Bill Hader
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Famous for:
His role as Brent on the Judd Apatow-directedwritten “Knocked Up” (2007)
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“I'm very comfortable with my geekiness. I'm proud of the nerdy s**t I did growing up. It gave me a weird sense of confidence. I know you guys think this is lame, but I don't care. I love it!” Bill Hader

Comedian and film actor Bill Hader worked with the comedy troupes Second City and Animals from the Future and served as production assistant on TV shows and movies like “Collateral Damage” and “The Surreal Life” before hitting the big time as a regular on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” (2005-present). He has popularized a number of characters and impersonated many celebrities, including Peter O'Toole, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Vinny Vedecci. Hader is also recognized for having supporting roles in such successful films as Judd Apatow's “Knocked Up” (2007), Greg Mottola's “Superbad” (2007) and “Tropic Thunder” (2008), which was written and directed by and starred Ben Stiller. Other movies credits include “You, Me and Dupree” (2006), “The Brothers Solomon” (2007), “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008), “Pineapple Express” (2008), “Adventureland” (2009) and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009). After the animated feature “Doogal” (2009), the square-jawed comic actor will lend his voice for the upcoming cartoon films “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009) and “Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil “(2010).

Hader has been married to filmmaker/actress Maggie Carey since 2006. He is a fan of the Chicago White Sox. He loves reading horror and science fiction novels and has mentioned writers like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Ray Bradbury, Neil Stephenson, Richard Mathesion, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Flannery O'Connor, John Wyndham, and Cormac McCarthy as his favorite authors. Hader's favorite movies include “The Last Detail” (1973), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “The Thing” (1982) and “Raising Arizona” (1987).

You Can't Do that on Channel One

Childhood and Family:

Son of a manager of an air cargo company and a dance instructor, William “Bill” Hader was born on June 7, 1978, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was educated at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa where he directed, wrote, edited and hosted his own show called “You Can't Do that on Channel One.” He furthered his studies at The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy.

In 2006, Bill married Maggie Carey, an award-winning filmmaker with whom he has worked on such projects as “Back in the Day,” “Calvin” and “Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting” (2004), which he wrote and starred in. The couple resides in New York City.



Originally from Oklahoma, aspiring comedian Bill Hader arrived in Los Angeles and soon found himself part of the well-known comedy troupe Second City, which has served as the ground floor for numerous “SNL” veterans. He also worked with the iO West theatre in Los Angeles. To make ends meet, Hader, who cited 1984's “Monty Python, This Is Spinal Tap,” and early Woody Allen and Mel Brooks films as his biggest comedic influence, took on various odd jobs like working as a production assistant on such films as “Critical Mass” (2000), Arnold Schwarzenegger's “Collateral Damage” (2002), Dwayne Johnson's “The Scorpion King” (2003) and the DVD “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy” (2004), to make money. He also worked as an assistant on “The Surreal Life,” a celebrity reality series on VH1. During this period, he was probably better known for his work as a field agent on the MTV reality TV series “Punk'd” (2005), which was hosted by Ashton Kutcher.

Hader's luck started to change after he was spotted by “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally while performing with the Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group Animals from the Future. She then brought Hader to the attention of “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels. Before long, Hader had joined the NBC hit sketch comedy show “Saturday Night,” as a featured performer.

Making his debut performance in October 2005, Hader quickly emerged as one of the important cast members of “SNL” thanks to his impersonations of famous persons like Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Jerry Seinfeld, John Malkovich, Peter Falk, Peter O'Toole, Steven Seagal, Tony Blair, Willem Dafoe, Ryan Seacrest, and Vincent Price, to name a few, and popular recurring “SNL” characters like Italian talk show host Vinny Vedecci, DJ Frontal Assault, Danny, a guy who has the mutant Kuato living in his stomach, PSAs director Mike Underballs and Stacia's father, Mr. Triggs. Along the way, Hader wore both writer and director hats on a few episodes of “SNL,” including “Lindsay Lohan/Pearl Jam” (2006), “Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins” (2007) and “Christopher Walken/Panic at the Disco” (2008).

The same year Hader landed his prestigious job on “SNL,” the comedian appeared as a valet in the NBC 30-minute comedy program “Uncommon Sense” (2005), which was helmed by Andy Ackerman, and produced and acted in “Jenny Clone” (2005), a short movie directed, written by and starring soon-to-be-wife Maggie Carey. The following year, he worked in the 12-minute comedy “The Pity Card” (2006, as Eric), played Mark in the Owen Wilson vehicle “You, Me and Dupree,” and voiced Soldier Sam in the animated movie “Doogal,” whose cast members included Daniel Tay, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Judi Dench, Kylie Minogue and Ian McKellen.

Hader's movie career received significant momentum when he was hired to play Brent in the Judd Apatow-directed/written “Knocked Up” (2007), opposite Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. The film won a People's Choice award for Favorite Movie Comedy and a Teen Choice for Choice Movie: Comedy and was a success at the box office where it grossed over $100 million. He landed a bigger role in Paramount Pictures' comedy “Hot Rod” (2007), starring “SNL” cast member Andy Samberg, and was cast in Bob Odenkirk's “The Brothers Solomon” (2007). However, it was the teen comedy “Superbad” (2007) that brought Hader's his next big blockbuster exposure. With a budget of about $20 million, the movie, which cast him as Slater, collected over $120 million in the United States. The movie also reunited him with “Knocked Up” star Seth Rogen, who played his partner, Michaels.

2008 saw Hader play Brian Bretter in the comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which also starred Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand, Private Miller in David Gordon Green's “Pineapple Express,” opposite James Franco, Gary Cole and Rogen, and Studio Executive Rob Slolom in Ben Stiller's “Tropic Thunder,” his third film to gross more than $100 million. He also had episodic roles in “Human Giant” and “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job,” where he appeared as Little Kevin and James Quall, respectively.

Recently, Hader was reunited with “Superbad” director Greg Mottola for the new comedy film “Adventureland,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2009. The movie also starred fellow “SNL” cast member Kristen Wiig. He also provided the voice of Pavlov in two episodes of the cartoon series “Xavier: Renegade Angel” (2009). Hader will rejoin Ben Stiller in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), the sequel to the holiday hit “Night at the Museum” (2006), and his voice will be heard in the upcoming animated movies “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009, as Flint Lockwood) and “Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil “(2010, as Hansel).


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