Patton Oswalt

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Patton Oswalt

Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born(1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 43)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
MediumStand up, Television, Film
NationalityAmerican
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, Surreal humour, Black comedy
Subject(s)Pop culture, American culture, Current events
InfluencesJonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[1] Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Bill Hicks, Blaine Capatch, 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
Frat Aliens, and Ezekiel in Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Werewolves and Lollipops
WebsitePattonOswalt.com
 
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Patton Oswalt

Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born(1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 43)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
MediumStand up, Television, Film
NationalityAmerican
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, Surreal humour, Black comedy
Subject(s)Pop culture, American culture, Current events
InfluencesJonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[1] Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Bill Hicks, Blaine Capatch, 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
Frat Aliens, and Ezekiel in Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Werewolves and Lollipops
WebsitePattonOswalt.com

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 popular sitcom The King of Queens, and voicing Remy from the film Ratatouille and Thrasher from the Cartoon Network original series Robotomy.

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Early life

Oswalt was born January 17,[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 later attended the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.[citation needed]

Career

Oswalt first began performing standup comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning.[10] 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. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille. He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He lent his voice as in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a caller on the WTCR show "The Tight End Zone", and was the voice of a caller on "Chatterbox" on LCFR in the game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. He was also the voice of a reporter on "New World Order", a radio show on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

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. Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007. He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. He also appears as Carl, the Corndog Hut's mascot in American Hi-Fi's music video for "Another Perfect Day". He also appears in an episode of Static Shock. On June 27, 2007, Oswalt was a special guest on the Emeril Live program on the Food Network to promote Ratatouille. Other recent appearances include an episode of Venture Bros. where he voiced an aging boy adventurer Robin parody. In 2008 Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

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.[11] 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.[12]

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

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

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. In 2011, Oswalt also played the role of character, Matt Freehauf, who must come to terms with violence committed against him in high school when he reunites with someone from his past in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult.

Stand-up comedy

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. In 2004, Oswalt released a comedy album entitled Feelin' Kinda Patton and later that year a longer, unedited version of the same performance entitled 222 (Live & Uncut), both through the United Musicians collective, and a stand-up special, No Reason to Complain. He is also on a split EP called Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton with Zach Galifianakis and is featured on two Un-Cabaret compilations, "The Un & Only" and "The Good, the Bad and the Drugly". On July 10, 2007, Patton released his second CD Werewolves and Lollipops on Sub Pop records.

In 2004, Oswalt put together the Comedians of Comedy tour, made up of modern alt-comics Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford. The tour performed at smaller, more intimate indie rock venues instead of traditional (and expensive) comedy clubs. The Fall 2004 tour was documented in a 2005 film of the same name, and was followed by a six-episode Comedy Central series based on the Summer 2005 tour. This tour featured special guest appearances from comedians such as Blaine Capatch, David Cross, Rob Gasper, Bobby Tisdale and Todd Barry. Subsequent incarnations of the tour have included Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy.

In 2004 Oswalt's stand up material was featured on Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. That same year a stand up DVD called No Reason to Complain was released. Oswalt appeared several times as a "lawyer" on Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. In the episode "Ultimate Fighting vs. Blogging", he argued that the popular influence of the blogging has been evil, and, in his closing argument, he performed a rick roll on the audience. He also provided the stand-up comedy for the closing ceremony.

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.[13]

Oswalt's latest album, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, was released on September 19, 2011.

Personal life

Oswalt married writer Michelle Eileen McNamara on September 24, 2005. Their daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, was born on April 15, 2009.[14]

Oswalt jokes often about being atheist and commonly focuses on the hypocritical aspects of religion.[15] He is also a fan of Metalcore music.[16]

Discography

Albums

YearTitleLabelChart Positions[17]
Top 200US ComedyUS DigitalUS IndieUS Heat
2003222 (Live & Uncut)Chunklet Magazine
2004Feelin' Kinda PattonUnited Musicians
2007Werewolves and LollipopsSub Pop1371184
2009My Weakness Is StrongWarner Bros.6715
2011Finest HourComedy Central Records71112

EPs

Compilation album appearances

DVDs

DVD appearances

TV

Stand-up specials

TV appearances

Music video appearances

Voice acting

YearCartoonRoleNotes
1998Dr. Katz, Professional TherapistHimselfTelevision
2000Batman BeyondEldon MichaelsEpisode: Sentries of the Last Cosmos
2000–2004Static ShockSpecsTelevision
2002Home MoviesHelmetTelevision
2003–2007Kim PossibleProfessor DementorTelevision
2006–2007The BatmanToymaker, MartyTelevision
2004The Fairly OddParentsCameoTelevision
2006SquidbilliesGiant One-Eyed SquidTelevision
2007Aqua Teen Hunger ForceDP, Skeeter, EzekialTelevision
2007Wrong Turn 2TommyFilm
2007RatatouilleRemyFilm
2007–presentWordgirlTobey, Robots, 5th GraderTelevision
2007–2008American DadVoiceTelevision
2007SpongeBob SquarePantsJimTelevision
2009The Venture Bros.WonderboyTelevision
2010Neighbors from HellPazuzuTelevision
2010Glenn Martin DDSVolunteer Center GuyTelevision
2010–2011RobotomyThrasherTelevision
2011FuturamaUnattractive Giant MonsterTelevision
2012Bob's BurgersMoody FoodieTelevision
2012MetalocalypseRock-a-Rooni camp expertTelevision

Films

YearFilmRoleNotes
1996Down PeriscopeStingray RadiomanCameo
1999Man on the MoonBlue Collar GuyCameo
1999MagnoliaDelmer DarionCameo
2000Super NerdsLesileTV Movie
2001ZoolanderMonkey PhotographerCameo
2002ZigZagShellyCameo
2003Run Ronnie RunDozer
2003Calendar GirlsLarryCameo
2004TaxiImpound Cop
2004Blade: TrinityHedges
2004Starsky and HutchDisco DJ
2006Failure to LaunchTechie Guy
2007Reno 911!: MiamiJeff Spoder
2007Wrong Turn 2TommyVoice
2007RatatouilleRemyVoice
Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryUnknownCameo
2007Balls of FuryThe Hammer
2007Super High MeHimselfCameo
2008Sex and Death 101Fred
2008All Roads Lead HomeMiloLead Role
2009Observe and ReportRoger
2009Big FanPaul AufieroLead Role
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2009The Informant!Ed Herbst
2010Blood Into WineHimselfDocumentary
2011Young AdultMatt FreehaufPalm Springs International Film Festival: Chairman's Vanguard Award (shared with ensemble)[23]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award[24]
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[25]
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
2011A Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasLarry Juston
2012Odd ThomasOzzie P. Boone
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldRoache

Publications

References

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  4. ^ a b "Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt". The New York Times. September 25, 2005. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905E2DE1430F936A1575AC0A9639C8B63. 
  5. ^ Abernathy, Samantha (January 7, 2012). "One For The Road: Have A KFC Bowl For Patton Oswalt's Birthday". Gothamist.
  6. ^ Tobey, Matt "Happy Birthday, Patton Oswalt!". CC: Insider. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Patton Oswalt: Biography, Latest News & Videos". TV Guide. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
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  9. ^ Oswalt, Patton (2011). Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Scribner. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-4391-4908-9. 
  10. ^ He relates this in 2009's Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong.
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth (Dec 22, 2009). "Megan Mullally and Patton Oswalt Will Have Lips Together, Teeth Apart on Broadway". Playbill.com. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/135469-Megan-Mullally-and-Patton-Oswalt-Will-Have-Lips-Together-Teeth-Apart-on-Broadway. Retrieved Mar 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ Healy, Patrick.McNally Play Is Postponed After Mullally’s Departure"The New York Times, March 25, 2010
  13. ^ The date of the DVD release was mentioned during commercial breaks the night of the special's Comedy Central premiere on August 23, 2009.
  14. ^ Leckart, Steven (June 26, 2007). "Ratatouille Star Patton Oswalt on Geeks vs. Nerds". Wired. http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/15-07/pl_screen. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
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  16. ^ 2 weeks ago. "Every Time I Die | Ex Lives". Riffermadness.tumblr.com. http://riffermadness.tumblr.com/post/19360607912/the-only-review-that-matters-patton-oswalt-on-ex-lives. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/patton-oswalt/chart-history/618838?f=315&g=Albums
  18. ^ Chunklet
  19. ^ Chunklet
  20. ^ Chunklet
  21. ^ Amazon.com: Comedy Death Ray: Music: Various Artists
  22. ^ Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 by Various Artists
  23. ^ "Palm Springs Film Festival Names 'Young Adult' for Vanguard Award". indieWire. 2011-12-13. http://www.indiewire.com/article/palm-springs-international-festival-to-award-young-adult. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  24. ^ "SBIFF 2012: Virtuosos Include Hilarious Patton Oswalt, Shirtless Andy Serkis". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-02-04. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/patton-oswalt-andy-serkis-santa-barbara-film-festival-287114. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  25. ^ "Central Ohio Critics Award Nominations". indieWire. 2012-01-03. http://www.indiewire.com/article/central-ohio-critics-award-nominations#. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 

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