Mike Judge is an Ecuador born American actor, animator, filmmaker, voice artist and musician. He is the creator and director of many famous TV series such as “Beavis and Butt-Head”, “King of the Hill”, “The Goode Family”, “Silicon Valley” etc.
He also wrote and directed the movies “Office Space”, “Idiocracy”, “Extract” etc. His net worth is $75 million dollars. Following article is about the Mike Judge Net Worth, Biography, Family, Career, Filmography, Personal Life and works of this versatile personality.
Biography and Background
His full name is Michael Craig Judge.
He is simply known as Mike Judge or Mike to everyone.
Mike is an Ecuadorian born American. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
His birthday is on October 17, 1962. He is currently 57 years old.
Mike Judge is an American actor and animator. Apart from this, he has also worked as a filmmaker, screenwriter, voice artist and musician.
His Zodiac sign is Libra.
Mike moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was seven. In his younger days he worked in a chicken farm for a short period of time before graduatingwith a B.Sc. in physicsfrom the University of California, San Diego.
He worked in a number of jobs related to his academic field but eventually quit all of them to become a bass player for a blues band.
In 1989, while he was playing bass on a regular basis, he saw some animation cells in a movie theater and bought a Bolex 16mm film.
With that he started making his own short animated films. The year 1991 was the time he got his big break, when Comedy Central acquired his short film “Office Space”. He never had to look back from there.
Family and History
Mike Judge’s fathers name is Williams James Judge. He is an archeologist. When Mike was born, he was working for a nonprofit organization for the development of agriculture in Guayaquil and other parts of Ecuador.
His mother’s name is Margaret Blue. She worked as a librarian.
Mike has two more siblings. He is the middle child.His brother’s name is Jay Judge.
Mike Judge was married. He married Francesca Morocco in 1989. They remained married for 20 years until their divorce in 2009. They have three children together.
He has three children. Two daughters and a son. His daughter’s names are Lily and Julia Judge, and his son’s name is Charles Judge.
Mike didn’t start his career in the film industry. He was a science graduate. And as a science graduate, he first began his career as a programmer. But he soon lost interest in his job and left.
He then went on to become a bass player. He played alongside artists such as Anson Funderburgh and Doyle Bramhall.But the major turning point of his career came when he started making short films in 1989.
His first major work was an animated sitcom titled “Beavis and Butt-Head” for MTV. He then went on to create some other popular TV series and movies.
Beginning with a completely different career, he had the gutto go for another completely different career path, and it worked out splendidly for him in the end.
Proving once again that if you do something that you love, you will definitely succeed in life.
Working Style and Preference
Mike Judge has been involved in multiple professions in his life. But he is mostly known for creating animated series, movies and also acting in them. He also worked as a musician and as an engineer before changing his career path.
His styles and genres changed from time to time, according to what he wanted to create. From the low brow comedy of Beavis and Butt-Head to the highbrow satire of Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s comedic range is vast.
Most of his work is centered around a normal manwho responds to the extreme characters surrounding him.
Mike started his career as an electronic test engineer for F-18 fighter jet after completing his graduation in 1985. In 1987, he joined a startup video card company called Parallax Graphics. But he didn’t like his job at all.
He said the employees were real believers of something. He just didn’t know what that something was. After leaving this job, to he became a bass player.
He was performing and working as a bassist when he developed an interest in animated short films. After Comedy Central acquired his short film “Office Space”, in 1992, he developed “Frog Baseball”.
In there, the characters Beavis and Butt-Head appeared for the first time. After that he co-created the show “King of the Hill” with former writer of “The Simpsons” Greg Daniels in 1995.
This show was also a major hit and was announced as the best TV series of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time and TV Guide.
In 1999, a film was released based on “Office Space” with the same title. Since 2003 he and fellow animator Don Hertzfeldt has been running an animation festival called “The Animation Show”.
He was awarded Austin Film Festival’s “Outstanding Television Writer Award” by Johnny Hardwick in 2005. He portrayed the role Donnagon Giggles in science fiction family comedy film franchise “Spy Kids”.
His third film “Idiocracy” was released in 2006. The film received some negative reviews for not being screened for critics but performed minor success in box office and gained a cult following.
He next wrote and directed the 2009 comedy film “Extract”. This was his fourth directional job. Judge and his producers set up a production company named“Ternion Productions” so that they can keep Extract bellow the radar of the studio system.
He then directed his third television series titled “The Goode Family”. His fourth television series “Silicon Valley” aired in 2014. In 2019, he announced to have been working on developing two projects for HBO titled “QualityLand” and “A5”.
Mike Judge Net Worth
Mike Judge is famous mainly for his animated TV series, movies he directed and acted on. He has a net worth of $75 million. Apart from the stated things, he also worked as a voice artist, Musician, Screenwriter etc.
All of this also helped increase his net worth.
Following are some of Mike’s notable work over the years.
Social Media Presence
Mike Judge has Twitter and Instagram account. They are given below.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Mike Judge
- “King of the Hill” is partly based on his experiences living in a Dallas suburb after college.
- He likes to surf.
- Much of Mike’s work is inspired by the work ethic of rap icons.He cites Run DMC as a major influence.
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