Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Born: January 27, 1969
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Biography

Patton Peter 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 (1998-2007), voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille (2007), and playing multiple identical brothers, the Koenigs, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014-2017). Oswalt has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix stand-up special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016).

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Early life

Oswalt was born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Carla (née Runfola) and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer. He was named after General George S. Patton. He has one younger brother, Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer best known for the YouTube web series Puddin'. While he was a military brat, his family later lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia. 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 and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

Career

Oswalt first began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning. 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 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

In 2011, Oswalt released the 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. Also in November 2011, Oswalt was depicted blowing the second-ever puff of 3D pot smoke in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. In December 2011, Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult. In 2012, he originated the role of Billy Stanhope on Two and a Half Men.

As of September 2013, Oswalt narrates the TV series The Goldbergs. 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 continued to appear in the second season as Billy and a third brother named Sam (as the original brother Eric is now deceased).

In January 2015, Oswalt's memoir Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film was published by Simon & Schuster. He also voiced the male version of Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode, which was released in October 2015.

In November 2015, Oswalt was announced to be the second "Mad" to appear in the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the son of Frank Conniff's character TV's Frank.

Stand-up comedy

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.

In November 2009, an animated video of Patton's take on New Song's Christmas Shoes was posted on YouTube. The track isn't found on any albums. The audio is claimed to be recorded at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC.

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.

Oswalt's 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. However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6 and became available for purchase on April 8 in both DVD and CD format.

Oswalt's comedy special Talking for Clapping was released on Netflix on April 22, 2016.

Personal life

Oswalt married true crime writer and journalist Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005. They had one daughter together, born in 2009.

On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in the family's Los Angeles, California home, one week after her 46th birthday. The season 3 finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory. On August 1, Oswalt announced that he had been working to complete McNamara's non-fiction book on The Golden State Killer, which was left unfinished at the time of her death.

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.

Oswalt is an atheist 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.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Label Chart positions
2003 222 Chunklet Magazine
2004 Feelin' Kinda Patton United Musicians
2007 Werewolves and Lollipops Sub Pop 137 1 18 4
2009 My Weakness Is Strong Warner Bros. 67 1 5
2011 Finest Hour Comedy Central Records 71 1 12
2014 Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Comedy Central Records 54 1 19 9

EPs

  • Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton (2005) with Zach Galifianakis
  • Melvins/Patton Oswalt split 7 (2006) with Melvins
  • Comedians of Comedy Tour (2006)
  • The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company (2006) with Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, and Eugene Mirman
  • Frankensteins and Gumdrops (2008) - available during the WFMU pledge drive

Compilation album appearances

  • Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret - The Un & Only (2002)
  • Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret - The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly (2006)
  • Comedy Death-Ray (2007)

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Down Periscope Stingray Radioman
1999 Man on the Moon Blue Collar Guy
1999 Magnolia Delmer Darion
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Auteur No. 1
2001 Zoolander Monkey Photographer
2002 ZigZag Shelly
2003 Run Ronnie Run Dozer
2003 Calendar Girls Larry
2004 Taxi Impound Cop
2004 Blade: Trinity Hedges
2004 Starsky and Hutch Disco DJ
2004 Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 Himself Direct-to-video
2004 See This Movie Felix
2005 The Comedians of Comedy Himself Documentary
2005 Cake Boy Cake Pervert
2006 Failure to Launch Techie Guy
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Jeff Spoder
2007 Ratatouille Remy (voice) Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Tommy (voice)
2007 Balls of Fury The Hammer
2007 Sex and Death 101 Fred
2007 Your Friend the Rat Remy Short film
2008 Super High Me Himself Documentary
2008 All Roads Lead Home Milo
2009 Observe and Report Roger
2009 Big Fan Paul Aufiero Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2009 Informant!, TheThe Informant! Ed Herbst
2010 Blood into Wine Himself Documentary
2011 Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Larry Juston
2011 Young Adult Matt Freehauf New York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Chairman's Vanguard Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
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
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Roache
2012 Nature Calls Randy
2013 Odd Thomas Ozzie P. Boone
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Todd Maher
2014 Jason Nash Is Married Producer
2014 22 Jump Street MC State History Professor Uncredited
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III Chief
2015 Old/New Narrator (voice) Short film
2015 Freaks of Nature Stuart Miller
2015 The Loneliest Stoplight Narrator (voice) Short film
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Merv Griffin
2016 Space Cop Space Police Chief
2016 Nerdland Elliot (voice)
2016 The Confirmation Drake
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Scorpion
2017 The Circle Tom Stenton Post-production
2017 Nostalgia Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Video Store Clerk Episode: "The Couch"
1995-97 MADtv Crip in Wheelchair Episode: "1.5"; also writer
1996 NewsRadio Guy Episode: "The Trainer"
1996, 1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Famous Mortimer / Man in Restaurant 2 episodes
1997 The Weird Al Show Seymour Episode: "Bad Influence"
1997 HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour Himself Stand-up special
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Patton (voice) 2 episodes
1998 Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho Various roles Television special
1998-2007 King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens Spence Olchin 122 episodes
1999 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2000 Batman Beyond Eldon Michaels (voice) Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
2000-04 Static Shock Specs/Spectral (voice) 3 episodes
2000 Super Nerds Leslie Pilot
2002 The Man Show Weepum Buzzkillus Uncredited
Episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
2002 Home Movies Helmet (voice) Episode: "Renaissance"
2002, 2003 Crank Yankers Boomer (voice) 4 episodes
2003-06 Aqua Teen Hunger Force DP / Skeeter / Ezekial (voices) 3 episodes
2003-07 Kim Possible Professor Dementor/Professor DeMenz (voice) 10 episodes
2004 The Fairly OddParents Crimson Chin Writer Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"
2004 Tom Goes to the Mayor Zynx (voice) Episode: "Pioneer Island"
2004-09 Reno 911! Various roles 10 episodes
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Carter Bogie Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2006 Clark and Michael Realtor 1 episode
2006 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Roaster Television special
2006 Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain Himself Stand-up special
2006 Squidbillies Shecky Chucklestein (voice) Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
2006, 2007 Batman, TheThe Batman Cosmo Krank / Toymaker / Marty Slack (voices) 2 episodes
2006 Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On Head Mr. Groin (voice) Pilot
2007 Human Giant Frat Boy / Let's Go Fan / The Wire Fan 3 episodes; also consultant writer
2007 SpongeBob SquarePants Jim (voice) Credited as Patton Oswald; episode: "The Original Fry Cook"
2007 Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav Roaster Television special
2007 Reaper Leon Episode: "Leon"
2007, 2008, 2016 American Dad! Bob Cinema / Ticket Man / Kiss Cam Operator (voices) 3 episodes
2007, 2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Joshua Beard / Beaver Boys Doctor 3 episodes
2007-15 WordGirl Theodore "Tobey" McCalister III / Robot / Various voices 37 episodes
2008 Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Himself 6 episodes
2009 Flight of the Conchords Elton John Impersonator Episode: "Prime Minister"
2009 Iron Chef America Himself Episode: "Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple"
2009 The Venture Bros. Wonderboy (voice) Episode: "Self-Medication"
2009 Dollhouse Joel Mynor 2 episodes
2009 Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2009, 2010 Community Nurse Jackie 2 episodes
2009-11 United States of Tara Neil 21 episodes
2009-11 Bored to Death Howard Baker 4 episodes
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Vincent Van Guy Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"
2010 Neighbors from Hell Pazuzu (voice) 10 episodes
2010 Caprica Baxter Sarno 6 episodes
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Volunteer Center Guy (voice) Episode: "Volunteers"
2010-11 Robotomy Thrasher (voice) 10 episodes
2011 Futurama Unattractive Giant Monster (voice) Episode: "Benderama"
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Steven Drears Episode: "House on the Lake"
2011-14 The Heart, She Holler Hurlan 28 episodes
2011 Little Mosque on the Prairie Florist with Tourette's Syndrome (scenes deleted) Episode: "An Arranged Marriage"
2011 Raising Hope Rubin Episode: "Bro-gurt"
2011 Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Clyde the Pac Man Ghost (voice) Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
2012 Bob's Burgers Moody Foodie (voice) Episode: "Moody Foodie"
2012 Metalocalypse Dr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul / Klokateer (voices) 2 episodes
2012-13 Two and a Half Men Billy Stanhope 5 episodes
2012
2017
The Simpsons T-Rex, Bart's guilt (voices) 2 episodes
2012, 2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 2 episodes
2012 Burn Notice Calvin Schmidt 3 episodes
2013 Portlandia Thor83 2 episodes
2013-15 Justified Constable Bob Sweeney 6 episodes
2013 Parks and Recreation Garth Blundon Episode: "Article Two"
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
2013-15 Axe Cop Sockarang (voice) 12 episodes
2013-present The Goldbergs Adult Adam Goldberg / Narrator (voice) 52 episodes
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fire Marshall Boone 2 episodes
2014 29th Independent Spirit Awards Host Television special
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) - Specials
2014 Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Comedy Special of the Year
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2014 Mighty Med Ed / The Exterminator 2 episodes
2014-17 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eric, Billy, Sam and Thurston Koenig 8 episodes
2014 Modern Family Ducky Episode: "Las Vegas"
2014-16 Drunk History Charles Sumner / Mac Brazel / Explosives Expert 3 episodes
2014 Gravity Falls Franz (voice) Episode: "The Golf War"
2014-16 BoJack Horseman Pinky Penguin / Various voices 9 episodes
2015 Battle Creek Mayor Hardy Episode: "Cereal Killer"
2015-16 Veep Teddy Sykes 6 episodes
2015 Maron Himself Episode: "Anti-Depressed"
2015-16 We Bare Bears Nom Nom (voice) 6 episodes
2015 Rick and Morty Beta Seven (voice) Episode: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"
2015 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Francisco (voice) Episode: "Luck"
2016 Archer Alan Shapiro (voice) 6 episodes
2016 Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Himself Stand-up special
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2016 Inside Amy Schumer AMZ Host Episode: "Madame President"
2016 Lady Dynamite Himself 3 episodes
2016 TripTank Pegasus (voice) Episode: "Crime Scene Investigation"
2016 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Quibble Pants (voice) Episode: "Stranger Than Fan Fiction"
2016 Pickle and Peanut Papa (voice) Episode: "Australia"
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Derek Young Episode: "Baxter's Confession"
2016 Those Who Can't Gil Nash 2 episodes
2017 Justice League Action Space Cabbie (voice) Episode: "Follow That Space Cab!"
2017 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Castleman Episode: "When Do I Get to Spend Time with Josh?"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Dr. Charles Hasmedi Episode: "We Can't Kill People!"
2017 Dimension 404 Uncle Dusty 6 episodes
2017 69th Writers Guild of America Awards Host Television special
2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV's Son of TV's Frank

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Radio Station Caller Uncredited
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Radio Caller on Heartland Values with Nurse Bob
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories New World Order Caller / Reporter
2006 Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Professor Dementor
2007 Ratatouille Remy
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am DP / Skeeter
2013 Metro: Last Light Additional Voices Uncredited
2015-16 Minecraft: Story Mode Jesse (male)

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2001 "Another Perfect Day" American Hi-Fi
2011 "Excuse" The Ettes
2013 "The Magic Clap" The Coup
2014 "Foil" "Weird Al" Yankovic
2015 "Will You Dance?" The Bird and the Bee
2016 "I Love The USA" Weezer

Bibliography

Autobiography

  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner, 2011) OCLC 555639819
  • Silver Screen Fiend (Simon & Schuster, 2015) OCLC 885377924

Nonfiction

  • The Overrated Book (co-author with Henry H. Owings, Last Gasp, San Francisco, 2006) OCLC 65203542 ISBN 0867196572
  • The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture for Fans & Bands (co-author with Henry H. Owings, Quirk Books, Philadelphia, 2008) ISBN 1594742693

Comics

  • JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (DC Comics, 2003)
  • The Goon: Noir (co-author with Thomas Lennon, Steve Niles and Eric Powell, Dark Horse Comics, 2007)
  • Justice League of America. Lightning saga (co-author with Brad Meltzer, Geoff Johns. DC Comics, 2008)
  • Serenity: Float Out (Dark Horse Comics, 2010)
  • Better days and other stories (co-author with Will Conrad, Dark Horse Comics, 2011) OCLC 751718642
  • Sky cake ! (co-author with Kona Morris, Jon Olsen, Chris Henry. Godless Comics, 2012) OCLC 933277633

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