Patton Oswalt Biography

(Known for His Performance in the Sitcom 'The King of Queens')

Birthday: January 27, 1969 (Aquarius)

Born In: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He has appeared in several successful comedy shows and films. He has also released his own popular comedy albums. Comedy did not seem to be the most likely choice for Patton whose father was a Marine Corps officer, but comedy is what he was destined to make. As a youngster, he would read many comic books and watch horror movies. He also developed a taste for comedy as a child and drew inspiration from the likes of Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and Jonathan Winters. He began writing and performing comedy while in high school and soon realized that comedy was his life’s calling. His career as a stand-up comedian began while he was still in college; he began performing comedic acts in small-time clubs. By chance, he met Blaine Capatch who would become his long-term friend and business collaborator. Along with Capatch, he moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at writing and performing comedy. At first, he landed only small roles in television programs. Gradually, he began getting more substantial roles; his big break came when he was selected to play ‘Spence Olchin’ in ‘The King of Queens.’ From then on, his career began to move upwards and he went on to become the successful comedian he always wanted to be. He is also popular on Instagram and has over 538k followers on his account.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Patton Peter Oswalt

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Michelle Eileen McNamara

father: Larry J. Oswalt

mother: Carla

siblings: Matt Oswalt

children: Alice Rigney Oswalt

Born Country: United States

Actors Screenwriters

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Males

U.S. State: Virginia

Notable Alumni: College Of William & Mary, Broad Run High School

Ancestry: Italian American, Irish American, British American, German American

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education: College Of William & Mary, Broad Run High School

  • 1

    What are some popular movies and TV shows featuring Patton Oswalt?

    Some popular movies and TV shows featuring Patton Oswalt include "Ratatouille," "Young Adult," "The King of Queens," "Big Fan," and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
  • 2

    What is Patton Oswalt known for in the entertainment industry?

    Patton Oswalt is known for his stand-up comedy, voice acting work in animated films, and appearances in various TV shows and movies.
  • 3

    Has Patton Oswalt written any books?

    Yes, Patton Oswalt has written a book titled "Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film."
  • 4

    Does Patton Oswalt have a podcast?

    Yes, Patton Oswalt co-hosts a podcast called "The Smartest Man in the World" with Greg Proops.
  • 5

    Has Patton Oswalt performed comedy specials?

    Yes, Patton Oswalt has released several comedy specials, including "Talking for Clapping," "Annihilation," and "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time."
Childhood & Early Life

Patton Oswalt was born on January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, to Larry Oswalt and his wife Carla. Larry was a U.S. Marine Corps Officer and the family used to move a lot because of his career.

He attended ‘Broad Run High School’ in Virginia and graduated in 1987. He was enrolled at the ‘College of William and Mary’ where he majored in English and earned his degree in 1991.

While still at college, he performed his first stand-up routine at an open mic in Washington, D.C. in 1988. He soon began performing comedy at small clubs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

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While performing at the clubs, he met aspiring comedian Blaine Capatch and both became good friends. The duo traveled to San Francisco in 1992 to try their luck there. From San Francisco, they went to Los Angeles in 1994.

Oswalt landed a job as a writer in the new comedy show ‘MAD TV’ in 1995. He worked there for two seasons before appearing in ‘HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour’ in 1997.

He got his big breakthrough when he was cast as ‘Spencer "Spence" Olchin,’ a supporting character, in the highly popular sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ in 1998. He played this role in 122 episodes till 2007.

From 2003 to 2007, he voiced ‘Professor Dementor’ in ten episodes of the animated children’s television series ‘Kim Possible.’ During the 2000s, he also worked as a voice actor in several other television shows.

From 2004 to 2009, he voiced several characters, including ‘Dungeon Master,’ ‘Kenny Rogers,’ ‘Assassin,’ and ‘Boozehammer of Galen’ in the television comedy series ‘Reno 911!’

His comedy album ‘Werewolves and Lollipops’ was released in 2007 with a bonus DVD. The album received positive reviews and was called a classic comedy album.

After playing cameo roles in films during the 1990s and early-2000s, he got the opportunity to voice ‘Remy,’ an idealistic and ambitious young rat, in the animated comedy ‘Ratatouille’ in 2007.

He voiced several other characters, including ‘Tobey,’ ‘Robot,’ ‘4th Grader,’ and ‘Irate Driver’ in the animated children’s television series ‘WordGirl’ which premiered in 2007. The show is designed to teach children about the expansive English language and its vocabulary.

He appeared as ‘Neil’ in 21 episodes of the television comedy-drama series ‘United States of Tara,’ which ran from 2009 to 2011. The show revolved around a suburban woman who copes with dissociative identity disorder.

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His comedy albums ‘My Weakness is Strong’ (2009) and ‘Finest Hour’ (2011) were also very popular and peaked at No. 1 in the ‘U.S. Top Comedy Album Chart.’

His most memorable movie role was ‘Matt Freehauf’ in the comedy-drama ‘Young Adult’ in 2011. The film also starred Charlize Theron. His role was highly appreciated and he won several awards and nominations.

From 2012 to 2018, he appeared in many films like ‘Nature Calls,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ ‘Freaks of Nature,’ ‘The Confirmation,’ ‘The Circle,’ and ‘Nostalgia.’

In 2013, he began voicing ‘Adult Adam F. Goldberg’ in the period sitcom television series ‘The Goldbergs.’ The series ran for 10 seasons and went off-air in 2023.

He replaced Louis C.K. in the 2019 film ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2,’ where he voiced the main character ‘Max.’

In 2020, he voiced ‘Nom Nom’ in the American animated adventure film ‘We Bare Bears: The Movie’ directed by Daniel Chong. The film received positive reviews from critics. He next starred in films like ‘The Spine of Night,’ ‘Eternals,’ ‘Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon,’ ‘I Love My Dad,’ ‘MEAD,’ and ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.’

He portrayed ‘Brisket’ in the 2023 American sports comedy film ‘80 for Brady’ directed by Kyle Marvin. The film opened to a mixed reception and scored a 58% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, he also voiced ‘Aesop’ in the Canadian computer-animated film ‘Heroes of the Golden Masks’ directed by Sean O'Reilly.

Major Works

‘Young Adult’ was his breakthrough movie in which he played the character of a partially disabled man. His performance was lauded and he received several awards and nominations. It is his most successful film so far.

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Awards & Achievements

He won the ‘New York Film Academy Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor – Comedy’ for portraying ‘Matt Freehauf’ in the film ‘Young Adult’ in 2011.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Michelle Eileen McNamara in 2005 and has a daughter with her. On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in Los Angeles, California.

He released his book ‘I'll Be Gone in the Dark’ on February 27, 2018.

He married actress Meredith Salenger in November 2017.

He worked with PETA in 2013 to protest against the practice of chaining pet dogs.

Facts About Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt has a black belt in Taekwondo, showcasing his dedication to martial arts and physical fitness.
He is an avid comic book collector and has a vast collection of rare and unique comics.
Oswalt is known for his love of food and has even authored a book about his culinary adventures titled "Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film."
He voiced the character Remy in the animated film "Ratatouille," showcasing his versatile talent as a voice actor.
Oswalt is a talented writer and has contributed articles to various publications, showcasing his creativity beyond the world of comedy.

Patton Oswalt Movies

1. Magnolia (1999)


2. Man on the Moon (1999)

  (Comedy, Drama, Biography)

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Fantasy)

4. The Comedians of Comedy (2005)

  (Documentary, Comedy)

5. 22 Jump Street (2014)

  (Action, Comedy, Crime)

6. Odd Thomas (2013)

  (Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance)

7. Calendar Girls (2003)

  (Drama, Comedy)

8. Big Fan (2009)

  (Comedy, Sport, Crime, Drama)

9. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

  (Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama)

10. Zoolander (2001)



Primetime Emmy Awards
2016 Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016)
Grammy Awards
2017 Best Comedy Album Winner

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