Patton Oswalt is a multi-hyphenate talent (actor, writer, comedian) and award-winning performer. From his comedy specials to more than 200 film and television roles including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award, Oswalt chooses work that inspires him and entertains audiences.
He recently co-created M.O.D.O.K., a Marvel stop-motion animated adult comedy series for Hulu as well as voicing the titular character, and currently co-stars as ‘Principal Durbin’ on the NBC Universal comedy A.P. Bio, produced by Seth Meyers, Mike O’Brien, and Lorne Michaels. Oswalt also recently served as the lead voice of ‘Max’ in The Secret Life of Pets 2.
In 2020, Oswalt’s Emmy nominated Netflix special I Love Everything was widely applauded upon release – “I Love Everything…is one of the best stand-up sets you’ll see this year,” according to RogerEbert.com; he also received a Grammy nomination for his comedy album of the same name. In 2017, he received Grammy and Emmy nominations for his album and Netflix special Annihilation, which addresses his own devastating loss and dealing with the unexplainable, while making it all painfully funny. In 2016, he won the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special’ for his sixth comedy special Talking for Clapping and a Grammy Award in 2017 for his comedy album of the same name. He has been nominated for a total of 6 Grammys and 4 Emmys.
Oswalt was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his performance in Jason Reitman’s film Young Adult, starring opposite Charlize Theron. In 2009, he also received critical acclaim for his performance in Robert Siegel’s Big Fan; the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Oswalt earned a Gotham Award nomination for his performance.
Oswalt has appeared in many films, including the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle, alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Zoolander, both directed by Ben Stiller, Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant with Matt Damon, and alongside Seth Rogen in Jody Hill’s Observe and Report, as well as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, Todd Phillips’ Starsky and Hutch, and has a post-credits cameo as Pip the Troll in Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals.
He also provided the voice for ‘Remy’ the rat, in Brad Bird’s Oscar-winning Ratatouille, and played one of the “white voices” in the widely-praised indie film Sorry To Bother You, (the directorial debut of Boots Riley). Oswalt also voiced the titular character on the hit SYFY series Happy! as well as characters on other TV shows such as “The Boys,” “Family Guy,” “Rick and Morty,” “Archer,” “BoJack Horseman,” “We Bare Bears,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” and “Word Girl.” He is also the narrator on ABC’s hit comedy “The Goldbergs.”
On TV, Oswalt had a starring role on Adult Swim’s “The Heart, She Holler,” was a series regular on Showtime’s “United States of Tara” and the Netflix revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” recurred on the SyFy series “Caprica,” and has had many guest roles on “Veep,” “Lady Dynamite,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Justified,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Will & Grace,” “The Conners,” “Portlandia,” “Bored to Death,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show,” and “Seinfeld,” (his TV acting debut). He is also very well known for playing ‘Spence’ on “The King of Queens” for nine seasons.
As a comedian, Oswalt has shot eight TV specials and released seven critically acclaimed albums — in 2009, Patton received his first of six Grammy nominations for his album My Weakness Is Strong (Warner Brothers Records).
Oswalt co-created and starred in The Comedians of Comedy, which was shot as an independent feature film, a TV series and a long running tour. He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States, Canada, and all over the UK. Oswalt also had a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles.
Both of his published books Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011) and Silver Screen Fiend (2015) are New York Times Best Sellers. In 2018, Oswalt helped publish his late wife Michelle McNamara’s true-crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (The New York Times Best Seller) and he executive produced the HBO docuseries based on the book about the hunt for and capture of the Golden State Killer.