David Koechner

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David Koechner
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Koechner in 2013
David Michael Koechner

(1962-08-24) August 24, 1962 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active1986–present[1]
Leigh Koechner
(m. 1998; sep. 2020)

David Michael Koechner (/ˈkɛknər/ KEK-nər;[2] born August 24, 1962) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing roles such as Champ Kind in the Anchorman films and Todd Packer on NBC's The Office.

Koechner first became involved in performing when he began studying improvisational comedy in Chicago at ImprovOlympic, under the teachings of Del Close, before joining the Second City Northwest. Koechner relocated to New York City in 1995, doing year long stints of sketch comedy as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1995–1996) and as a sketch regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the mid-1990s. In 1997, Koechner moved to Los Angeles and started working regularly in various film and television comedies, making his first film appearances with small roles in the films such as Wag the Dog, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Man on the Moon.

While filming the country mockumentary film Dill Scallion in 1998, Koechner befriended actor/comedian Dave 'Gruber' Allen, and eventually began performing as the comedy duo, The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show, a live musical comedy act. The act became a hit at Hollywood clubs such as Largo, and Allen and Koechner were invited to open for Tenacious D. In 2007, Koechner and Allen created and starred together in a Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show sketch comedy series that ran for one season on Comedy Central.

After his breakout role as Champ Kind in the 2004 comedy Anchorman, Koechner began appearing frequently with larger supporting roles in many high-profile comedic films including Talladega Nights, Thank You for Smoking, Waiting..., Semi-Pro, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and Extract. His first leading film role, as Coach Lambeau Fields in Fox Atomic's sports comedy, The Comebacks opened on October 19, 2007. More recently, Koechner reprised his role of Champ Kind for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, co-starred in the horror-comedy Krampus, and received praise from critics for his dark turn in the 2014 black comedy Cheap Thrills. He co-starred in the sitcoms Bless This Mess and Superior Donuts and recurred on Comedy Central's Another Period and on Showtime's reboot of Twin Peaks. He makes regular appearances on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs and provides the voices of Dick Reynolds on American Dad!.

Early life[edit]

Koechner was born on August 24, 1962, in Tipton, Missouri, to Margaret Ann (née Downey) and Cecil Stephen Koechner. He has two brothers, Mark and Joe, and three sisters, Mary-Rose, Cecilia and Joan.[3] His father ran a business that manufactured turkey coops (Koechner has stated that "If you see a turkey going down the road in a big truck, most likely its coop is from Tipton...").[4] He was raised Catholic, and is of German, English, and Irish descent.[5][6] Koechner studied Political Science at Benedictine College and the University of Missouri, before he eventually decided to pursue a career in improvisational comedy and moved to Chicago. After studying at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, under famed improvisation instructor Del Close, Koechner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, graduating in 1994.[7]


Early career[edit]

In 1995, Koechner landed a year-long stint on Saturday Night Live, joining the show with Second City friends Nancy Walls and Adam McKay.[8] During his time at SNL, he befriended guest-writer David 'Gruber' Allen, and castmate Will Ferrell. Some of Koechner's recurring skits included Bill Brasky, the British Fops (playing Fagan, opposite Mark McKinney), Gary Macdonald (the fictional younger brother of Weekend Update anchor/SNL castmember Norm Macdonald, based on "Jokey", a character he originated at Second City), Will Ferrell's "Get Off the Shed" sketches (playing his neighbor, Tom Taylor), and Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons. Koechner impersonated several celebrities, including Christian Elliott, Mike Ditka, Charlie Sheen, Robert Shapiro, Willard Scott, Oliver Stone, Phil Gramm, David Kaczynski, and Pat Buchanan. After his one season on SNL, Koechner joined the 1996–97 sketch cast of Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Partnership with David "Gruber" Allen[edit]

On the set of the 1999 country music mockumentary, Dill Scallion, Koechner struck a partnership with SNL colleague David "Gruber" Allen, joining Allen's improvisational comedy act, The Naked Trucker Show.[9]

Koechner joined the act as Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons, a character he had been playing on comedy stages for a few years, including a recurring character bit on SNL. Gerald Tibbons dates back to 1995, when he filmed a short television pilot based on the character's misadventures.[10] The "Gerald" character, based on a real drifter named Four-Way George, became so popular that Koechner would go to auditions, only to find that directors were always demanding his stage persona.[11][12] The stage act, a mix of stand-up comedy and off-color country songs, became a hit on the Hollywood improv circuit, ultimately landing television performances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Real Time with Bill Maher. The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show toured with fellow comedic musical duo, Tenacious D.[13]


In 2004, Koechner landed his largest film role up to that point, as sports reporter Champ Kind in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As part of the Anchorman ensemble, Koechner shared two MTV Movie Award nominations for Best On-Screen Team and Best Musical Performance. MTV's initial press release accidentally listed Fred Armisen instead of David Koechner, but eventually corrected the error on their website, crediting Koechner during the broadcast.[14][15] Following this role, he landed small and supporting roles in such films such The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, The Dukes of Hazzard and Snakes on a Plane. In 2006, he made his voice acting debut in Barnyard as "Dag". That same year, he had a supporting role as a gun lobbyist in the critically acclaimed satire, Thank You for Smoking. Thank You for Smoking was one of the best-reviewed films of Koechner's career, and he was included in Fox Searchlight's Oscar campaign, among the film's listings for Best Supporting Actor.[16]

After co-starring in Anchorman and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, fellow Second City alum Steve Carell personally recommended Koechner for a recurring role on NBC's The Office, playing Todd Packer.[17] Koechner's role is the American version of Chris Finch from the original. Packer is an obnoxious, alcoholic best friend of Carell's character. Koechner guest-starred, both in person and voice, on fifteen episodes of the series. His frequent work with actors Ferrell, Carell, Jack Black, and Ben Stiller have led some critics and journalists to point out his association with the media-dubbed "Frat Pack". David had a guest starring role as Uncle Earl in an episode on Hannah Montana.[18][19][20]


In 2007, Koechner was seen in his first leading role in The Comebacks (which opened on October 19), the first comedy to be released under Fox Searchlight's Fox Atomic division.[21] He played a college football coach with the worst record in the history of the sport who vows to turn things around with his new team of ragtag recruits. He described this career opportunity as the "first lead for the right-hander."[9] Veteran actor Carl Weathers played Koechner's rival coach. Though Koechner, who usually writes and improvises his material, had no involvement with the screenplay, he complimented director Tom Brady for taking "great care to make it as smart as he could", adding that it is a sports comedy rather than a spoof.[9]

On January 17, 2007, Comedy Central premiered The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, a sketch comedy series starring Koechner (as T-Bones) and longtime performing partner Dave "Gruber" Allen (as The Naked Trucker). The duo performs their unique brand of off-color songs and introduces pre-taped skits. Many of Koechner's past co-stars made cameos, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Andy Richter, Dax Shepard, and Paul Rudd. The pre-taped skits gave Koechner more screen time than Allen, often letting him showcase his comedic charisma alongside guest stars like Richter and Shepard. Comedy Central ordered eight episodes.[22]

In the eight years Koechner & Allen have been playing these characters, there have been several attempts to bring the act to television, but they had trouble figuring how to translate it into a series.[11] Koechner & Allen's first album, Naked Trucker and T-Bones Live at the Troubador, was released March 20, 2007.[23] Koechner co-starred with Luke Wilson in the 2009 indie-comedy Tenure and was a lead in the 2012 horror film Piranha 3DD. Koechner returned as Champ Kind, in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).[citation needed]

Following the release of Live at the Troubador, Koechner revealed that a T-Bones film is in development with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions.[24] Koechner wrote the script with veteran television writer/producer Norm Hiscock, who also wrote for The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, in addition to past work on Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, and King of the Hill. He made his first return guest appearance to Saturday Night Live on December 7, 2013, with his fellow Anchorman co-stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and the episode's host, Paul Rudd. The Anchorman stars sang "Afternoon Delight" with the episode's musical guest One Direction during the opening monologue. Koechner and Ferrell also reprised their Bill Brasky sketch in the same episode.

In 2015, Koechner began co-starring as Commodore Bellacourt in the Comedy Central series Another Period. He also recurs as Bill Lewis on The Goldbergs.

In a contrast to his largely comedy-based acting career, Koechner starred in the 2016 drama Priceless, a film about human trafficking. He said of the role, "My wife and I have five kids – three of them are daughters. So, just to imagine the horror of any young lady having to go through this. This film is based on true events. It's happening right now. It's happening in Chicago. It's happening here in Los Angeles. It's happening globally. So, to be a participant in a film like this – to bring awareness to such a horror – makes me happy."[25]

Personal life[edit]

Koechner lives in Los Angeles and is separated from his wife Leigh. They have five children.[26] Koechner has the names of his wife and children tattooed on his right upper-arm.[27] In 2020, Koechner filed for divorce.[28]

Koechner performs regularly in Los Angeles comedy clubs such as Flappers Comedy Club, Improv Olympic, West Theater (in the show Beer Shark Mice), and Largo, the nightclub where the Naked Trucker Show plays regularly. Koechner supported the 2004 US presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry, performing at a June 6, 2004, Hollywood fundraiser for the senator, where The Naked Trucker & T-Bones opened up for Tenacious D.[29]

On December 31, 2021, Koechner was arrested on New Year's Eve for a suspected DUI and hit and run in Simi Valley, California. A court date was set for March 30 in Ventura, California.[30] On March 31, he was charged with a DUI and hit and run and may face up to six months in jail for each misdemeanor charge, probation, and required to take an alcohol education course.

On June 4, 2022, Koechner was arrested for DUI in Ohio, his second DUI arrest in under six months.[31]



Year Film Role Notes
1995 It's Now... or NEVER! Jay
1997 Wag the Dog Director
1998 Dirty Work Anton Phillips
1999 Man on the Moon National Enquirer Reporter
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Co-pilot
Dill Scallion Bubby Pearl
2000 Whatever It Takes Virgil Doolittle
Dropping Out Henry
2001 Out Cold Stumpy
Life Without Dick Uncle Hurley
2002 Waking Up in Reno Bell Hop
American Girl Guy in Fun Fun Land TV Commercial
The Third Wheel Carl
Run Ronnie Run Clay
2003 My Boss's Daughter Speed
A Guy Thing Buck Morse
Soul Mates Steve
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Champ Kind Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance (shared with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd)
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
2005 Yours, Mine & Ours Darrell
Daltry Calhoun Doyle Earl
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Elroy/Wind Voice only
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Dad at Health Clinic
The Dukes of Hazzard Cooter
Waiting... Dan
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Ernie Wellington
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Surplus Store Clerk Scene Deleted
Let's Go to Prison Shanahan
Snakes on a Plane Richard "Rick"
Barnyard Dag Voice only
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Herschell
Thank You for Smoking Bobby Jay Bliss
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Donnie
2007 The Comebacks Lambeau Fields
Wild Girls Gone Mr. Fremont
Reno 911!: Miami Sheriff of Aspen
Balls of Fury Rick the Birdmaster
Farce of the Penguins Melvin Voice only
2008 Semi-Pro The Commissioner
Drillbit Taylor Frightened Dad
Get Smart Agent Larabee
Sex Drive Hitchhiker
The Perfect Game Charlie
2009 Still Waiting... Dan
Extract Nathan
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Brent Gage
Tenure Jay Hadley
2011 Paul Gus
Final Destination 5 Dennis Lapman
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Vic George
2012 This Means War Ollie
Piranha 3DD Chet
Wedding Day Pastor Augustus
Hit and Run Sanders
Small Apartments Detective O'Grady
2013 A Haunted House Dan Kearney
Cheap Thrills Colin
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Champ Kind
2014 Hits Rich
No Clue Ernie
Jason Nash Is Married Scooter
2015 Road Hard Chad
Regular Show: The Movie Principal Dean Voice only
Hell and Back Asmodeus Voice only
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Scout Leader Rogers
Krampus Howard
2016 Priceless Dale
2017 CHiPs Pat
How to Get Girls Principal B.
Bernard and Huey Huey
I'm Not Here Dad's Attorney
The Pine Tar Incident: Making of Tar Wars Director
Gnome Alone Zamfeer Voice
2018 Then Came You Bob Lewis
All Creatures Here Below Robert
2019 3 Days with Dad Dr. Clarence Grey
Braking for Whales Uncle Randall Hillhouse
2020 Faith Based Butch Savage
The Dark Divide Shayne
Vicious Fun Zachary
Reboot Camp Himself
2021 The Right One Bob Glasser
A Week Away David
Match Struck Unknown Man
National Champions Richard Everly
2022 The Allnighter Bruce
Marmaduke Phil Voice only
TBA Izzy Lyon: The Unspun Truth Antoine St. Pupon
Diamond in the Rough
Dotty & Soul Brannigan


Year Show Role Notes
1995–1996 Saturday Night Live Cast member 20 episodes
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Stephen Queen Episode: "A Killer Ending"
Something So Right Man Episode: "Something About a Christmas Miracle"
1997 Mad About You Store Clerk Episode: "Uncle Phil and the Coupons"
Teletubbies The Scary Lion Episode: "Sophie - Art Circus"
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Charles Episode: "Getting to Know You"
1999 Get Real Roger Episode: "Pilot"
Dharma & Greg Joe Episode: "See Dharma Run"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Waiter Episode: "Carded and Discarded"
The Norm Show Lance Episode: "Norm vs. the Oldest Profession"
2002 Late World with Zach Various Recurring role
Curb Your Enthusiasm Joseph Episode: "Mary, Joseph and Larry"
Greg the Bunny Paintball Instructor Episode: "Jewel Heist"
2002–2003 Still Standing Carl 9 episodes
Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? Clancy Q. Sleepyjeans (voice)
2003 Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2003 Jerry Prastis/Gerald Tibbons/Various TV special
2005–2013 The Office Todd Packer 15 episodes
2006 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Cubby McQuilkin (voice) Episode: "Babysitter"
2007 The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons Star, writer, producer, co-creator
American Body Shop Trey Episode: "Shop for Sale"
Monk Joey Krenshaw 2 episodes
2008 Kath & Kim Pete Episode: "Friends"
King of the Hill Frank (voice) Episode: "Six Characters in Search of a House"
Pushing Daisies Merle McQuoddy Episode: "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy"
2008–2010 Hannah Montana Uncle Earl 3 episodes
2008–present American Dad! Dick / various characters (voice) 37 episodes
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown (voice) Episode: "Deck the Malls"
The Goode Family Cranky (voice) Episode: "A Goode Game of Chicken"
2009–2010 Hank Grady Funk 10 episodes
2010 Gary Unmarried Joe "Soup" Campbell Episode: "Gary's Big Mouth"
Neighbors from Hell Robert the Insult Weight Loss Robot (voice) 3 episodes
Glory Daze Baseball Coach Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Beavis and Butt-Head Various characters (voice) 4 episodes
Chuck Crazy Bob Episode: "Chuck Versus the Business Trip"
Good Vibes Various characters (voice) 2 episodes
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Dosu (voice) Episode: "Hometown Hero"
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Mr. Doublebutt Episode: "Amy Poehler Wears a Black Jacket & Grey Pants"
The Inbetweeners Jim Remus Episode: "The Field Trip"
2013 The Middle Jeff Webber Episode: "The Friend"
Behind the Candelabra Adoption Attorney Television film
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Mac Antfee (voice) 3 episodes
Psych Leslie Valerie Sally Episode: "Office Space"
Phineas and Ferb Rusty Britches (voice) Episode: "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror"
2014 Justified Deputy Gregg Sutter 2 episodes
Maron Himself Episode: "Therapy"
2015 Sofia the First Muck (voice) Episode: "Minding the Manor"
Full Circle Phil Davis 4 episodes
2015–2016 Regular Show Principal Dean / Jayden (voice) 5 episodes
All Hail King Julien Rob / Nurse Phantom / Phantom, Butterfly Prince (voice) 4 episodes
2015–present The Goldbergs Bill Lewis 27 episodes
2015–2018 Drunk History Various 3 episodes
Another Period Commodore Bellacourt Series regular; 18 episodes
2015–present F is for Family Robert "Bob Pogo" Pogrohovich (voice) 20 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Commissioner Bigfish Episode: "Commissioner Bigfish"
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Roger Ramsey Episode: "Roger Me Rightly"
Hidden America with Jonah Ray Mayor Marty Lehrman Episode: "Chicago: The Second Best City"
The Soul Man Denny Doyle Episode: "Southern Discomfort"
TripTank Buck LaFontaine / Gary / Frank (voice) 2 episodes
Tween Fest Congressman Rich Halstrom Episode: "Congressman-Ass Bitch"
Future-Worm! Coach (voice) Episode: "The Bleak Shall Inherit the Earth/Lobster Boy Movie Trailer/Makin' History"
2017 Bones Jack Flap Episode: "The Flaw in the Saw"
All Hail King Julien: Exiled Nurse Phantom (voice) Episode: "The Most Eggcellent Adventure"
Twin Peaks Detective Fusco 4 episodes
Future Man Barry Futturman Episode: "A Blowjob Before Dying"
Stan Against Evil Kenny Episode: "Curse of the Werepony"
Rhett and Link's Buddy System Jimbo / Jumbo Episode: "Sanctuary"
Hell's Kitchen Himself Guest diner and Shane's Inspiration contributor; Episode: "It's All Gravy"
2017–2018 Superior Donuts Carl "Tush" Tushinski Series regular
2018 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Buzby (voice) 3 episodes
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mr. Meaner (voice)
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters 'Swell' Del Wainwright Episode: "Face in the Car Lot"
Ask the StoryBots Pirate Episode: "How Do Volcanoes Work?"
2019–2020 Bless This Mess Beau Bowman Series regular
2019 Schooled Bill Lewis Episode: "Be Like Mike"
Crank Yankers Ray Erbst Episode: "Adam Carolla, David Koechner & Natasha Leggero"
2021 Close Enough Wyatt Trickle (voice) Episode: "Meet the Frackers"
2022–2023 Puppy Dog Pals Willie (voice) Credited as Dave Koechner; 7 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Baby We Were Young" The Dirty Guv'nahs
2011 "New Romance" Miles Fisher
2011 "Weed Card" Garfunkel and Oates


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