David Cross

 

Date Of Birth

April 4, 1964
 

Biography

Award-winning comedian and actor David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a teenager, he already had a knack for comedy, having been voted “most humorous” in his high school years. He started performing stand-up at age 17. After he graduated from high school, he moved to New York, and then to Boston, where he took a semester at Emerson College. He joined the city’s growing comedy scene, but after a disappointing response, he eventually performed at Catch a Rising Star in New York, where most known comedians began their careers.

Cross’ first television work was as a writer for The Ben Stiller Show in 1993. Hired at the end of the comedy’s run, he wrote some sketches and also performed in a few others, most notably “The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoot,” which he wrote in its entirety. He won an Emmy for his work that same year. In 1995, he co-created the sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Bob and David, which ran from 1995 to 1998. During the time, he also played guest role in shows such as NewsRadio, The Drew Carey Show, Tenacious D and Strangers with Candy.

Cross got his biggest break in 2003, when he joined the cast of Arrested Development. He played the role of Tobias Funke, the husband of Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and father of Maeby (Alia Shawkat), a former doctor who assiduously pursues his “destiny” of becoming an actor. Supposedly a minor role, his role was expanded as the show went on its three-year run.

Cross has also worked on films. One of his movies, Run Ronnie Run, was based on one of the characters on Mr. Show. It went straight to DVD, although he and co-creator Bob Odendirk would disown the film are creative differences with the director. He also starred in films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, She’s the Man, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Men in Black and Life Without Dick. He also provided his voice in animated shows such as Freak Show (which he co-developed), Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy and the animated film Kung Fu Panda. Aside from other television work, notably a recurring character in The Colbert Report, he also continues to perform stand-up in venues across the country.

In 2010, he was cast as Andy on the FOX comedy series Running Wilde, alongside his Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett.
 

Place of Birth

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
 

Birth Name

David Cross
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

-He auditioned for the lead role on House but it ultimately went to Hugh Laurie.
 

Awards

1993: Emmy - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program for The Ben Stiller Show

2003: DVDX Award - Best Original Song in a DVD Premiere Movie for Run Ronnie Run

2003: Copper Wing Award - Best Ensemble Acting
for Melvin Goes to Dinner

2004: Future Classic Award for Arrested Development

2005: Glow Award - Best Voice Performance - Male for Halo 2
 

Filmography

2012 Arrested Development
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2
2010-2011 Running Wilde (TV series)
2011 Megamind: The Button of Doom (video short)
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited (short)
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (TV short)
2010 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (TV series)
2010 Megamind
2007-2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV series)
2010 The Legend of Secret Pass
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2009 Comedy Showcase (TV series)
2009 Demoted
2009 Year One
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin (TV series)
2009/I Meltdown (short)
2008 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (video short)
2008 A Bad Situationist (video)
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (video)
2008 Kung Fu Panda
2008 Human Giant (TV series)
2008 The Toe Tactic
2002-2008 Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV series)
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks
2007 Odd Job Jack (TV series)
2007 Battle for Terra
2007 I'm Not There.
2007 The Grand
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series)
2005-2007 The Colbert Report (TV series)
2007 I'm in Hell (TV movie)
2007 Crashing
2006 Freak Show (TV series)
2006 Family Guy (TV series)
2006 School for Scoundrels
2006 A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hornblower (video short)
2006 Wonder Showzen (TV series)
2006 O'Grady (TV series)
2006 She's the Man
2006 Curious George
2003-2006 Arrested Development (TV series)
2006 Clark and Michael (TV series)
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker (TV series)
2005 People Uncut (TV series)
2005 Tom Goes to the Mayor (TV series)
2004 Halo 2 (Video Game)
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game)
2003-2004 Oliver Beene (TV series)
2004 Pilot Season (TV mini-series)
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003-2004 Crank Yankers (TV series)
2004 Channel Surfing (TV movie) (voice)
2003 Tom Goes to the Mayor Returns (short)
1999-2003 Just Shoot Me! (TV series)
2003 King of the Hill (TV series)
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner
2002 Men in Black II
2002 Martin & Orloff
2002 Life Without Dick
2002 Run Ronnie Run
2001 Home Movies (TV series)
2001 Scary Movie 2
2001 Pootie Tang
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
2001 Ghost World
2001 One Day... (short)
2001 Ain't It Cool News (TV movie)
2000 The Thin Pink Line
2000 Chain of Fools
2000 Strangers with Candy (TV series)
1999 Can't Stop Dancing
1995-1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV series)
1998 Hercules (TV series)
1998 Small Soldiers
1996-1998 NewsRadio (TV series)
1998 Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report (TV movie)
1997 Tenacious D (TV series)
1997 Men in Black
1996-1997 The Drew Carey Show (TV series)
1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV series)
1997 Who's the Caboose?
1996 Waiting for Guffman
1996 The Cable Guy
1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness (TV movie)
1995 A Bucket of Blood (TV movie)
1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio
1995 The TV Wheel (TV movie)
1994 Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (TV movie)
1993 The Ben Stiller Show (TV series)
 

Nickname

Crossy
 

Height

5' 9" (1.75 m)
 

Quotes

None

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