52 Facts About David Cross


David Cross has done voice work for the sitcom Oliver Beene, and has had lead voice-over roles in Curious George, Battle for Terra, the Kung Fu Panda film franchise, Megamind and Next Gen.


David Cross was born in Roswell, Georgia, to a Jewish family.


David Cross's parents are Barry and Susi, the former of whom emigrated from Leeds, England.


Six months after his birth, David Cross's family moved to Florida.


David Cross is the oldest of three children and has two younger sisters, Juli Cross and Wendy Cross.


David Cross recalled they were evicted from their home and that he spent some time living in motels and at friends' homes in his youth.


Barry left the family when David was 10 years old; the two have not spoken since he was 19, though they both primarily resided in New York City until Cross sold his home there in 2011.

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The day after he graduated from Northside High School in Atlanta, David Cross relocated to New York City.


David Cross recalls that it was "a loud, dumb, pandering, racist, homophobic-type scene".


David Cross formed the sketch comedy group "David Cross Comedy" with 12 other performers, and they put on a new show every week.


David Cross later performed at the alternative comedy club Un-Cabaret in Los Angeles, where radio artist Joe Frank heard him, and hired him to appear in Frank's 1994 radio programs, "A Hearing" and "The Last Run", where David Cross appears as OJ's valet.


David Cross tends to release his albums in overlapping audio and video formats which each contain material not found on the other.


David Cross appears on several Un-Cabaret compilation albums, including Freak Weather Feels Different and The Good, the Bad and the Drugly.


David Cross began his professional television career as a writer on The Ben Stiller Show.


David Cross won an Emmy for his work on The Ben Stiller Show in 1993.


David Cross later co-starred as Tobias Funke in Arrested Development, originally intended to be only a minor role.


From October 2005, David Cross regularly appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report as Stephen Colbert's nemesis Russ Lieber, a fictional liberal radio talk show host from Madison, Wisconsin.


David Cross teamed up with Mr Show director and producer Troy Miller and Odenkirk to produce a feature film Run Ronnie Run, based on one of their Mr Show characters.


In 2004, David Cross provided voices for a Marine in Halo 2 and a store clerk named Zero in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


David Cross was the voice of the "Happy-Time Harry" doll and Bert Banana in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.


David Cross appeared in The Strokes' music video for "Juicebox" as a bad local "morning zoo" radio DJ.


David Cross contributes to Vice magazine, writing a column, My America.


David Cross provided commentary on the Vicarious music video DVD for Tool.


David Cross has previously performed comedy as an opening act for the band and its members appeared on Mr Show several times.


David Cross portrayed Ian Hawke in Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and voiced Crane in the Kung Fu Panda film franchise.

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In 2009, David Cross released his first book I Drink for a Reason.


David Cross starred alongside Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in It's a Disaster, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.


David Cross created the eight-episode black comedy series Bliss, which was released by the BritBox streaming service in 2018.


David Cross has said his comedic influences include Bill Hicks, Andy Kaufman, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Lou Costello, Steven Wright, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce.


In October 2017, David Cross apologized to actor-comedian Charlyne Yi for racially insensitive comments that he had made toward Yi in the mid-2000s.


David Cross responded with An Open Letter to Larry the Cable Guy posted on his website.


David Cross continued to mock Larry in his stand-up, satirizing Blue Collar TV during a guest appearance on Wonder Showzen.


David Cross poked fun at Larry's comedy in Freak Show with a character called "Danny the Plumber Guy".


David Cross has criticized Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton on a Mr Show sketch and in his stand-up performance The Pride Is Back, calling him "pretentious".


On one commentary track for season four of Mr Show, David Cross discussed the encounter, complimenting Lipton for his professionalism and performance, saying that he liked Lipton personally but still "didn't care for" Inside The Actors Studio.


David Cross reprised his Chipmunks role in two of the film's sequels, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.


David Cross described Chipwrecked as "literally without question, the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life".


David Cross accused an unidentified producer of antisemitism and of mistreating him.


David Cross was "forced at legal gunpoint" to spend a week shooting footage on a Carnival Cruise, which David Cross argued was pointless since he had no lines and was unrecognizable in a pelican suit.


David Cross has been critical of several pop music acts in his stand-up comedy, notably Creed and its lead singer Scott Stapp.


On his 2004 album It's Not Funny, David Cross referred to Creed as "the third-worst band in history", and maligned the group's pop sensibilities for being too ubiquitous, suggesting that Stapp hung around "10th grade girls' locker rooms" to find inspiration for his song lyrics.


David Cross then relates an anecdote about Stapp being a last-minute replacement for another celebrity at a taping of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2003.


On February 21,2017, Tamblyn announced that she and David Cross have a daughter.


David Cross, who was raised into Judaism, has described himself as an atheist.


David Cross describes his political philosophy as "definitely more socialist Democrat than centrist politician".

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In 2021, David Cross featured on a video produced by the Gravel Institute, a progressive think tank.


On September 26,2013, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler revealed that David Cross was the first investor in the crowdfunding platform.


David Cross is a fan of and friends with the musical group Beastie Boys.


David Cross is sampled on the beginning of the group's single "Ch-Check It Out" from their album To the 5 Boroughs.


David Cross revealed this while hosting the Beastie Boys SiriusXM channel.


David Cross appeared in the group's music video for "Make Some Noise" which was nominated for Video of The Year at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.


In Spike Jonze documentary Beastie Boys Story, David Cross has a post-credit scene in which he interrupts the group's theater performance to poke fun at the commercial failure of their second album, Paul's Boutique.