Bill Hader

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Bill Hader
Bill Hader by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Birth nameWilliam Hader
Born(1978-06-07) June 7, 1978 (age 36)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Years active2004–present
SpouseMaggie Carey (2006–present; 2 children)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Adventureland, South Park
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Bill Hader
Bill Hader by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Birth nameWilliam Hader
Born(1978-06-07) June 7, 1978 (age 36)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Years active2004–present
SpouseMaggie Carey (2006–present; 2 children)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Adventureland, South Park

William "Bill" Hader (born June 7, 1978) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer and writer. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, his lead voice role in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and his supporting roles in comedy films such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Adventureland, Men in Black 3, Paul, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Doogal, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Early life[edit]

Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Sherri and Bill Hader.[1] He has two younger sisters, Katie and Cara.[1] Hader attended Patrick Henry Elementary School, Edison Junior High, and Cascia Hall Preparatory School,[2][3] before attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College.[4]

Early career[edit]

Hader's comedic aspirations eventually led him to Los Angeles where he joined the Second City, a comedy troupe that has been a training ground for many SNL cast members since the 1970s. He performed at iO West in Los Angeles. During his time at Second City and iO West, Hader worked as a production assistant on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy; the feature films The Scorpion King and Collateral Damage; as well as an assistant on VH1 television's The Surreal Life.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Hader was "discovered" by Megan Mullally of Will & Grace while working with the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe "Animals from the Future." Mullally brought him to the attention of SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Hader was hired as a featured player and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005. His first role was as a psychologist giving his views about life and death during the emergency landing of JetBlue Airways Flight 292. Hader is known for his impressions of famous people, such as Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches, Harvey Fierstein, Al Pacino, Brian Grazer, Rick Perry, John Malkovich, Seth Rogen, James Carville, Julian Assange, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, and Charlie Sheen.

On July 19, 2012, Hader received his first nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Saturday Night Live.[5][6] He is the first male SNL cast member to receive this nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984.

On May 14, 2013, he announced that his eighth season would be his last.[7] "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," he told reporters. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'"[8]

Recurring characters[edit]

Celebrity impersonations[edit]

Hader has said that he performed impersonations of teachers and friends when he was growing up but did not do impersonations of famous people until his Saturday Night Live audition.[9] He developed his Al Pacino impersonation after watching the actor's Emmy acceptance speech for Angels in America. Hader's Vincent Price impersonation came from his love of Price's Edgar Allan Poe films, such as The Fall of the House of Usher. His Peter O'Toole impersonation came partly from O'Toole in My Favorite Year, and Jack Lemmon's drunken Prince Hapnick from The Great Race and Cher from Burlesque.

Another one of Hader's impersonations from Saturday Night Live is of former governor Eliot Spitzer. Hader has also impersonated Adam Levine, Fox News Channel host Shepard Smith, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV's Jersey Shore, Pearl Jam's frontman Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, Rod Serling, John Boehner, Ben Mankiewicz, John Mayer, Conan O'Brien, Alan Alda, Dr. Oz, Rick Perry, Charlie Sheen, political strategist James Carville, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, and - in a guest appearance - Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! mainstay James Quall (requiring Hader to impersonate Quall's own tenuous celebrity impersonations).

Bill played Garrison Keillor as one of the many people who were suggested to replace Regis Philbin, after he left the Regis and Kelly Show.

Hader also does an impression of Dateline NBC 's Keith Morrison, parodying his reporting style of being overly interested in horrific tales of tragedy or murder and asking inane questions. After discovering that Morrison works at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where both Dateline and Saturday Night Live are filmed, Hader half-jestingly said on the March 30, 2009, episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that he lived in fear of getting into the same elevator as Morrison at 30 Rock.

In December 2010, he portrayed Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who interrupts the broadcast from a British prison. In this sketch he hacks commercials for companies that are apologizing about WikiLeaks (such as MasterCard) and informs America about his status. He also performed a parody of TMZ with Assange playing the role of Harvey Levin.

On February 18, 2012, he briefly impersonated author Stephen King, as part of a sketch in which Maya Rudolph impersonated a Maya Angelou who creates pranks. Maya tells King, who is autographing books, that his car has been towed. He leaps up in horror, then recognizes her and says, in a Maine accent, "It's an 'awnuh' [honor]."[10]

Film roles[edit]

After his film debut You, Me and Dupree, Hader had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's character's editor at E! in Knocked Up, the acid-taking mechanic Dave in Hot Rod (alongside SNL castmate Andy Samberg), a recumbent biker in The Brothers Solomon (which featured SNL castmate Will Forte in one of the film's co-leading roles) and, most famously, as Officer Slater in the Judd Apatow produced Superbad. His role in Superbad helped boost his public awareness and allowed him to appear on mainstream programs like Total Request Live, The Tonight Show, and MTV's Video Music Awards.

Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (with Jason Segel) and Pineapple Express (with Seth Rogen). He appeared alongside Ben Stiller, Brandon T. Jackson, Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr., Matthew McConaughey, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise, and Nick Nolte in Tropic Thunder.

He also teamed up with director Greg Mottola for three feature films Superbad, Adventureland and Paul.

In addition to these films, Hader has made several short films, including Back in the Day, Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting, and The Jeannie Tate Show with SNL writer Liz Cackowski and wife Maggie Carey.

He made a small appearance in the 2009 film Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera.

Hader lent his voice to the critically acclaimed[11] 2009 Sony Pictures Animation film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as its sequel, playing the lead role of Flint Lockwood as well as his invention in the films, the FLDSMDFR. He voiced a gazelle in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Hader appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Major General George Armstrong Custer.

He provided a voiceover in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He portrayed "The Voice", the disembodied voice that pops up during certain moments of the film's video game-inspired fight scenes. He also had a small cameo as the voice of the USS Vengeance computer in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.

Hader has written a slasher film to be produced by Judd Apatow,[12] which he will star in if the film is produced.[13]

In April 2009, Hader was a part of Vanity Fair's list of "Comedy's New Legends".[14]

Other work[edit]

In 1998, he played the pizza man in Janet Jackson's video Go Deep. Hader was also a creative consultant on the 12th season of South Park. He was a producer on the 13th season, which premiered March 11, 2009.[15] Hader is among the series producers to win the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Animated Series. He also appeared on the commentary recorded for the 2009 Blu-ray edition of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and the Comedy Central special "South Park: 6 Days to Air", a documentary filmed during production of the 2011 South Park episode HumancentiPad. Hader re-joined the writing staff for South Park for its seventeenth season.[16] Hader won a Peabody Award for his participation in Saturday Night Live Political Satire, 2008. He has also been on the MTV show Punk'd. Hader voiced an array of different characters on the second season of the Adult Swim show Xavier: Renegade Angel.

Hader and SNL castmate Seth Meyers penned a Spider-Man one-off entitled The Short Halloween. It was illustrated by Kevin Maguire and came out May 29, 2009. It was given three and a half out of five stars by Benjamin Birdie of Comic Book Resources.[17]

Hader took on the voice role of Professor Impossible on the fourth season of The Venture Brothers, a part originated by Stephen Colbert. In the game Grand Theft Auto IV he played Wilson Taylor Sr (On in-game radio show: Pacemaker). Hader appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show impersonating the recurring character James Quall on the episode "Jazz".

In July 2008, Hader starred in, and co-wrote with Simon Rich, the web series The Line on Crackle.[18] Hader lent his voice to the audiobook of Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. Hader voiced the Pod in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "IAMAPOD" as well as Hitler in the episode "Der Inflatable Fuhrer." Hader played Kevin, Matt Damon's co-pilot, in the live episode of 30 Rock, recorded October 14, 2010.

He hosted the 2011 and 2012 seasons of Essentials, Jr. on Turner Classic Movies. In the series premiere of The Mindy Project, he guest starred as Mindy's ex-boyfriend. His character returns later in the first season. Hader voices Dr. Malocchio in the original Hulu series The Awesomes.

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Hader married writer-director Maggie Carey.[19] They have two daughters together: Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009, and Harper, born July 28, 2012.

Hader does not watch Saturday Night Live, and typically only sees clips of his Stefon sketches shown before talk show interviews.[20] Hader is a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an NBA franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prior to game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals, he joined the NBA GameTime television analysts and did an impression of Ernie Johnson, Jr., a sportscaster for Turner Sports, which owns NBA TV, the network producing NBA GameTime.[21]



2006You, Me and DupreeMark
2006DoogalSam The Soldier (voice)
2007Knocked UpBrent
2007Hot RodDave
2007SuperbadOfficer Slater
2007The Brothers SolomonRecumbent Biker
2007Purple VioletsBookstore FanUncredited cameo
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallBrian Bretter
2008Pineapple ExpressPrivate Greg B. Miller
2008Tropic ThunderRob Slolom
2009AdventurelandBobbyNominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianGeorge Armstrong Custer
2009Year OneThe Shaman
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursGazelle (voice)
2009Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsFlint Lockwood (voice)
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldThe Voice (voice)
2010Freaknik: The MusicalTad (voice)TV Movie
2011PaulAgent Haggard
2011Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilHansel (voice)
2012Men in Black 3Andy Warhol/Agent W
2012This is 40Man at StoreUncredited
2013Escape from Planet EarthAnnouncer (voice)Uncredited
2013Monsters UniversityReferee / Slug (voices)
2013Star Trek Into DarknessComputer of the USS Vengeance (voice)
2013TurboGuy Gagne (voice)
2013The To Do ListWilly Mclean
2013The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyStuart
2013Clear HistoryRagsTV Movie
2013Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2Flint Lockwood (voice)
2013HerChat Room Friend #2 (voice)
2014The Skeleton TwinsMilo
2014They Came TogetherKyle
201422 Jump StreetChefCameo
2015Inside OutFear (voice)Post-production
2015The Good DinosaurForrest (voice)Post-production
2016Sausage PartyGuacamole / Old Bottle of Fire Water (voices)Filming


2005–2013Saturday Night LiveVarious160 episodes; Also writer
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
2006Late Night with Conan O'BrienAnnouncer / Vincent Price (voices)Episode: "The Skeleton Show"
2008–2012Saturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayVarious6 episodes; Also writer
2008–presentSouth ParkVarious voicesAlso producer and writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Margaritaville" (2009)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Crack Baby Athletic Association (2011)
2008Human GiantHimself / Little Kevin4 episodes
2008Tim and Eric Awesome ShowJames QuallEpisode: "Jazz"
2009Xavier: Renegade AngelPavlov / Priest (voices)2 episodes
2009–2010Aqua Teen Hunger ForceDer Inflatable Hitler / The Pod (voices)2 episodes
2010Ugly AmericansWilliam Dyer (voice)Episode: "An American Werewolf in America"
201030 RockKevinEpisode: "Live Show"
2010–2013The Venture Bros.Professor Impossible / Alien villain / Phage (voices)7 episodes
2011Funny or Die PresentsAthletic Trainer4 episodes
2012–2014Bob's BurgersMickey (voice)4 episodes
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::Tad McMilrthyEpisode: "Comic-Con-Flict"
2012The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012Julian AssangeTV Special
2012–2014The Mindy ProjectTom5 episodes
2013PortlandiaBirdmanEpisode: "Blackout"
2013The SimpsonsSlava (voice)Episode: "The Fabulous Faker Boy"
2013The OfficeHimselfEpisode: "Finale"
2013Drunk HistoryJohn PembertonEpisode: "Atlanta"
2013Comedy Central Roast of James FrancoHimself / President of HollywoodTV Special
2013–presentThe AwesomesDr. Giuseppe Malocchio (voice)10 episodes

Video games[edit]

2008Grand Theft Auto IVWilson Taylor Sr.
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianGeorge Armstrong Custer
2014South Park: The Stick of TruthIke Broflovski / Filmore / Firkle / Billy / Quaid


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  2. ^ Michael Smith, "Super Glad: Native Tulsan Bill Hader moves from ‘SNL’ success to big-budget film roles," Tulsa World, August 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Michael Smith, "Talking about Tulsa days: Bill Hader finally found a vocation in comedy", Tulsa World, April 3, 2009.
  4. ^ Gene Triplett, "Funny things about Bill Hader: Growing up in Tulsa as ‘movie nerd' gave comic actor material," The Oklahoman, August 17, 2007.
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  12. ^ Bill Hader talks Judd Apatow slasher film[dead link]
  13. ^ SLASHER NIGHT LIVE: Bill Hader talks Apatow Slasher![dead link]
  14. ^ "Laughing Matter: Comedy’s New Legends" Vanity Fair, April, 2009.
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  17. ^ Birdie, Benjamin (May 28, 2009). "Spider-Man: The Short Halloween #1". Comic Book Resources.
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  19. ^ Cristina Everett (October 12, 2009). "'Saturday Night Live' star Bill Hader and wife Maggie Carey welcome daughter, Hannah Kathryn". Daily News. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  20. ^ Fallon, Kevin (2013-09-05). "Bill Hader Is Sad to Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ (and Stefon) Behind". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Micah Hart (June 14, 2012). "Bill Hader Takes Over Hosting Duties For GameTime". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 

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