Daniel Richard "Danny" McBride (born December 29, 1976) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and stand-up comedian. He co-created and starred in the sports comedy series Eastbound & Down from 2009 to 2013. He also had acting roles in the comedy films Pineapple Express (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Your Highness (2011), and This Is The End (2013).
McBride was born in Statesboro, Georgia. His mother, Kathy Rudy, and stepfather, work at Marine Corps Base Quantico as civilian support. On his father's side, McBride has ancestors from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. His mother performed sermons in church using puppets, and McBride has stated that his "interest in telling stories comes from her". He was raised in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he graduated from Courtland High School and attended North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
McBride married Gia Ruiz in October 2010, at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, and they have a son named Declan who was born in 2011.
In 2006, McBride played Fred Simmons in the low-budget comedy film The Foot Fist Way, which he co-wrote with collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best. He appeared in character as Simmons to promote the film on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 26, 2008. He wrote and starred in the HBO original comedy series Eastbound & Down (also a collaboration with Hill and Best), as Kenny Powers, a washed up former major league baseball pitcher with anger management issues. The show was produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, and the pilot episode premiered on February 15, 2009 featuring guest appearances from frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson.
On April 8, 2009, HBO announced it had renewed the series for a second season. On July 2, 2012 HBO renewed the series for a fourth season. In March 2009, because of his role as Powers, he received an offer to play professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans, a minor league team in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
In 2010, he signed an endorsement deal with K-Swiss shoes and played the eponymous roadie in the Tenacious D music video for "Roadie" in 2012. Additional film appearances include All the Real Girls, Hot Rod, Land of the Lost, 30 Minutes or Less, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Observe and Report, Due Date, Your Highness and This Is the End.
In 2014, McBride and Jody Hill created and began preparing the comedy series Vice Principals for HBO.
- Danny McBride at the Internet Movie Database