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DANNY MCBRIDE

Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

Actor/writer/producer/director Danny McBride has become a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word and is generating a full plate of varied and interesting projects. His latest is the comedy series for HBO, Vice Principals, which was proclaimed as “The Summer’s best new comedy” and received the Audience Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. McBride co-created and wrote the series with Jody Hill. The show also marked McBride’s directorial debut as he directed multiple episodes.  Told over the course of one school year, season 2 will premiere this Fall.

McBride and Hill co-founded Rough House Pictures with director David Gordon Green. They all met at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts and have been collaborators for over 20 years.

Next up is a major role in director Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. The film will be released worldwide on May 19th, and he stars alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterson. In a definite non-comedic role, McBride plays the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, a colonization ship, searching for a planet where life may start anew. Also coming from McBride this year will be the film The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, which he co-wrote and produced with Jody Hill under their Rough House Pictures banner.

This summer, Rough House is partnering with famed horror producer Jason Blum (Blumhouse Pictures) on the forthcoming Halloween reboot. Currently targeted for release in October 2018, McBride will write the screenplay and Gordon Green will direct.

McBride is no stranger to the small screen either. Vice Principals is McBride’s second HBO comedy series, the first being Eastbound and Down, which he also co-created, wrote, and produced with Jody Hill. McBride portrayed Kenny Powers in the series, a vulgar, loud-mouthed ex-professional baseball player fighting his way back to the major leagues. Since premiering on the network in February 2010, the show has gained an enormous cult following and aired four 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 Jody Hill, caught the attention of Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Released in May 2006 by Paramount Vantage, the Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film “the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often.” In 2008, McBride found continued success by starring opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express, earning McBride a nomination for “Best Newcomer” for his role as “Red” by the members of the Detroit Film Critics Society.

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 re-teamed with Rogen in the 2013 hit This Is The End and in 2016’s breakout animated comedy Sausage Party. The films grossed over $126 million and $140 million worldwide respectively.