|Born||William Mark Fagerbakke
October 4, 1957
Fontana, California, U.S.
|Education||Minico High School|
|Alma mater||University of Idaho|
|Spouse(s)||Catherine McClenahan (m. 1989-present) (separated)|
William Mark "Bill" Fagerbakke (born October 4, 1957) is an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for his long-running-roles as Patrick Star in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and Michael "Dauber" Dybinski on the sitcom Coach. To date, he has also appeared in 11 episodes of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Marshall Eriksen's father Marvin.
Fagerbakke, who stands at 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), was born in Fontana, California, and moved to Rupert, Idaho, as a youth. He graduated from Minico High School in Rupert in 1975, where he was a three-sport athlete for the Spartans in football, basketball, and track.
Although he had multiple scholarship offers for college football, including Pac-8 schools, he decided to stay in state and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. He was a defensive lineman for the Vandals and was ticketed to redshirt in 1976, but was called into action in the fourth game of his sophomore season. The Vandals went 7–4 in 1976, their first winning season in five years, and were 5–2 in the seven games that Fagerbakke started. Head coach Ed Troxel planned on moving him to the offensive line in 1977, but a knee injury in spring drills ended Fagerbakke's athletic career, which turned his focus to theater. (The Vandals went 3–8 in 1977 and Troxel was fired; then 2–9 in 1978 under Jerry Davitch, one of the wins being a "no-show" forfeit.) Fagerbakke's first theatrical role was in a campus production of Godspell. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and earned his bachelor's degree in 1981, a result of "two years of football and four years of school." He later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Fagerbakke has appeared on television in roles such as assistant coach "Dauber" Dybinski on Coach, in movies, including Funny Farm, and several on-and-off Broadway stage shows. He had a role as the mentally disabled Tom Cullen in the 1994 mini-series Stephen King's The Stand. In 1999, he had a role in HBO's original series Oz as Officer Karl Metzger. He is the voice of Patrick Star on the Nicktoon, SpongeBob SquarePants. His character on Coach was based on a former assistant coach at Idaho, a graduate assistant nicknamed "Tuna."
In 2007, he made a cameo appearance on the show Heroes as Steve Gustavson in the episodes "Run" and "Unexpected." Fagerbakke has received critical acclaim as a thespian by the Screen Actors Guild and Juilliard School of Performing Arts for his roles as Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and Torvald in Ibsen's A Doll's House. In 2009, he had a role in the film Jennifer's Body. He also played the role of Marvin Eriksen, Sr. in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in the TV show Weeds.
- Perfect Strangers (1984)
- Almost Partners (1987)
- The Secret of My Success (1987)
- Funny Farm (1988)
- Coach (1989–1997) (TV Series)
- The Simpsons (1989–present) (TV series) (additional voices)
- Loose Cannons (1990)
- Porco Rosso (1992)
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1996) (additional voices)
- Beethoven (1994) (TV Series)
- Stephen King's The Stand (1994) (TV Series)
- Gargoyles (Animated TV series – voice of Broadway) (1994)
- Felidae (1994) (English dub) Gus
- Playtoons (1994) (additional voices) FLOOBS
- Dumb and Dumber (1995) (TV Series)
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) (TV Series) Dirk
- Jumanji (1996–1999) (TV Series) Alan Parrish
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (voice) Oafish Guard
- Under Wraps (1997) Harold/ted
- Oz (TV Series) (1998–1999) Karl Metzger
- The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004) (voice) (TV Series) Dank ("On the Right Track")
- Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (Animated TV series) – Sgt. Gossard (1999)
- Dragon Tales (1999-2005) (TV series) (additional voices)
- The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (TV Series) Thud
- Lenny & Fred Pretend Censored (1999–present) (voice) (Animated web series) Lenny & Fred's Dad
- SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–Present) (voice) (TV Series) Patrick Star, Cavey, Additional Voices (appeared in 245 episodes)
- The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) Sparky
- Batman Beyond (2000) Payback
- Lloyd in Space (2001) (TV series – Larry, Kurt)
- Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure (2001) (voice) Mooch
- Ken Park (2002)
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited (2002) (voice) Fungus (in some episodes)
- Patrick the Snowman (2002) (voice) Patrick Star
- Quigley (2003)
- Jackie Chan Adventures (2001) (voice) Butch
- Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003) (voice) Patrick Star
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (voice) Patrick Star
- SpongeBob SquarePants B.C. (Before Comedy) (2004) Patar (Caveman version of Patrick Star), Caveman
- Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) (voice) Ralph
- Callback (2005)
- The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005) (voice) Ted the Polar Bear
- The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005) (voice) Frosty the Snowman
- The Endless Summer (SpongeBob SquarePants short) (2005) (voice) Patrick Star
- How I Met Your Mother (2005–2012-2013) Marvin Eriksen Sr.
- W.I.T.C.H. (2006) Gulch & Karl Deplerson ("V is for Victory")
- Family Guy (2007) (voice) Patrick Star (archive footage from The Campfire Episode; uncredited) - Road to Rupert
- Kim Possible (2007) (voice) Myron
- El Chavo (2007–present) Ñoño
- According To Jim (2007) (TV Series) Howard
- Shrieking Violet (2007) Larchmont
- Finding Amanda (2008) Larry
- Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2008) Various
- Transformers Animated (2008) Bulkhead, Master Disaster and Hot Shot
- Space Buddies (2009) Pi
- Halloween II (2009) Deputy Webb
- The Spectacular Spider-Man (2009) Morris Bench
- Jennifer's Body (2009) Jonah's Dad
- Phineas and Ferb (2009) Frosty the Snowman
- Handy Manny (2010 only) Roland
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2010) Ronnie Raymond, Lead
- Sym-Bionic Titan (2010) Meat
- Young Justice (2011) Big Bear
- The Artist (2011) Policeman
- Rosewood Lane (2011) Hank Hawthorne
- Weeds (2012) Police Academy Instructor
- SpongeBob SquarePants 2 (2015) Patrick Star
Accolades received by Bill Fagerbakke
|2012||The Artist||Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film||Best Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
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