Patrick Warburton won't apologize for 'Family Guy' role: 'We need humor'

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Patrick Warburton has arguably 1 of nan astir recognizable faces and voices successful nan entertainment industry.

From his iconic "Puddy" characteristic connected "Seinfeld" to voicing paraplegic bull Joe Swanson connected astir 300 episodes of "Family Guy" and greeting guests during nan Soarin' Around nan World instructional video astatine Disney's California Adventure, Warburton's signature baritone sound and charming disposition are unmistakable.

He has endured decades of changes successful nan acting world and proved longevity whitethorn look easy amid uncertain ebbs and flows of cancel culture, but his affirmative outlook toward drama has ever helped him enactment grounded. 

Warburton holds dependable successful his belief that "Seinfeld" jokes guidelines nan trial of time. "I deliberation that's why nan show's successful perpetual syndication and group emotion it. There's always, you know, nan measurement things change, and this and that… what would alert today? What flew yesterday can't alert today," he exclusively told Fox News Digital.

"I utilized to apologize for being connected 'Family Guy,' and I apologize nary much because this world is simply a horrible autochthonal satire. Everybody takes themselves excessively seriously, and… I deliberation successful galore ways go an overwhelming mess. But we request joke successful our lives, and we request emotion and humor, acceptance. It's each alternatively simple."

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"Seinfeld" character Patrick Warburton says "we request joke successful our lives."

"Seinfeld" character Patrick Warburton says "we request joke successful our lives." (Getty Images)

"I utilized to apologize for being connected 'Family Guy,' and I apologize nary much because this world is simply a horrible autochthonal satire."

— Patrick Warburton

Easy capable for nan feline who played Elaine Benes' on-and-off fellow connected "Seinfeld" for 10 episodes of nan cult classical sitcom but is still 1 of nan astir quoted and memorable characters from nan long-running show.

Years ago, Warburton told an outlet that he "desperately avoided" Jerry Seinfeld while connected group retired of fearfulness of saying thing stupid. 

"You know, it's funny. You make a remark connected thing that was really successful an question and reply successful Australia," he said. "I was moving connected a task down there, and they asked maine astir working connected ‘Seinfeld.’ And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I avoided Jerry for illustration nan plague,’ which is… that's nan story. It's like, everybody's curious, 'Why? You're specified a horrible person?' It was conscionable simply because I knew really fortunate I was to beryllium connected that show and I wanted to deed my marks, get my laughs, get retired of location and conscionable not beryllium an rumor and conscionable person 'em say, 'Let's bring that feline back.' That's what I wanted."

The misguided remarks didn't look to instill immoderate sick will from Seinfeld erstwhile nan men reunited by chance astatine a Manhattan eatery years later.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrayed Elaine Benes, while Warburton played her on-off fellow David Puddy successful a big of "Seinfeld" episodes.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrayed Elaine Benes, while Warburton played her on-off fellow David Puddy successful a big of "Seinfeld" episodes. (Joey Delvalle/NBCU Photo Bank)

"I was moving connected a task down there, and they asked maine astir moving connected ‘Seinfeld.’ And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I avoided Jerry for illustration nan plague,’ which is… that's nan story."

— Patrick Warburton
While Warburton only starred successful a fistful of "Seinfeld" episodes, including nan finale, he made a lasting belief connected audiences.

While Warburton only starred successful a fistful of "Seinfeld" episodes, including nan finale, he made a lasting belief connected audiences. (oey Delvalle/NBCU Photo Bank)

"It was a fewer years back. I was successful New York doing property for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ and I conscionable bumped into Jerry successful a diner… successful a random diner," Warburton recalled. "I sewage a pat connected my shoulder, and you cognize really your encephalon microcomputes? I was reasoning to myself, ‘I stake I cognize who this personification is.’ This isn't going to beryllium conscionable personification going, 'Hey, Puddy, tin I person your autograph?' I move astir and location is Jerry's face, six inches distant from mine. 

"He goes, 'You present by yourself?' I go, 'ya.' He goes, ‘Come connected and subordinate me; I'm having meal pinch Colin Quinn. Then I had meal pinch them, and he says, 'What are you doing tonight?' I go, 'I don't know.' He says, 'Come connected complete for dinner.' So I went complete to his house. I had meal pinch Jerry and his beautiful woman and their kids, and it was conscionable a awesome evening."

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His narration pinch Seinfeld feels for illustration a "high five" each around. Despite surviving connected different coasts and increasing up pinch distinctly different backgrounds, they precocious recovered retired they stock a communal denominator.

"I was brought up very Catholic. My begetter was successful nan monastery for 3 months. He almost became a monk... and past decided that wasn't his calling and wanted to do medicine. That being said, my mother was worse than my father," Warburton said. "I mean, she has scrupulosity, truthful it's each belief each nan clip pinch my mother. Cut to, like, 2 years ago, erstwhile my wife's doing Ancestry.com, she finds retired that I'm really 12.4% Ashkenazi Jew."

Warburton has much than 100 sound credits to his name.

Warburton has much than 100 sound credits to his name. (Amy Sussman)

Warburton said he was "very excited" to find retired astir his Jewish ancestry, and instantly picked up nan telephone to show his buddy, Seinfeld, that he was portion of nan chosen few.

"The first matter I sent was to Jerry," he said. "I go, 'Hey, Jerry, I'm 12.4%.' He instantly sent maine a matter backmost welcoming maine to Yidland (a Yiddish word for Jewish land), truthful that was lovely."

Warburton, who has much than 100 sound credits to his name, said, "Working successful voiceover benignant of allots you that opportunity, you know, because it doesn't return a batch of time, you tin usually fresh successful immoderate works. There are things that you spell after. I'm a Disney-phile, truthful I emotion thing and everything Disney."

Warburton has a extremity this twelvemonth to raise much than $4 cardinal astatine his yearly personage play tournament.

Warburton has a extremity this twelvemonth to raise much than $4 cardinal astatine his yearly personage play tournament. (Brian To)

The character puts everything he has into his work, and gives conscionable arsenic overmuch power to his favourite passion project: The Warburton, an yearly celebrity play tournament benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Now successful its 13th year, Warburton has raised much than $22 cardinal for nan hospital, which ensures families ne'er person a measure for treatment, travel, lodging aliases nutrient astatine St. Jude while being treated for childhood cancer and different life-threatening diseases.

His extremity this twelvemonth arsenic nan starring personage play tourney is to break $4 cardinal successful contributions — nary easy feat by immoderate means. He has a fewer helping hands to support nan mission, including Alice Cooper, Mark McGrath and his nephew, "The Bachelor" Zach Shallcross.

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"So, play is nan awesome communal denominator. You've sewage your musicians, your sport, your athletes, your actors and your business people," he said. "Everybody says play golf. I found, you know, play pinch truthful galore musician friends I person is that if you've survived addiction, and you've gotten to nan different extremity of that, you extremity up playing play each time of your life. 

"I found, you know, play pinch truthful galore musician friends I person is that if you've survived addiction, and you've gotten to nan different extremity of that, you extremity up playing play each time of your life."

— Patrick Warburton
Last year, Warburton's 12th yearly tourney raised $3.9 cardinal for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Last year, Warburton's 12th yearly tourney raised $3.9 cardinal for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (Avra Photography)

Patrick and Cathy Warburton precocious celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. They person 4 children.

Patrick and Cathy Warburton precocious celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. They person 4 children. (Avra Photography)

"I cognize truthful galore musicians play play each time of life, starting pinch Alice Cooper, and it's a patient addiction. They play golf. They spell watch TV, spell to bed, aftermath up, repeat. I've met truthful galore musicians done golf. We person nan large performance connected Friday night, and we've had arsenic galore arsenic 8 aliases 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers connected shape successful nan aforesaid night. Some of my aged buddies who I person known for years performed successful this, you know, constantly, for illustration Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger from The Doors, Mike Mills from R.E.M."

He added, "We've had everybody from Mike Reno and Loverboy to Huey Lewis to Michael McDonald. Stephen Stills was nan past feline to locomotion off-stage 1 year, 1:00 successful nan morning. We went a small long."

Golf is still connected his mind, but making judge he tin raise arsenic overmuch money arsenic imaginable for St. Jude Children's Research Center is what keeps him going.

"We support mounting nan barroom higher and higher, and nan extremity is to make arsenic overmuch money arsenic we can," Warburton said. "In nan early years, we ever collapsed our grounds each twelvemonth and it was great. And past we realized, this isn't sustainable. We can't break our grounds each year. Doesn't activity for illustration that. But, you know, we did it again past year. So we are going to do it again this year."

As immoderate devoted Puddy instrumentality would say: "Yeah, that's right."

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Tracy Wright is an intermezo writer for Fox News Digital. Send communicative tips to tracy.wright@fox.com.