5 Lesser Known Facts About Bob Odenkirk

Posted on May 28 2016 - 9:00am by KatieJoy


Best known for his role as lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and the prequel/spin-off series Better Call Saul; Bob Odenkirk is a jack of all trades. Over the years, he has worked as an actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer. From his early career to his family life; here are five lesser known facts about the Better Call Saul actor.

  1. He Worked for Saturday Night Live (SNL)

Although his work was behind the scenes, Odenkirk was a great asset to the Saturday Night Live television show. Working as a comedy writer, his sketch titled “Motivational Speaker” featuring the late Chris Farley was named “Best SNL Sketch of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. As a writer, the multi-talented comedian has also written for: The Ben Stiller Show, Get a Life, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and more.

  1. He’s Performed with the Greats

Odenkirk started off in stand-up comedy. During his career, he performed at the Improv Olympic, where he performed alongside prominent comedians such as Time Meadows and Chris Farley.

  1. He Is One of Seven Siblings

Although many of his family members remain out of the spotlight, his brother Bill Odenkirk works in the same industry with writing credits for: Futurama, The Simpsons, Tenacious D, and more.

  1. He Was Nearly Michael Scott

Prior to Steve Carell being given the role as Michael Scott, Bob Odenkirk was cast the role in the hit series The Office. However, he was replaced after the television show he was working on (Come to Papa) was cancelled.

  1. Acted in a Number of Popular Television Shows

Over the years, Odenkirk has portrayed a number of  small featured roles in a variety  televisions hottest shows, such as: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, Just Shoot Me!, Seinfeld, Weeds, and more.