Berwyn, Illinois, USA
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MR Show with Bob and David, Breaking Bad
Writer, Actor/Actress, Producer
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Actor, Comedian, Writer, Director and Producer
Robert John "Bob" Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He co-created and co-starred in the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and is best known for his role as shady lawyer Saul Goodman (James Morgan McGill) on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.
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Robert John Odenkirk
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Robert John "Bob" Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He is best known for playing lawyer Saul Goodman on the crime drama series Breaking Bad.
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.
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. 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 radio personality Steve Dahl, 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 Carbondale, IL, 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. He created a radio comedy hour, sometimes an hour and a half, called "The Prime Time Special" with many recurring characters. "It often had us in stitches" said then WIDB Program Director, Victor Lentini. After three 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.
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Columbia College Chicago
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