"I've got four kids so I love doing animated stuff that turns out well and that they enjoy. I know that it’s a great experience for them, so I kind of experience it vicariously through them." Patrick Warburton
Launched to fame as Elaine's on-again, off-again boyfriend David Puddy (1995-1998) in the NBC Emmy winning sitcom "Seinfeld," Patrick Warburton gained wide recognition while voicing the titular superhero on the live-action TV series version of the popular comic strip "The Tick" (2001-2003) and the well-meaning Kronk in Disney's Academy Award nominated animated feature film "The Emperor's New Groove," its direct-to-video sequel "Kronk's New Groove" (2005) and the animated television series "The Emperor's New School" (2006-2007). He also voiced wheelchair-bound Joe Swanson (1999-2007) on ''Family Guy,'' the title role in the ''Toy Story'' TV spin-off ''Buzz Lightyear of Star Command'' (2000) and Mr. Steve Barkin (2002-2007) on ''Kim Possible.'' The voice actor extraordinaire most recently provided his voice to the animated film "Bee Movie" (2007) and will lend his voice in the upcoming film "Space Chimps."
Meanwhile, he portrayed the evil Jonny Johnson on the final season (1998-1999) of the NBC sitcom ''NewsRadio'' and currently co-stars with Megyn Price in the CBS sitcom "Rules of Engagement." As for his film work, the actor debuted in the period drama "Dragonard" (1987) and has starred in films like "The Woman Chaser" (1999), "The Dish" (2000), "Big Trouble" (2002) and "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright" (2005). He will co-star with Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson, Christopher Masterson and Lauren German in an upcoming comedy film called "Made for Each Other."
The 6' 3" actor started out as a model. He is a devoted family man and has been married to his college sweetheart since 1991. He and his wife are the proud parents of four.
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Childhood and Family:
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, on November 14, 1964, Patrick John Warburton was raised in Huntington Beach, California, where he moved with his family when he was three years old. The eldest child of John Warburton, an orthopedic surgeon, and Barbara Lord, an actress who appeared regularly on television in the 1950s, Patrick has three younger sisters, Mary, Lara and Megan.
After high school, Patrick studied marine science at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, but dropped out at age 19 to pursue modeling and acting.
In February 1991, Patrick married Cathy Jennings, whom he met at Orange Coast College. They now have four children, Talon Patrick Warburton (born in November 1992), Alexandra Catherine Warburton (born in July 1994), a third child born in 1998, and a fourth child born in October 2000. As of 2004, Patrick and his family live in Ventura County, California.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys golf and the musical style of a certain Seattle based grunge collective. He is also an avid fan of the group Pearl Jam.
Kronk's New Groove
Son to an actress mother, Patrick Warburton was bitten by the acting bug while hanging around regional theater where her mother was active. The 6’3'' young man with all-American looks eventually quit college to become a model in Europe.
At age 20, Warburton felt modeling was unfulfilling and returned home to become an actor. After a stint in regional theater in Southern California, Warburton landed his feature acting debut in "Dragonard" (1987). In the period drama, a film adaptation of the novel by Rupert Gilchrist, Warburton starred as a handsome rebellious Scotsman auctioned off as a slave.
In the early 1990s, Warburton guest starred in an episode of NBC’s sci-fi series "Quantum Leap." He then appeared in TV commercials for Edge Shaving Gel, Bugle Boy Clothes and Burger King. He had a recurring role as Eric on the CBS sitcom "Dave's World" in 1993 and was eventually a regular cast member from 1995 to 1997.
Warburton appeared in the Fox biopic "Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story" (1994; starring Peter Berg). He also got his first big break as David Puddy, Elaine's (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on-again, off-again boyfriend in seasons 6 and 9 (1995-1998) of the NBC Emmy winning sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld, "Seinfeld."
"There's so many times when I feel like the luckiest guy in the world and this is such a wonderful profession. I love to be a part of a project that can make people laugh. I love to be a part of the form and it is just a part because there's the creators and the writers and sometimes the actors get all the glory because they'll do or say something funny, or on the other end something that's powerful or has an emotional impact and that puts them in spotlight. But I guess what I love the most is getting to be a part of something, especially something that works well like 'Seinfeld' that people can watch over 100 times and still get a kick out of and laugh. I love that. That just makes me feel lucky that I got to be a part of that." Patrick Warburton
After portraying a rookie cop in the small comedy/action movie "American Strays" (1996), Warburton played the recurring character of Johnny Johnson, Jimmy's (played by Stephen Root) nemesis and Lisa's (played by Maura Tierney) love interest and eventual husband, on the final season (1998-1999) of NBC's sitcom "NewsRadio." He also began playing super-macho paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson (1999-2007) on the animated Fox series "Family Guy."
Warburton appeared in TV commercials for Cadillac, Seville STS automobiles, M&M's Candy and provided the voice of Superman in the TV commercial for American Express starring Jerry Seinfeld (Warburton once voiced the superhero in an episode of "Family Guy"). He also secured his first feature lead role in the independent film based on the novel by Charles Willeford, "The Woman Chaser" (1999). In the film that was nominated for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival award, he portrayed Richard Hudson, an eccentric used car salesman who became a wannabe movie director.
Entering the new millennium, Warburton provided the voice of the well-meaning lackey Kronk in Disney's Academy Award nominated animated feature film "The Emperor's New Groove," which earned him an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production. While not a blockbuster, the film later spawned a direct-to-video sequel titled "Kronk's New Groove" (2005) and an animated television series called "The Emperor's New School" (2006-2007).
Warburton next voiced the main character in the Disney animated science fiction adventure series that aired on ABC, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (2000). In this television spin-off from the ''Toy Story'' franchise, he reprised the role made famous by Tim Allen.
On the wide screen, Warburton was seen as a NASA scientist, opposite Sam Neill, in an Australia movie called ''The Dish'' (2000) and appeared in a comedy by writer/director Michael Covert titled "Dirt" (2001). He then returned to television as the superhero in the short-lived TV series version of the popular comic strip, "The Tick" (2001-2003), to which he recalled, "That, to me, was an honor: To get into the blue suit and get to be 'The Tick.' I loved that. I just wish that our beloved Fox network had actually given us a shot instead of killing off the show as they did."
During this time, Warburton also played Nick Sharp in 3 episodes of ABC’s sitcom "8 Simple Rules" and appeared with Tim Allen in the film version of the 1999 Dave Barry novel directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, ''Big Trouble'' (2002). He then joined the cast of ABC’s sitcom "Less Than Perfect," as Jeb Denton (2003-2006) and appeared on the Christopher Guest's mockumentary ''A Mighty Wind'' (2003) and the DVD Special Feature "Dick Beyman - Private Eye" with Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara.
Afterward, Warburton did radio ads and TV commercials for Carrier Air Conditioning and Heating Systems (voice of the air conditioning unit). He also played the role of Patrick on the "Soarin' Over California" ride at Disney's California Adventure.
In 2005, Warburton was cast in the critically acclaimed art house film "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright," portraying the title role of the ultimate male chauvinist pig that sets out to find the perfect mail order Asian wife after an explosive breakup. His performance received general positive reviews and won a Best Male Performance at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, a Best Actor at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), and an Outstanding Achievement Award, Acting – Male, at the New York VisionFest.
That same year, Warburton also voiced the wolf in the computer animated feature "Hoodwinked," a sly retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood that features an ensemble voice cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, James Belushi, Anthony Anderson, David Ogden Stiers, Xzibit and Andy Dick. Afterward, he voiced Brock Samson on Adult Swim's "The Venture Bros," and with Richard Kind, he starred in radio commercials portraying Lewis & Clark for Horizon Air (a smaller branch of Alaska Airlines) in the Seattle Area.
Warburton voiced Ian the Buck in the animated comedy film "Open Season" in 2006 and reunited with Jerry Seinfeld for the computer animated film "Bee Movie" in 2007, for which he was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. On the small screen, he could be seen with Megyn Price as a long-married couple in the CBS sitcom "Rules of Engagement." Debuting on February 5, 2007, the show was cancelled on November 6, 2007, due to the 2007 Writers' Strike. His voice can also be heard as Lok, an incompetent warrior, in the CGI-based animated television series "Tak and the Power of Juju," based on the video game of the same name. The show premiered on Nickelodeon on August 31, 2007, and on Nicktoons Network on September 1, 2007.
As for his upcoming film projects, Warburton will soon complete a comedy film directed by Daryl Goldberg called "Made for Each Other," in which he will co-star with Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson, Christopher Masterson and Lauren German. He will also soon wrap up an animated adventure film directed by Kirk De Micco titled "Space Chimps," in which he will lend his voice alongside Stanley Tucci, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels and Andy Samberg.
When asked how limiting voice acting is, Warburton explained, ''It's interesting. There's almost less limitations. They're fewer because you can do anything in the cartoon format. You can be big or loud or tiny or wherever you want to go with it. If it works it works. If it doesn't, there's that safety net. You can try it a number of different ways. Since you have that opportunity to try a number of different things, I guess you should and go from one end of the spectrum to the other vocally. Whatever works ends up working. On camera, you don't really have that opportunity. You have to try to find it and make it work and believable. You can do anything in a cartoon, so it's less limiting to me.''
Beverly Hills Film Festival: Best Male Performance, "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright," 2006
Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF): Best Actor, "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright," 2006
New York VisionFest: Outstanding Achievement Award, Acting - Male, "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright," 2005