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Patrick Warburton (1964)

Patrick John Warburton

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Patrick John Warburton is an American actor of television, film, and voice. He is known for his several TV roles, including the title role of The Tick, David Puddy on Seinfeld, the evil Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, and anchorman Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect. As a voice actor, his distinctive deep voice has been lent to well-known roles including Ken in Bee Movie, Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove and its sequels, bodyguard Brock Samson on The Venture Bros., paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson on Family Guy, Steve Barkin on Kim Possible, Buzz Lightyear in the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV series, and The Wolf in Hoodwinked, among others. He currently stars as macho married man Jeff Bingham in the CBS television program Rules of Engagement.


 early life
Warburton was born in Paterson, New Jersey. His mother, Barbara Lord (née Barbara Jeanne Gratz), is an actress, and his father, John Charles Warburton, Jr., is an orthopedic surgeon. He has three sisters, Mary, Lara, and Megan. He was raised in a "conservative" Catholic family, and grew up in Huntington Beach, California, where he attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School until high school. Warburton attended Servite High School in Anaheim, California, and Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA. He studied marine biology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, but dropped out to pursue modeling and acting.

Warburton's acting roles often rely on his deep, booming voice and large physique. In the mid to late 1990s, he was known for his role as David Puddy on Seinfeld, the indifferent boyfriend of Elaine Benes. Warburton also was in a cameo appearance in the 2002 movie Men in Black II. He also starred in FOX's short-lived, live-action series, The Tick, in the title role. He played Nick Sharp in 8 Simple Rules as well as joined the cast of Less Than Perfect in 2003, as anchorman Jeb Denton.

Warburton has put his voice to use for several animated films and TV programs, including a lead character in Game Over, Buzz Lightyear and the Little Green Men in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove. Warburton reprised his role as Kronk for the direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove, and the subsequent TV series The Emperor's New School. He is also the voice of Steve Barkin in the Disney Channel show Kim Possible. Warburton was also cast in The Venture Bros., under Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. In this show he voices Brock Samson, the Venture family's brutally effective bodyguard and former secret agent. Warburton voices Joe Swanson on Fox's Family Guy and Detective Cash in The Batman. Warburton lent his voice talent to the computer-animated feature films Hoodwinked, Chicken Little and Open Season. He also voices Lok in all 3 Tak games and Lok in Tak and the Power of Juju Nickelodeon series.

In the commercial and advertising world, Warburton is the voice in the Carrier Corporation commercials for their air-conditioning and HVAC units, and was the voice of Superman in The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman for American Express. He is the voice of "Lewis" in the "Clark & Lewis Expedition" radio commercials for Horizon Air with Richard Kind as "Clark". There is a current radio advertisement for the United States Forest Service in which Warburton plays a park ranger, delivered in his typical deadpanned voice. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Warburton appeared in several M&M's commercials with the "spokescandies." He appeared in another M&M's commercial about 10 years later when Pretzel M&M's were introduced.

Warburton is featured in the "preboarding" film shown to guests at Soarin' Over California . A similar film is shown, albeit slightly edited , at Soarin' located in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Warburton delivers all of the instructions in his typical deadpan style.

Warburton appeared on GSN's Poker Royale Celebrities vs. the Pros tournament in 2005. He made it to the Grand Finale and won the $1,000 grand prize. Warburton's enduring identification with his character in Seinfeld was evident on January 13, 2007, during an NFL football broadcast. An advertisement for his new series, Rules of Engagement was played, and when the telecast returned to the broadcast booth, one of the announcers exclaimed, "Puddy!"

Warburton played a cameo role as a car salesman in the video of the song "Online" by Brad Paisley.

In August 2009, Warburton played a high-end PC in a "Get a Mac" ad for Apple Inc.

On November 8, 2009, Warburton appeared as the wild west character Cal Johnson on Seth & Alex's Comedy Show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein, on Fox.

He has also been cast as the Sheriff in the Cartoon Network series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

He recently appeared in a video by CollegeHumor "The Roast of Mario" as Bowser.

He lent his voice to the droid G2-4T in the queue of the updated Disney attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, which opened in Summer 2011.

Warburton also became the spokesman for Japanese automaker Honda's Good Reasons advertising campaign in September 2011.

 personal life
Warburton has been married to Cathy Jennings since 1991; they have four children – Talon Patrick , Alexandra Catherine , Shane and Gabriel . They live in Thousand Oaks, California.

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