Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk


10/22/1962, Naperville, Illinois

Birth Name

Robert Odenkirk



Also Known As

Vance Hammersly
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Bob Odenkirk grew up in small suburb outside Chicago--Naperville. Bob is one of 7 siblings, born to Walter (a businessman who died in 1995) and Barbara (a homemaker). His younger brother is Bill Odenkirk, who has produced several hit TV series. Bob graduated from Columbia College in 1984…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bob appeared in a commercial on the USA Network for the 2007 U.S. Open (tennis).

    • Bob's film, Melvin Goes to Dinner, has won 4 independent film festival awards. It was nominated for an 2 additional awards.

    • Bob and David explained their idea for Mr. Show to HBO by comparing it to Monty Python's Flying Circus. Both Bob and David credit Monty Python players as heroes and comedic inspirations.

    • Bob won an Emmy in 1992 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Musical, or Variety Show with The Ben Stiller Show. The show had already been cancelled by Fox when it won.

    • On October 15th, 2006, Bob appeared (along with David Cross) on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education.

    • Janeane Garofalo introduced Bob to David Cross in 1992. Garofalo was an old friend of David's and was working with Bob on The Ben Stiller Show.

    • In 2002, the Sundance film festival screened Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' movie Run, Ronnie, Run. The movie was never released to movie theatres.

    • 2003's Melvin Goes To Dinner was Bob's directorial debut.

    • Bob and actress Janeane Garafolo have appeared together in 2 TV shows, The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show. They have appeared together in 1 movie, The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

    • Bob claims the coolest actress he's ever worked with is Wendy Rae Fowler.

    • Bob's favorite sketches from The Ben Stiller Show are "Manson," in which he plays Charles Manson as if he were Lassie; "Woody Allen's Bride of Frankenstein," a parody of Husbands and Wives; "Information 411;" and "T.J. O'Pootertoots."

    • Bob is the brother of the Bill Odenkirk (producer for The Simpsons, Futurama and Mr. Show with Bob and David).

  • Quotes

    • Bob: (On "Run, Ronnie, Run")
      And it was a horrible, horrible experience. The worst experience I've ever had in my career by far. It was a nightmare!

    • Bob: (On actres Sarah Silverman)
      I could see how it wouldn't work at S.N.L., because she's got her own voice, she's very much Sarah Silverman all the time. She can play a character but she doesn't disappear into the character--she makes the character her. She doesn't really do character voices. She puts out stuff that she would appreciate and then you can like it or not--she doesn't give a sh**.

    • Bob: (on getting cut from "Waiting for Guffman")
      I'm thinking of doing a lecture on the experience of getting cut. How to survive it. One: Don't see the movie. Two: Get bitter. And three: Stay that way as long as possible.

    • Bob: I don't get recognized much. But I don't get out much.

    • Bob: (About Lorne Michaels)
      All the things you read about Lorne, they're true. When you work for somebody you learn that they have a system or a theory. His theory is keep everybody off-balance emotionally. It's not a ludicrous notion that if you keep everybody off-balance they'll work really hard, but it's not true, either. It's true in the short term, but it's not true in the long term.

    • Bob: I was raised Catholic, so of course I'm now an atheist.

  • Bob has to be one of the most relatively unknown comedic geniuses in the world.

    It's amazing how everyone somehow latched onto the much less charismic David Cross instead of Bob after thier show Mr. Show with Bob and David. What made the show work so well is how outgoing and in your face Bob is to help thier two styles mix in a more balenced way. Bob isn't always in your face like in the show. He has range, he has a variety of interesting characters that he's done in a wide variety of movies and shows. He's an all around better actor. On top of that he's also an superb writer. He does alot of writing/production for the cult hit "Tom Goes To The Mayer". He's contributed to many vessels of comedy. Hopefully one day people will give him some props on the same level as David Cross.moreless