It is a widely held belief that unstable parents create insecure children and stable parents raise stable and successful children. Great careers and more importantly, great lives are believed to be lost due to weak parenthood. But, Bob Odenkirk, christened Robert John Odenkirk at birth, an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer, went against the stereotype and swore to avoid alcohol as much as possible due to his father’s addiction which caused his parents to divorce after having seven children.
His father’s addiction had a catharsis effect on Odenkirk because he intentionally worked hard to avoid following in his father’s footstep. His hard work and dedication to his chosen career have brought the young actor a lot of fame and recognition and he has bagged many prestigious awards along the line.
Bob Odenkirk Biography (Age)
Bob Odenkirk was born on 22 October 1962 in Naperville, Illinois, USA. The actor who’s christened Robert John Odenkirk is of American Nationality and German, Irish and Scottish by Ethnicity. The renowned actor is one out of the seven children born to Walter Odenkirk, who was employed in the printing business and Barbara Odenkirk. The family is Catholic by religious inclination.
Odenkirk’s parents got divorced because of his father’s heavy drinking habit which made the young actor to hate alcohol with a passion. According to Odenkirk, he grew up hating his hometown Naperville because it felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville and it reminded him of his sad childhood. He said, “I couldn’t wait to get to a city and be with people who are doing an exciting thing”. Apparently, he felt that the city was stopping him from attaining greater heights.
His early education was at Naperville North High School followed by Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before he transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
The young actor first visited Chicago’s Second City Theater at the age of fourteen. His career in the entertainment industry started with a DJ job for WIDB, his college radio station. He created a late-night comedy program called The Prime Time Special.
Just before his graduation, he started working at improv workshops and performed stand-up comedy for many years. Along the line, he became friends with Robert Smigel who helped in his writing skills and he eventually became a writer for Saturday Night Live in 1987.
Odenkirk has played important roles in some critically acclaimed films. We have films like The Giant
Mechanical Man (2012), The Spectacular Now (2013) and Nebraska (2013) attached to his name. He also featured in a few comedy films like Take Me Home Tonight (2011), Dealing With Idiots (2013) and Hell & Back (2015)
Odenkirk’s hard work and dedication to work has earned him various prestigious awards and recognition. In 1989, the actor won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Saturday Night Live and in 1993 he won the same award again but this time, for his work on The Ben Stiller Show.
Other awards include Independent Film Festival of Boston Award’s Audience Award, which he won for his directorial venture in Melvin Goes to Dinner, Avignon Film Festival Award for Best Feature and Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival Award.
Family, Wife, Kids
The famous actor is one out of the seven children born to father, Walter Odenkirk who was employed in the printing business and mother, Barbara Odenkirk. Growing up with his family was not a rosy one because his father was an unrepentant alcoholic and this made the actor hate his childhood and everything associated with it. His father later died of bone cancer.
Information on the actor’s nuclear family is not readily accessible but it is on record that Odenkirk met and fell in love with Naomi Yomtov. The lovebirds got married in 1996 and their marriage is blessed with two children.
We don’t have sufficient information on the assets of the actor but Odenkirk’s net worth has been estimated to sit at $10 million.
Bob Odenkirk, 52 is blessed with good features. The actor’s description of body measurement says he has a height of 5 feet 9 inches. His body weight is 78kg and he has grey hair while the color of his eye can be described as hazel.