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Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Three credits shy of graduation, he moved to Chicago. He began work there in local improv workshops. He also did open-mic stand-up comedy for several years. In Chicago, he became friends with Robert Smigel, who would later help him become a writer for Saturday Night Live (1975).
Interesting Facts about Bob Odenkirk
- Appearing in a series of politically themed Miller Lite commercials. In one spot, he is “debating” a horse! [May 2004]
- He has German and Irish, as well as Scots-Irish and Scottish, ancestry.
- His last name means “Church of Odin” in Old Norse. It was spelled “Oatencirck” many generations back, and originated with a German immigrant ancestor.
- Is the uncle of fellow actor Keenan Odenkirk.
- Due to seeing his father’s struggle with alcoholism, he almost never drinks alcohol.
- As of 2020, he has been in 3 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Nebraska (2013), The Post (2017), and Little Women (2019).
- Attended Naperville North High School, Illinois.
- Father of Nathan Odenkirk (with Naomi Odenkirk).
- He has appeared on two parodies of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” video: One on The Ben Stiller Show (1992) and the other on Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995).
- He wrote Chris Farley’s “Matt Foley, motivational speaker” character when they were both at Second City in Chicago.
- Older brother of Bill Odenkirk.
Personal Quotes by Bob Odenkirk
You make you work for yourself. It’s the feeling of, ‘If nobody ever saw it, that’d be fine, too.’- Bob Odenkirk
There’s timing in drama. You have to have a sense of rhythm. But the real thing that lends yourself to drama as opposed to comedy is a sense from the audience of whether there’s more to it than you can see.- Bob Odenkirk
Humans are ridiculous. We’re all pathetic strivers who will fall short. If you can accept that, it’s optimistic because you can shoot for the moon and know you’re never going to get there, and that’s OK.- Bob Odenkirk
I’m hypersensitive to negativity and duplicity, and I want to push it away by writing comedy. Maybe that hypersensitivity comes across and allows me to play dastardly, multi-layered people.- Bob Odenkirk
I have a lot of opinions. I express them in ‘Mr. Show’ very clearly, I think. I feel like both David Cross and I felt like that show reflected each of us pretty wholly.- Bob Odenkirk