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Patton Oswalt
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Oswalt in 2017
Born (1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 52)
Alma materCollege of William & Mary (BA)
Years active1988–present
(m. 2005; died 2016)

(m. 2017)
RelativesMatt Oswalt (brother)
Comedy career
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Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter. He starred as Spence Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and guest starred as the Koenigs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2020). After making his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch", he has since appeared in a variety of television shows, such as Kim Possible, Parks and Recreation, Community, Two and a Half Men, Drunk History, Reno 911!, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Archer, Veep, as Constable Bob Sweeney on Justified, and on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He currently narrates the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–present) as adult Adam F. Goldberg, plays Principal Ralph Durbin on Peacock's A.P. Bio (2018–present), and plays Marvel supervillain 'M.O.D.O.K' in the Hulu Original series M.O.D.O.K (2021-present).

Oswalt is also known for voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille (2007) and starring in Big Fan (2009). Other notable film credits include Man on the Moon (1999), Zoolander (2001), Blade: Trinity (2004), All Roads Lead Home (2008), A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011), and The Circle (2017).

In his work as a stand-up comedian, Oswalt has appeared in six stand-up specials and also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016).

Early life

Oswalt was born in Portsmouth, Virginia,[2][3][4] the son of Carla and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer.[5] He was named after General George S. Patton.[6] He is of Italian, Irish, German, English, and Scottish descent. He has one younger brother, Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer best known for writing and starring in the YouTube web series Puddin'. While he was a military brat, his family lived in Ohio and in Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia.[7] He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He later graduated from The College of William & Mary where he majored in English[8] and was initiated into the Alpha Theta chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.[9]


Oswalt in 2006

Oswalt began performing stand-up comedy on July 18, 1988.[10] 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 with his film debut coming in the 1996 military comedy film Down Periscope alongside Kelsey Grammer. His television debut was on the Seinfeld episode "The Couch".[11] His most prominent and longest running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens.[12] His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Academy Award-winning Pixar film Ratatouille.[11] He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia[11] and 22 Jump Street.

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.[13] Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character Tobey on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007.[14] He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. He appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav in August 2007.[15] That same year, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2008.[16]

Oswalt played Paul Aufiero, the leading role in Robert D. Siegel's 2009 directorial debut, Big Fan. He was set to star in a 2010 Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.[17] The show was postponed, then eventually canceled, when Megan Mullally's left the production after the director denied her request to replace Oswalt due to his lack of stage experience.[18]

He starred in the Showtime drama The United States of Tara as Neil, an employee of Four Winds Landscaping.[19] He also provided the voice of Thrasher, a robot protagonist from the Cartoon Network show Robotomy.[20]

Oswalt emceed the 2010 BookExpo America, promoting his then-upcoming book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland and introducing the evening's panelists: Christopher Hitchens, William Gibson, and Sara Gruen.[21] Oswalt released Zombie Spaceship Wasteland in 2011.[22]

Oswalt played the role of Hurlan Heartshe in the 2011 surrealist comedy miniseries The Heart, She Holler on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Oswalt appeared in the 2011 film A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.[11] Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's 2011 black comedy Young Adult.[12] He played Billy Stanhope, ex-best friend of Ashton Kutcher's Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half Men in 2012.[23]

As of September 2013, Oswalt narrates the TV series The Goldbergs.[24] He also had a recurring role as Constable Bob Sweeney in the fourth season of the FX series Justified.

Patton played 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 continued to appear in the second season as Billy and a third brother named Sam. In season four, he also played a fourth brother, Thurston.

Oswalt's memoir Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. He also voiced the male version of Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode, which was released in October 2015.

Oswalt played Max in the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the son of Frank Conniff's character TV's Frank.[25][26] The program premiered on Netflix in 2017.

Also in 2017, lifelong film fan Oswalt provided the voice of horror icon Boris Karloff in several episodes of film critic Karina Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This, for the season entitled “Bela and Boris.”

Oswalt had a voice-over role in science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You,[27] which was released in theaters on July 6, 2018.[28]

Oswalt replaced Louis C.K. in the 2019 film The Secret Life of Pets 2, as the voice of main character Max. In addition, he reprised his role as Professor Dementor in the Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, a live action adaptation of the 2002-2007 animated series.

On April 15, 2019, Oswalt joined a host of other writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[29]

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. He recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2009. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong on August 23, 2009 and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.[30]

An animated video of Patton's take on New Song's Christmas Shoes was posted on YouTube in November 2009.[31] The track does not appear on any albums. The audio is claimed[by whom?] to be recorded at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC.[32]

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.[33][34]

Oswalt's 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.[35] However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6, 2014, and became available for purchase on April 8, 2014, in both DVD and CD format.[36]

Oswalt's comedy special Talking for Clapping was released on Netflix on April 22, 2016. For the album, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.[37]

Oswalt's comedy special Annihilation was released on Netflix on October 17, 2017.

In an episode of Hiking with Kevin Nealon on YouTube, posted November 14, 2019, Oswalt confirmed a new special, I Love Everything, recorded three weeks prior to the recording of the hike.[38] It is currently airing on Netflix and was nominated for another Primetime Emmy Award.

He was featured in an ad campaign for Caesars Sportsbook in 2021, playing a character named Carl.[39][40]

Personal life

Oswalt married true crime writer and journalist Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005.[41] They had one daughter together, Alice, born in April 2009.[42]

McNamara died in her sleep in the family's Los Angeles, California home on April 21, 2016. Her death was attributed to a combination of a previously undiagnosed heart condition and complications from ingested medications (Adderall, Xanax, and Fentanyl).[43] The season-three finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory.

On August 1, 2016, Oswalt announced that he had been working to complete McNamara's nonfiction book on the Golden State Killer, which was left unfinished at the time of Michelle McNamara's death.[44] In September 2017, Oswalt announced that the book, titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was scheduled for release on February 27, 2018, and was subsequently available for preorders.[45] Less than two months after the book's release, on April 25, 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced they had made an arrest in the Golden State Killer case. Oswalt posted a brief video to Instagram, saying: "I think you got him, Michelle."[46] He also posted on Twitter that same day, saying that he hoped to visit the suspect if he was indeed the Golden State Killer, "not to gloat or gawk - to ask him the questions that [McNamara] wanted answered in her 'Letter to an Old Man'" at the end of her book.[47]

In July 2017 he and actress Meredith Salenger were confirmed to be engaged.[48] They were married in November 2017.[49][50]

In 2013, he teamed up with PETA, spoke out against chaining pet dogs, and sent a letter to the mayor and members of the city council of Newport News, Virginia urging them to ban the practice.[51]

Oswalt is an outspoken atheist[52] and has referred to his atheism in his comedy specials: No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kinda Patton, My Weakness Is Strong, and Finest Hour.

Oswalt's influences include Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[53] Emo Philips, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin,[54][55] and Louis C.K.[55]


Comedy albums

Year Title Label Chart positions[56]
Top 200 US Comedy US Digital US Indie US Heat
2003 222 Chunklet Magazine
2004 Feelin' Kinda Patton United Musicians
2007 Werewolves and Lollipops Sub Pop 137 1 18 4
2009 My Weakness Is Strong Warner Bros. 67 1 5
2011 Finest Hour Comedy Central Records 71 1 12
2014 Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Comedy Central Records 54 1 19 9
2016 Talking for Clapping A Special Thing Records 6
2017 Annihilation Netflix

Comedy specials

Year Title Role Notes
1997 HBO Comedy Half-Hour Himself Stand-up special
1999 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2006 Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain Himself Stand-up special
2009 Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong Himself Stand-up special
2011 Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour Himself Stand-up special
2014 Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Himself Stand-up special
2016 Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Himself Stand-up special
2017 Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Himself Stand-up special
2020 Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything Himself Stand-up special


Compilation album appearances



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Student Loans and You A Comedian Industrial Film (Paid $300)
1996 Down Periscope Stingray Radioman
1999 Man on the Moon Blue Collar Guy
Magnolia Delmer Darion
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Auteur No. 1
2001 Zoolander Monkey Photographer
2002 Zig Zag Shelly
2003 Run Ronnie Run Dozer
Calendar Girls Larry
2004 Taxi Impound Cop
Blade: Trinity Hedges
Starsky and Hutch Disco DJ
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Video Store Clerk Uncredited
Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 Himself Direct-to-video[63]
See This Movie Felix
2005 The Comedians of Comedy Himself Documentary; also executive producer
Cake Boy Cake Pervert
2006 Failure to Launch Techie Guy
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Jeff Spoder
Ratatouille Remy (voice) Main role
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Tommy (voice)
Balls of Fury The Hammer
Sex and Death 101 Fred
Your Friend the Rat Remy (voice) Short film
2008 Super High Me Himself Documentary
All Roads Lead Home Milo
2009 Observe and Report Roger
Big Fan Paul Aufiero
The Informant! Ed Herbst
Al's Brain Co-Worker Short film
2010 Blood into Wine Himself Documentary
Beautiful Darling Andy Warhol
Truman Capote (voices)
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Larry Juston
Young Adult Matt Freehauf
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Roache
Nature Calls Randy
2013 Odd Thomas Ozzie P. Boone
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Todd Maher
2014 Jason Nash Is Married Producer
22 Jump Street MC State History Professor Uncredited cameo
Mune: Guardian of the Moon Mox (voice) English dub
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III Chief Also co-producer
Old/New Narrator (voice) Short film
Freaks of Nature Stuart Miller
The Loneliest Stoplight Narrator (voice) Short film
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Merv Griffin
Space Cop Space Police Chief
Nerdland Elliot (voice)
The Confirmation Drake
Keeping Up with the Joneses Scorpion
2017 The Circle Tom Stenton
Please Stand By Officer Frank
2018 Nostalgia Peter
Sorry to Bother You Mr. Blank's White Voice (voice)
Unlovable N/A Associate producer
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Atom (voice)
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Max (voice) Replacing Louis C.K
Super Gidget Short film
Dads Himself Documentary
2020 We Bare Bears: The Movie Nom Nom (voice)
2021 To Meet the Faces You Meet[64] MEAD (voice)
The Spine of Night Lord Pyrantin (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Video Store Clerk Episode: "The Couch"
1995–97 MADtv Crip in Wheelchair 1 episode; also writer
1996 NewsRadio Guy Episode: "The Trainer"
1996, 1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Famous Mortimer
Man in Restaurant
Blind Man on Balcony (uncredited)
2 episodes
1997 The Weird Al Show Seymour Episode: "Bad Influence"
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Patton (voice) 2 episodes
Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho Various Television special
1998–2007 The King of Queens Spence Olchin 122 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Eldon Michaels (voice) Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
Super Nerds Leslie Pilot
2000–04 Static Shock Specs / Spectral (voice) 3 episodes
2002 The Man Show Weepum Buzzkillus Uncredited; episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
Home Movies Helmet (voice) Episode: "Renaissance"
2002–03 Crank Yankers Boomer (voice) 4 episodes
2003–06 Aqua Teen Hunger Force DP, Skeeter, Ezekial (voices) 3 episodes
2003–07 Kim Possible Professor Dementor (voice) 10 episodes
2004 The Fairly OddParents Crimson Chin Writer Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"
Tom Goes to the Mayor Zynx (voice) Episode: "Pioneer Island"
2004–20 Reno 911! Various 12 episodes
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Carter Bogie Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2006 Clark and Michael Realtor 1 episode
Comedy Central Roast of
William Shatner
Roaster Television special
Squidbillies Shecky Chucklestein (voice) Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
The Amazing Screw-On Head Mr. Groin (voice) Pilot
2006–07 The Batman Toymaker/Marty Slack (voices) 2 episodes
2007 Human Giant Various 3 episodes; also consultant writer
SpongeBob SquarePants Jim (voice) Episode: "The Original Fry Cook"
Mistakenly credited as "Patton Oswald"
Comedy Central Roast
of Flavor Flav
Roaster Television special
Reaper Leon Episode: "Leon"
2007–08 Tim and Eric Awesome Show,
Great Job!
Joshua Beard
Beaver Boys Doctor
3 episodes
2007–20 American Dad! Various Voices 4 episodes
2007–17 WordGirl Tobey McCalister III (voice) Recurring role
2008 Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Himself 6 episodes
2009 Flight of the Conchords Elton John Impersonator Episode: "Prime Minister"
The Venture Bros. Wonderboy (voice) Episode: "Self-Medication"
Dollhouse Joel Mynor 2 episodes
2009–10 Community Nurse Jackie 2 episodes
2009–11 United States of Tara Neil 21 episodes
Bored to Death Howard Baker 4 episodes
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Vincent Van Guy Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"
Neighbors from Hell Pazuzu (voice) 10 episodes
Caprica Baxter Sarno 6 episodes
Glenn Martin, DDS Volunteer Center Guy (voice) Episode: "Volunteers"
2010–11 Robotomy Thrasher (voice) 10 episodes
2011 Futurama Unattractive Giant Monster (voice) Episode: "Benderama"
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Steven Drears Episode: "House on the Lake"
Little Mosque on the Prairie Florist with Tourette's Syndrome Deleted scenes
Episode: "An Arranged Marriage"
Raising Hope Rubin Episode: "Bro-gurt"
2011–14 The Heart, She Holler Hurlan 28 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures
of Annoying Orange
Clyde the Pac Man Ghost (voice) Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
Bob's Burgers Moody Foodie (voice) Episode: "Moody Foodie"
Metalocalypse Dr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul
Klokateer (voices)
2 episodes
Burn Notice Calvin Schmidt 3 episodes
2012–13 Two and a Half Men Billy Stanhope 5 episodes
2012, 2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 2 episodes
2012, 2017 The Simpsons T-Rex, Bart's Guilt (voices) 2 episodes
2013 Portlandia Thor83 2 episodes
Parks and Recreation Garth Blundin Episode: "Article Two"
Yo Gabba Gabba! Croackey (voice) Episode: "Dinosaur"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fire Marshall Boone 2 episodes
2013–15 Axe Cop Sockarang (voice) 12 episodes
Justified Constable Bob Sweeney 6 episodes
2013–present The Goldbergs Adult Adam F. Goldberg (voice) 121 episodes
2014 29th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: "How Would You Kill Superman?"
2014–17 Doc McStuffins Count Clarence (voice) 4 episodes
2014 Mighty Med Ed, The Exterminator (voices) 2 episodes
Modern Family Ducky Episode: "Las Vegas"
Gravity Falls Franz (voice) Episode: "The Golf War"
2014–16 Drunk History Various Roles 3 episodes
2014–20 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eric Koenig, Sam Koenig, Billy Koenig, Thurston Koenig, and Ernest "Hazard" Koenig 9 episodes[65]
BoJack Horseman Pinky Penguin, Various Voices 14 episodes
2015 Battle Creek Mayor Hardy Episode: "Cereal Killer"
Maron Himself Episode: "Anti-Depressed"
Rick and Morty Beta Seven (voice) Episode: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Francisco (voice) Episode: "Luck"
2015–18 Pickle and Peanut Papa 4 episodes
2015–19 Veep Teddy Sykes 11 episodes
We Bare Bears Nom Nom (voice) Recurring role
2016 Archer Alan Shapiro (voice) 6 episodes
Inside Amy Schumer AMZ Host Episode: "Madame President"
Lady Dynamite Himself 3 episodes
TripTank Pegasus (voice) Episode: "Crime Scene Investigation"
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Derek Young Episode: "Baxter's Confession"
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Himself Television special
2016, 2019 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Quibble Pants (voice) 2 episodes[66]
2016–19 Those Who Can't Gil Nash 4 episodes
2017 Zoolander: Super Model Dr. Botoxo (voice) Television film
Santa Clarita Diet Dr. Charles Hasmedi Episode: "We Can't Kill People!"
69th Writers Guild of America Awards Himself (host) Television special
Dimension 404 Uncle Dusty Episode: "Cinethrax"
Difficult People Kenny Jurgens Episode: "Fuzz Buddies"
HarmonQuest Sandpole Episode: "Back to Sandman Desert"
2017–18 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend J. Castleman 2 episodes
Justice League Action Space Cabbie (voice) Recurring role
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Max 20 episodes
2017–19 Happy! Happy (voice) Main role
2017–20 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Maynard McSnorter (voice) 9 episodes
2017–2020 Spider-Man Uncle Ben, Chameleon (voices) Recurring role
2018 Robot Chicken Brock, Doug Funnie, Flamingo (voices) Episode: "Strummy Strummy Sad Sad"
Another Period Interviewer Episode: "Sex Nickelodeon"
Spy Kids: Mission Critical Mint Condition (voice) Episode: "The Vinyl Countdown"
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Jimmy Ron Cricket (voice) Episode: "Jimmy Ron Cricket"
Niko and the Sword of Light The Prince of Whale (voice) Episode: "Sky Whale City"
2018–21 Big Hero 6: The Series Mr. Frank Sparkles (voices) Recurring role
2018–present A.P. Bio Principal Ralph Durbin Main role
2019 Schooled Adult Adam (voice) Episode: "Be Like Mike"
Kim Possible Professor Dementor Television film
An Emmy for Megan Himself 6 episodes
Veronica Mars Penn Epner 8 episodes
Teen Titans Go! The Atom (voice) Episode: "Strength of a Grown Man"
2019–20 Will & Grace Danley Walker 3 episodes
2020 DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders Olive (voice) Episode: "King Burple"
Home Movie: The Princess Bride[67] Vizzini Episode: "Chapter Four: Battle of the Wits"
Mapleworth Murders[68] Jerry Sprinks 5 episodes
The Boys Deep's Gills (voice) Episode: "Proper Preparation and Planning"
Adventures in Wonder Park Steve (voice)
2021–present M.O.D.O.K. George Tarleton / M.O.D.O.K. (voice) Series regular; also writer (10 episodes)
The Sandman Matthew The Raven (voice) 11 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The X-Fools N/A Writer
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Radio Station Caller Uncredited
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Radio Caller
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories New World Order Caller
Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Professor Dementor
2007 Ratatouille Remy
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am DP, Skeeter
2012 Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Remy
2015–2017 Minecraft: Story Mode Jesse (Male),
Romeo (Male Jesse)
2017 Ghostbusters VR: Now Hiring Mooglie Mobile game

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2001 "Another Perfect Day" American Hi-Fi
2011 "Excuse" The Ettes
2013 "The Magic Clap" The Coup
2014 "Foil" "Weird Al" Yankovic
2015 "Will You Dance?" The Bird and the Bee
2016 "I Love the USA" Weezer
2020 "Eat It (We're All In This Together)" David Cross featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic[69]

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Red Letter Media Himself Episode: "Best of the Worst: Plinketto #8"[70]
2020 Honest Trailers Himself (voice) Episode:’’2020’’[71]

Theme park attraction

Year Title Role
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure Risky Business

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2010 Best Comedy Album My Weakness Is Strong Nominated [72]
2012 Finest Hour Nominated
2015 Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Nominated
2017 Talking for Clapping Won
2019 Annihilation Nominated
2021 I Love Everything Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2016 Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Won [72]
2018 Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Nominated
2019 Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series An Emmy for Megan Nominated
2020 Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything Nominated


Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2007 Annie Award Voice Acting in a Feature Film Ratatouille Nominated [72]
2009 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Big Fan Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Young Adult Nominated
2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Vanguard Award Won
2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Village Voice Poll Best Supporting Actor 8th place
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer - Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
2014 Writers Guild of America Comedy/Variety – Specials 29th Independent Spirit Awards Nominated



  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner, 2011)[73][74] OCLC 555639819
  • Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (Simon & Schuster, 2015) OCLC 885377924




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