David Cross and Amber Tamblyn, 21-Year Age Difference

David Cross and Amber Tamblyn Relationship

David Cross and Amber Tamblyn RelationshipFun­ny­man David Cross comes from hum­ble begin­nings. Grow­ing up, his fam­ily wasn’t very well off and after mov­ing around sev­eral times, they set­tled in Geor­gia, only to be evicted from their home a few years later.

Cross began his career in com­edy doing stand-up per­for­mances through high school, later join­ing a sketch group at Boston’s Emer­son Col­lege. He became a reg­u­lar act at a club called Catch a Ris­ing Star, which is the same place where some of today’s most pop­u­lar come­di­ans started, like Robin Williams, Jerry Sein­feld, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, Eddie Mur­phy, Jim Car­rey, and Chris Rock.

While his career as a stand-up come­dian con­tin­ued to thrive, Cook made the tran­si­tion into tele­vi­sion in 1993 by tak­ing on a writer posi­tion for the sketch series The Ben Stiller Show. In 2003, Cook joined the cast of the TV com­edy Arrested Devel­op­ment, about a dys­func­tional Amer­i­can family.

A few years later, Cross intro­duced the world to his girl­friend, actress Amber Tam­blyn. They were rumored to be dat­ing for at least a year before step­ping out in pub­lic together. Every­thing about their rela­tion­ship seemed normal—Cross pro­posed after about three years together, they enjoyed the engage­ment for a year, and then had a quaint lit­tle out­door wed­ding cer­e­mony in front of fam­ily and friends. But there was one thing that made their mar­riage just a lit­tle less tra­di­tional: the 21-year age gap between them. When Cross and Tam­blyn got mar­ried in August 2011, he was 49 and she was 28.

Unlike many other cou­ples who are in age-gap rela­tion­ships, Cross and Tam­blyn don’t play dumb—they know it’s what peo­ple are most curi­ous about. And this celebrity cou­ple has no prob­lem talk­ing about it. “I was slow to make any moves because of our age dif­fer­ence, and also because she was a fan,” Cross told the audi­ence when the cou­ple appeared on stage together dur­ing the sketch com­edy show Run­ning Late with Scott Rogowsky.

Cross and Tam­blyn know that peo­ple are going to talk about their age dif­fer­ence, and their approach—in true come­dian style—is to laugh it off. “If anyone’s won­der­ing,” Tam­blyn joked with the audi­ence. “I’m 14!”


Vena, J. “Amber Tam­blyn, David Cross Mar­ried,” MTV web site; http://goo.gl/tmifI, last accessed June 20, 2013.

  • teri­qua­jones

    They look the same age to me?