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Patton Oswalt is a stand-up comedian and actor known for his performances in the sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ and the film ‘Ratatouille’

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BirthdayJanuary 27, 1969
NationalityAmerican
FamousAtheists, Atheists/Agnostics, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
SpousesMichelle Eileen McNamara
Known asPatton Peter Oswalt
Childrens Alice Rigney Oswalt
Universities
  • College of William and Mary
  • Broad Run High School
Birth PlacePortsmouth, Virginia
Height161cm
GenderMale
FatherLarry J. Oswalt
MotherCarla
Net Worth$14 million
Sun SignAquarius
Born inPortsmouth, Virginia

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Who is Patton Oswalt?

Patton Oswalt is a stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared in several successful comedy shows and films, and has also released his own popular comedy albums. Comedy did not seem to be a likely choice for this son of a Marine Corps officer, but that is what he was destined to make a mark in. As a youngster he would greedily devour comic books and watch horror movies. He also developed a taste for comedy as a child and drew inspiration from the likes of Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters. He began writing and performing comedy while at high school and soon realized that comedy was his life’s calling. His career as a stand-up comedian began while he was still in college when he began performing comedic acts in small-time clubs. By chance he met Blaine Capatch who would become his long term friend and business collaborator. Along with Capatch he moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at writing and performing comedy. At first, he landed only small roles in television programs that did not grab much attention. Gradually he began getting more substantial roles—his big break came when he was selected to play Spence Olchin on ‘The King of Queens’. From then on his career began moving uphill and he got the chance to become the successful comedian he always wanted to be.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born to Larry Oswalt and his wife Carla. Larry was a U.S. Marine Corps Officer and the family used to move a lot because of his career.

He attended Broad Run High School in Virginia and graduated in 1987. He enrolled at the College of William and Mary where he majored in English and earned his degree in 1991.

While still at college he performed his first stand-up routine at an open mic in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and soon began performing comedy at small clubs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Career

While performing at the clubs he met aspiring comedian Blaine Capatch and both became good friends. The duo traveled to San Francisco in 1992 to try their luck there, and from there they went to Los Angeles in 1994.

Oswalt got a job as a writer on the new comedy show ‘MAD TV’ in 1995. He worked there for two seasons before appearing in ‘HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour’ in 1997.

He found his big breakthrough when he was cast as Spencer "Spence" Olchin, a supporting character in the highly popular sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ in 1998. He played this role in 122 episodes of the show till 2007.

From 2003 till 2007 he lent his voice to the character Professor Demento in ten episodes of the animated children’s television series ‘Kim Possible’. During the 2000s he also served as a voice actor in several other television shows.

He voiced several characters including Dungeon Master, Kenny Rogers, Assassin, and Boozehammer of Galen in the television comedy series ‘Reno 911!’ from 2004 to 2009.

His comedy album ‘Werewolves and Lollipops’ was released in 2007 with a bonus DVD. The album was positively reviewed and was called a classic comedy album.

After appearing in cameo roles in films over the 1990s and early 2000s, he got the opportunity to voice the character, Remy, an idealistic and ambitious young rat, in the animated comedy ‘Ratatouille’ in 2007.

He voices several characters including Tobey, Robot, 4th Grader, and Irate Driver in the animated children’s television series ‘WordGirl’ which premiered in 2007. The show is designed to teach children about the expansive English language and its vocabulary.

He appeared as Neil in 21 episodes of the television comedy drama, ‘United States of Tara’ which ran from 2009 till 2011. The show revolved around a suburban woman who copes with dissociative identity disorder.

His comedy albums ‘My Weakness is Strong’ (2009) and ‘Finest Hour’ (2011) were also very popular and peaked at No.1 on the U.S. Top Comedy Album Chart.

His most memorable movie role was as Matt Freehauf in the comedy drama ‘Young Adult’ in 2011 which also starred Charlize Theron. His role was highly appreciated and he won several awards and nominations for it.

Major Works

‘Young Adult’ was his breakthrough movie in which he played the character of a partially disabled man. His performance was lauded and he received several award nominations of which he won many. It is his most successful film so far.

Awards & Achievements

He won the New York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy for portraying Matt Freehauf in the film ‘Young Adult’ in 2011.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Michelle Eileen McNamara in 2005 and has a daughter with her.

He worked with PETA in 2013 to protest against the practice of chaining of pet dogs.

Trivia

He has authored a book called ‘Zombie Spaceship Wasteland’.

He has also voiced several videogame characters.

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Patton Oswalt awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

2016Outstanding Writing for a Variety SpecialPatton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016)

Grammy Awards

2017Best Comedy AlbumWinner

Patton Oswalt biography timelines

  • // 27th Jan 1969
    He was born to Larry Oswalt and his wife Carla. Larry was a U.S. Marine Corps Officer and the family used to move a lot because of his career.
  • // 1987
    He attended Broad Run High School in Virginia and graduated in 1987. He enrolled at the College of William and Mary where he majored in English and earned his degree in 1991.
  • // 1988
    While still at college he performed his first stand-up routine at an open mic in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and soon began performing comedy at small clubs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
  • // 1992
    While performing at the clubs he met aspiring comedian Blaine Capatch and both became good friends. The duo traveled to San Francisco in 1992 to try their luck there, and from there they went to Los Angeles in 1994.
  • // 1995
    Oswalt got a job as a writer on the new comedy show ‘MAD TV’ in 1995. He worked there for two seasons before appearing in ‘HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour’ in 1997.
  • // 1998 To 2007
    He found his big breakthrough when he was cast as Spencer "Spence" Olchin, a supporting character in the highly popular sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ in 1998. He played this role in 122 episodes of the show till 2007.
  • // 2003 To 2007
    From 2003 till 2007 he lent his voice to the character Professor Demento in ten episodes of the animated children’s television series ‘Kim Possible’. During the 2000s he also served as a voice actor in several other television shows.
  • // 2004 To 2007
    He voiced several characters including Dungeon Master, Kenny Rogers, Assassin, and Boozehammer of Galen in the television comedy series ‘Reno 911!’ from 2004 to 2009.
  • // 2005
    He married Michelle Eileen McNamara in 2005 and has a daughter with her.
  • // 2007
    His comedy album ‘Werewolves and Lollipops’ was released in 2007 with a bonus DVD. The album was positively reviewed and was called a classic comedy album.
  • // 2007
    After appearing in cameo roles in films over the 1990s and early 2000s, he got the opportunity to voice the character, Remy, an idealistic and ambitious young rat, in the animated comedy ‘Ratatouille’ in 2007.
  • // 2009 To 2011
    He appeared as Neil in 21 episodes of the television comedy drama, ‘United States of Tara’ which ran from 2009 till 2011. The show revolved around a suburban woman who copes with dissociative identity disorder.
  • // 2011
    His most memorable movie role was as Matt Freehauf in the comedy drama ‘Young Adult’ in 2011 which also starred Charlize Theron. His role was highly appreciated and he won several awards and nominations for it.
  • // 2011
    He won the New York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy for portraying Matt Freehauf in the film ‘Young Adult’ in 2011.

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  • What is Patton Oswalt birthday?

    Patton Oswalt was born at 1969-01-27

  • Where is Patton Oswalt's birth place?

    Patton Oswalt was born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • What is Patton Oswalt nationalities?

    Patton Oswalt's nationalities is American

  • Who is Patton Oswalt spouses?

    Patton Oswalt's spouses is Michelle Eileen McNamara

  • Who is Patton Oswalt childrens?

    Patton Oswalt's childrens is Alice Rigney Oswalt

  • What was Patton Oswalt universities?

    Patton Oswalt studied at College of William and Mary, Broad Run High School

  • How tall is Patton Oswalt?

    Patton Oswalt's height is 161

  • Who is Patton Oswalt's father?

    Patton Oswalt's father is Larry J. Oswalt

  • Who is Patton Oswalt's mother?

    Patton Oswalt's mother is Carla

  • What is Patton Oswalt's sun sign?

    Patton Oswalt is Aquarius