In the world of Disney films, there are some legendary actors who are famous in Disney circles for a specific role or two.  Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Tom Hanks as Woody, James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Darth Vader, and Robin Williams as Genie to name a few.

To Toy Story fans, Tom Hanks and Woody are inseparable.

There are also those actors who may not necessarily be thought of as legendary overall, but they have historically performed so many Disney roles, that they have achieved legend status in the Disney universe.  Names like Sterling Holloway and Jim Cummings – both of whom played Winnie the Pooh among many others, John Ratzenberger – who has been in every Pixar film to date, and Katherin Beaumont – most well known as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, come to mind.

John Ratzenberger – Pixar’s secret weapon
(also, did you know he had a bit part in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back?)

Then there is Alan Tudyk – one of those actors who has quietly racked up many Disney roles under his belt.   While Tudyk is getting more and more well known by the Disney community, you’d be shocked at just how many Disney voice roles he’s actually performed. 

Tudyk was born in 1971 in El Paso Texas, but grew up on the other side of the Lone Star State in Plano. He studied drama in college, though he left before finishing his degree.

He’s performed notable roles in many films, including 28 Days, A Knight’s Tale, 3:10 to Yuma, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, I, Robot, Knocked Up, and the Firefly television series/Serenity film.

Alan Tudyk’s many Disney roles:

Frozen (2013) – The Duke of Weselton
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Big Hero 6 (2014) – Alistair Krei
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Zootopia (2016) – Duke Weaselton
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – K-2SO
(Tudyk is also scheduled to voice K-2SO in a planned Rogue One series.)
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Moana (2016) – Hei Hei the rooster
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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) – KnowsMore
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Aladdin (2019 live action) – Iago the parrot
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Tudyk also appeared very briefly in Frozen 2 (2019) as a Northuldra Leader, and in a reprisal of the Duke of Weselton (voice only).

Tudyk has been a staple for additional supporting voices for Disney productions for years, contributing countless animal sounds, and additional voices for Phineas and Ferb and Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Arghh

My personal favorite non-Disney role performed by Alan Tudyk is that of Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. In a total goof role as a Joe’s gym member with a Pirate’s persona, Tudyk nails the role with just the right mix of humor and stereotypical pirate impersonation.

“The dread pirate Steve be in no man’s debt. I’ll make a barter with ya; true as the north star. In exchange for your kindness, I’ll be sharing me buried treasure with ya… once I find it, that be.”

The Sass is Strong With This One

I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan, ever since one of my earliest memories of seeing The Empire Strikes Back in the movie theater.  As much as I am a purist for the original trilogy, I absolutely loved everything about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It took a different direction with regard to story flow, character development, and humor.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO is a prime example of how the characters could take a turn from the typical Star Wars personalities, and be equally successful.

I’ll be there for you. Cassian said I had to…

Alan Tudyk’s performance of K-2SO is dripping with dry wit – bordering on sarcasm – throughout the film. His perfectly timed and delivered one-line responses make up many of the film’s most memorable lines.

In the Disney voice role universe, Alan Tudyk is a force to be reckoned with. Now if Disney could only develop a pirate-based animated film, I know who my first choice would be…

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