Patton Oswalt

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Patton Oswalt
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Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born(1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 45)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
MediumStand up, television, film
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, surreal humor, black comedy
Subject(s)American culture, current events, pop culture, nerd culture
InfluencesJonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[1] Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Leno, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin,[2] Louis C.K.[3]
SpouseMichelle Eileen McNamara (2005–;[4] 1 daughter)
Notable works and rolesSpence Olchin in The King of Queens
Remy in Ratatouille
Neil Kowalski in United States of Tara
Matt Freehauf in Young Adult
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Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born(1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 45)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
MediumStand up, television, film
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, surreal humor, black comedy
Subject(s)American culture, current events, pop culture, nerd culture
InfluencesJonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[1] Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Leno, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin,[2] Louis C.K.[3]
SpouseMichelle Eileen McNamara (2005–;[4] 1 daughter)
Notable works and rolesSpence Olchin in The King of Queens
Remy in Ratatouille
Neil Kowalski in United States of Tara
Matt Freehauf in Young Adult

Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille.

Early life[edit]

Oswalt was born January 27,[5][6] 1969,[7] in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Carla and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer.[4] He was named after General George S. Patton.[8] While a military brat, he later lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia.[9] He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia and subsequently graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English[10] and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.[11]


Oswalt first began performing stand up comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning.[12] After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows.[13] His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens.[14] His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille.[13] He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia[13] and 22 Jump Street.

Oswalt wrote the comic book story "JLA: Welcome to the Working Week", a backup story in Batman #600; a story for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01 and a story for Masks: Too Hot for TV.[15] Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007.[16] He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.[17] In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. In 2008 Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[18]

In 2009, Oswalt played Paul Aufiero, the leading role in Robert D. Siegel's 2009 directorial debut, Big Fan. He was to star in a 2010 Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.[19] However, the show was postponed then eventually canceled due to Megan Mullally's departure from the production when the director denied her request to replace Oswalt due to his lack of stage experience.[20]

He starred in the Showtime drama The United States of Tara as Neil, an employee of Four Winds Landscaping.[21] He also provides the voice of Thrasher, a robot protagonist from the new Cartoon Network show, Robotomy.[22]

In January 2011, Oswalt released his first book, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.[23]

In November 2011, Oswalt played the role of Hurlan Heartshe in the surrealist comedy miniseries The Heart, She Holler on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Also in November 2011, Oswalt was depicted blowing the second-ever puff of 3D pot smoke in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.[13] In December 2011, Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult.[14] In 2012, he originated the role of Billy Stanhope on Two and a Half Men.[24]

As of September 2013, Oswalt narrates the TV series, The Goldbergs.[25] He also had a recurring role as Constable Bob Sweeney in the fourth season of the FX series Justified.

As of March 20, 2014, it was announced that Patton would be cast in the role of Agent Koenig on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He later appeared in separate episodes as brothers Eric and Billy Koenig. He will continue to appear in the second season as Billy (Eric is now deceased).

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Patton Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Oswalt's stand up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up. On February 28, 2009, Oswalt recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.[26]

Oswalt's album, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, was released on September 19, 2011. The extended and uncensored DVD of this special was released in April 2012, a few days after its television premiere on Comedy Central.[27][28]

Patton's newest comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was to be released on January 16, 2014 via online movie streaming website Epix but was pushed back by the company for unknown reasons.[29] However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6 and became available for purchase on April 8 in both DVD and CD format.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Oswalt married writer Michelle Eileen McNamara on September 24, 2005. Their daughter was born in 2009.[31]

Oswalt is an atheist,[32] and has referenced his atheism in his comedy specials, No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kind of Patton, My Weakness is Strong, and Finest Hour. It was also referenced by Katt Williams in the opening act of The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.

In 2013, he teamed up with PETA and spoke out against chaining pet dogs, and sent a letter to the mayor and members of the city council of Newport News, Virginia, urging them to ban the practice.[33]



YearTitleLabelChart positions[34]
Top 200US ComedyUS DigitalUS IndieUS Heat
2003222Chunklet Magazine
2004Feelin' Kinda PattonUnited Musicians
2007Werewolves and LollipopsSub Pop1371184
2009My Weakness Is StrongWarner Bros.6715
2011Finest HourComedy Central Records71112
2014Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals TimeComedy Central Records541199


Compilation album appearances[edit]



1996Down PeriscopeStingray Radioman
1998Pulp Comics: Margaret ChoVariousTelevision film
1999Man on the MoonBlue Collar Guy
1999MagnoliaDelmer Darion
2000Super NerdsLeslieTelevision film
2000Desperate But Not SeriousAuteur No. 1
2001ZoolanderMonkey Photographer
2003Run Ronnie RunDozer
2003Calendar GirlsLarry
2004TaxiImpound Cop
2004Blade: TrinityHedges
2004Starsky and HutchDisco DJ
2004Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2[39]HimselfDirect-to-video
2005The Comedians of ComedyHimself
2006Channel 101Lenny Loves Carbs GuyTelevision film
2006Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On HeadMr. GroinTelevision film
Voice only
2006Failure to LaunchTechie Guy
2007Reno 911!: MiamiJeff Spoder
2007Wrong Turn 2: Dead EndTommyDirect-to-video
Voice only
2007RatatouilleRemyVoice only
Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2007Balls of FuryThe Hammer
2007Super High MeHimselfDocumentary
2008Sex and Death 101Fred
2008All Roads Lead HomeMilo
2009Observe and ReportRoger
2009Big FanPaul AufieroNominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2009Informant!, TheThe Informant!Ed Herbst
2010Blood into WineHimselfDocumentary
2011Young AdultMatt FreehaufNew York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Chairman's Vanguard Award (shared with ensemble)[40]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award[41]
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[42]
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasLarry Juston
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldRoache
2012Nature CallsRandy
2013Odd ThomasOzzie P. Boone
2013The Secret Life of Walter MittyTodd Maher
201422 Jump StreetMC State History Professor
2014Kitchen SinkFilming


1994SeinfeldVideo Store ClerkEpisode: "The Couch"
1995MADtvCrip in WheelchairEpisode: "1.5"
1996NewsRadioGuyEpisode: "The Trainer"
1996–1998Mr. Show with Bob and DavidFamous Mortimer
Man in Restaurant
2 episodes
1997Weird Al Show, TheThe Weird Al ShowSeymourEpisode: "Bad Influence"
1997HBO Half Hour Comedy HourHimselfStand-up special
1998Dr. Katz, Professional TherapistPattonVoice only
2 episodes
1998–2007King of Queens, TheThe King of QueensSpence Olchin122 episodes
1999Comedy Central PresentsHimselfStand-up special
2000Batman BeyondEldon MichaelsVoice only
Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
2000–2004Static ShockSpecs/SpectralVoice only
3 episodes
2002Man Show, TheThe Man ShowWeepum BuzzkillusUncredited
Episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
2002Home MoviesHelmetVoice only
Episode: "Renaissance"
2002–2003Crank YankersBoomerVoice only
4 episodes
2003–2006Aqua Teen Hunger ForceDP
Voice only
3 episodes
2003–2007Kim PossibleProfessor Dementor/Professor DeMenzVoice only
10 episodes
2004Fairly OddParents, TheThe Fairly OddParentsCrimson Chin WriterEpisode: "The Big Superhero Wish"
2004Tom Goes to the MayorZynxVoice only
Episode: "Pioneer Island"
2004–2009Reno 911!Dungeon Master
Kenny Rogers Assassin
Boozehammer of Galen
Car Crash Movie Snob
Jillet-Ben Coe
10 episodes
2005Cheap Seats: Without Ron ParkerCarter BogieEpisode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2006Clark and MichaelRealtorInternet television program
2006Comedy Central Roast of William ShatnerRoasterTelevision special
2006Patton Oswalt: No Reason to ComplainHimselfStand-up special
2006SquidbilliesShecky ChucklesteinVoice only
Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
2006–2007Batman, TheThe BatmanCosmo Krank/Toymaker
Marty Slack
Voice only
2 episodes
2007Human GiantFrat Boy
Let's Go Fan
The Wire Fan
3 episodes
2007SpongeBob SquarePantsJimVoice only
Episode: "The Original Fry Cook"
2007Comedy Central Roast of Flavor FlavRoasterTelevision special
2007ReaperLeonEpisode: "Leon"
2007–2008American Dad!Bob Cinema
Ticket Man
Voice only
2 episodes
2007–2008Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Joshua Beard
Beaver Boys Doctor
3 episodes
2007–2014WordGirlTheodore "Tobey" McCalister III
4th Grader
Irate Driver
Voice only
Main cast
2008Lewis Black's Root of All EvilHimself6 episodes
2009Flight of the ConchordsElton John ImpersonatorEpisode: "Prime Minister"
2009Iron Chef AmericaHimselfEpisode: "Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple"
2009Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.WonderboyVoice only
Episode: "Self-Medication"
2009DollhouseJoel Mynor2 episodes
2009Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is StrongHimselfStand-up special
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2009–2010CommunityMale Nurse Jackie2 episodes
2009–2011United States of TaraNeil21 episodes
2009–2011Bored to DeathHoward Baker4 episodes
2010Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman ProgramVincent Van GuyEpisode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"
2010Neighbors from HellPazuzuVoice only
10 episodes
2010CapricaBaxter Sarno6 episodes
2010Glenn Martin, DDSVolunteer Center GuyVoice only
Episode: "Volunteers"
2010–2011RobotomyThrasherVoice only
10 episodes
2011FuturamaUnattractive Giant MonsterVoice only
Episode: "Benderama"
2011Jon Benjamin Has a VanSteven DrearsEpisode: "House on the Lake"
2011–presentHeart, She Holler, TheThe Heart, She HollerHurlan20 episodes
2011Raising HopeRubinEpisode: "Bro-gurt"
2011Patton Oswalt: Finest HourHimselfStand-up special
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2012High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeClyde the Pac Man GhostVoice only
Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
2012Bob's BurgersMoody FoodieVoice only
Episode: "Moody Foodie"
2012MetalocalypseDr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul [sic]
Voice only
2 episodes
2012–2013Two and a Half MenBilly Stanhope5 episodes
2012The SimpsonsT-RexVoice only
Episode: "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"
2012Comedy Bang BangHimselfEpisode: "Adam Scott Wears a Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans"
2012Burn NoticeColin Schmidt3 episodes
2013PortlandiaThor832 episodes
2013JustifiedConstable Bob Sweeney4 episodes
2013Parks and RecreationGarth BlundonEpisode: "Article Two"
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
2013Axe CopSockarangVoice only
Main cast
2013–presentThe GoldbergsAdult Adam GoldbergVoice only
2013Brooklyn Nine-NineFire Marshall Boone2 episodes
201429th Independent Spirit AwardsHostTelevision special
2014Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals TimeHimselfStand-up special
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Comedy Special of the Year
2014Mighty MedEdSeason 1, Episode 10: "Lockdown"
2014–presentAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Eric, Billy, and Sam Koenig[43]4 episodes
2014Modern FamilyDuckyEpisode: "Las Vegas"
2014Drunk HistoryCharles SumnerEpisode: "Charleston"
2014Gravity FallsFranzVoice only
Episode: "The Golf War"
2014–presentBoJack HorsemanPinky PenguinVoice role

Video games[edit]

2005Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesRadio Caller on Heartland Values with Nurse Bob
2006Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesNew World Order Caller/Reporter
2007Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-AmDP
2012Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush – A Disney Pixar Adventures: SnapshotRemy
2013Metro: Last Light

Music videos[edit]

2001"Another Perfect Day"American Hi-Fi
2011"Excuse"The Ettes
2013"The Magic Clap"The Coup
2014"Foil""Weird Al" Yankovic



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