Patton Oswalt Biography

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Born: January 27, 1969


Date of Birth: January 27, 1969

Virginia native Patton Oswalt began his standup career in 1988 in Washington D.C. He subsequently moved to San Francisco in 1992, where he made his TV standup debut.

Patton's first acting gig, two years later, was playing a clerk on an episode of Seinfeld. In 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he became a staff writer for MAD TV.

In 1999 Patton starred in his first HBO special on Comedy Central Presents, and followed that up in 2004 with Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain.

His movie debut was a small role in Down Periscope (1996), starring Kelsey Grammer, followed by supporting roles in films such as Magnolia (1999) starring Tom Cruise, Zoolander (2001) starring Ben Stiller, Calendar Girls (2003) starring Helen Mirren, Starsky & Hutch (2004) starring Owen Wilson and Failure to Launch (2006) starring Matthew McConaughey.

Patton has also provided voices for a number of animated television series, including Kim Possible, Batman Beyond, We Bare Bears, Spider-Man, BoJack Horseman, Happy! and The Goldbergs. In the major motion picture Ratatouille (2007), he voiced the lead role of Remy, a rat who wants to become a chef.

He was seen with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in the comedy film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and with Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). He played Stenton in the sci-fi drama The Circle (2017) with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks and provided the "white voice" for Lakeith Stanfield's character in Sorry to Bother You (2018). He also took over as the voice of adorable dog Max in the sequel, The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).

On September 24, 2005, Patton married Michelle McNamara. Their daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, was born April 15, 2009.

His interests include Scotch, guns, books and dogs.


Sorry to Bother You (2018)
The Circle (2017)
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
Nerdland (2016)
The Confirmation (2016)
Freaks of Nature (2015)
Jason Nash Is Married (2014)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Odd Thomas (2013)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Nature Calls (2012)
Young Adult (2011)
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
The Informant! (2009)
Observe and Report (2009)
Big Fan (2009)
All Roads Lead Home (2008)
Balls of Fury (2007)
Ratatouille (2007)
Sex and Death 101 (2007)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
See This Movie (2004)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Calendar Girls (2003)
Zig Zag (2002)
Zoolander (2001)
Magnolia (1999)
Man on the Moon (1999)

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