David Cross (Personal Life, Career)

American actor, writer and stand-up comedian, David Cross was born on April 4, 1964. He is perhaps best known for his work on HBO's sketch comedy series Mr. Show and for his role as Tobias Fünke in the Fox sitcom Arrested Development. Since November 2010, he is dating actress Amber Tamblyn.

Personal life

Stand-up comedian David Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia. When he was six months old, Cross's family moved to Florida. After additional moves to New York and Connecticut, the family settled back in Roswell, Georgia, where Cross remained for nearly a decade.

Comedian David Cross was raised Jewish, however he is an atheist and does not practice Judaism.

His father was often absent, and his family was poor. Cross and his family were evicted from their home while living in Georgia so he had to spend some time living in motels and at friends' homes while growing up.

He attended Northside High School of the Performing Arts (now North Atlanta High School), graduating in 1982. Cross was elected treasurer of his senior class and was voted "Most Humorous" by his classmates.

David Cross has been estranged from his father since age 19, although they both currently reside in New York City. He has two sisters, and once he had to bail his youngest sibling out of jail.

In October 2005, he was sued by Nashville club owner Thomas Weber, who accused Cross of taping him without permission for Shut Up You Fucking Baby and Let America Laugh in violation of Weber's privacy rights. In April 2006 the case against Cross himself was dismissed and the case proceeded with Warner Music, Subpop Records, WEA Corporation, and the Alternative Distribution Alliance.


Soon to be stand-up comedian, Cross began performing at 17. The day after he graduated from high school, Cross went to New York.He worked briefly for a lawn care company in Long Island, and later enrolled at Emerson College in Boston. He would drop out after only a semester, but during his time there he discovered his new favourite things: partying and sketch comedy. Cross joined This is Pathetic, a college sketch group.

In Boston, Cross began to perform stand-up more regularly. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, Boston had a booming comedy scene, although Cross did not fit the types of acts being booked most of the time.

In 1990, a new comedy scene began to emerge at the famous comedy club chain called Catch a Rising Star . There, comedian David Cross appeared regularly several nights a week. Cross formed the sketch comedy group "Cross Comedy" with twelve other performers, and they put on a new show every week.The stand-up comedian also performed at the alternative comedy club Un-Cabaret in Los Angeles.

In 1994 and again in 1999, Cross was a guest voice actor on Joe Frank's radio show, featured in the episodes "The Last Run", "A Hearing", "The O.J. Chronicles", and "Jam".

In 1999, stand-up comedian David Cross was given his own one-hour comedy special on HBO, entitled The Pride Is Back. He has released three recordings, Shut Up You Fucking Baby!, It's Not Funny, and Bigger and Blackerer.

David Cross began his professional television career as a writer on The Ben Stiller Show. The short-lived Fox Network series hired him toward the end of its run, and he occasionally made brief appearances in the sketches. Cross won an Emmy for his work on The Ben Stiller Show in 1993.

Comedian David Cross later co-starred as Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development. He has also played smaller roles on programs such as Just Shoot Me!, The Drew Carey Show, NewsRadio, Strangers with Candy, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Since October 2005, David Cross has appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report . He also developed an animated series for Comedy Central called Freak Show, and has appeared several times on the MTV2 seriesWonder Showzen.

Cross teamed up with Odenkirk to produce a feature film,called Run Ronnie Run that satirized the reality television craze, and featured cameos from many stars.

In 2003, he released his first tour film, Let America Laugh, and was named #85 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. He appears on Un-Cabaret compilation albums, including Freak Weather Feels Different and The Good, the Bad and the Drugly.

In 2004, Shut Up You Fucking Baby! was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The same year, Cross provided voices for the game Halo 2, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He also was the voice of the violent, alcoholic "Happy-Time Harry" doll and Bert Banana in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He has made guest appearances in the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He directed the music video for The Black Keys' song "10am Automatic".

Comedian David Cross appeared in The Strokes' music video for "Juicebox" as a bad local "morning zoo" radio DJ. He also appeared in The New Pornographers' video for "Use It", in Superchunk's video for "Watery Hands” and in Yo La Tengo's video for "Sugarcube". Cross contributes to Vice magazine, writing a column titled "My America".

In 2005, he contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?".

In the Beastie Boys' 2006 concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!, Cross played the character Nathaniel Hörnblowér in the fictional segment "A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hörnblowér". In the Bob Dylan biographical film I'm Not There, Cross played the role of poet Allen Ginsberg.

Cross provided commentary on the Vicarious music video DVD for the band Tool. He has previously performed comedy as an opening act for the band, and its members appeared on Mr. Show several times. He played Ian Hawke in the 2007 movie Alvin and the Chipmunks and Crane in the 2008 movie Kung Fu Panda.

Cross starred in a pilot for HBO called David's Situation which filmed in May 2008. On August 6, 2008, Bob Odenkirk announced on bobanddavid.com that David's Situation would not be produced. Cross's first UK-only project, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, was a comedy pilot for Channel 4 which he co-wrote with writer Shaun Pye.

Cross's first book, I Drink For A Reason, was published in August 2009. In September 2009, Cross performed at his own comedy stage at the ATP New York 2009 music festival. On March 29, 2010 Cross's first comedy special in six years "Bigger and Blackerer" was streamed on Epix HD. A CD with "slightly different content" was released on May 25, 2010.

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