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Four Things to Love About Patrick Warburton

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Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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Patrick Warburton has a knack for scoring roles that foster pop culture obsession. Back in the 1990s, he played Elaine Benes' boyfriend, David Puddy, on Seinfeld. He went on to star in the short-lived, yet beloved live-action adaptation of The Tick. More recently, you can hear his deep, booming voice as Joe Swanson on Family Guy and professional badass Brock Samson on The Venture Bros. Currently, he plays Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement, which airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

Certainly, if you have a television set, you're familiar with Warburton. But what's he like when he isn't slaughtering Henchmen on The Venture Bros. or cracking jokes with the neighbors on Family Guy? Find out after the jump.

4. He has an "inner nerd."

It's hard to believe that Warburton-- all 6 foot, 3 inches, broad shoulders and chiseled features-- has what he calls an "inner nerd."

"I don't think that's people's perception of me now," he says over the phone while on break from rehearsing Rules of Engagement.

But, the truth is that he was kind of a nerdy kid and that experience is part of the reason why Warburton is the funny guy he is today.

"I weighed 95 pounds my freshman year and had thick, Coke bottle glasses and needed humor to survive, really," he recalls.

Heavily inspired by Jerry Lewis movies as a child, Warburton describes himself as being "a bit of a goof" back then. But, he has another reason for gravitating towards comedic roles in his career.

"After I saw a couple of really horrible movies I did in the early days, I thought, nobody is going to take me seriously for a while," he says. "I better not take myself seriously."

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