Robert Odenkirk, born on October 22, 1962, is a multi-talented American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He gained widespread fame for his role as Saul Goodman in the TV series “Breaking Bad” and its spin-off “Better Call Saul,” for which he received multiple Primetime Emmy nominations. Odenkirk has also been a force behind the scenes, producing “Better Call Saul” and earning additional Emmy nods.
In the realm of comedy, he is noted for co-creating and starring in HBO’s “Mr. Show with Bob and David” alongside David Cross. The duo reunited for “W/ Bob & David” on Netflix in 2015. His early career included writing stints on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Ben Stiller Show,” both of which earned him Emmy Awards. He also wrote for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and had a recurring role in “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Following the success of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Odenkirk branched out into high-profile acting roles in films like “Nebraska,” “The Post,” and “Little Women,” as well as providing a voice in Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.” He was the lead in the action film “Nobody,” which he also produced.
On a personal note, Odenkirk was romantically linked to comedian Janeane Garofalo in the 1990s, and later married Naomi Yomtov in 1997; the couple has two children. He has a degree of color blindness, relying on costume departments for his on-screen attire. In 2019, he was honored with a Doctorate of Performing Arts from his alma mater, Southern Illinois University.
Odenkirk faced a health scare in 2021 when he suffered a “small heart attack” on the set of “Better Call Saul.” He underwent surgery to place two stents in his coronary arteries and returned to work shortly after, revealing that the condition was more severe than initially thought and required CPR and defibrillation.