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City resident Danny McBride is riding amazing streak of success in Hollywood

 Danny McBride, grew up in Spotsylvania and now splits his time between Los Angeles and Fredericksburg. McBride, a Courtland High School graduate, works as an actor and writer and recently produced a pilot for HBO.
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Date published: 1/24/2008

By Rob Hedelt

IF DANNY McBride hadn't lived the whirlwind movie and TV successes of his past two years, the 31-year-old Fredericksburg resident probably wouldn't believe it was possible.

Consider what the son of Doug and Kathy Rudy of Spotsylvania County, a graduate of Courtland High School, has accomplished in dizzying fashion in just over two years:

Landed and/or finished seven major motion picture roles filmed in Hawaii, Vancouver and elsewhere opposite industry heavyweights Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and more.

Helped write, produce and act in a television pilot and series recently bought by HBO. He partnered in the effort with longtime collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best, friends from his college days at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

McBride has the lead role in the TV series, called "East Bound and Down," which he characterizes as a "raw, edgy story about a former professional baseball player forced to take a gym teacher's job back home and to face all the people he mistreated on his way up."

Got a film debuted at the Sundance Film festival, was immediately signed by one of the top talent agencies in Hollywood and sold scripts he partnered on to "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels and others.

And, oh yeah, recently got engaged to the beautiful lady in his life he met at a Super Bowl Party in L.A.

"I spend a lot of time pinching myself to make sure it's all happening," said the down-to-earth, unassuming McBride. "I try to remember that it could all end tomorrow."

Find out a bit of McBride's history and you see he's paid his dues to reach this point.

He and his two former college chums have put in years churning out scripts, making independent films and learning the business from the inside out.

The big success that has catapulted the trio to the big time was their independent film, "The Foot Fist Way," a quirky and hilarious film about a martial arts instructor played by McBride.

It's the film that got them to Sundance, signed by CAA and opened doors.

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