Middleditch at SXSW 2016
|Born||Thomas Steven Middleditch
March 10, 1982
|Mollie Gates (m. 2015)|
Thomas Steven Middleditch (born March 10, 1982) is a Canadian actor, comedian, and television writer, known for his role as Richard Hendricks in the HBO series Silicon Valley, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He is also known for his role as Harold Hutchins in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017). He is also widely known as a spokesman for Verizon Wireless, appearing in several nationwide ads in the U.S. for the company in 2017.
Middleditch was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia. His parents are British. He was cast in a play in eighth grade that he said "changed everything" for him. He went from an indoorsy kid who was bullied, to becoming the funny, popular kid in high school. He discovered improv in grade school from performing with Theatresports.
He briefly attended the University of Victoria before dropping out and moving to Toronto, where he auditioned for and enrolled in George Brown College, but never attended classes. He instead opted to make sketches on his own, and worked at a New Balance store for an income. He then relocated to Chicago, where he took classes at The Second City and iO Theater, while also performing regularly. Due to immigration issues, he worked various cash jobs until Charna Halpern sponsored him to get his work visa. While performing on a Second City cruise, he got an audition for Saturday Night Live. Though he did not get cast, the routine he used in his audition landed him a network holding deal and he moved to New York City.
While living in New York City, Middleditch began acting in commercials. In 2007 a sketch video for Chicken McNuggets he made with Fernando Sosa in Chicago was purchased by McDonald's and used as a commercial. He appeared in the 2009 romantic comedy Splinterheads, portraying the lead role of Justin Frost. On March 25, 2010, he joined a CBS pilot Hitched, written by Josh Schwartz and directed by Rob Greenberg. On May 5, 2011, Middleditch made his first appearance in Jake and Amir, in the episode "Jake and Amir: Doobs". He made several returns to the web series.
On May 31, 2011, Middleditch joined the cast of the Paramount Pictures' comedy film Fun Size, directed by Josh Schwartz. On August 8, 2011, he joined Road to Nardo, a film that would have been Scot Armstrong's directorial debut. On December 12, 2011, he joined Jay Roach's The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
On July 23, 2012, Middleditch joined the cast of the comedy film Someone Marry Barry, directed and written by Rob Pearlstein and produced by Barry Josephson. On August 23, 2012, he had a role in The Offices final season episode "The Farm". He had a role in the 2013 comedy fantasy film The Brass Teapot, directed by Ramaa Mosley, and played a police officer in the 2013 CBS Films coming-of-age comedy film The Kings of Summer.
On January 30, 2013, Middleditch joined HBO's comedy pilot Silicon Valley playing Richard Hendricks. He has said that the pilot was written with him specifically in mind as the lead (the character was originally named Thomas Pickering; the latter being his mother's maiden name). This was a result of a "random" audio sketch he once made for a stand-up routine which he would later animate himself and pitched to several people, including Mike Judge's production partners John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who would later create the show.
In 2014 he joined a CollegeHumor series on youtube called CAMP.
For his work on the show, Middleditch has garnered two Satellite Awards nominations and two Critics' Choice Television Award nominations. In 2016, Middleditch earned his first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in the show.
On April 23, 2013, he was added to the cast of the comedy film Search Party, the feature directorial debut of Scot Armstrong. Middleditch made a small cameo appearance in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street as a broker who is fired for cleaning his fish bowl during office hours.
He has played as a hipster thief in the episode "Sunday Funday" on the show You're The Worst. On The Pete Holmes Show, he played Nightcrawler and Gambit from the X-Men and Vega and Ken from Street Fighter II. On October 16, 2013, it was announced that the Disney XD-produced animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero would star Middleditch as the titular multiverse-hopping hero. The series premiered in late 2014. In 2015, he co-starred in the films The Final Girls and The Bronze. Also in 2015, he began streaming himself playing video games on the website Twitch.
Middleditch voiced Harold Hutchins in DreamWorks Animation's animated feature Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), based on Dav Pilkey's book Captain Underpants. As of 2017, Middleditch has appeared in Verizon commercials as their spokesperson. On May 31, 2017, he was cast in the MonsterVerse film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Middleditch became engaged to costume designer Mollie Gates in June 2015. They were married on August 22, 2015 in Middleditch's hometown.
|The Other Guys||Art Exhibition Curator|
|Night Home||James||Short film|
|Michel Jean-Michel: Overexposed||Michel Jean-Michel||Short film|
|The Brass Teapot||Gilad|
|Fun Size||Manuel Fuzzy|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Rookie Cop|
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Stratton Broker in a Bowtie|
|2014||Someone Marry Barry||Kurt|
|Search Party||Daniel Narducci|
|The Bronze||Ben Lawfort|
|The Final Girls||Duncan|
|2017||Kong: Skull Island||Jerry||Voice role|
|Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Harold Hutchins||Voice role|
|Once Upon a Time in Venice||John|
|Henchmen||Lester||Voice role; In post-production|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters|
|2010||Robotomy||Additional voices||Episode: "Bling Thing"|
|2011||Ugly Americans||Episode: "Wet Hot Demonic Summer"|
|2011||Beavis and Butt-Head||7 episodes|
|2011||The League||Julian||Episode: "The Light of Genesis"|
|2011||Fact Checkers Unit||Kerry||Episode: "Fly Like a Buttress"|
|2013||Newsreaders||Micah Berkley||Episode: "Auto Erotic"|
|2013||The Office||Jeb Schrute||Episode: "The Farm"|
|2013||Key and Peele||Monsieur Thénardier||Episode: "Les Mis"|
|2013||Trophy Wife||Nurse Terry||Episode: "Lice and Beary White"|
|2013||The Pete Holmes Show||Gambit / Nightcrawler||2 episodes|
|2014||TripTank||Warlock / Caller (voices)||Episode: "TripTank 2025"|
|2014||You're the Worst||Hipster Ringleader||Episode: "Sunday Funday"|
|2014-present||Silicon Valley||Richard Hendricks||Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2016)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2014, 2015, 2016)
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2014, 2015)
|2014-2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Penn Zero / Additional voices||Also writer (episode: "Ultrahyperball")|
|2015||Scheer-RL||Jeff Timons||Episode: "98 Degrees"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself / Tim Landers||2 episodes|
|2015-2016||Drunk History||Sam Zemurray / William Willis||2 episodes|
|2017||Rick and Morty||King Tommy (voice)||Episode: "The ABCs of Beth"|
|2009||Memoirs of a Manchild||Danny Nanners||3 episodes; also writer and producer|
|2010||The Back Room||Die Antwoord||Episode: "Steve Agee"|
|2010-2013||CollegeHumor Originals||Various characters||20 episodes|
|2011||Funny or Die||Woodshed Guy||Episode: "2.8"|
|2011||Matumbo Goldberg||Lenny||5 episodes|
|2011-2015||Jake and Amir||Penis Anthony "Doobs" Doubligner||6 episodes|
|2012||Bravest Warriors||Professor Fartsparkles||Voice; episode: "Time Slime"|
|2013||The Funtime Gang||Randy the Racoon||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013||The Morning After||Dave||5 episodes|
|2016||HarmonQuest||Dildo Bogpelt||Episode: "The Doorest of Fores"|