Who is Christopher Judge?
Douglas Christopher Judge was born on 13 October 1964, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is an actor, perhaps best known for voicing the character Kratos in the 2018 release of the video game “God of War”. Apart from that, he was also known for his work in the series ‘Stargate SG-1” in which he played Teal’c.
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The Net Worth of Christopher Judge
As of early-2020, Christopher Judge’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through a successful career as an actor, in the profession since 1990. Apart from his usual work, he also does screenwriting, having done so in “Stargate SG-1”.
Early Life and Education
Christopher grew up in Los Angeles, and became aware of the entertainment industry at a young age, with his younger brother also dreaming of becoming an actor. He watched a lot of television, and realized that he wanted to be the type of person who could invoke different feelings in viewers. He also showed a bit of athletic inclination and played American Football, while also taking up drama classes in high school.
He earned a few accolades from football while playing at Carson High School, but his heart was always set on pursuing acting.
After matriculating, he enrolled at the University of Oregon under an athletic scholarship, and played for the school’s football team, the Ducks during his entire college life, mostly as a safety and a defensive back. During his freshman year, he won the Casanova Award for best newcomer of the year, and continued to gain attention in the sport. After completing his degree, he participated in a radio competition in Oregon and won, leading him to host a morning show. After gaining a bit of experience, he then moved back to his hometown Los Angeles, where he signed with an agent. Apparently he never considered a professional career in football.
Acting Career and Stargate SG-1
At the onset of his acting career, Judge took classes at L.A.’s Howard Fine Studio where he developed his skills further as he sought out work in the profession. He had numerous roles in the early 1990s, appearing mostly in minor parts in projects such as “Bird on a Wire” and “MacGyver”. In 1994, he got his first regular role in the television show “Sirens”, which ran for a year.
In 1997, he gained one of his most notable roles when he was cast as a regular in “Stargate SG-1”. He auditioned for the role after seeing his roommate practicing for an audition for the show, then contacted his agent to try and help him get an audition.
He became confident in getting the role, as he was the only one in the final reading, beating out 10 other hopefuls. The show takes place after the events of the 1994 film “Stargate”, telling the story of the US government creating task forces from Earth to help explore and defend the galaxy. The show was highly successful, winning numerous awards, and creating spin-offs. Films were also created expanding the lore and the adventures of SG-1, the elite task force the show is focused on.
Writing Work and Other Projects
While working on “Stargate SG-1”, Christopher had the opportunity to write several episodes, beginning from the fifth season.
After the show ended, he pursued further writing work, and even created a script for the show “Rage of Angels” which has yet to be produced. He also continued appearing as a guest in popular shows such as “The Mentalist” and “Stargate Atlantis”.
Some of his most notable films in recent years include “Snow Dogs”, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and is inspired by the Gary Paulsen book “Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod”. He also had a small role in the Christopher Nolan film “The Dark Knight Rises”, appearing as one of the henchmen of the villain Bane. The film is the final installment of the trilogy of “The Dark Knight” films, Nolan’s take on the popular DC character Batman.
The show received a lot of praise, and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Judge developed an interest in voice acting at around the same time he began working on “Stargate SG-1”. A few of his earliest projects include “X-Men: Evolution” in which he voiced the Marvel character Magneto and the video game “Turok” in which he voiced Jericho. He also voiced Piccolo in “Dragonball: Evolution”, and the antagonist of the game “Def Jam Vendetta”, reprising his role in “Def Jam: Fight for NY”.
In 2016, he contributed his voice to the video game “God of War”, and revealed that he was replacing Terrence C. Carlson for the voice of Kratos.
The game is a continuation of the highly successful “God of War” trilogy, which saw Kratos fight against various creatures and gods of Greek mythology. This revival continues the story, seeing Kratos live in a world of Norse mythology, where he hides from his past while raising a boy who is unaware of his father’s divine nature. The game received high praise and near-universal acclaim for its various features. Many praised its story, narration, characters, music, and its new take on the franchise with a revamped combat system. The game became the highest rated in the entire series, and was awarded as Game of the Year by numerous high profile publications.
It elevated his career significantly as a voice acting talent, making him one of the most highly sought after voice actors of recent years.
Christopher married model Margaret Schinke in 1995, and they stayed together for 16 years, having three children, all of whom pursued careers in professional sports or fitness. They separated for a long time before finalizing their divorce in 2011, and shortly after which he remarried Gianna Patton, and they have a child together.
When not busy with acting projects, he loves playing golf, and also does charity work. He collaborates often with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, which promotes various programs for the well-being of people living across the country.