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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 November 1964Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Birth NamePatrick John Warburton
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Squared-jawed beefcake Patrick Warburton leapt into pop culture consciousness as David Puddy, Elaine's on-again, off-again boyfriend on the hit sitcom Seinfeld in 1995, and has since then steadily found his deadpan talents in ever-greater demand. With his squinty eyes and hard-boiled detective's voice, Warburton has become a humorous personality who can generate giggles with almost no effort, whether onscreen or in voice-overs.

Warburton was born on November 14, 1964, in Paterson, NJ, and raised in Southern California, a son of little-known television actress Barbara Lord. The future Bugle Boy model studied marine biology at Orange Coast College, where he met his wife, Cathi, before dropping out to pursue modeling and acting at age 19. In his first screen appearance, the 17th century slave film Dragonard (1987), Warburton was subject to what is thought to be the longest onscreen flogging on film, a 100-lash scene that consumes nearly four minutes of screen time. He also appeared in the sequel, Master of Dragonard Hill (1989), before turning his attention to television.

Warburton had guest spots on such shows as Murphy Brown, Designing Women, and Quantum Leap before scoring a recurring role on the short-lived Dave Barry sitcom Dave's World in 1993. But it was not until he appeared in the 1995 episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Fusilli Jerry" that Warburton really started to attract attention. As Puddy, Jerry's lunkhead mechanic who spits out dialogue in macho spurts, notably the catchphrase affirmation "Yeah that's right," Warburton quickly became a popular semi-regular, involved in a running joke about his frequent breakups and reconciliations with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He stayed with the show until it finished in 1998, and provided the voice for Superman in a series of commercials starring Seinfeld.

Warburton had another recurring role as unscrupulous businessman Johnny Johnson on News Radio in 1999, then contributed his memorable voice to characters on the animated shows Family Guy, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. By this time the big screen was really beckoning, as Warburton flexed his comic talents as a bodyguard in Scream 3 (2000), then toned them down as an American astronomer in Australia in The Dish (2000). His voice was again called upon, this time by Disney, for the role of a sorceress' thug assistant in The Emperor's New Groove (2000).

Going zanier than on Seinfeld, Warburton signed on as the star of the Fox sitcom The Tick, about a muscle-bound but dimwitted superhero in a blue costume, which premiered in the fall of 2001. High-profile projects in 2002 would include a role in the delayed ensemble farce Big Trouble and as Agent T alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black 2.

Warburton became an in demand voice actor working on a variety of projects including TV series like The Venture Brothers and Family Guy, as well as movies such as Home on the Range, Chicken Little, The Wild, and Bee Movie. In 2007 he started on a successful run with the sitcom Rules of Engagement, and in 2012 he appeared in Seth McFarland's directorial debut, Ted.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Cathy Jennings (1 February 1991 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Monotone, deep voice, massively-built frame, and nonchalant attitude often displayed in various characters he plays.

Trivia (21)

Studied marine biology at Orange Coast College, where he met his wife, Cathi.
Was a model for Bugle Boy Clothes.
Son of Barbara Lord.
Suffered through what may be the longest flogging in screen history in Dragonard (1987). He plays a slave on a 17th-century Caribbean island who's sentenced to 100 lashes across his back for insubordination to his master. The lashes are delivered in the public square, are counted out by enthusiastic spectators, and from start to finish consume about 3 minutes and 50 seconds of screen time.
Scene in A Mighty Wind (2003) was cut and is in the deleted scenes on the DVD.
Dropped the puck to start the game after the New Jersey Devils raised their 1995 Stanley Cup banner as the "face Painter" character from Seinfeld (1989).
Chosen for the title role on The Tick (2001), the short-lived, live-action series due to his size. The producers were astonished by the size of the "crater" he left in the couch when he came in to discuss the role.
Appeared in Big Trouble (2002) with Tim Allen. Both have voiced Buzz Lightyear.
Has done the voice of an animated Superman twice: Once during an episode of Family Guy (1999) and again for Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld/Superman series of American Express commercials.
The Woman Chaser (1999) was the first feature film in which he played the lead character. He portrayed the role of an eccentric used- car salesman who became a wannabe movie director. The film was nominated for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
Is the namesake of the "Patrick Warburton Manliest Man Award" given by the Dallas, TX radio show "Pugs and Kelly" on 105.3 FM.
Attended Servite High School Class of 1982 in Anaheim, California. Ran on the high school cross country team with Michael McDonald.
Father of Talon Patrick (b. 1992), Alexandra Catherine (b. 1994), Shane (b. 1998) and Gabriel (b. October 2000).
He is of English descent on his father's side and Austrian descent on his mother's side.
His father, Dr. Jack Warburton, was a surgeon.
Warburton appeared on the auto enthusiast show, Top Gear when it was revealed to host Adam Ferrara, that he owns/owned a previously wrecked Dodge Viper and a coveted '69 Dodge Charger R/T. He refers to them as Pamela and Angelina respectively.
He is currently living in Ventura County, California.
Being the "voice" of the Carrier Air Conditioner in the Carrier TV advertising. [June 2004]
Plays "Patrick...your flight attendant" on Soarin' at Walt Disney World' EPCOT and Soarin' Over California at Disney's California Adventure
Along with Richard Kind, starring in radio commercials portraying "Lewis & Clark", for Horizon Air (a smaller branch of Alaska Airlines), in the Seattle Area.
Voice of Brock Samson on Adult Swim's "The Venture Bros"

Personal Quotes (22)

I've actually become much, much dumber through being married and having these children. I find that I'm not half as sharp that I once was. I can't even help them with their 4th and 5th grade vocabulary and math work at this point.
The greatest risk is really to take no risk at all. You've got to go out there, jump off the cliff, and take chances.
I believe I'm doing the right thing in trying to step away from that and to take chances and work on little independent films and do stuff like that wild dance scene.
I do believe that we have the opportunity to continue - I repeat myself over and over again with this - to redefine and reinvent ourselves and as long as we do that, then I think we've got some pretty good odds in our favor, because we're not always presenting the same thing.
I have a family to support. And I'm not always going to be doing exactly what I want to do.
All I try to do is as earnestly and as acutely as I can, conceive a character and try to portray this character just honestly. If the humor is within the absurdity and the awfulness of situations, then let it be seen that way.
You never know what's going to happen with television these days.
So, deadpan I think just means not acknowledging for one second that you think that this is funny and clever.
My only job as an actor is to try and understand the character and, to the best of my ability, bring this character to life.
Let an audience be able to find it themselves without spoonfeeding it.
I love westerns. I've always wanted to do a western.
I don't know if I ever really considered making a connection with the audience.
I always wanted to do a Disney movie.
He'd never seen Seinfeld, so he didn't know who Puddy was or anything.
Apparently I work for free, look at some of the independent films I've done.
You don't make a fortune doing cartoons. It's a lot of fun, it keeps you busy, and it's better than a kick in the pants, absolutely. But doing voiceover work doesn't make you rich. It just doesn't.
Tick is a cartoon character, I don't know if you're familiar with him. This is the third step in his evolution. Comic book to cartoon to, now, live-action.
There's not a fortune to be made doing voiceover work unless you're one of the main voices on The Simpsons. See, there's The Simpsons, and then there's everything else.
Never met Levinson. Ever. He directed those American Express spots for us for Seinfeld, and I was off on some guest spot that I didn't even want to do... and I got talked into doing it.
I'll work with Jerry Seinfeld any day of the week. Get a nice little paycheck there, but you do it for free. It's just good to be associated with that man. He's a great guy.
I thought he was an interesting central figure, central character, one who is definitely not your typical central character figure in a film, who's easy to like. He's not easy to like. It forces you to involve yourself with what's going on.
I have heard nothing from my friends at Family Guy. Yeah, I heard that they got picked up again and all that good stuff, but I haven't heard anything yet. But, you know, I'm very elusive and hard to contact.

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