Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Actor
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Life Story

Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993). His other television credits include appearances on Seinfeld (1989) and NewsRadio (1995).

As a writer, Oswalt spent two seasons on MADtv (1995) and has also written for the MTV Music Video Awards. He is currently writing screenplays and has appeared in the feature films Starsky & Hutch (2004), Man on the Moon (1999) and Magnolia (1999).

Family

Meredith Salenger (4 November 2017 - present)

Trivia

Graduated from College of William and Mary in Virginia. [1991]
Graduated Broad Run High School, Ashburn VA. [1987]
His favorite movie is Six Pack (1982).
Was considered for the role of "Albert Brennaman" in Hitch (2005).
Daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, born April 15, 2009.
Is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Is a big movie buff, especially of classic and noir films. During a period from the mid-to-late 90s he grew addicted to watching films and would go to the theater almost daily. This is chronicled in his book, Silver Screen Fiend.
His father's ancestry is German, English, Irish, and Scottish. His maternal grandfather, Peter Nicholas Runfola, was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and his maternal grandmother, Mary Cecilia Brennan, was of Irish ancestry.
Engaged to actress Meredith Salenger [July 2017].
His comedy special Talking for Clapping was released on Netflix.[April 2016].
Married Meredith Salenger November 5, 2017.
Recently found out he's allergic to gluten.
Was inducted into the Harvard Lampoon.
Two years after the untimely death of his first wife Michelle McNamara, her non-fiction crime book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times' Bestseller List (2018). The Introduction and Afterword were respectively contributed by author Gillian Flynn and Oswalt himself.

Personal Quotes 

Based on my own experience, when you're going through adolescence you don't know how the world works. You can't set a story in the world you live in because you don't know what a utility bill is, or how to budget your paycheck. So you either set it in a zombie apocalypse, a wasteland or a spaceship. I think which one you choose decides the adult you become.
(2012, on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) I was in New York doing something. Or maybe it was Chicago. But I got a call asking if I wanted to go to Detroit and film one really fun scene where I was a Santa Claus selling weed. I knew the writers. So I just said yeah. I blew the second 3-D puff of pot smoke in film history. Someone needs to add that to my Wikipedia.
(2012, on Young Adult) I went in because I'd become friends with Jason [Reitman], and we bonded over the fact that we're such movie buffs and we both own French bulldogs. So he said, "Can you come in and just read this script that we're trying to figure out, as a favor?" He did say there'd be some cold readings with three different actresses who were being considered for the lead, and I was there for each. And he kept asking me to come back, and then they had Charlize [Theron] come in, and she really wanted to do it at that point. He said, "Why don't you come back and read for this role again," and we just clicked. There was something about it, we just started making fun of each other in between the read and just got along, and he's like, "Yeah, that's it. You guys are doing it." I saw how amazing Charlize was just sitting at the table read that that's the first time that I ever hired an acting coach and really started doing the fucking work. That was a huge evolution for me because that was about the time that I was going back to see more Broadway shows, and was really getting into Breaking Bad and watching Bryan Cranston. And I realized all these actors that I really liked are the types where they're like, "Let's just get the highlighter pen and do the fucking work and make this great." That's so much what Charlize was about. "Let's do the work and make it great." So I thought, "I'm going to show up with the work fucking done and ready to go." I have some projects coming up where it's like, "Here's your script; you better go sit down with your coach and be ready." And I'm so glad that Young Adult gave me that experience.

 
 
Filmography

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