CTV posters from the city bus shelters, depicting a mothership heading toward the Toronto skyline, and it certainly stood out amongst the other items being signed...even the other actors at the convention had to have a closer look!
 
- Morena remembered me from the other times we've met, even though it had been a good 2 years since I'd seen her last, and she loved that, not only was I wearing the V shirt I got from you for our pic together, but I reminded her that I'd also worn it the first weekend I met her.  She stopped the photo line saying, "Hang on...this is important!"  lol
 
I'd given her a copy of a picture we'd had taken that weekend, as a thank you for coming, sort of thing.  I was wearing the V shirt in that picture...3 years ago.  She kept the picture, and even had it on her fridge for awhile, so she was heading home that night to go dig it out again!  She signed my poster, "For Sue - You knew first!  Morena Baccarin"
 
Alan signed with a slight twist on the V's new motto:  "We come in peace - always.  Alan Tudyk"  The table was kind of crowded with people wanting to see the poster while he was signing it, too, so we were both a little distracted, and unfortunately I didn't get to talk to him as much as I would have liked.
 
It was a great weekend, though, and I was so impressed, again, with how funny and easy-going and down-to-earth they both are, even though I have met both of them multiple times thus far.
 
I've included pics from my seat near the back of the room, and a couple of the official photos I had taken...one with just Morena and I, and the other was a group shot with all of the guests that were there on the Sunday:  Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite and Mark Sheppard.
 
So much fun.  If I think of more, I will let you know!  But in the meantime, if ever you get the chance to meet either of them, take it!  lol  They are so nice and hilarious and sweet...you'll love them!
 
Until soon,
 
Sue
 
PS  I should explain, too, that Nathan Fillion (Firefly/Serenity's lead actor) was scheduled to appear at the convention, as well, but he got called away at the last minute to do re-shoots for his current show, Castle.  Alan brought Nathan's (in)famous bean dip and, hilariously, shared the stage with it during his Q&A.  He then auctioned it off for charity, which is what is going on in some of the pics from toward the end of his stage time, in case you were wondering!