|Hader outside of NBC Studios, 2007|
|Birth name||William Hader|
|Born||June 7, 1978
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Years active||1998, 2004 – present|
|Spouse||Maggie Carey (2006-present)|
|Notable works and roles||Saturday Night Live, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Doogal Adventureland|
William "Bill" Hader (born June 7, 1978) is an Emmy- and Peabody award-winning American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and repertory player on Saturday Night Live. He is known for his supporting roles in numerous comedy films, starring in at least three films a year since 2006.
Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended Patrick Henry Elementary School, Edison Junior High and Cascia Hall Preparatory School, before attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College. Hader's comedic aspirations eventually led him to Los Angeles where he joined the Second City, a comedy troupe that has been a training ground for many SNL cast members since the 1970s. He performed at iO West in Los Angeles. During his time at Second City and iO West, Hader worked as a production assistant on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Collateral Damage, as well as an assistant on VH1's The Surreal Life.
Hader was "discovered" by Megan Mullally of Will & Grace while working with the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe, "Animals from the Future." Mullally brought him to the attention of SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Hader was hired as a "featured player" and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005. His first role was as a psychologist giving his views about life and death during the emergency landing of Jet Blue Flight 292. Hader is known for his impressions of famous people, such as Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches and Al Pacino.
Hader recently finished his 4th season on SNL. Hader is one of eight SNL castmembers (both past and present) born after the show's premiere in 1975. Others who share this distinction include Bobby Moynihan (1977), Kenan Thompson (born May 1978), Andy Samberg (born August 1978), Casey Wilson (1980), Nasim Pedrad (1981), Jenny Slate (1982), and Abby Elliot (1987).
Hader has said he did impersonations of teachers and friends when he was growing up, but did not do impersonations of famous people until his Saturday Night Live audition. His Al Pacino impersonation came after watching the actor's Emmy acceptance speech for Angels in America. Hader's Vincent Price impersonation came from his love of Price's Edgar Allan Poe films, such as The Fall of the House of Usher. His Peter O'Toole impersonation came partly from O'Toole in My Favorite Year and Jack Lemmon's drunken Prince Hapnick from The Great Race.
Another one of Hader's more popular impersonations from Saturday Night Live is his impersonation of "disgraced former governor" Elliot Spitzer. Hader has also recently impersonated Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV's Jersey Shore, Pearl Jam's frontman Eddie Vedder and Dave Matthews.
Hader is known for his uncanny impression of Dateline NBC's Keith Morrison, parodying his reporting style of being overly interested in horrific tales of tragedy and/or murder and asking inane questions. Recently, Hader discovered that Morrison works in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where both Dateline and Saturday Night Live are filmed. Half in jest, on the March 30, 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he stated that he lived in fear of getting into the same elevator as Morrison in 30 Rock. Hader's favorite quote is "Oh Boy" which he uses in a few episodes of Saturday Night Live.
He first appeared alongside Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon in You, Me and Dupree. Since then he's had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's editor at E! in Knocked Up, the acid-taking mechanic Dave in Hot Rod (alongside SNL castmate Andy Samberg), a recumbent biker in The Brothers Solomon (which featured SNL castmate Will Forte in one of the film's co-leading roles) and, most famously, as Officer Slater in the Judd Apatow produced Superbad. His role in Superbad helped boost his public awareness and allowed him to appear on mainstream programs like Total Request Live, The Tonight Show, and MTV's Video Music Awards.
Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express (with Seth Rogen). He appeared alongside Ben Stiller, Brandon T. Jackson, Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr., Matthew McConaughey, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise, and Nick Nolte in Tropic Thunder.
In addition to these films, Hader has made several short films, including Back in the Day, Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting, and The Jeannie Tate Show with SNL writer Liz Cackowski and wife Maggie Carey.
Hader lent his voice to the critically acclaimed 2009 Sony Pictures Animation film Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, playing the lead role of Flint Lockwood. He voiced a gazelle in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Hader was a creative consultant on the 12th season of South Park. He is now a producer on the 13th season, which premiered March 11, 2009.. Hader is among the series producers to win the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Animated Series.
Hader voiced an array of different characters on the second season of the adult swim show Xavier: Renegade Angel.
Hader and SNL castmate Seth Meyers penned a Spider-Man one-shot, "The Short Halloween", the title of which is a reference to the Batman story arc The Long Halloween. It was drawn by Kevin Maguire and came out May 29, 2009 to positive reviews.
Hader appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show impersonating the recurring character James Quall on the episode "Jazz."
|1998||Cube Jacked City||The Sarge||Chocolate Thunder Productions||By J.J. Kocholek|
|1999||Cube Jacked City 2||The Sarge||Chocolate Thunder Productions||By J.J. Kocholek|
|2004||Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting||Barnaby G. Price||Short film, also writer|
|2005||Jenny Clone||Father||Short film|
|2006||You, Me and Dupree||Mark|
|Doogal||Soldier Sam (voice)|
|The Pity Card||Dick||Short film|
|The Brothers Solomon||Recumbent Biker|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Brian Bretter|
|Pineapple Express||Private Greg B. Miller|
|Tropic Thunder||Rob Slolom|
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||George Armstrong Custer|
|Year One||The Shaman|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Gazelle (voice)|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Flint Lockwood (voice)||First starring role|
|2010||Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil||Hansel (voice)||completed|