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Bill Hader - Biography


Comedian and SNL star Bill Hader
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June 7, 1978

Bill Hader Overview:

Comedian and chameleon-like impressionist doesn't create characters on the late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live as much as he disappears into them. A cast member on the show since 2005, Hader quickly became a utility player (much like Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond before him) while still finding a way to take center stage with popular characters like "Stefon," the New York club kid who has become a fixture of the "Weekend Update" segment. After quickly rising to stardom on the show, Hader also became an in-demand character actor in a number of Hollywood's biggest comedies and is a key member of director Judd Apatow's repertory ensemble.

Quick Bill Hader Facts:

  • Bill Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • He performed with both Second City and ImprovOlympic in Los Angeles.
  • Hader was hired as a "featured performer" on Saturday Night Live in 2005 (alongside Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig) and was promoted to full cast member one year later in the show's 32nd season.
  • He has appeared in a number of feature films, including Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Year One and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
  • In 2012, Hader received a Supporting Actor Emmy nomination for his work on SNL, making him the first cast member to be nominated in the category since Eddie Murphy in 1983.
  • In May 2013, Hader announced he was leaving SNL at the end of its 38th season.

Bill Hader 'SNL' Characters:

  • "Stefon" - A frequent guest on "Weekend Update," Stefon is a New York club kid who advises viewers on all of the city's hottest nightspots.
  • "Herb Welch" - Cantankerous old news correspondent known for smacking his interview subjects in the face with his microphone.
  • "Vinny Vedecci" - Fast-talking (and Italian speaking) host of an Italian talk show.
  • "Vincent Price" - Hader impersonates the famous monster movie actor in a series of televised specials set during the 1960s.
  • "Keith Morrison" - Hader impersonates the Dateline host and makes his trademark "Ohhhh?" and "Yessss" especially odd and creepy.
  • "Lindsay Buckingham" - Fleetwood Mac guitarist who never gets to speak during the "What's Up With That?" sketches.
  • Elliot Spitzer" - Hader impersonates the former governor of New York.

Additional Bill Hader Facts:

  • Bill Hader was a writer, consultant and producer on the animated series South Park, and actually shared the show's 2009 Emmy win for Best Animated Series.
  • He won a 2008 Peabody Award for his political satire work on Saturday Night Live.
  • Vanity Fair named Bill Hader one of "Comedy's New Legends" in 2009.
  • He has performed voiceover work for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Xavier: Renegade Angel, The Venture Brothers and the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, as wella s feature films like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the main character in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
  • Hader and Saturday Night Live cast mate Seth Meyers wrote their own Spider-Man comic book in 2009.
  • His father would sometimes perform stand-up when Hader was growing up in Tulsa.
  • Before being discovered by Saturday Night Live, Hader worked as a production assistant on movies like The Scorpion King, Collateral Damage and
  • He was a member of the four-person improvisational sketch comedy group Animals from the Future.
  • Hader was "discovered" and recommended to SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels by Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally.
  • In addition to his impressions of Keith Morrison and Vincent Price, Hader has regularly performed impressions of Alan Alda, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole, Dave Matthews, Dr. Oz, James Carville and one-time presidential hopeful Rick Perry.
  • An avid movie buff and obsessive fan of pop culture, Hader hosted and curated the 2011 "Essentials Jr." series on Turner Classic Movies.
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