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Overview (2)

Born in USA
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Known for a Daytime Emmy Award-winning performance in "Take This Lollipop" and a ratings-winning role on CBS-TV's "Criminal Minds," Bill Oberst Jr. is an American actor of stage and screen whose real-life gentleness and interest in things spiritual are at odds with his often macabre screen persona. Ron Chaney, great-grandson of Lon Chaney, presented Oberst with the first Lon Chaney Award For Outstanding Achievement In Independent Horror Films in 2014.

Oberst's staged theatrical reading "Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire" won an Ernest Kearney Platinum Award for its Los Angeles debut, and was named Best Solo Show Of Hollywood Fringe and Best LA Solo Show in the 2015 Best Of LA Theater Roundup at Bitter-Lemons.com. In 2017 "Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire" won a United Solo Theatre Festival Award for its Off-Broadway debut on Theatre Row in New York City.

The premiere of the horror-themed episode of CBS-TV's "Criminal Minds" which introduced Oberst's deformed killer character (also guest-starring Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell) was the evening's most-watched TV program. CBS.com included Oberst's character in their list of "Criminal Minds' 14 Most Notorious Serial Killers." The character remains one of only a handful of uncaptured "Criminal Minds" killers.

He is perhaps most widely-known internationally as the face of director Jason Zada's "Take This Lollipop," awarded a Daytime Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category of New Approaches-Daytime Entertainment. Oberst has been seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide as an online stalker in the interactive application for Facebook users.

His individual award wins include The 2017 Horror Icon Award at The Optical Theatre Festival in Italy, The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at iHolly International Film Festival, a 2017 Best Actor Award at Dark Veins Horror Film Festival, a 2014 Best Actor Award at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, a 2015 Best Actor Award at Chicago Horror Film Festival, a 2015 Best Actor Award at Ontario Fright Night Theatre Film Festival, a 2015 Best Actor Award at Biloxi Fear Fete Film Festival, a 2015 Best Actor Award at Dallas Twisted Tails Film Festival, a 2014 Best Actor Award at FANtastic Horror Film Festival, a 2014 Best Actor Award at Housecore Horror Film Festival, a 2104 Best Actor Award at Tucson Terrorfest, a 2014 Best Actor Award at Los Angeles ZedFest Film Festival, a 2013 Best Actor Award at Pollygrind Film Festival, a 2012 Best Actor Award at Shockfest Film Festival, a 2012 Golden Cobb Award for Best Rising B-Movie Actor, a 2012 Baddest Villain Award at ZedFest Film Festival, a 2013 Monstey Award for Great Historical Monster Moments, a 2016 Best Supporting Actor Award at FANtastic Horror Film Festival, a 2017 Best Actor Award at Italy's Optical Theatre Festival and a 2018 Best Actor Award at An Anti-Hero Production Genre Film Festival in Los Angeles.

His shared awards include a 2013 International Critics Award at Deauville Film Festival in France, a 2014 Best Narrative Feature Award at The Los Angeles Movie Awards, a 2016 Director's Award at Boston Underground Film Festival, a 2013 Audience Award at Phoenix Film Festival, a 2013 Audience Award at New Orleans Film Festival, a 2013 Copper Wing Award at Phoenix Film Festival, a 2013 Best Feature Award at Unreal Film Festival, a 2013 Narrative Feature Award at Pollygrind Film Festival, a 2012 Shocker Award at LA Shockfest Film Festival, a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award at Sacramento Horror Film Festival and a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award at Phoenix Film Festival.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James Ellis

Trade Mark (2)

Scarred face with piercing eyes
Macabre, menacing characters with an undercurrent of melancholy

Trivia (25)

Came to Sherman's March (2007) audition in full make-up and wearing an authentic uniform (including sword and pistol) borrowed from a Civil War reenactor.
Toured the country with an interactive portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth for 10 years to houses of worship of all denominations.
The "blood"-stained uniform Bill wore as Ranger Dale in Dismal (2009) was a high-bid item when it was auctioned off at the 2008 Horrorfind Convention in Washington, D.C. by Scares That Care, a non-profit organization that raises money for children's cancer research and care.
For his 2007 audition for the role of Adolf Eichmann in the World War II drama, The Glass House, Bill borrowed a reproduction Nazi SS uniform, jackboots and an antique German Iron Cross from a museum curator. As he walked from his car to the audition in downtown Los Angeles, he was spat on by passers-by and verbally assailed from passing cars for 3 blocks.
Spoofed his "killer" image in a 2010 commercial for a ScreenplayCoverage.com with the tag line 'Killer Scripts Don't Just Happen.'.
The facial scarring that gives Bill his menacing look is largely a result of a childhood bicycle accident which necessitated reconstructive surgery.
A lifelong Trekkie, Bill was thrilled that his make-up artist for the Hallmark Channel movie, The Shunning (2011) was Dean Jones, who was responsible for Rene Auberjonois's character of "Odo" on the series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
Worked with two of Dick Van Dyke's grandsons in A Haunting in Salem (2011). Shane Van Dyke directed and 'Carey Van Dyke' co-starred with Bill.
As the Facebook stalker in 2011's Take This Lollipop (2011), Bill wears the t-shirt and boots from his role as the cannibal "Dale" in 2009's Dismal (2009). Both were gifts from the "Dismal" wardrobe department and have since appeared in three of Oberst's film and television appearances.
As "Abraham Lincoln" in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012), Bill Oberst Jr. battles "John Wilkes Booth", played by actor Jason Vail, who also who played "Booth" in the original "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" book trailer.
Oberst lived in isolation during filming of his role as cult leader Simon Leach in Children Of Sorrow, with no internet or phone access, speaking little except on camera and retreating to Leach's office set in between takes.
Bill was the last actor to ride Scamp, Jason Issac's horse from The Patriot (2000)The Patriot and a veteran of dozens of period films, before the prolific movie horse's death in 2012. Bill rides Scamp as the bounty hunter Burrell in director Chris Eska's The Retrieval (2013).
Oberst's clown make-up in Circus of the Dead (2014) is inspired by that of his cinematic role model, Lon Chaney, in the 1924 film He Who Gets Slapped (1924).
Sara Karloff inscribed a photo of her father Boris Karloff to Oberst with the phrase "Bill, that's NOT a scary face!" after meeting the actor and finding him to be "just like my father; not at all scary up close.".
A copy of John Landis' 2011 book Monsters In The Movies signed by Landis "To Bill Oberst Jr - One Scary Badass" is one of Oberst's most prized possessions.
Tours colleges and universities with a self-deprecating lecture entitled "Still Waiting For My Close-Up".
On the set of the Criminal Minds episode Criminal Minds: Blood Relations (2014), Oberst stayed off the communications grid entirely; remaining in solitude, character and wardrobe whether shooting or not.
Bill's "killer" combat boots from Coyote (2014) also appear in death scenes in Stressed to Kill (2016)and Werewolf Rising (2014). The boots were a gift from the Coyote wardrobe department, and have become Oberst's favorite murderous footwear on screen.
The Bigfoot tracker Bill plays in Hunting Grounds (2015), Bauman, is named after a hunter who encountered a Sasquatch in 1892. Teddy Roosevelt wrote of the encounter in his book The Wilderness Hunter.
Bill is quoted in the 1996 book "Who Do Men Say That I Am? Reflections On Jesus In Our World Today" from Macmillan Publishing. The book's editors approached him after reading of his stage tour as Jesus Of Nazareth in "Guideposts" magazine.
A lifelong Ray Bradbury fan, Oberst performed at a tribute in Bradbury's boyhood home of Waukegan, IL on Halloween the year the author died, with his dog-eared boyhood paperback of Bradbury's "S Is For Space" tucked into the jacket of his tuxedo.
Was nominated for the Best Actor award at the 2015 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego, CA for his work on Hunting Grounds (2015).
When Lon Chaney's great-grandson Ron Chaney presented Oberst with the inaugural Lon Chaney Award For Outstanding Achievement In Independent Horror Films, the actor was so surprised he choked up and could barely deliver a thank you. Organizers had kept the award a secret from Oberst, a self-described "Lon Chaney fanatic.".
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted from the set of Fox-TV's Scream Queens "Trying not 2 laugh at BillOberstJr & KekePalmer is impossible!" Curtis, directing an episode in which Oberst guest-starred, repeatedly covered her mouth to keep from laughing during takes.
When a power outage threatened to cancel a performance of "Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire" in Pasadena CA, Oberst did the show on the lawn. The site of a barefoot man in zombie rags climbing trees to shout Ray Bradbury prose attracted much attention from passersby.

Personal Quotes (5)

I asked an old preacher once how he got his call to the ministry. He said, 'Preaching came to me and I ran. But it caught me, so I preach.' I think acting is the same way. I always tell kids when I visit schools that I believe God gives us all a vocation, the thing we are put here on earth to do. The trick is to make your vocation your occupation, if you can.
My sympathies have always been with the monster.
Jesus is the most durable and resilient figure in history. Had he not existed, I doubt we would have had the guts to imagine him.
My personal theory is that fear of death accounts for most of the real horror in the world; the cruelty, the coldness of heart, the emptiness of celebrity culture.
An actor will end up with a bleeding heart if they're worth a damn. Being so many others leads one to the realization that there is no "other," only us in potentiality, for better or worse.

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