December 12, 2008

Bill Hader

William "Bill" Hader
(born June 4, 1978) is an American actor, writer, comedian and repertory player, on Saturday Night Live. He is also known for playing noted supporting roles in numerous comedy films.


Early work

Hader grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he acted and made a film while a student at Cascia Hall Preparatory School,[1] before attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College.[2] Hader's comedic aspirations eventually led him to Los Angeles where he joined the Second City, a comedy troupe that has been a training ground for many SNL cast members since the 1970s. He also performed at iO West in Los Angeles. During his time at Second City and iO West, Hader worked as a production assistant on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Collateral Damage, as well as an assistant on VH1's The Surreal Life. Prior to SNL, Hader was perhaps most known for his work as a "field agent" on MTV's Punk'd.

Saturday Night Live

Hader was "discovered" by Megan Mullally of Will & Grace while working with the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe "Animals from the Future". Mullally brought him to the attention of SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Hader was hired as a "featured player" and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005 (along with fellow newcomer Andy Samberg). His first role was as a psychologist giving his views about life and death during the emergency landing of Jet Blue Flight 292. Hader is known for his impressions of famous people, such as Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches and Al Pacino.

Hader is going into his 4th season on SNL and, along with Bobby Moynihan, Andy Samberg, Kenan Thompson, Casey Wilson and Abby Elliott is one of six SNL castmembers who were born after the show's premiere in 1975. Moynihan was born in 1977, Samberg, Thompson, and Hader in 1978, Wilson was born in 1980 and Elliot was born in 1987.

Recurring SNL characters

  • Vinny Vedecci, the Italian talk-show host who speaks little English, even though his guests are English-speakers
  • Nitro (along with Andy Samberg's Admiral Spaceship) in the SNL Digital Short Laser Cats
  • One of the four guys (the others being Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis and the host) who reveal crazy aspects about themselves while singing a song on the jukebox in the Song Memories sketches.
  • One half of the Same Sex Couple from New Jersey (or Connecticut), the other half played by Fred Armisen
  • DJ Frontal Assault on Deep House Dish
  • Danny, a guy who has the mutant Kuato (played by Andy Samberg) living in his stomach
  • Mike Underballs, the director of PSAs who has to deal with the shenanigans of Jeff (Jason Sudeikis), a crew member.
  • Mr. Triggs, the father of an ugly, socially inept girl named Stacia (played by Kristen Wiig)

Impersonations (on and off Saturday Night Live)

Hader has said he did impressions of teachers and friends when he was growing up, but did not do impressions of famous people until his Saturday Night Live audition.[3] His Al Pacino impression came after watching the actor's Emmy acceptance speech for Angels in America. Hader's Vincent Price impression came from his love of Price's Edgar Allan Poe films, such as The Fall of the House of Usher. His Peter O'Toole impression came partly from O'Toole in My Favorite Year and Jack Lemmon's drunken Prince Hapnick from The Great Race.

Film roles

He first appeared alongside Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon in You, Me and Dupree. Since then he's had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's editor at E! in Knocked Up, the acid-taking mechanic Dave in Hot Rod ( alongside SNL castmate Andy Samberg), a recumbent biker in The Brothers Solomon (which also featured SNL castmate Will Forte in one of the film's co-leading roles) and, most famously, as Officer Slater in the Judd Apatow produced Superbad. His role in Superbad helped boost his public repertoire and allowed him to appear on mainstream programs like TRL, The Tonight Show, and even presenting at MTV's Video Music Awards.

Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express (with Seth Rogen). He also appeared alongside Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Coogan, Tom Cruise, and Nick Nolte in Tropic Thunder. He will team back up with Superbad director Greg Mottola for the film Adventureland, which also features fellow SNLer Kristen Wiig. In addition to these films, Hader has also made several short films, including Back in the Day (alongside Derek Waters and wife Maggie Carey), Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting, and The Jeannie Tate Show with SNL writer Liz Cackowski and wife Maggie Carey.

South Park

Hader has recently become a creative consultant on the 12th season of South Park. The first episode aired October 8, 2008.

Video Games

Grand Theft Auto IV - Wilson Taylor Sr (On in-game radio show: Pacemaker)


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting Barnaby G. Price Short film, also writer
2005 Jenny Clone Father Short film
Hallway Receptionist Short film
2006 You, Me and Dupree Mark
Doogal Soldier Sam Voice
The Pity Card Dick Short film
2007 Knocked Up Brent
Hot Rod Dave
Superbad Officer Slater
The Brothers Solomon Recumbent biker
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Brian Bretter
Pineapple Express Private Greg B. Miller
Tropic Thunder Rob Slolom
2009 Adventureland Bobby awaiting release
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian George Armstrong Custer post-production
2010 Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil Hansel (voice) filming

Source: Wikipedia

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