Bob Odenkirk is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer who is best known for his portrayal of shady lawyer Saul Goodman in the hit AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He has built an impressive career in comedy and acting over the past 30+ years.
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Bob Odenkirk’s net worth is estimated to be around $16 million as of 2023. The majority of his wealth has come from his successful career as an actor, writer, producer and director. Some of his most financially lucrative roles have been as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, which have earned him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He also earns sizable incomes from film roles, stand-up comedy tours, speaking engagements and book deals. With Better Call Saul renewed for a sixth and final season, Odenkirk’s net worth will likely continue rising.
Early Life and Education
Bob Odenkirk was born on October 22, 1962 in Berwyn, Illinois. His father Walter worked in printing and later became a part-time actor and children’s entertainment performer. Young Bob spent his early years in Naperville, IL before the family moved to the suburbs of Chicago.
Odenkirk’s interest in comedy and acting began at Naperville North High School, where he participated in several plays and live sketch comedy workshops. He also DJ’d for the school’s radio station. After graduating high school in 1980, Bob enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where he initially majored in business before switching to communications. He wrote for the Marquette Tribune student newspaper and performed live sketches at local comedy clubs during his college years.
Early Comedy Writing & Performing Career
After college, Bob Odenkirk pursued a career in comedy writing and performance. He traveled to Chicago and worked alongside future comedy partner David Cross performing sketches at a variety of improv theaters. In 1987, Bob was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live where he worked for two seasons.
His biggest break came in 1990 when he and David Cross created a pioneering sketch comedy series for HBO called Mr. Show with Bob and David. The show earned Bob significant critical acclaim and industry recognition for his subversive, unconventional comedy writing. He continued honing his live comedy chops by performing standup sets and appearing in acclaimed comedy troupes like The Ben Stiller Show.
Transition to Dramatic Acting Roles
While highly regarded in comedy circles for several decades, Bob Odenkirk began to transition to more dramatic Hollywood acting roles in the late 2000s. He had minor parts on hit dramas like How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Larry Sanders Show in the 90s and 2000s.
His breakthrough dramatic performance came when he was cast as slimy lawyer Saul Goodman on the landmark AMC series Breaking Bad in 2009. The role showcased Bob’s innate ability to add humor and heart into a shady criminal character. The immense popularity of his Saul Goodman character among viewers later spurred AMC to create the spin-off prequel show Better Call Saul starring Odenkirk. His starring performance has earned him four Emmy award nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
More recently, Bob Odenkirk has expanded his repertoire with prominent roles in critically acclaimed feature films. He received strong reviews for his performance in the 2020 thriller action movie Nobody. In 2022, Bob also appeared in prominent supporting roles in prominent films like Babylon and The Making Of The Mob.
Upcoming projects for the busy actor/writer include The Making Of The Mob season 2, the final season of Better Call Saul, and a rumored Nobody sequel with his on-screen son.
Even in his early 60s, Bob Odenkirk’s acting career shows no signs of slowing down. His impressive range and acclaimed performances suggest more iconic roles could still be ahead on both the big and small screen.
Bob Odenkirk has been married to Naomi Yomtov since 1997. The couple lives together in Los Angeles and has two children together. He often speaks about the tremendous support and stabilizing influence his wife has provided throughout his unpredictable career as an entertainer.
When he isn’t acting, Bob enjoys watching films, reading books about the creative process, exploring various skateparks, and watching sports – especially his beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team. He also served as a frequent guest celebrity sports commentator for ESPN radio during the 2010s.
Odenkirk suffered a scary heart attack incident in July 2021 while filming Better Call Saul in New Mexico. After receiving immediate CPR and several stents placed to open blocked arteries, he made a full recovery and resumed filming his show within a few months.
Bob Odenkirk Quotes
Here are some insightful Bob Odenkirk quotes that provide a window into his comedic mindset:
- “I think a lot of times we watch characters and go, ‘I can’t do it that good.’ Just go out and do it. Get out there and do it bad at first.”
- “Don’t set your goals by what other people deem good. Set your goals by what you deem good.”
- “All you need is the audacity to keep trying things.”
- “If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
- “There are two rules of comedy. One, fall down. Two, get back up.”
Height and Other Quick Facts
- Height: 6’1″ (1.86 m)
- Born: October 22, 1962 (age 60 years), Berwyn, IL
- Full Name: Robert Odenkirk
- Began comedy career in Chicago clubs (1980s)
- Wrote for Saturday Night Live (1987-1995)
- Partnered with David Cross to create Mr. Show (1995-1998)
- Breakthrough role as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad (2009-2013)
- Current salary of $250k per Better Call Saul episode
Frequently Asked Questions About Bob Odenkirk
How did Bob Odenkirk become famous?
Bob Odenkirk became famous for his innovative sketch comedy writing and performances, first on hit shows like Saturday Night Live and later for his starring role on the acclaimed comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David. His fame grew exponentially when he was cast as the shifty lawyer Saul Goodman on AMC’s landmark series Breaking Bad in 2009.
What was Bob Odenkirk’s first movie role?
Bob Odenkirk’s first feature film role was a minor part as a Boiler Room stockbroker in the 1996 comedy The Truth About Cats and Dogs starring Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo. He began taking more frequent supporting film roles starting in the mid 2000s, before his acclaimed performance in 2020’s Nobody marked his first starring action movie performance.
Who does Bob Odenkirk play in Better Call Saul?
Bob Odenkirk plays the leading role of Jimmy McGill (alias Saul Goodman) in the hit AMC crime drama Better Call Saul. It is a prequel spinoff show to Breaking Bad which chronicles Jimmy’s gradual transformation into the morally compromised criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman.
Is Bob Odenkirk in a relationship?
Yes, Bob Odenkirk has been happily married to his wife Naomi Odenkirk (born Naomi Yomtov) since 1997. The couple lives in Los Angeles and have two children together.
What happened to Bob Odenkirk in 2021?
In July 2021, Bob Odenkirk suddenly collapsed while filming Better Call Saul in New Mexico. It was later revealed he suffered a major heart attack. He received immediate medical care and a few stents to open blocked arteries. After a short break from filming to recover, Odenkirk returned to wrap filming on the show’s final season.