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Mike Judge        

Creator & Executive Producer of "Silicon Valley"

Mike Judge is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, film director, producer, cartoonist and musician. He is best known as the creator and star of the animated television series "Beavis and Butt-head," "King of the Hill" and "The Goode Family."

He also wrote, directed and in some instances produced the films "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Office Space," "Idiocracy" and "Extract." Judge is also known for his role as Donnagon Giggles in the "Spy Kids" movie franchise.

In 1991, Judge's short film "Office Space" (also known as the Milton series of shorts) was acquired by Comedy Central, following a Dallas animation festival. In 1992, he developed "Frog Baseball," a short film featuring the characters Beavis and Butt-head, to be featured on Liquid Television, a 1990s animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The short led to the creation of the "Beavis and Butt-head" series on MTV, in which Judge voiced both title characters as well as the majority of supporting characters. Beavis and Butt-head visited Wilson Middle School and attended Highland High School in their series, which are the names of schools in Albuquerque, Judge's hometown. The series ran from 1993 to 1997 and 2011, and also spawned the feature-length film, "Beavis and Butt-head Do America."

In 1997, Judge created "King of the Hill" for the Fox Network. Many of the show's characters were based on people he had known while living in Texas. Judge voiced characters Hank Hill and Jeff Boomhauer. The show centers on the Hills, a middle-class Methodist family in the small suburban town of Arlen, Texas. It attempts to retain a naturalistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life while dealing with issues comically. The series ran from January 12, 1997 to May 6, 2010 with a total of 259 episodes aired. The show is the third longest running prime time animated series behind "The Simpsons" and "South Park."

In 1999, Judge had a voice cameo in "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," the feature-length film adaptation of the popular Comedy Central series; he voiced Kenny McCormick when he was unhooded towards the end of the film. That same year, he wrote and directed the live-action comedy film "Office Space," which was based in part on the Milton series of cartoons he had created for NBC's Saturday Night Live. In the film, he made a cameo appearance as Stan (complete with hairpiece and fake mustache), the manager of Chotchkie's, a fictionalized parody of chain restaurants like Applebee's and TGI Friday's. As of mid-2006, "Office Space" had sold nearly six million home-video copies.

Judge's film, "Idiocracy," a dystopian comedy starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph, was given a limited release theatrically by 20th Century Fox in September 2006, two years after production. The film was released without a trailer or substantial marketing campaign. In the U.S., the film was released to DVD in January 2007 and later aired on premium-television, multiplex channels: Cinemax in September 2007 and HBO in January 2008. Since then, it has gained a cult following.

In 2012, Judge announced that he is developing a sitcom for HBO called "Silicon Valley," a single-camera live-action comedy, with "King of the Hill" executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.


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