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Patton Oswalt
American stand-up comedian

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt
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Intro American stand-up comedian
Is Actor Screenwriter Film producer Writer Television producer Television actor Film actor Voice actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 27 January 1969, Portsmouth, USA
Age 53 years
Star sign Aquarius
Siblings: Matt Oswalt
Spouse: Michelle McNamaraMeredith Salenger
Height: 1.6129 m
Broad Run High School (-1987)
College of William & Mary Bachelor of Arts (-1991)
Critics' Choice Television Award  
Emmy Award  
Grammy Award  
Patton Oswalt
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Patton Peter Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer. On television, he is known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and guest starring as the Koenigs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2017). After making his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch", he has since appeared in a variety of television shows including, Kim Possible, Parks and Recreation, Community, Drunk History, Reno 911!, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Archer, and Veep. He currently narrates the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–present) as adult Adam F. Goldberg.

On film, Oswalt is known for voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille (2007) and co-starring opposite Charlize Theron in Young Adult (2011). His other notable film credits include starring in Big Fan (2009), Nature Calls (2012), Freaks of Nature (2015), Nostalgia (2018), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) and appearing in Blade: Trinity (2004), The Informant! (2009) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

In his work as a stand-up comedian, he has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016).

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 writing and starring in the YouTube web series Puddin'. While he was a military brat, his family lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia. He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He later graduated from The College of William & Mary where he majored in English, and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.


Oswalt began performing stand-up comedy on July 18, 1988. 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 film debut coming in the 1996 military comedy film Down Periscope alongside Kelsey Grammer and his television debut in the Seinfeld episode “The Couch”. 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 Academy Award-winning 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 2010, Oswalt emceed for BookExpo America, promoting his then-upcoming book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland and introducing the evening's panelists: Christopher Hitchens, William Gibson, and Sara Gruen. In 2011, Oswalt released 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 appeared 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 played Billy Stanhope, ex-best friend of Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt 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.

Patton played 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. In season four, he also played a fourth brother, Thurston.

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 playing "Max" in the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the son of Frank Conniff's character TV's Frank.

Oswalt had a voice over role in science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You, which was released in theaters on July 6, 2018.

Oswalt replaced Louis C.K. in the 2019 film The Secret Life of Pets 2, as the voice of main character Max. In addition, he reprised his role as Professor Dementor in the Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, a live action adaptation of the 2002-2007 animated series.

On April 15, 2019, Oswalt joined a host of other writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.

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, 2014 and became available for purchase on April 8, 2014 in both DVD and CD format.

Oswalt's comedy special Talking for Clapping was released on Netflix on April 22, 2016. For the album, Oswalt received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Oswalt's comedy special Annihilation was released on Netflix on October 17, 2017.

In an episode of "Hiking with Kevin Nealon" on YouTube, posted November 14, 2019, Oswalt confirmed a new special, "I Love Everything", recorded three weeks prior to the recording of the hike. It is currently airing on Netflix.

Personal life

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

On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in the family's Los Angeles, California, home. Her death was attributed to a combination of a previously undiagnosed heart condition and complications from ingested medications (Adderall, Xanax, and Fentanyl). The season-three finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory. On August 1, 2016, Oswalt announced that he had been working to complete McNamara's nonfiction book on the Golden State Killer, which was left unfinished at the time of her death. In September 2017, Oswalt announced that the book, titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was scheduled for release on February 27, 2018, and was subsequently available for preorders. Less than two months after the book's release, on April 25, 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced they had made an arrest in the Golden State Killer case. Oswalt posted a brief video to Instagram, saying: "I think you got him, Michelle." He also posted on Twitter that same day, saying that he hoped to visit the suspect if he was indeed the Golden State Killer, "not to gloat or gawk - to ask him the questions that [McNamara] wanted answered in her 'Letter To An Old Man'" at the end of her book.

He was confirmed to be engaged to actress Meredith Salenger in July 2017. They were married in November 2017.

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 outspoken atheist and has referred to his atheism in his comedy specials: No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kinda Patton, My Weakness Is Strong, and Finest Hour.

Oswalt's influences include Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Emo Philips, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin, and Louis C.K.


Comedy 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
2016 Talking for Clapping A Special Thing Records 6
2017 Annihilation Netflix

Comedy Specials

Year Title Role Notes
1997 HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour Himself Stand-up special
1999 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2006 Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain Himself Stand-up special
2009 Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong Himself Stand-up special
2011 Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour Himself Stand-up special
2014 Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Himself Stand-up special
2016 Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Himself Stand-up special
2017 Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Himself Stand-up special
2020 Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything Himself Stand-up special


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

Awards and Nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2010 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album My Weakness Is Strong Nominated
2012 Finest Hour Nominated
2015 Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Nominated
2017 Talking for Clapping Won
2019 Annihilation Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2016 Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Won
2018 Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Nominated
2019 Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series An Emmy for Megan Nominated

Other Awards

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2007 Annie Award Voice Acting in a Feature Film Ratatouille Nominated
2009 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Big Fan Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Young Adult Nominated
2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Vanguard Award Won
2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Village Voice Poll Best Supporting Actor 8th place
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer - Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
2014 Writers Guild of America Comedy/Variety – Specials 29th Independent Spirit Awards Nominated
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