Known For: God of War, Stargate SG-1, X-Men: Evolution, Turok, 21 Jump Street, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, House Party 2, Sirens
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Douglas Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is of African-American and Cherokee ancestry. Judge always knew that he wanted to be an actor, wanting to invoke feelings in others that he was receiving from the shows. He realized quickly that sports would be the stepping stone to an acting career.
Attending the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, Judge led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984. In his senior year, he won a regional contest to host the West Coast Fox KLSR Morning Show, an "MTV talk show-type thing"; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.
Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Institute in LA in 1989. Some early roles were Bird on a Wire (1990), Cadence (1990), Neon Rider (1989) and MacGyver (1985). In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies, such as 21 Jump Street (1987), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and House Party 2 (1991), and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.
Judge's largest role came with Stargate SG-1 (1997). While at a friend's house, he saw his friend's roommate practicing for an audition and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent and insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client. At the audition, there were three sets of actors for each of the principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of "Teal'c". Judge was confident he got the part when they dismissed everyone who read for the part, except him. Out of all the actors on "Stargate SG-1", Judge has been in the most episodes.
More recent works of Judge's include guest spots on Andromeda (2000) and Stargate: Atlantis (2004), the television movie Personal Effects (2005), and the films, Snow Dogs (2002) and A Dog's Breakfast (2007), Paradox (2010), LA Apocalypse (2015), Nobility (2017).
Judge also does voice acting for animated series and video games, including the voice of Kratos in God of War in which he won Best Performance Award in the 2022 Game Awards. Judge has also voiced "Magneto" on X-Men: Evolution (2000) and the canceled Stargate SG-1: The Alliance and Jericho in Turok (2008).