Mr. Gene Lundy is a high school drama teacher in the series spinoff Young Sheldon. He is portrayed by former Seinfeld alumnus Jason Alexander, and so far has only appeared in four episodes.
Mr. Lundy is an aspiring actor who has settled for a career as the drama teacher of Medford High School. He was also a substitute coach for the girls' volleyball team, who he jokingly refers to as the real drama class. Despite his ambitions as an actor, the only known television role has been a costumes spokesperson for a Mattress Madness television commercial. Among his theater work is as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," (the Tulsa Herald called his performance heavenly) and a somewhat avant-garde production of "The Crucible."
We first meet him in the episode Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine. After Sheldon became disillusioned with the Medford High science fair, his psychiatrist recommends that he chooses another field. This turns out to be the drama department, and during auditions for the class, not only does the world recognize him as a super-genius, but quite the talented performer as well. It's then that he decide to assign Sheldon for the play "Annie," in the role as none other than Little Orphan Annie herself. Though his parents try to talk him out of playing a part meant for a little girl, his own stagefright is what keeps him from taking the spotlight, and Mr. Lundy ends up taking his place.
In Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan, Mary Cooper hires him to assist with the set decorations and performances of the First Baptist Church of Medford's "Heck House." He offers to play as Satan, presents a whole new script and completely takes over the production, much to the chagrin of Mrs. Cooper. But despite posting his own name on the sign and evidently only attracting one potential follower to the church, his work turns out to be quite effective.
In A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff, Sheldon discovers that he also moonlights as a real estate agent, when the house next door to his goes up for sale. Fearing the types of people who might move next door Sheldon tries to thwart his effort to sell the house. Lundy tries to keep him from preventing a sale, first using Mary, then mentioning his efforts to produce a play. "They tried to stop me from staging "The Crucible" on roller skates. A lot of understudies went on that day... but so did the show." Sheldon tries to offer the house to various teachers around the school, but when his parents hear about it, they make him stop. Eventually, Pastor Jeff and his wife Officer Robin buy the house.
In Cowboy Aerobics and 473 Grease-Free Bolts, Georgie approaches him to help produce a series of exercise videos. As in Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan, Lundy takes over production and transforms his videos in a series on what he calls "Cowboy Aerobics." He seeks investment money from Meemaw, who later finds out he's taking 80% of the profits from his grandson. When she reveals this part of the contract to both Lundy and Georgie, the two quit the project. Luckily, he travels to Hollywood to take the concept to none other than David Hasselhoff. Unfortunately, he uses part of the profits from those videos to fund an autobiographical play that bombed severely at the box office.
- Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine
- Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan
- A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff
- Cowboy Aerobics and 473 Grease-Free Bolts
- Lundy seems specifically fond of Tennessee Williams. Jason Alexander's use of a southern accent for him seems reminiscent of the male protagonists in many of his plays.