- NAME: Bob Odenkirk
- OCCUPATION: Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: October 22, 1962 (Age: 51)
- Did You Know?: Bob Odenkirk's brother, Bill, is a writer and producer on The Simpsons.
- EDUCATION: Southern Illinois University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Naperville, Illinois
- Full Name: Robert John Odenkirk
- AKA: Robert Odenkirk
- AKA: Bob Odenkirk
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Actor, producer and writer Bob Odenkirk played Saul Goodman on the award-winning television drama Breaking Bad.
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Born on October 22, 1962, in Naperville, Illinois, Bob Odenkirk got his start in comedy in Chicago, where he worked a variety of comedy and improv clubs. In 1987, Saturday Night Live hired the young comic as a writer. He's since written for, performed in and produced a number of other hit television shows. In 2009, Odenkirk was cast as lawyer Saul Goodman on the critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad.
"I would get home from school and sit down and write fake songs. And I never perceived it as a career thing, but just something I did. I liked it so much."
Robert John Odenkirk was born on October 22, 1962, in Naperville, Illinois. The second of seven children, Odenkirk was a bright but frustrated kid, desperate to shake off his suburban roots and live in a city. He also developed a love for writing comedy, beginning at a young age.
"I would get home from school and sit down and write fake songs," Odenkirk later recalled. "And I never perceived it as a career thing, but just something I did. I liked it so much. I would write comedy for an hour or two, riffing of some stupid person on TV or something."
At the age of 16, Odenkirk graduated from high school and enrolled at Southern Illinois University, where he worked at the school's radio station. Just three credits shy of graduation, however, he bolted from college and moved to Chicago to try his hand at stand-up comedy.
In Chicago, Odenkirk eventually hooked up with Second City, the famed improv theater and breeding ground for up-and-coming cast members of Saturday Night Live. It was with the comedy troupe that he wrote the now well-recited sketch "Matt Foley," later made popular by SNL's Chris Farley.
In 1987, good friend and SNL writer Robert Smigel helped land Bob Odenkirk a writing job at SNL. Odenkirk worked closely with Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Conan O'Brien, among others, at the show. His writing earned him an Emmy Award and he occasionally appeared in sketches as well, but he was mostly behind the camera, which proved to be a point of frustration: Eager to seek out more on-camera opportunities, Odenkirk left SNL in 1991.
The 1990s were a fruitful time for Odenkirk, as he established himself during the decade as a heavyweight in the world of TV comedy. Ben Stiller cast him on his short-lived FOX series, The Ben Stiller Show, in 1992. Odenkirk also wrote for several other programs, including Get a Life, The Larry Sanders Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
In 1995, Odenkirk teamed up with fellow comic David Cross to create the critically acclaimed Mr. Show with Bob and David for HBO. He later had guest appearances on several hit programs, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother and Arrested Development.
Odenkirk achieved more mainstream exposure in 2009 when Vince Gilligan, creator of the award-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad, cast the comedic actor as Saul Goodman, the wise-cracking, semi-sleazy attorney for Bryan Cranston's and Aaron Paul's characters, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, on the series.
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