Judah Friedlander was born on the 16th of March 1969 in Maryland, the USA. His mother’s name is Shirley, and his father was Art Friedlander. His father was of Russian-Jewish descent, while his mother is Croatian American, a native of Pittsburg. As a child, Friedlander enjoyed playing sports, especially table tennis. As a child, Friedlander drew political cartoons and made animated films, where after earning his high school diploma, he went to film school. He is known for his distinctive look, including oversized glasses, shaggy hair, a trucker hat and a generally unkempt appearance. An appearance that got described as “doughy.” A look he maintains as a standup comedian.
Judah Friedlander Body Measurements
Friedlander stands with a height of five feet and nine inches.
Judah Friedlander Career Details
Friedlander is an actor and comedian. He began his career in comedy in 1989 while he was still at New York University when he was 19 years old. Over the years, Friedlander’s comedic performances have featured him with outrageous and self-acclamations depicting himself with a dry-humour delivery. Of the many displays about himself, he regards himself as a ‘World Champion.’ This slogan has stuck with him over the years.
In early 2001, Friedlander appeared in a comedy film dubbed Wet Hot American Summer. Later in 2003, in the biopic American Splendor, he played Toby Radloff. This role received favourable reviews where his performance was “unforgettable,” shared by The New York Times. He received a nomination for this role in the category for the best supporting actor in 2004 through the Independent Spirit Awards.
Friedlander joined filmography in the late 1990s. He was part of the LateLine sitcom, where he played a techie role. Friedlander got guest roles on television shows such as Spin City, Flight of the Concords and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also had voice-over characters for the animated shows of Xavier: Renegade Angel and Wonder Showzen. Other appearances were a regular one on Best Week Ever, an entertainment and pop-culture program and a co-host of the TV Land Awards alongside Neil Patrick Harris in 2009.
He became famous through the sitcom 30 Rock. In 30 Rock, Friedlander played the role of Frank Rossitano. Rossitano was a sarcastic, lazy and untidy man staying with his mother. Also, a sex-obsessed man Rossitano often reveals this through his suggestive comments. Friedlander also appeared on some late-night talk shows like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Last Call with Carson Daly.
He also made appearances in the children’s series of Sesame Street in two of its episodes and on The Burn with Jeff Ross. In 2014, through ESPN, Friedlander did a six-part series narration on Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil, which was in preparation for the World Cup. He also provided a personal commentary on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on soccer in general and focused on the World Cup.
In 2010, he authored a humour book, How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion, where he shares his adventures in Karate.
Before becoming famous, Friedlander got featured in a music video, Everyday, for the Dave Mathews Band. Throughout the video, he hugs several random people. This incident earned him the name ‘the hug guy.’ He has also had roles in films such as Meet the Parents, Zoolander and Along Came Polly. He had a starring role on the Full Grown Men comedy and a supporting role in The Wrestler.
Judah Friedlander Family Details
Not much is public about his parents or family. Little on his father, Michael Arthur, is his Russian Jewish descent. His mother, Shirley Sestric, was a Croatian American. Friedlander does not talk much about his family.
Friedlander is not married and does not have any children. Currently, he resides in Queens, New York City and supports the New York Red Bulls, where he has occasionally got featured in their commercials.
Judah Friedlander Net Worth
Judah Friedlander is worth an estimated $3 million, as of 2019, which he has amassed through his illustrious career in film, television and standup comedy through his multiple tours.