Mike Judge, from 'Beavis and Butt-Head' to 'Silicon Valley'

Mike Judge speaks onstage during 'Silicon Valley Vs. Silicon Valley —Inside HBO’s Hit Show'
Co-creator Mike Judge speaks onstage during 'Silicon Valley Vs. Silicon Valley—Inside HBO’s Hit Show' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Mike Judge is a creative genius in the world of TV cartoons and movies. He started his career making animated shorts and short films. One of those short films became Office Space. His first TV cartoon was Beavis and Butt-Head. Then his career took off. Judge has been very successful, without ever selling out.

Early Years

Mike Judge was born in 1962 in Ecuador, but was raised in New Mexico. Later he attended the University of California in San Diego, California, where he earned a degree in physics.

Mike Judge also lived in Texas for many years. A self-motivated talent, he taught himself to animate in 1991 with the aid of borrowed library books, a second-hand animation camera and a few cheap animation supplies.

TV

Mike Judge was creator and executive producer of the irreverent cable series Beavis and Butt-Head, which premiered on MTV in 1993. He provided the voices for Beavis, Butt-Head and the additional male characters. He also wrote and performed the theme music for the series. He wrote and directed the feature film in 1996.

premiered on Fox as a mid-season series on January 12, 1997. The last episode aired September 13, 2009.

Mike Judge also created short-lived The Goode Family, which premiered on ABC May 27, 2009 and was quickly cancelled.

In 2014, Mike Judge co-created Silicon Valley, an HBOs comedy about coders who are trying to launch a start-up in a very competitive, and hilarious, world.

 Silicon Valley was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series, and for a 2015 Golden Globe award for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy. In 2015, Silicon Valley won the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series. 

Movies

In 1998, Mike Judge made his live-action directorial debut with the film Office Space, which he also wrote.

In 2007 Judge completed the live action sci-fi feature Idiocracy, about a military man who goes into a hibernation experiment and awakes 500 years later to discover an unhealthy, dumbed down America.

Mike Judge also wrote and directed Extract, which was released in 2009, about a man trying to find solutions to problems in his marriage and his factory.

Animated Short Film Festival

In 2003, Mike Judge helped launch The Animation Show, "making it the first festival of animation created and produced with actual animators at the helm," as their website says. Essentially, it's a traveling animated short film festival, showcasing independent animated filmmakers.

Mike Judge's own animated shorts include Office Space, from which blossomed the live-action film, as well as huh? and The Honkey Problem.

Acting Credits

Mike Judge usually appears in his films or cartoons, mostly in smaller roles. King of the Hill is the exception, because he voices Hank Hill, the lead character. He also voices Boomhauer in the same series. Other acting credits include Stan, Chotchkie's Manager, in Office Space and Jim, a factory worker, in Extract.

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