Oct. 22nd, 1962
Naperville, Illinois, USA
5' 11 1/2
Bob Odenkirk's Main TV Roles
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Bob Odenkirk grew up in Naperville, Illinois, 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 begun 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 begun work as a writer for "Get a Life" (1990) starring Chris Elliott (I). The show was quickly cancelled, 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 cancelled, 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 (II), 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" (2000), "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 Mourning (2009) and Rogue's Gallery (2009).
- He has appeared on two parodies of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" video: One on _"The Ben Stiller Show" (1992)_ (qv) and the other on _"Mr. Show with Bob and David" (1995)_ (qv).
- He wrote 'Chris Farley' (qv)'s "Matt Foley, motivational speaker" character when they were both at Second City in Chicago.
- Father of 'Nathan Odenkirk' (qv) (with 'Naomi Odenkirk' (qv)).
- Brother of 'Bill Odenkirk' (qv).