Danny Pudi

Recent Role:

Abed Nadir on Community


Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  • Danny Pudi is a fast-talking comedian and actor who honed his craft as part of a trio of comedians of Indian descent calling themselves Siblings of Doctors. Danny married Bridget Showalter in 2004 and the couple soon moved to California where Danny picked up small guest shots on a few television shows and appeared in commercials. Danny joined the cast of the NBC comedy Community, which premiered on September 17th in 2009.

    Birth Name:

    Daniel Mark Pudi



    Birth Place:

    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    • Danny Pudi: To play a character that is so much quicker than you … it gives you a new way of looking at the world.

    • Danny Pudi: (On how often his TV and movie tastes match up with Abed's, a character he plays on the TV series Community) You know, pretty often. I think the tastes are pretty similar. The knowledge is vastly different, because Abed has such a vast knowledge-he's like an encyclopedia. My favorite movie of all time is Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and last year, in an episode, I got to wear Indiana Jones's whip, and I was talking about Indiana Jones a lot. You know, Abed has this love and fascination with '80s movies, with '80s trivia, and with shows that were huge in the '80s. And I grew up then, so a lot of that stuff definitely resonates with me. I think the biggest difference, though, is Abed can name every episode from M*A*S*H Season 4, and I can't name one.

    • Danny Pudi: (On his character Abed's side stories in the TV series Community) Yeah, I mean, it started out-I remember when we first started the show, we were doing photo shoots in the beginning, and people would be like, "Everybody smile!" And I would smile, and they'd be like, "Except you, Danny." And I was like, okay, this is sort of where we're going. Everybody smiles but Danny. And I get it. The Abed character-in some ways I feel like a fan who's won a contest to be in a show. Because I get to kind of be part of the show as well as being the audience in many ways, which I love. The scripts are always pretty damn ridiculous. All the sudden I'll flip to page 23, and it's like, "Abed delivers baby," and I'm like, "What?!" Somehow it makes sense, though.

    • Danny Pudi: (when asked about his goals) I'm not gonna be able to grow a beard, I've realized my limitations as a human.

    • Danny Pudi: I'm a non confrontational person. If I order salmon and I get chicken, I'm going to eat the chicken.

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    • Danny made a short film documentary for the ESPN series 30 for 30.

    • Danny and his wife, Bridget, became parents of twins on January 24, 2012, with the birth of son James Timothy and daughter Fiona Leigh.

    • Danny attended Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois.

    • Danny is a runner, and hopes to run a marathon in 2011.

    • Danny grew up in Brighton Park, on the Southwest side of Chicago. His family later moved to Jefferson Park, on the city's Northwest side. Both areas are known to have large Polish populations.

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