Patton Oswalt Wikipedia

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, Emo Philips, Bugs Bunny, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jay Leno, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin, Louis C.K.
SpouseMichelle Eileen McNamara (2005–; 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

        Oswalt was born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Carla and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer. He was named after General George S. Patton. While a military brat, he 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.


        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 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

        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 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. 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.

        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

        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.

        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.

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

        Personal life

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

        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.

        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.



        YearTitleLabelNotesChart Positions
        Top 200US ComedyUS DigitalUS IndieUS Heat
        2003222Chunklet Magazine
        2004Feelin' Kinda PattonUnited Musicians
        2007Werewolves and LollipopsSub Pop1371184
        2009My Weakness Is StrongWarner Bros.Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album6715
        2011Finest HourComedy Central RecordsNominated – Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album71112
        2014Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals TimeComedy Central Records-54--


        • Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton (2005) with Zach Galifianakis
        • Melvins/Patton Oswalt split 7 (2006) with The Melvins
        • Comedians of Comedy Tour 3"CD (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)



        1996Down PeriscopeStingray RadiomanCameo
        1998Pulp Comics: Margaret ChoVariousTelevision film
        1999Man on the MoonBlue Collar GuyCameo
        1999MagnoliaDelmer DarionCameo
        2000Super NerdsLeslieTelevision film
        2000Desperate But Not SeriousAuteur No. 1
        2001ZoolanderMonkey PhotographerCameo
        2003Run Ronnie RunDozer
        2003Calendar GirlsLarryCameo
        2004TaxiImpound Cop
        2004Blade: TrinityHedges
        2004Starsky and HutchDisco DJ
        2004Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2HimselfDirect-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)

        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 (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
        2014Kitchen SinkFilming


        1994SeinfeldClerkEpisode: "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/Night Light"
        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
        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
        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 BooneEpisode: "Sal'z Pizza"
        201429th Independent Spirit AwardsHostTelevision special
        2014Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals TimeHimselfStand-up special

        Premiered on Epix HD
        2014Mighty MedEdSeason 1, Episode 10:"Lockdown"
        2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Eric & Billy Koenig3 episodes
        2014Modern FamilyDuckyEpisode: "Las Vegas"

        Video games

        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

        2010Dead Rising 2Randy Tugman/Survivors
        2012Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush – A Disney Pixar Adventures: SnapshotRemy
        2013Metro: Last Light

        Music videos

        2001"Another Perfect Day"American Hi-Fi
        2011"Excuse"The Ettes
        2013"The Magic Clap"The Coup


        • JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (DC Comics, 2003)
        • The Overrated Book (co-author with Henry H. Owings, 2006)
        • The Goon noir (co-author with Thomas Lennon, Steve Niles and Eric Powell, 2007)
        • The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture for Fans & Bands (co-author with Henry H. Owings, 2008)
        • Serenity: Float Out (Dark Horse Comics, 2010)
        • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011)

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