Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt Biography

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 standup 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.

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.

Oswalt's latest 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.

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.

He is also a fan of metalcore music.

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.



Year Title Label Chart Positions
Top 200 US Comedy US Digital US Indie US Heat
2003 222 (Live & Uncut) 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 "?


  • 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)


  • No Reason to Complain (DVD) (2006)
  • My Weakness Is Strong (DVD) (2009)
  • Finest Hour (DVD) (2012)

DVD appearances

  • Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 DVD (2004)
  • The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the El Rey (2005)
  • The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour (2007)


List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Down Periscope Stingray Radioman Cameo appearance
1999 Man on the Moon Blue Collar Guy Cameo appearance
1999 Magnolia Delmer Darion Cameo appearance
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Auteur #1
2001 Zoolander Monkey Photographer Cameo appearance
2002 ZigZag Shelly Cameo appearance
2003 Run Ronnie Run Dozer
2003 Calendar Girls Larry Cameo appearance
2004 Taxi Impound Cop
2004 Blade: Trinity Hedges
2004 Starsky and Hutch Disco DJ
2006 Failure to Launch Techie Guy
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Jeff Spoder
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Tommy Direct-to-video
Voice only
2007 Ratatouille Remy Voice only
Nominated " Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2007 Balls of Fury The Hammer
2007 Super High Me Himself Documentary
Cameo appearance
2008 Sex and Death 101 Fred
2008 All Roads Lead Home Milo
2009 Observe and Report Roger
2009 Big Fan Paul Aufiero Nominated " Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated " St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2009 ' Ed Herbst
2010 Blood Into Wine Himself Documentary
2011 Young Adult Matt Freehauf New 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)
2011 ' Larry Juston
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Roache
2012 Nature Calls Randy
2013 Odd Thomas Ozzie P. Boone
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty TBA Post-production
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Small Doses
1994 Seinfeld Clerk Episode: "The Couch"
1995 MADtv Crip in Wheelchair
1996 NewsRadio Guy Episode: "The Trainer"
1996"1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Famous Mortimer
Man in Restaurant
Episodes: "Patriotism, Pepper, and Professionalism"
"Operation Hell on Earth"
1997 ' Seymour Episode: "Bad Influence"
1997 HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour Himself Stand-up special
1998 Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho Various Television film
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Patton Voice only
Episodes: "Miles Away"
1998"2007 ' Spence Olchin 122 episodes
1999 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2000 Super Nerds Leslie Television film
2000 Batman Beyond Eldon Michaels Voice only
Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
2000"2004 Static Shock Specs/Spectral Voice only
Episodes: "The New Kid"
"Trouble Squared"
"Where the Rubber Meets the Road"
2002 ' Weepum Buzzkillus Uncredited
Episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
2002 Home Movies Helmet Voice only
Episode: "Renaissance"
2002"2003 Crank Yankers Boomer Voice only
2003"2006 Aqua Teen Hunger Force DP
Voice only
Episodes: "Frat Aliens"
"The Last One"
2003"2007 Kim Possible Professor Dementor/Professor DeMenz Voice only
10 episodes
2004 ' Crimson Chin Writer Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"
2004 Tom Goes to the Mayor Zynx Voice only
Episode: "Pioneer Island"
2004"2009 Reno 911! Dungeon Master
Kenny Rogers Assassin
Boozehammer of Galen
Car Crash Movie Snob
Jillet-Ben Coe
10 episodes
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Carter Bogie Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2006 Channel 101 Lenny Loves Carbs Guy Television film
2006 Clark and Michael Realtor Internet television program
2006 ' Mr. Groin Television film
Voice only
2006 Squidbillies Voice only
Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
2006"2007 ' Cosmo Krank/Toymaker
Marty Slack
Voice only
Episodes: "Cash for Toys"
"The Metal Face of Comedy"
2007 Human Giant Frat Boy
Let's Go Fan
The Wire Fan
Episodes: "Let's Go"
"Ice Cream Party"
"24 Hour Marathon"
2007 SpongeBob SquarePants Jim Voice only
Episode: "The Original Fry Cook/Night Light"
2007 Reaper Leon Episode: "Leon"
2007"2008 American Dad! Various roles Voice only
Episodes: "Frannie 911"
"A.T.: The Abusive Terrestrial"
2007"2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Joshua Beard
Beaver Boys Doctor
Episodes: "Dolls"
2007"present WordGirl Tobey
4th Grader
Irate Driver
Voice only
25 episodes
2008 Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Himself 6 episodes
2009 Flight of the Conchords Elton John Impersonator Episode: "Prime Minister"
2009 Iron Chef America Himself Episode: "Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple"
2009 ' Wonderboy Voice only
Episode: "Self-Medication"
2009 Dollhouse Joel Mynor Episodes: "Man on the Street"
"A Love Supreme"
2009"2010 Community Male Nurse Jackie Episodes: "Home Economics"
"The Psychology of Letting Go"
2009"2011 United States of Tara Neil 21 episodes
2009"2011 Bored to Death Howard Baker Episodes: "The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer"
"The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!"
"I Keep Taking Baths Like Lady Macbeth"
2010 ' Vincent Van Guy Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"
2010 Neighbors from Hell Pazuzu Voice only
10 episodes
2010 Caprica Baxter Sarno 6 episodes
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Volunteer Center Guy Voice only
Episode: "Volunteers"
2010"2011 Robotomy Thrasher Voice only
10 episodes
2011 Futurama Unattractive Giant Monster Voice only
Episode: "Benderama"
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Steven Drears Episode: "House on the Lake"
2011 ' Hurlan Miniseries
2011 Raising Hope Rubin Episode: "Bro-gurt"
2012 ' Clyde the Pac Man Ghost Voice only
Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
2012 Bob's Burgers Moody Foodie Voice only
Episode: "Moody Foodie"
2012 Metalocalypse Voice only
Episodes: "Dethcamp"
2012 Two and a Half Men Billy Stanhope Episodes: "The War Against Gingivitis"
"Oh Look! Al-Qaeda!"
"A Big Bag of Dog"
"Run, Steven Staven! Run!"
2012 The Simpsons T-Rex Voice only
Episode: "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"
2012 Comedy Bang Bang Himself One Episode
2012 Burn Notice Colin Schmidt Episodes: "Down & Out"
"Best Laid Plans"
"Odd Man Out"
2013 Portlandia Thor83 Episodes: "Nina's Birthday"
2013 Justified Constable Bob Sweeney
2013 ' Jonas Pfeiffer
2013 Parks and Recreation Garth Blundon Episode: "Article Two"
2013 Axe Cop Sockarang Voice only
List of video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Radio Caller on Heartland Values with Nurse Bob Voice only
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories New World Order Caller/Reporter Voice only
2007 Ratatouille Remy Voice only
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am DP
Voice only
2010 Dead Rising 2 Randy Tugman/Survivors Voice only
2012 Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot Remy Voice only
2013 Metro: Last Light Voice only
Music video appearances
  • American Hi-Fi " "Another Perfect Day" (2001)
  • The Ettes " "Excuse" (2011)
  • The Coup - "The Magic Clap" (2013)


  • 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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