Rafe Judkins (b. January 8, 1983 Salt Lake City, UT) is an American television writer who resides in Los Angeles, CA. He was hired to join the Chuck writing staff in 2009.
Rafe Judkins was raised in a huge Mormon family that includes more than 60 first cousins. Rafe's mother, Lani, is an artist and his father, Ren, an inventor. Judkins' unique childhood had him spending time painting rocks and taking apart machines. At age five, Judkins moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Sewickley Academy for 14 years. During this time, Judkins spent his summers teaching English and science to inner city middle school students. He graduated cum laude in 2001 and was selected as the member of the senior class most likely to be on Survivor.
After graduation, Judkins moved to Providence, Rhode Island, to attend Brown University, where he concentrated in biology and anthropology. While in college, he managed Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT), a program designed to give students exposure to intense wilderness situations with small groups of people. He also expressed his love of food by founding a cooking class for students run by Brown's head catering chef.
Judkins' love for travel and adventure began early, driving around the country in a seventeen-passenger van with his family. He has been to all 50 states and 14 different countries, and lived for seven months in Sydney, Australia. He believes you haven't really experienced a place unless you've slept on the ground and woken up to the sunrise there (cities excluded).
Rafe Judkins participated in Survivor: Guatemala in the fall of 2005 and was part of the Yaxha tribe. Rafe earned $85,000USD (before taxes) and won the most immunity challenges of the season (4). After Survivor: Guatemala production completed, he moved to LA to pursue a career in screenwriting. In 2006, he was hired as a writer's assistant on the USA Network drama The 4400 and as a script coordinator on the NBC drama Law and Order SVU. In 2008 with his writing partner and best friend, Lauren LeFranc, he was staffed on the short-lived Christian Slater drama, My Own Worst Enemy.
He currently (2015) writes with Lauren for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Episode Writing CreditEdit
- "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners"
- "Chuck Versus the Living Dead"
- "Chuck Versus the Suitcase"
- "Chuck Versus the First Fight"
- "Chuck Versus the Push Mix"
- "Chuck Versus the Masquerade"
- "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner"
- "Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit"