Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
January 27, 1969 |
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
|Medium||Stand up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, surreal humor, black comedy|
|Subject(s)||American culture, current events, pop culture, nerd culture|
|Influences||Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Leno, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin, Louis C.K.|
|Spouse||Michelle Eileen McNamara (2005–; 1 daughter)|
|Notable works and roles||Spence Olchin in The King of Queens
Remy in Ratatouille
Neil Kowalski in United States of Tara
Matt Freehauf in Young Adult
Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille.
Oswalt was born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Carla and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer. He was named after General George S. Patton. While a military brat, he later lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia. He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia and subsequently graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Oswalt first began performing stand up comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning. After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille. He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Oswalt wrote the comic book story "JLA: Welcome to the Working Week", a backup story in Batman #600; a story for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01 and a story for Masks: Too Hot for TV. Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007. He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. In 2008 Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
In 2009, Oswalt played Paul Aufiero, the leading role in Robert D. Siegel's 2009 directorial debut, Big Fan. He was to star in a 2010 Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. However, the show was postponed then eventually canceled due to Megan Mullally's departure from the production when the director denied her request to replace Oswalt due to his lack of stage experience.
He starred in the Showtime drama The United States of Tara as Neil, an employee of Four Winds Landscaping. He also provides the voice of Thrasher, a robot protagonist from the new Cartoon Network show, Robotomy.
In January 2011, Oswalt released his first book, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.
In November 2011, Oswalt played the role of Hurlan Heartshe in the surrealist comedy miniseries The Heart, She Holler on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Also in November 2011, Oswalt was depicted blowing the second-ever puff of 3D pot smoke in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. In December 2011, Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult. In 2012, he originated the role of Billy Stanhope on Two and a Half Men.
As of March 20, 2014, it was announced that Patton would be cast in the role of Agent Koenig on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He later appeared in separate episodes as brothers Eric and Billy Koenig. He will continue to appear in the second season as Billy (Eric is now deceased).
Oswalt's stand up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up. On February 28, 2009, Oswalt recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.
Oswalt's album, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, was released on September 19, 2011. The extended and uncensored DVD of this special was released in April 2012, a few days after its television premiere on Comedy Central.
Patton's newest comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was to be released on January 16, 2014 via online movie streaming website Epix but was pushed back by the company for unknown reasons. However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6 and became available for purchase on April 8 in both DVD and CD format.
Oswalt married writer Michelle Eileen McNamara on September 24, 2005. Their daughter was born in 2009.
Oswalt is an atheist, and has referenced his atheism in his comedy specials, No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kind of Patton, My Weakness is Strong, and Finest Hour. It was also referenced by Katt Williams in the opening act of The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.
|Top 200||US Comedy||US Digital||US Indie||US Heat|
|2004||Feelin' Kinda Patton||United Musicians||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007||Werewolves and Lollipops||Sub Pop||137||1||—||18||4|
|2009||My Weakness Is Strong||Warner Bros.||Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album||67||1||5||—||—|
|2011||Finest Hour||Comedy Central Records||Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album||71||1||–||12||—|
|2014||Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time||Comedy Central Records||-||54||-||–||-||—|
- Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton (2005) with Zach Galifianakis
- Melvins/Patton Oswalt split 7 (2006) with The Melvins
- Comedians of Comedy Tour 3"CD (2006)
- The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company (2006) with Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, and Eugene Mirman
- Frankensteins and Gumdrops (2008) Available during the WFMU pledge drive
Compilation album appearances
- Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret – The Un & Only (2002)
- Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret – The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly (2006)
- Comedy Death-Ray (2007)
|1996||Down Periscope||Stingray Radioman||Cameo|
|1998||Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho||Various||Television film|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Blue Collar Guy||Cameo|
|2000||Super Nerds||Leslie||Television film|
|2000||Desperate But Not Serious||Auteur No. 1|
|2003||Run Ronnie Run||Dozer|
|2004||Starsky and Hutch||Disco DJ|
|2004||Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2||Himself||Direct-to-video|
|2005||The Comedians of Comedy||Himself|
|2006||Channel 101||Lenny Loves Carbs Guy||Television film|
|2006||Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On Head||Mr. Groin||Television film
|2006||Failure to Launch||Techie Guy|
|2007||Reno 911!: Miami||Jeff Spoder|
|2007||Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Tommy||Direct-to-video
Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
|2007||Balls of Fury||The Hammer|
|2007||Super High Me||Himself||Documentary
|2008||Sex and Death 101||Fred|
|2008||All Roads Lead Home||Milo|
|2009||Observe and Report||Roger|
|2009||Big Fan||Paul Aufiero||Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
|2009||Informant!, TheThe Informant!||Ed Herbst|
|2010||Blood into Wine||Himself||Documentary|
|2011||Young Adult||Matt Freehauf||New York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Chairman's Vanguard Award (shared with ensemble)
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2011||Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Larry Juston|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Roache|
|2013||Odd Thomas||Ozzie P. Boone|
|2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Todd Maher|
|2014||22 Jump Street||MC State History Professor|
|1994||Seinfeld||Clerk||Episode: "The Couch"|
|1995||MADtv||Crip in Wheelchair||Episode: "1.5"|
|1996||NewsRadio||Guy||Episode: "The Trainer"|
|1996–1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Famous Mortimer
Man in Restaurant
|1997||Weird Al Show, TheThe Weird Al Show||Seymour||Episode: "Bad Influence"|
|1997||HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour||Himself||Stand-up special|
|1998||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Patton||Voice only
|1998–2007||King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens||Spence Olchin||122 episodes|
|1999||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Eldon Michaels||Voice only
Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
|2000–2004||Static Shock||Specs/Spectral||Voice only
|2002||Man Show, TheThe Man Show||Weepum Buzzkillus||Uncredited
Episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
|2002||Home Movies||Helmet||Voice only
|2002–2003||Crank Yankers||Boomer||Voice only
|2003–2006||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||DP
|2003–2007||Kim Possible||Professor Dementor/Professor DeMenz||Voice only
|2004||Fairly OddParents, TheThe Fairly OddParents||Crimson Chin Writer||Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"|
|2004||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Zynx||Voice only
Episode: "Pioneer Island"
|2004–2009||Reno 911!||Dungeon Master
Kenny Rogers Assassin
Boozehammer of Galen
Car Crash Movie Snob
|2005||Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||Carter Bogie||Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"|
|2006||Clark and Michael||Realtor||Internet television program|
|2006||Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner||Roaster||Television special|
|2006||Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2006||Squidbillies||Shecky Chucklestein||Voice only
Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
|2006–2007||Batman, TheThe Batman||Cosmo Krank/Toymaker
|2007||Human Giant||Frat Boy
Let's Go Fan
The Wire Fan
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants||Jim||Voice only
Episode: "The Original Fry Cook/Night Light"
|2007||Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav||Roaster||Television special|
|2007–2008||American Dad!||Bob Cinema
|2007–2008||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Joshua Beard
Beaver Boys Doctor
|2007–2014||WordGirl||Theodore "Tobey" McCalister III
|2008||Lewis Black's Root of All Evil||Himself||6 episodes|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Elton John Impersonator||Episode: "Prime Minister"|
|2009||Iron Chef America||Himself||Episode: "Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple"|
|2009||Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.||Wonderboy||Voice only
|2009||Dollhouse||Joel Mynor||2 episodes|
|2009||Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2009–2010||Community||Male Nurse Jackie||2 episodes|
|2009–2011||United States of Tara||Neil||21 episodes|
|2009–2011||Bored to Death||Howard Baker||4 episodes|
|2010||Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program||Vincent Van Guy||Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Pazuzu||Voice only
|2010||Caprica||Baxter Sarno||6 episodes|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Volunteer Center Guy||Voice only
|2011||Futurama||Unattractive Giant Monster||Voice only
|2011||Jon Benjamin Has a Van||Steven Drears||Episode: "House on the Lake"|
|2011–present||Heart, She Holler, TheThe Heart, She Holler||Hurlan||20 episodes|
|2011||Raising Hope||Rubin||Episode: "Bro-gurt"|
|2011||Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2012||High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Clyde the Pac Man Ghost||Voice only
Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
|2012||Bob's Burgers||Moody Foodie||Voice only
Episode: "Moody Foodie"
|2012||Metalocalypse||Dr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul [sic]
|2012–2013||Two and a Half Men||Billy Stanhope||5 episodes|
|2012||The Simpsons||T-Rex||Voice only
Episode: "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"
|2012||Comedy Bang Bang||Himself||Episode: "Adam Scott Wears a Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans"|
|2012||Burn Notice||Colin Schmidt||3 episodes|
|2013||Justified||Constable Bob Sweeney||4 episodes|
|2013||Parks and Recreation||Garth Blundon||Episode: "Article Two"
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
|2013||Axe Cop||Sockarang||Voice only
|2013–present||The Goldbergs||Adult Adam Goldberg||Voice only
|2013||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Fire Marshall Boone||2 episodes|
|2014||29th Independent Spirit Awards||Host||Television special|
|2014||Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time||Himself||Stand-up special
Premiered on Epix HD
|2014||Mighty Med||Ed||Season 1, Episode 10:"Lockdown"|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Eric & Billy Koenig||3 episodes|
|2014||Modern Family||Ducky||Episode: "Las Vegas"|
|2014||Drunk History||Charles Sumner||Episode: "Charleston"|
|2014||Gravity Falls||Franz||Voice only
Episode: "The Golf War"
|2005||Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories||Radio Caller on Heartland Values with Nurse Bob|
|2006||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||New World Order Caller/Reporter|
|2007||Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am||DP
|2012||Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush – A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot||Remy|
|2013||Metro: Last Light|
|2001||"Another Perfect Day"||American Hi-Fi|
|2013||"The Magic Clap"||The Coup|
|2014||"Foil"||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
- JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (DC Comics, 2003)
- The Overrated Book (co-author with Henry H. Owings, Last Gasp, San Francisco, 2006)
- The Goon: Noir (co-author with Thomas Lennon, Steve Niles and Eric Powell, Dark Horse Comics, 2007)
- The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture for Fans & Bands (co-author with Henry H. Owings, Quirk Books, Philadelphia, 2008)
- Serenity: Float Out (Dark Horse Comics, 2010)
- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner, 2011)
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- Random Rules: Patton Oswalt a feature from The A.V. Club
- Hustler Interview: Patton Oswalt
- IMPOSE interview
- Note Books essay on Largehearted Boy
- Reading John Collier's "The Chaser" at Daytrotter
- Interview by "Rotten.com"
- 'Getting Late' interview by Pete Dominick on Sirius Radio
- "Finest Hour" review