Odenkirk holding a producer credit for The 1 Second Film in January 2005
October 22, 1962
Berwyn, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, director, producer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Naomi Odenkirk (1997–present)|
Robert "Bob" Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) 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 and for his recurring roles on Breaking Bad and The Larry Sanders Show.
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. Show with Bob and David, which ran for four seasons and ultimately became a cult success. In the early 2000s, Odenkirk discovered Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and produced their television series Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He has directed three films: 2003's Melvin Goes to Dinner, 2006's Let's Go to Prison, and 2007's The Brothers Solomon. He was also a director on the 2013 sketch comedy film Movie 43.
Early life 
Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and was raised in nearby Naperville. He is one of seven children of Barbara and Walter Odenkirk, who was employed in the printing business. His brother is comedy writer Bill Odenkirk. Odenkirk is of half Irish descent. His parents later divorced, and Walter eventually died from cancer and was "pretty down on his luck" towards the end of his life. His father's battle with alcoholism would later influence Bob's decision to avoid alcohol almost completely. Odenkirk would later say that he grew up "hating" Naperville because "it felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville. I couldn’t wait to move into a city and be around people who were doing exciting things." He also attended Columbia College Chicago.
Odenkirk has said his strongest comedic influence was Monty Python's Flying Circus, primarily due to its combination of cerebral and simple humor. His other influences included SCTV, Steve Martin's Let's Get Small, Woody Allen, The Credibility Gap, and Bob and Ray. He also visited Chicago's Second City Theater at the age of 14.
He began his foray into comedy writing as a radio DJ for WIDB, his local college station at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked at WIDB with newsman Greg Weindorf and traffic man Matt "The Agitator" Helser now of Dirty Laundry Podcast fame. After 3 years of college, Odenkirk decided to try writing and improv in the Chicago comedy scene. First studying with the famous improv-guru Del Close (who had mentored the likes of Joel Murray and James Belushi) Odenkirk also 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 Bob to Saturday Night Live.
Work in television 
Saturday Night Live: 1987-1991 
Odenkirk was hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live in 1987 and worked there through 1991. 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.
In Odenkirk's final year at SNL, he worked alongside Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, and Chris Farley, but his desire to perform caused him to leave the show. Odenkirk has credited SNL with teaching him many lessons about sketch writing, from senior writers like James Downey and Al Franken, as well as his friends Smigel and O'Brien.
When Saturday Night Live took its 1988 summer break, Odenkirk returned to Chicago to perform a stage show with Smigel and O'Brien, titled Happy Happy Good Show. 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.
Various writing and acting work: 1991-1994 
In 1991, Odenkirk was hired to write for the TV show Get a Life, which starred Late Night with David Letterman alumnus Chris Elliott. Other notable writers on the show included Adam Resnick and Charlie Kaufman. The show was short-lived, and in 1992, Odenkirk briefly wrote for The Dennis Miller Show.
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. 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. Odenkirk also 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.
In 1993, Odenkirk began a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show as Larry Sanders' agent, Steve Grant. He would sporadically continue the character through 1998. Also in 1993, Odenkirk had brief acting roles on Roseanne and Tom Arnold's The Jackie Thomas Show.
Mr. Show: 1995-1998 
Created by Odenkirk and David Cross, Mr. Show ran on HBO for 4 seasons, over 33 episodes. The show 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 has disowned the final product.
Recent television work: 1999-2012 
Since Mr. Show, Bob has acted 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.
In 2004, Bob received an unsolicited package including the work of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. 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. Bob also assisted Tim and Eric with the development of their second series, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job.
Odenkirk has had a number of small featuring roles on TV shows, including Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me!, Joey, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Entourage, Weeds, and How I Met Your Mother. He also appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond as Scott Preeman.. Odenkirk had been selected to be Michael Scott in the pilot of The Office but the producers original choice, Steve Carell, became available again and was cast instead. Odenkirk finally guested in the final season of The Office as a Philadelphia manager strongly reminiscent of Michael Scott.
In 2009, Odenkirk joined the cast of AMC's Breaking Bad as the corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman. He appeared as a guest star in three episodes of the second season, and has since become a series regular for the seasons after.
In 2011, Odenkirk wrote and developed "Let's Do This!" for Adult Swim. Odenkirk stars as "Cal Mackenzie-Goldberg, two-bit movie mogul and head of Cal-Gold Pictures as he leads a collection of crazy, fame-hungry strivers chasing Hollywood dreams." The pilot can be seen on Adult Swim's website.
Work in film 
In 2003, Odenkirk directed Melvin Goes to Dinner, which 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. Odenkirk directed Let's Go to Prison in 2006, written by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant of The State and Reno 911 fame. Let's Go To Prison starred Will Arnett of Arrested Development, as well as Dax Shepard and Chi McBride. In 2007, Odenkirk directed The Brothers Solomon, written by Will Forte. The film starred Forte, Will Arnett and Lee Majors. Odenkirk was one of the directors of the 2013 anthology comedy film Movie 43.
Personal life 
Odenkirk is married to Naomi Yomtov; the couple have two children.
|1993||Wayne's World 2||Concert nerd|
|1996||The Truth About Cats & Dogs||Bookstore man|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Steven's brother|
|1996||Waiting for Guffman||Caped man at audition|
|1999||Can't Stop Dancing||Simpson|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Dog #2||Voice|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Terry Twillstein
Wolfgang Amadeus Thelonius Von Funkenmeister the XIX
Daffy Mal Yinkle Yankle
DVD Exclusive Award for Best Original Song in a DVD Premiere Movie
|2003||The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke||Carl Laemke||TV Movie|
|2003||Melvin Goes to Dinner||Keith||Director
Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Picture
Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival Award for Best Feature Film
Independent Film Festival of Boston Audience Award
Avignon Film Festival Award for Best Feature - USA
Nominated - DVD Exclusive Award for Best Director
Nominated - Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
|2004||My Big Fat Independent Movie||Steve|
|2005||Relative Strangers||Michael "Mitch" Clayton|
|2005||Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic||Manager|
|2006||Channel 101||Terry Wulhulherher||Segment: "Your Magic Touched Me: Nights"|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Pete Kesselmen|
|2006||Relative Strangers||Mitch Clayton|
|2006||Let's Go to Prison||Duane||Director|
|2007||The Brothers Solomon||Director|
|2010||Blood Into Wine||French winemaker|
|2010||Team Spitz||Principal Kersey||TV Movie|
|2011||Let's Do This!||Cal||TV Movie|
|2011||Son of Morning||Fred Charles|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Mike|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Schlaaang Announcer|
|2012||The Giant Mechanical Man||Mark|
|2013||Hell & Back||The Devil||Voice
|1987-1995||Saturday Night Live||Various Roles||Also Writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1989)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1990, 1991)
|1991-1992||Get a Life||Writer|
|1992||The Dennis Miller Show||Writer|
|1992||Ben Stiller Show||Various characters||Also Writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1993)
|1993||The Jackie Thomas Show||Elmer||Episode: "Aloha, Io-wahu"|
|1993||Roseanne||Jim||Episode: "Tooth or Consequences"|
|1993-1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Steve Grant||Main Cast|
|1993-1994||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Writer|
|1994||Tom||David||Episode: "The Bad Seed"|
|1995-1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Various Roles||Also Co-Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (1998)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1998, 1999)
|1996||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Bob||Voice
|1996||Seinfeld||Ben||Episode: "The Abstinence"|
|Episodes: "The Injury" and "Chock"|
|1997-2001||Everybody Loves Raymond||Scott Preman||Episodes: "High School" and "Net Worth"|
|1997-2000||Tenacious D||Co-creator, Writer, Executive Producer|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Barry||Episode: "The Odd Couple: Part 1"|
|1999||3rd Rock from the Sun||Gary Parkinson||Episode: "The Fifth Solomon"|
|2000||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Gil||Episode: "Porno Gil"|
|2001||Ed||Rev. Richie Porter||Episode: "Valentine's Day"|
|2001||The Andy Dick Show||Chuck Charles||Episode: "Standards and Practices"|
|2003||Less than Perfect||Colin Hunter||Episode: "The New Guy"|
Episode: "The Why of Fry"
|2003||Arrested Development||Dr. Phil Gunty||Episode: "Visiting Ours"|
|2004||Joey||Brian Michael David Scott||Episode: "Joey and the Nemesis"|
|2004||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Bean Wizard||Voice
|2004-2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Various Voices||Writer, Executive Producer|
|2006||Freak Show||Half Oldman Half Youngman
|Episodes: "Pilot" and "Elections"|
|2007-2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Various Roles||Also Writer|
|2007||Derek & Simon||Various Roles||Co-Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer|
|2007||The Sarah Silverman Program||Mister Wadsworth||Episode: "Maid to Border"|
|2008-2012||How I Met Your Mother||Arthur Hobbs||Recurring Role|
|2008||Weeds||Barry||Episode: "Head Cheese"|
|2009||Rules of Engagement||Mike||Episode: "Russell's Secret"|
|2009–present||Breaking Bad||Saul Goodman||Main Cast
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2013)
|2009||American Dad!||Third Worker
Episodes: "Weiner of Our Discontent" and "Home Adrone"
|2009||The Goode Family||Brian Kennedy||Voice
|2009||Glenn Martin DDS||Vince the Circus Owner||Voice
Episode: "The Grossest Show on Earth"
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||The Interventionist
Episodes: "Nagging Blonde/Tim and the Elephant" and "London Calling/Novelist"
|2010||Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule||Writer|
|2010||Entourage||Ken Austin||Episodes: "Sniff Sniff Gang Bang", "Porn Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Lose Yourself"|
|2011||Jon Benjamin Has a Van||Rev. Rocco Janson||Episode: "Smoking"|
|2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Aaron Sampson||Episode: "Robot Town"|
Episode: "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks"
|2012||The League||Miles Miller||Episode: "A Krampus Carol"|
|2012||Comedy Bang Bang||Tommy Shalders, Himself||Episodes: "Seth Rogen Wears A Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants", "Adam Scott Wears A Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans"|
|2013||The Office||Mark||Episode: "Moving On"|
Further reading 
- Odenkirk, Naomi. Mr. Show: What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide. Squaresville Productions, September 2002.
- Klein, Robert. Patinkin, Sheldon. The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater. Sourcebooks, October 2000.
- Modest Proposal article: "Bob Odenkirk interview."
- Parsi, Novid (2010-03-17). "Bad boy". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Chicago Reader article: "How I Made It in Comedy: Bob Odenkirk."
- Full cast and crew for Saturday Night Live: Joe Mantegna/Vanilla Ice (1991) at the Internet Movie Database
- IMDB page: "Bob Odenkirk - Filmography.
- LA Times article: "Four comics face reality."
- Net Worth at the Internet Movie Database
- Carter, Bill (2013-05-01). "One Last Cringe for ‘The Office’ Finale". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
- Vulture article: "the First Episode of Bob Odenkirk’s New Adult Swim Series, Let’s Do This ." In December 2012, Odenkirk guest starred in the TV Series, The League.
- LA Times article: "News Years Eve - with the kids?."
- Bob Odenkirk at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Bob Odenkirk discusses Breaking Bad at AMCtv.com
- Interview With Bob Odenkirk at Scene Missing Magazine
- Better Call Saul! - official homepage for Odenkirk's character on Breaking Bad