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Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk recently directed the comedy Let's Go to Prison starring Will Arnett, and previously wrote, directed and starred in the short film The Pity Card and the festival award-winning independent feature Melvin Goes to Dinner. He has starred in films including Relative Strangers, Danny Roane: First Time Director, My Big Fat Independent Movie, Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic, Run Ronnie Run, Dr. Dolittle 2, Monkeybone, The Independent, Can't Stop Dancing, The Big Twist, Waiting for Guffman, The Cable Guy, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Clean Slate and Wayne's World 2. Odenkirk hails from Chicago where he spent several years writing and performing sketch comedy. In 1987, he was hired to write for Saturday Night Live along with such comic superstars as Dana Carvey, Chris Farley and Chris Rock. He received an EmmyƂ Award in 1988 after creating characters including Grumpy Old Man, The Motivational Speaker and The Sportsfans (with fellow writer Robert Smigel). During the summer hiatus periods, Odenkirk returned to Chicago to perform sketch shows including the one-man hit Half My Face is a Clown. After moving to Los Angeles, Odenkirk quickly landed a job writing on Fox TV's Get A Life, and took to the stage for his second one-man show, Show-Acting-Guy, at the Upfront Theatre in Santa Monica, which led to appearances on The Dennis Miller Show and The A-List. Odenkirk was hired as a cast member and writer on the short-lived cult hit The Ben Stiller Show in 1993, where he portrayed Manson Lassie and wrote many memorable sketches. In 1994, he met stand up comedian and actor David Cross and the two created the cult hit Mr. Show.

Odenkirk has guest-starred in numerous sitcoms including Everybody Loves Raymond, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ed. He received critical acclaim for his recurring role as Larry's unscrupulous agent on The Larry Sanders Show.

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Bob Odenkirk Facts

OccupationDirector, Comedian, Screenwriter
BirthdayOctober 22, 1962 (61)
BirthplaceNaperville, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Movie 43
Let's Go to Prison
The Brothers Solomon
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin
Better Call Saul
Dana Gould: Let Me Put My Thoughts In You
Melvin Goes To Dinner
The Birthday Boys DVD
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