Bob Odenkirk
American actor, comedian and writer
Bob Odenkirk
Robert "Bob" Odenkirk is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked as a writer for such notable shows as Saturday Night Live, Get A Life, The Ben Stiller Show, and The Dennis Miller Show. In the mid-1990s, Odenkirk and David Cross created the Emmy-winning sketch comedy program Mr.
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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'Better Call Saul' star Bob Odenkirk to publish book of comedic essays
Yahoo News - 6 months
Bob Odenkirk, best known for his portrayal of Saul Goodman in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," will be writing a comedic memoir, reports Deadline.
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Bob Odenkirk to Write Comic Memoir
NYTimes - 6 months
Random House said that it has acquired a book of personal essays from Mr. Odenkirk; he says it will be a sort of “comic ‘bildungsroman.’”
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A Woman Managed To Shirk Jury Duty On The O.J. Simpson Trial By Lying About An 'SNL' Sketch
Huffington Post - 9 months
In the mid ‘90s, the O.J. Simpson murder trial dominated the news and our cultural consciousness. The obsession for all things O.J. has returned in recent months, thanks to FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and ESPN’s epic five-part documentary "O.J.: Made in America." There’s so much to say about Simpson that it’s only in Part 4 of the 464-minute doc that we finally get to the trial of the century. The trial became an all out media circus that captivated the country from the moment the former NFL player was arrested on June 17, 1994 to his acquittal on Oct. 3, 1995. And when millions weren’t tuning in to CNN or Court TV for up-to-the-minute coverage of the trial, there’s a good chance audiences were laughing at its many preposterous moments on late night. Despite the fact that this case was about two brutal murders, the crazy court proceedings made the trial an easy target for jokes.  “Made in America” features a short clip from the cold open sketch that ...
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'Better Call Saul's' Rhea Seehorn sees a matching comb-over future for Kim and Jimmy
LATimes - 9 months
Actress Rhea Seehorn didn’t know that the second season of “Better Call Saul” would begin with her kissing Bob Odenkirk or that the relationship between their lawyer characters would turn into a romance so quickly. (Or perhaps, as Seehorn believes, it’s time to revisit previous behavior between...
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'Fargo' in space? Jean Smart and Bob Odenkirk joke about sequel possibilities
LATimes - 9 months
Actors Jean Smart (“Fargo”) and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) talk about whether the number of episodes on a TV show affect character choices.
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Bryan Cranston Broke Bad In This Emmy-Worthy 'Super Sweet 16' Spoof
Huffington Post - 9 months
It's Bryan Cranston's 60th birthday and we're all invited.  In this celebrity-filled parody of MTV's classic reality show "My Super Sweet 16," the "Breaking Bad" actor got in touch with his inner drama queen to celebrate the big day. The 15-minute spoof aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Friday, and Cranston has never given a more committed performance. The Emmy winner actually turned 60 in March, but that doesn't stop him from creating havoc for his parents (he still lives with them), his subservient party planner (played by bald Jimmy Kimmel) and his bestie B.O. (that's Bob Odenkirk, "Breaking Bad" fans).  But the "Lion King"-themed birthday bash comes to a grinding halt, when party guest Aaron Paul (!) wears the same outfit as Cranston, leading to a tense standoff.  "Bitch is not going to poach my look at my party," Cranston says. "I carried your ass for six years and you are not going to steal my thunder now." -- This feed and its content ...
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Bob Odenkirk Is the Master of Shilling Canned Peas
Wall Street Journal - 12 months
On Tuesday's episode of "Conan," the "Better Call Saul" star reluctantly showed off a (faux) commercial he did in the U.K. for a brand of mushy peas.
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You Missed A Sinister 'Breaking Bad' Callback On 'Better Call Saul'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You couldn't have had a better callback, "Saul." Season 2 of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul," which premiered Monday night, has Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) showing flashes of his future alter ego, Saul Goodman. After initially rejecting a cushy job at the law firm Davis & Maine, Odenkirk's character enlists Kim (Rhea Seehorn) to help him run a scam on a stock trader, tricking him into buying them expensive shots of tequila.  The scam brings the pair closer together, but eventually they abandon the rotten streak and McGill decides to take the law firm job. Sorry, no Saul Goodman after all. (He does flip a switch that says "Do not turn off," though. Yeah, pretty badass.) Still, while McGill was "breaking bad," there was a sneaky callback to the original show that you might've missed. First, take a look at that stock trader that got scammed. Recognize him from anywhere? That's Ken, the same guy who stole Walter White's parking space in "Breaking Bad." It' ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Odenkirk
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    It was reported in April 2015 that Odenkirk was teaming with former co-star David Cross to produce a new sketch comedy series based on their previous production, Mr. Show, called W/ Bob and David.
    More Details Hide Details The series was commissioned by Netflix with the first season having been released in November 2015, featuring four, 30 minute-long episodes along with an hour-long behind the scenes special. Odenkirk and Cross both write, star in and produce the show. Odenkirk's first roles in film were very minor roles in films such as Wayne's World 2, The Cable Guy, Can't Stop Dancing and Monkeybone. In 2003, Odenkirk directed Melvin Goes to Dinner and also played the role of Keith. The film received positive reviews from critics and won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film and Music Festival. It was later self-released in five cities, then distributed on DVD by Sundance. In 2006, Odenkirk directed Let's Go to Prison, which was written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, and starred Will Arnett, Dax Shepard and Chi McBride. The film received a 12% "All Critics" score from the website Rotten Tomatoes and had a total box office gross of a little more than US$4.6 million. The following year Odenkirk directed The Brothers Solomon, written by Will Forte and starring Forte, Will Arnett and Kristen Wiig. The film received a 15% "All Critics" score from Rotten Tomatoes and had a total box office gross of approximately $1 million.
    In 2015, he and David Cross reunited, along with the rest of the Mr. Show cast, for W/ Bob & David.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    In fall of 2014, Odenkirk played Dr. Stork, a podiatrist who specializes in cutting off people's toes, in Adult Swim's anthology series Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories. Odenkirk currently stars in the title role of Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spinoff. Primarily set in 2002, seven years before the character's debut in Breaking Bad, the series follows lawyer Saul Goodman's journey from court appointed defense attorney origins to his eventual status as a successful criminal defense lawyer.
    More Details Hide Details The first season consists of 10, 47 minute-long episodes, and a second season of 10 episodes has been airing since February 2016 on AMC.
    In 2014, Odenkirk played Police Chief Bill Oswalt in FX's miniseries Fargo.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 48
    In 2011, Odenkirk wrote and developed Let's Do This! for Adult Swim, starring as Cal Mackenzie-Goldberg a "two-bit movie mogul and head of Cal-Gold Pictures as he leads a collection of crazy, fame-hungry strivers chasing Hollywood dreams."
    More Details Hide Details The pilot can be seen on Adult Swim's website. Odenkirk executive produced the sketch comedy show The Birthday Boys which starred the comedy group of the same name. Odenkirk also appeared in and directed a number of the sketches on the show as well. It premiered on IFC on October 18, 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    In 2009, Odenkirk joined the cast of AMC's Breaking Bad as corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared as a guest star in three episodes of the second season, and eventually became a series regular for the seasons after and remained on the show until its final season.
  • 2004
    Age 41
    In 2004, Odenkirk received an unsolicited package including the work of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
    More Details Hide Details Inspired by their unique voice, he connected with them and helped them develop a semi-animated show for Adult Swim called Tom Goes to the Mayor. He assisted Tim and Eric with the development of their second series, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. He had a number of small featuring roles on TV shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me! Joey, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Entourage, Weeds and How I Met Your Mother. Odenkirk was in consideration to play Michael Scott in the pilot of The Office, a role which ultimately went to Steve Carell. Odenkirk finally guested in the final season of The Office as a Philadelphia manager strongly reminiscent of Michael Scott.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 33
    In 1996 Odenkirk married Naomi Yomtov, who was later the executive producer of With Bob and David.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children. Notes
  • 1995
    Age 32
    Walter Odenkirk died of bone cancer in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Odenkirk attended Naperville North High School and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, "honing his sketch-writing and performance skills with live shows on both colleges' radio stations." He began his foray into comedy writing as a radio DJ for WIDB (Carbondale, Illinois), his local college station at SIU-Carbondale. He worked at WIDB with newsman Greg Weindorf and traffic-man Matt "The Agitator" Helser now of Dirty Laundry Podcast fame. He created a late-night (midnight to 4am) radio comedy show called "The Prime Time Special" with many recurring characters. "It often had us in stitches", said then WIDB Program Director, Victor Lentini. After three years of college, Odenkirk decided to try writing and improv in Chicago. First studying with Del Close, Odenkirk attended "The Players Workshop of the Second City" where he met Robert Smigel, and they began a collaboration that would last for years and take Odenkirk to Saturday Night Live. He also performed at the Improv Olympic alongside notable comedians Chris Farley and Tim Meadows.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    Radio artist Joe Frank hired Odenkirk and David Cross to appear in Frank's 1994 radio programs, "A Hearing" and "The Last Run" which, in 1997, was combined to become "The OJ Chronicles."
    More Details Hide Details Created by Odenkirk and David Cross, Mr. Show ran on HBO for four seasons. The series featured a number of comedians in the early stages of their careers, including Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Jack Black, Tom Kenny, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn and Scott Aukerman. While nominated for multiple Emmy awards in writing and generally well liked by critics, it never broke out of a "cult" audience into larger mainstream acceptance. After Mr. Show, Bob and David and the writers from the staff wrote the movie Run, Ronnie, Run. The film was an extension of a sketch from the first season of the show. However, the studio took production control away from Cross and Odenkirk during the editing stages, and the pair disowned the final product. Odenkirk starred in numerous television shows and some films. He has written and produced many TV pilots, including The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke and David's Situation, but none have made it to air or been picked up as a series.
  • 1993
    Age 30
    Also in 1993, Odenkirk had brief acting roles on Roseanne and Tom Arnold's The Jackie Thomas Show.
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    In 1993, Odenkirk began a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show as Larry Sanders' agent, Stevie Grant.
    More Details Hide Details He would continue the character through 1998.
    Odenkirk served as a writer on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien for the show's 1993 and 1994 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Odenkirk met David Cross at Ben Stiller; shortly afterward, the pair began performing live sketch shows, which eventually evolved into Mr. Show with Bob and David.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 29
    Odenkirk's friendship with Ben Stiller, with whom he briefly shared an office at SNL, would lead to him being hired for the cast of The Ben Stiller Show in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Working as both a writer and actor on the show, he created and starred in the memorable sketch "Manson Lassie", and helped the show win an Emmy Award for writing. However, the show had already been canceled by the time it won the award.
  • 1991
    Age 28
    In 1991, Odenkirk was hired to write for the TV show Get a Life, which starred Late Night with David Letterman alumnus Chris Elliott.
    More Details Hide Details Odenkirk also wrote for The Dennis Miller Show
  • 1988
    Age 25
    When SNL took its 1988 summer break, Odenkirk returned to Chicago to perform a stage show with Smigel and O'Brien, titled Happy Happy Good Show.
    More Details Hide Details The following summer he did a one-man show, Show-Acting Guy, directed by Tom Gianas. During his final summer hiatus, he wrote and acted in the Second City Mainstage show, Flag Burning Permitted in Lobby Only. In that particular show, he wrote the character "Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker", for Chris Farley, which would later be reprised on SNL.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    Odenkirk was hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live in 1987 and worked there through 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Working alongside Robert Smigel and Conan O'Brien, he contributed to many sketches they created, but felt uncertain of the efficacy of his own writing at the show. He acted in several small roles on the show, most visibly during a 1991 parody commercial for Bad Idea Jeans. During his final year at SNL, he worked alongside Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and Chris Farley, but eventually he decided to leave the show in order to pursue performing. He has credited SNL with teaching him many lessons about sketch writing, from senior writers like Jim Downey and Al Franken, as well as his friends Smigel and O'Brien.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on October 22, 1962.
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