Danny McBride garnered massive popularity following his creation of The Righteous Gemstones, an American comedy television series. The TV series which follows a famous yet dysfunctional televangelist family, stars Danny McBride as Jesse Gemstone. Aside from The Righteous Gem Stones, Danny has starred in numerous films, prominent among which are The Foot Fist Way (2006), Tropic Thunder (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011), Alien: Covenant (2017), and so on. His fame surged higher when he started doing voice work in some remarkable animated projects.
Who Is Danny McBride and Where Is He From?
Danny McBride is an American actor, writer, and comedian. He was born Daniel Richard McBride on 29th December 1976. McBride hails from Statesboro in Georgia, United States. He is of English, Scottish, Jewish and Irish heritage. Danny’s mother raised him a Baptist in Spotsylvania County, Virginia after she separated from his biological father. His mother and stepfather worked at the U.S Quantico Marine base as civilian support.
After he graduated from Courtland high school, Danny attended the University of North Carolina’s School of Arts. He later became one of the ‘The Three Flavers’ alongside famous director Jody Hill and Kris Baucom. The talented writer said he got his storytelling abilities from his mother who uses puppets while giving sermons in the church. Meanwhile, a peek at Danny McBride’s off-the-screen personality reveals that he is not much of the gun-toting characters he often portrays in movies. He is on the contrary, quite a shy person.
Danny McBride’s Acting Career
Danny McBride started his acting career in 2006. Although McBride went to a film school, he never wanted to be an actor. He was already working as a screenwriter before his friend David Gordon Green begged him to stand in for an actor who abandoned his role on All The Real Girls (2003) at the eleventh hour. Danny later played his first major acting role as Fred Simmons in the 2006 comedy film, The Foot Fist Way which he co-wrote with Jody Hill and Ben Best. In February 2008, he appeared as Simmons to advertise the film on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
McBride also co-wrote and featured in the HBO comedy series, Eastbound and Down (2009-2013) with Hill and Best. In the series, McBride starred as Kenny Powers, a major league baseball player who has issues with anger management. Owing to his excellent performance on the four-season series, Danny received an offer in March 2009 to play professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans, a minor team in the AAIPB. He, however, turned down the offer and continued his acting career. Mcbride later starred in the HBO comedy series, Vice Principals (2016-2017).
In 2018, McBride starred as Brian Dundee in Crocodile Dundee (1986) sequel, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. The film also featured cameo appearances of popular actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, and Russell Crowe. The movie’s ads served as part of the year’s Superbowl commercials to promote tourism in Australia. Danny also wrote a script for Halloween (2018), a sequel to the 1978 film of the same title with Gordon Green.
The Righteous Gemstones
Later in 2018, Danny McBride collaborated with old colleagues, Hill and Green to create The Righteous Gemstones. They produced the comedy series under McBride’s Rough House Pictures. Following a pilot of the production, HBO ordered the show to series in October 2018. The TV series subsequently premiered on 18th August 2019. Alongside being the producer, Danny McBride also leads the stars of the comedy show which include John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Cassidy Freeman, Tim Baltz, Adam DeVine, and Tony Cavalero, among others.
The Righteous Gemstones revolves around a world-famous family of megachurch pastors and televangelists with a longstanding lifestyle of charity intermingled with greed, affluence, and deviance. The Television series is headed by widowed patriarchs Eli Gemstone (John Goodman). Eli and his contentious children, Kelvin (Adam DeVine), Jesse (Danny McBride), and Judy (Edi Patterson) live extravagant lifestyles funded by their congregation’s tithe money.
Following the high reception of the first few episodes of its first season, HBO renewed the series for a second season on September 9, 2019. Danny revealed in a recent interview with Polygon that he wants the series to last longer than all his previous productions.