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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 October 1962Naperville, Illinois, USA
Birth NameRobert John Odenkirk
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Three credits shy of graduation, he moved to Chicago. He began work there in local improv workshops. He also did open-mic stand-up comedy for several years. In Chicago, he became friends with Robert Smigel, who would later help him become a writer for Saturday Night Live (1975).

In 1987, Bob was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live (1975) and in 1989 he went on to win an Emmy for his writing work. He worked on the show from season 13 to 20 (1987-1995). However, he had trouble getting his work on the air, so he began work as a writer for Get a Life (1990) starring Chris Elliott. The show was quickly canceled, but he was soon hired as writer for The Dennis Miller Show (1992). On that show he made his acting debut and was noticed by Ben Stiller, who later hired him as a writer and actor for The Ben Stiller Show (1992). The show only lasted for 13 episodes, but Bob won another Emmy for his writing.

After The Ben Stiller Show (1992) was canceled, Bob made recurring appearances (1993-1998) on The Larry Sanders Show (1992) as Stevie Grant, Larry's hyperactive agent. He also wrote for Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) during 1993-94. During this time Bob hooked up with fellow The Ben Stiller Show (1992) writer David Cross, also a stand-up comedian. They started doing sketch-comedy shows together in Los Angeles. In 1995, they got their own show on HBO (Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995)). The show lasted for four seasons and 30 episodes.

After Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) ended, Bob wrote Run Ronnie Run (2002) and directed three feature films (Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), Let's Go to Prison (2006) and The Brothers Solomon (2007)). After 1998, he has also made many guest appearances on TV shows like Just Shoot Me! (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999), Ed (2000), Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Less Than Perfect (2002), Arrested Development (2003), How I Met Your Mother (2005) and Weeds (2005). In 2009, he appeared on many episodes of Breaking Bad (2008) as Saul Goodman, a shyster lawyer. He is also in Son of Morning (2011) and Operation: Endgame (2010).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mary Connelly<Flowerangel23@yahoo.com> and Tomi

Spouse (1)

Naomi Odenkirk (1997 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Unflappable self-confidence
Often works with David Cross or Will Arnett
Frequently plays foolish but extremely confident characters
Often plays a sharp-suited businessman or agent.

Trivia (8)

Brother of Bill Odenkirk.
Father of Nathan Odenkirk (with Naomi Odenkirk).
He wrote Chris Farley's "Matt Foley, motivational speaker" character when they were both at Second City in Chicago.
He has appeared on two parodies of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" video: One on The Ben Stiller Show (1992) and the other on Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995).
Attended Naperville North High School, Illinois.
Appearing in a series of politically themed Miller Lite commercials. In one spot, he is "debating" a horse! [May 2004]
His last name means "Church of Odin" in Old Norse. It was spelled "Oatencirck" many generations back, and originated with a German immigrant ancestor.
He has German, Irish, as well as Scots-Irish and Scottish, ancestry.

Personal Quotes (11)

David and I got cut out the editing process on that. We were able to affect it more than not. We sent in our notes, we were able to see cuts. We weren't allowed to see dailies and we weren't allowed to sit in the editing room and just work.
When I go to M Bar there's all kinds of agents there, looking for people who doing good stuff.
It's nice that the independent scene is taken seriously, and has been.
I think that cable TV is a great venue to do something interesting.
I can't really say how big the cult is. But I'm proud of it. I'm proud that it has a life.
The alternative scene, for a couple years now, has been taken seriously and that's a cool thing. I don't think it's exploded or anything, but I think it's pretty cool that it still exists, it's still affecting people.
It is so weird to be on this side of that, because when you're starting out, and it seems like you're starting out for so long, you look up to the people who have made their mark. And you sort of want to be that.
I'm about to go to Sundance for my 3rd year, and Sundance has never felt like a real independent festival at all. On the other hand, it might to start feel that way.
I think independent movies are actually very challenging right now, because it was this huge scene and it was great for a few years. Then, it was totally co-opted by the studios. Now, it's become very corporate, the independent scene.
I pretty much live about 10 minutes from my office. I have two kids, and I have about 8 projects that I'm working on, so I basically just get up and go to work, and go home every night and play with my kids, so I don't really know.
I actually think there's a potential, a crazy potential, that network TV could become something valuable and worthwhile, just because of fear on the part of the networks.

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