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Biography of Bob Odenkirk

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Most famous as Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, this comedian had interesting career on his path from Berwyn to where he is now.

Bob was born in a small place called Berwyn, Illinois and raised in nearby Naperville. From young age he could not see himself there and dreamed of moving and living in a big city. His parents were Walter and Barbara Odenkirk who had seven children.

He showed his affinities toward comedy and performance on both colleges he attended by doing live shows on college radio stations. After spending 3 years on SIU in Carbondale, Illinois, where he did his “The Prime Time Special”  radio comedy show, he decided to go to Chicago and try to write for a living. On a workshop, he met Robert Smigel a friend and a coworker for a long time. Robert was the one who helped Odenkirk to get on Saturday Night Live which launched his comedian career.

Odenkirk worked for Saturday Night Live from 1987 until 1991. He wrote for the show having couple of smaller appearances during the filming. There he worked alongside many of the greatest comedians learning a lot. However, in ’91 he decided to leave SNL to try out as a performer.

One of the people with whom he became friend during his work on SLN was Ben Stiller who hired him as a writer and actor for his own show in 1992. Even though they were canceled they still got the Emmy for writing.

Until 1995 he changed many jobs and work with various people, expanding himself as a writer and actor. His next big thing was Mr. Show, he created with David Cross that ran on HBO for four seasons. Even though it was never widely accepted the show featured many famous comedians in the early stages of their careers. One of the first sketches became a movie script but production went away from their ideas so they disowned the final movie.

Between Mr. Show and Breaking Bad, the show that made him planetary popular, Odenkirk starred in many tv shows and couple of movies. He also did a lot of writing and producing but none of the pilots he wrote got picked up. He had featuring roles in Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Joey, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, Weeds and many others.

In 2009 he got the part that will mark his life, he became corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He guest appeared in couple of episodes in second season becoming regular and staying until the end.

His role was so distinct that the producers decided to make Breaking Bad spinoff called Better Call Saul that tells the story about Saul before the events from Breaking Bad.

In 2015 first season of With Bob and David came out where he reunited with his old friend and co-star David Cross to continue where they left off with Mr. Show.


Oderkirk is married with Naommi Yomtov since 1996 with whom he has two children.