Robert Bob Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. Odenkirk is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show and currently for his recurring role as corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman in AMC's hit series Breaking Bad. Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and was raised in nearby Naperville. He is the son of Barbara and Walter Odenkirk, who was employed in the printing business. His brother is comedy writer Bill Odenkirk. Odenkirk is of half Irish descent. His parents later divorced, and Walter eventually died from cancer and was pretty down on his luck towards the end of his life. His father's battle with alcoholism would later influence Bob's decision to avoid alcohol almost completely. Odenkirk would later say that he grew up hating Naperville because it felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville. I couldn’t wait to move into a city and be around people who were doing exciting things. He began his foray into comedy writing as a radio DJ for WIDB, his local college station at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Inspired by the comedy of Monty Python's Flying Circus, SCTV, Steve Martin, Woody Allen, The Credibility Gap, and Bob and Ray, as well as a visit to the Second City Theater at the age of 14, after 3 years of college Bob decided to try to make a go of it in the Chicago comedy scene. First studying with the famous improv-guru Del Close (who had mentored the likes of Bill Murray...
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