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David Cross is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor well-known for his comedy acts in Mr

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BirthdayApril 4, 1964
NationalityAmerican
FamousAtheists, Atheists/Agnostics, Jewish Actors, Jewish Comedians, Emerson College, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
City/StateGeorgia
SpousesAmber Tamblyn (m. 2012)
Childrens Marlow Alice Cross
Universities
  • Emerson College
Notable Alumnis
  • Emerson College
Birth PlaceAtlanta, Georgia, U.S
Height173cm
GenderMale
FatherBarry Cross David Cross
MotherSusi
Net Worth$10 million as of april 2017
Sun SignAries
Born inAtlanta, Georgia, U.S

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Who is David Cross?

David Cross is a stand-up comedian cum actor who made his way into his fans’ heart through his comedy acts in ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Arrested Development’. The funny man, who is loved by millions, rose to fame with his portrayal of Tobias Funke, a crazy psychiatrist who aspires to be an actor. With a balding head, round face and spectacles, Cross looks like the typical, boring middle-aged man—until he starts speaking and has the audience doubled up in laughter. The comedian’s real life was fraught with troubles and unhappiness in his childhood. Abandoned by his father, he grew up in poverty. He did not even have a proper home and had to live in motels and with friends who allowed him to live with them. As a teenager, he began performing stand-up comedy, and went to New York to develop his passion into a fulltime career. After struggling for years without a concrete plan, he finally got a break when offered a chance to perform for the comedy club, ‘Catch a Rising Star’. He began his television career as a writer for ‘The Ben Stiller Show’. His subsequent meeting with Bob Odenkirk changed his fortunes and gave him the chance to co-create the comedy sketch series, ‘Mr. Show’ which cemented his reputation as a stand-up comedian.

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Childhood & Early Life

David was born to Barry and Susie Cross in Georgia. His parents were poor and the situation worsened when his father abandoned the family.

He faced many hardships growing up. He did not have a home and spent time living in motels or with kindhearted friends.

He attended Northside High School of the Performing Arts, and enrolled at Emerson College in Boston in 1983 but dropped out in 1985 without graduating.

Career

Comedy was his childhood passion and he used to perform stand-up comedy as a teenager. He went to New York after quitting college where he continued performing stand-up comedy acts while looking for other venues.

He found opportunity to perform with the famous comedy club, ‘Catch a Rising Star’. He created a group, Cross Comedy with other comedians and presented a new show every week.

He was hired as a writer on the television series ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ in 1992. He also got the chance to make brief appearances on the show, ‘The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoots’. The show lasted only 13 episodes but ensured that Cross got noticed for his talents.

During his stint at ‘The Ben Stiller Show’, he became acquainted with Bob Odenkrik with whom he collaborated to create own comedy series, ‘Mr. Show’ which premiered on HBO in 1995. The show ran till 1998.

In 1997, he co-created a television series ‘Tenacious D’ featuring the fictionalized accounts of the comedy rock band ‘Tenacious D’. Cross appeared in the show as a comic dressed in a nun’s attire.

From 1999 to 2003, he made appearances in three episodes of the television sitcom, ‘Just Shoot Me!’

He portrayed the crazy yet lovable psychiatrist Tobias Funke in the television sitcom, ‘Arrested Development’ that originally ran on Fox Network from 2003 to 2006. The show was critically acclaimed and won many awards.

He is the creator of the comedy mini-series, ‘The increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’ which premiered on IFC in 2010. The show comprised a total of 12 episodes aired over two seasons.

He has also appeared or lent his voice to various episodes in several other comedy shows like ‘Strangers with Candy’, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ and ‘Archer’.

He has also appeared in many films in minor roles including ‘The Cable Guy’ (1996), ‘Dr. Dolittle 2’ (2001), ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ (2007), and ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ (2011).

He released three comedy albums: ‘Shut up your Fucking Baby!’ (2002), ‘It’s Not Funny’ (2004), ‘Bigger and Blackerer’ (2010).

Major Works

His work as a writer for ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ was highly appreciated even though the show was very short-lived. The show won him an Emmy Award and showcased his comedy talents to the world.

‘Mr. Show’, the sketch comedy series he co-created with Bob Odenkrik was a highly successful one and earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. It ran for four seasons on HBO.

His portrayal of Tobias Funke in ‘Arrested Development’ won the hearts of his fans. Initially, he was meant to have a minor role, but on sensing his popularity, the producer gave him a significant role.

Awards & Achievements

He won the 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program as a writer for ‘The Ben Stiller Show’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He dated actress Amber Tamblyn, 19 years his junior, and they got married in 2012.

Trivia

His memoir, ‘I Drink for a Reason’ was published in 2009.

He has appeared in PETA’s ‘I’d rather go Naked than Wear Fur’ campaigns.

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David Cross awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1993Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramThe Ben Stiller Show (1992)

David Cross biography timelines

  • // 4th Apr 1964
    David was born to Barry and Susie Cross in Georgia. His parents were poor and the situation worsened when his father abandoned the family.
  • // 1983 To 1985
    He attended Northside High School of the Performing Arts, and enrolled at Emerson College in Boston in 1983 but dropped out in 1985 without graduating.
  • // 1992
    He was hired as a writer on the television series ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ in 1992. He also got the chance to make brief appearances on the show, ‘The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoots’. The show lasted only 13 episodes but ensured that Cross got noticed for his talents.
  • // 1993
    He won the 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program as a writer for ‘The Ben Stiller Show’.
  • // 1995 To 1998
    During his stint at ‘The Ben Stiller Show’, he became acquainted with Bob Odenkrik with whom he collaborated to create own comedy series, ‘Mr. Show’ which premiered on HBO in 1995. The show ran till 1998.
  • // 1996 To 2011
    He has also appeared in many films in minor roles including ‘The Cable Guy’ (1996), ‘Dr. Dolittle 2’ (2001), ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ (2007), and ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ (2011).
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he co-created a television series ‘Tenacious D’ featuring the fictionalized accounts of the comedy rock band ‘Tenacious D’. Cross appeared in the show as a comic dressed in a nun’s attire.
  • // 1999 To 2003
    From 1999 to 2003, he made appearances in three episodes of the television sitcom, ‘Just Shoot Me!’
  • // 2002 To 2010
    He released three comedy albums: ‘Shut up your Fucking Baby!’ (2002), ‘It’s Not Funny’ (2004), ‘Bigger and Blackerer’ (2010).
  • // 2003 To 2006
    He portrayed the crazy yet lovable psychiatrist Tobias Funke in the television sitcom, ‘Arrested Development’ that originally ran on Fox Network from 2003 to 2006. The show was critically acclaimed and won many awards.
  • // 2009
    His memoir, ‘I Drink for a Reason’ was published in 2009.
  • // 2010
    He is the creator of the comedy mini-series, ‘The increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’ which premiered on IFC in 2010. The show comprised a total of 12 episodes aired over two seasons.
  • // 2012
    He dated actress Amber Tamblyn, 19 years his junior, and they got married in 2012.

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    David Cross was born at 1964-04-04

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    David Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S

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    David Cross's nationalities is American

  • Who is David Cross spouses?

    David Cross's spouses is Amber Tamblyn (m. 2012)

  • Who is David Cross childrens?

    David Cross's childrens is Marlow Alice Cross

  • What was David Cross universities?

    David Cross studied at Emerson College

  • What was David Cross notable alumnis?

    David Cross's notable alumnis is Emerson College

  • How tall is David Cross?

    David Cross's height is 173

  • Who is David Cross's father?

    David Cross's father is Barry Cross David Cross

  • Who is David Cross's mother?

    David Cross's mother is Susi

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    David Cross is Aries