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Douglas Christopher Judge
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964
|Children||4, including Cameron|
Douglas Christopher Judge (born October 13, 1964) is an American actor best known for playing Teal'c in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, Kratos in the 2018 video game God of War, replacing long-time voice actor Terrence C. Carson, and King T'Challa/Black Panther in the August 2021 expansion in the Marvel's Avengers video game by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. He attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship and was a Pacific-10 Conference player.
Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor. Christopher Judge harbored the desire to become an actor from an early age, and studied drama in high school. "The television set was my babysitter growing up. I can remember wanting to invoke the feelings that I was getting from television—I wanted to be the one who was the catalyst for those feelings in other people. Performing was something I've always known I was going to do." He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career. Judge was an All-L.A. City football player at Carson High School and graduated from Carson in 1982.[better source needed] He played for Coach Gene Vollnogle.
Judge received a scholarship from the University of Oregon and played defensive back and safety for the Ducks from 1982 to 1985. He led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984, and earned the Casanova Award in 1982, given to the freshman or newcomer of the year. While at Oregon, Judge was a Pacific-10 Conference Selection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.
Judge won a contest to host a radio show in Oregon, and 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.
In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA. A few of his early roles were in the 1990s Bird on a Wire, Cadence, Neon Rider and MacGyver with future Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies such as 21 Jump Street (with future SG-1 director Peter DeLuise), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House Party 2, and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.
Judge's largest role came in 1997 with Stargate SG-1. While at a friend's house, he saw his friend's roommate practicing for an audition for the show and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent, insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client. At the audition there were three actors trying out for each of the other principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal'c. Judge was confident that he had acquired the part when they dismissed everyone who had read for the part except him.
Judge's subsequent work includes guest spots on Andromeda, Stargate Atlantis, The Mentalist, the television movie Personal Effects, and the films Snow Dogs and A Dog's Breakfast, the latter written and directed by fellow Stargate actor David Hewlett. Judge appeared in "Anonymous", the October 26, 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, and as one of Bane's henchmen in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.
Judge wrote four Stargate SG-1 episodes: season five's "The Warrior", season six's "The Changeling", season seven's "Birthright", and season eight's "Sacrifices".
After Stargate SG-1 was cancelled, Judge began writing a script for a show called Rage of Angels that would have enabled him to play "the lead in an hour formatted show and prove that a black lead can be commercially viable and sustainable in overseas markets." The script was marketed as a two-hour, back door pilot with MGM, but is now apparently with Direct TV and Starz Media.
Judge has also done voice acting for animated series and video games, including the voice of Piccolo on Dragonball: Evolution, Magneto on X-Men: Evolution, and the canceled Stargate SG-1: The Alliance. In the season eight episode, "Avatar", Teal'c informs SG-1 that he plays Def Jam Vendetta, alluding to the fact that Chris Judge had provided the voice of D-Mob, the main antagonist in that game. He once again appeared as D-Mob in the sequel, Def Jam: Fight for NY, this time as a good guy and as the boss for your main character/hero. He is also known for voicing Jericho in Turok.
Judge married Margaret Schinke, with whom he has three children: Christopher Jordan, Cameron, and Catrina Jasmine. Judge and Margaret separated in 2001 and finalized their divorce in 2011.
His son Cameron is a professional Canadian football linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts. Cameron played college football for UCLA and was drafted 2nd overall in the 2017 CFL Draft; Christopher Jordan played college football for Cal Poly and was drafted 71st overall in the 2019 CFL Draft.
Awards and nominations
In 2002, Judge was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work on Stargate SG-1. On February 13 at the 2019 D.I.C.E. Awards, Judge accepted the award for Outstanding Achievement in Character for his work as Kratos in God of War.
|1990||Bird on a Wire||Cop at Cafe (as Doug Judge)|
|Cadence||Psych. Ward M.P. #1 (as Douglas Judge)|
|1991||House Party 2||Miles (as D. Christopher Judge)|
|1997||Stargate: Children of the Gods||Teal'c||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Out of Line||Alfonso James|
|2002||Snow Dogs||Dr. Brooks||Ted's Father|
|Romantic Comedy 101||Nigel||Television Movie|
|2005||Personal Effects||Nate Wall|
|2007||A Dog's Breakfast||Chris|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Teal'c||Direct-to-video|
|Max Steel: Bio Crisis||Jefferson (voice)|
|2011||Dead Space: Aftermath||Nickolas Kuttner (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Mercenary Assassin #3|
|Clash of the Empires||Amthar||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark||Jack Turner|
|A Tiger's Tail||Joe Camp|
|Knock 'em Dead||Freddy|
|To Have and to Hold||Sampson|
|The Underground Railroad||Bear|
|La Apocalypse (Doomed Planet)||Lt. Grisham|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Secret Service Agent|
|2018||Minutes To Midnight||Ranger Taso|
|MacGyver||Deron (as Doug Judge)||Episode: Live and Learn|
|21 Jump Street||Man in Queue (Uncredited)||Episode: Unfinished Business|
|Booker||Jones/Mover||Episodes: Hacker & Crazy|
|1994-1995||Sirens||Off. Richard Stiles (as D. Christopher Judge)||Recurring role Season 2 (22 episodes)|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Workman (as D. Christopher Judge)||Episode: There's the Rub: Part 2|
|2000||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Plato (voice)||Main role Season 3 (13 episodes)|
|2001||First Wave||Xevallah||Episode: Beneath the Black Sky|
|Freedom||Doctor Roeg||Episode: Mind Game|
|2000-2001||Action Man||Coach Simon Grey (voice)||Recurring role (14 episodes)|
|2002||Just Cause||Reverend Lester Stokes||Episode: The Wives of Christmas Past|
|2002-2003||Andromeda||Hector-Resolution of Hector/Achilles Avatar||Episodes: The Knight, Death and the Devil & Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath|
|2000-2003||X-Men: Evolution||Magneto/Magnus (voice)||Recurring role (20 episodes)|
|2003-2004||He-Man and the Masters of the Universe||Zodak, Zeelahr (voice) (as Chris Judge)||Episodes: Snake Pit, Rise of the Snake Men Part 1, Rise of the Snake Men Part 2 & Awaken the Serpent|
|1997-2007||Stargate SG-1||Teal'c||Main role (211 episodes)|
|2007-2008||Stargate: Atlantis||Episodes: Reunion & Midway|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Assan Refiq||Episode: Anonymous|
|2012||The Mentalist||Dante Holmes||Episode: Pink Champagne on Ice|
|2015||Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series||The Baron (voice)|
|2017||Wacky Races||Brick Crashman (voice)||Main role|
|2019-2021||Final Space||Oreskis (voice)||Episodes: The Set Up & Descent Into Darkness|
|2003||Def Jam Vendetta||D-Mob (voice)|
|2004||Def Jam Fight for NY||Credited as Chris Judge|
|World of Warcraft||Additional Voices|
|2008||Turok||Jericho (voice)||Credited as Chris Judge|
|2013||Stargate SG-1: Unleashed||Teal'c (voice)|
|2014||World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor||Additional Voices|
|2015||StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void||Additional Voices|
|2018||God of War||Kratos (voice, and motion capture)|
|World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth||Akunda / Gorak Tul / Sunwalker Ordel (voice)|
|2021||Marvel's Avengers||T'Challa / Black Panther||War for Wakanda DLC expansion|
|2022||God of War Ragnarök||Kratos|
|2002||Stargate SG-1||The Warrior||Season 5, episode 18. Aired in January.|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||The Changeling||Season 6, episode 19. Aired in February.|
|Stargate SG-1||Birthright||Season 7, episode 10. Aired in August.|
|2004||Stargate SG-1||Sacrifices||Season 8, episode 09. Aired in September.|
- Ultimate TV Transcript (archived) Archived March 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
- Child of the Gods (archived) Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- TV Guide Q&A with Christopher Judge (archived) Archived October 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "1982 Carson High Yearbook". classmates.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- Oregon Ducks Football History Archived 2012-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
- Casanova Award
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