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William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, producer and writer. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has received three Emmy nominations, South Park (2009–present), and his parody series Documentary Now! (2015–present).
He is also known for his supporting work in comedy films, such as You, Me and Dupree (2006), Hot Rod (2007), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Paul (2011), Men in Black 3 (2012), and Maggie's Plan (2015). He has also had lead voice roles in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Inside Out (2015), and The Angry Birds Movie (2016) as well as lead roles in the dramedy The Skeleton Twins (2014) and the romantic comedy Trainwreck (2015). He has performed voice roles in Pixar films, including Inside Out, Monsters University, and Finding Dory.Contents
Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Sherri Renee (née Patton) and William Thomas Hader. His father owned an air-freight company and worked as a restaurant manager, a truck driver and occasionally a stand-up comedian; his mother was a dance teacher. He has two younger sisters, Katie and Kara. His ancestry includes German, Danish, Irish, and English; his surname originates in Germany.
Hader attended Patrick Henry Elementary School, Edison Junior High, and Cascia Hall Preparatory School. He had "a hard time focusing on class," and was always "joking around." Though he was not hated by classmates, he felt he never truly fit in, and filled his time with watching movies and reading. He appreciated Monty Python, British comedy, and the films of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, many of which he was introduced to through his father. He made short films with friends, and starred in a school play of The Glass Menagerie.
He was unable to gain admission to top film schools because of his "abysmal" grades, so he instead enrolled at The Art Institute of Phoenix, and later Scottsdale Community College. He worked as an usher at a movie theater in nearby Tempe, which allowed him to see films for free. He was fired for spoiling the ending of Titanic to noisy patrons. At Scottsdale, he met Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of Paper Heart.Career Early career
Hader's aspirations of becoming a filmmaker eventually led him to drop out of college and move to Los Angeles in 1999. His parents were supportive of his decision to move, and Hader used the money they had saved for college to live on when he arrived in Los Angeles. He found work as a production assistant (PA) while scouring the back pages of The Hollywood Reporter, and he hoped to advance far enough to become an assistant director. He spent much of his young adulthood "lonely and underemployed," filling large amounts of spare time with movie marathons. He regularly worked 18-hour days as a PA, having little time to pursue his creative ambitions. He worked as a PA on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy; the feature films James Dean, Spider-Man, and Collateral Damage; as well as a post-production assistant on VH1 television's The Surreal Life. Hader briefly worked as a PA and stage manager on Playboy TV's Night Calls; he quit, as he feared it would disappoint his parents. He quit being a PA after a bad experience shooting The Scorpion King.
He subsequently secured a job working as a nighttime assistant editor at post-production facility Triage Entertainment. He invested money into his own short film, but was too embarrassed to release it. Shortly thereafter, a longtime girlfriend and he broke up. Desperate for a change, he began attending comedy classes with friends at improvisational comedy enterprise the Second City in March 2003. It soon became a creative outlet, and he formed a comedy group named Animals from the Future, alongside Matt Offerman. The group performed backyard shows in Van Nuys. Offerman's brother, the actor Nick Offerman, told his wife, Megan Mullally, about the group. Mullally invited Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live (SNL), to come to Los Angeles and see a performance. The group later flew to New York to perform once more for a group of SNL producers. As a result of the audition, Hader got an agent and manager. Prior to his audition, he was nervous and struggled to highlight his strengths. Just before he was discovered for SNL, Hader was working as an assistant editor on Iron Chef America.Saturday Night Live
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 JetBlue Airways Flight 292. He felt he had gone from "preschool to Harvard." He became the "impressions guy," hoping to fill a utility-player role "like his hero Phil Hartman". Hader has said that he performed 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 list of impressions includes Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches, Harvey Fierstein, Charlie Rose, Al Pacino, Brian Grazer, Rick Perry, John Malkovich, Seth Rogen, James Carville, Steven Van Zandt (as Silvio Dante), Julian Assange, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, and Charlie Sheen. On July 19, 2012, Hader received his first nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on SNL. He is the first male SNL cast member to receive this nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984.
Despite this, Hader suffered from anxiety and sleep problems during his tenure at the program. He never felt "truly comfortable" throughout his first four seasons. He was insecure that he had less comedy experience than his peers. He would often not sleep on Fridays before the show, and would feel light-headed prior to broadcasts. He was neurotic regarding his performances; Hader called his early performances "rigid". On one occasion, he began having a panic attack, live, while impersonating Assange. It was the final episode of 2010, and Hader remembered it: "It felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe, I started sweating. I thought, This is not good — abort! abort!" Michaels tried to put him at ease by remarking to him, "You can work here as long as you want," after one show hosted by Seth Rogen.
Hader decided to leave SNL after eight seasons, telling cast and crew in May 14, 2013. He came to the conclusion that he needed to leave when his wife and he were constantly having to travel to Los Angeles for work, which made it difficult for their children. Working on the program had become difficult upon the birth of his first daughter, and even more so when his second child arrived. His final episode was on May 18, 2013. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," he told reporters. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'" On October 11, 2014, Hader returned as host with musical guest Hozier.
Among the characters Hader played was Stefon, Weekend Update's flamboyant New York City correspondent, whose recommendations consist solely of bizarre nightclubs involving nightmarish characters. Stefon is in love with and married to Seth Meyers. He was originally a one-shot character on a season-34 sketch where a screenwriter named David Zolesky (played by Ben Affleck) invites his estranged brother Stefon over to pitch a family-friendly sports drama about a college student who bonds with his grandfather so he can try out for the college football team. He is based on two people SNL writer John Mulaney and Hader met: a wannabe club owner who always invited Mulaney to weird underground clubs and a barista Hader met who looks, speaks, and dresses like Stefon.Film roles
After his film debut You, Me and Dupree, Hader had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's character'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.
In 2008, Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express. He also starred alongside Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Hader has teamed up with director Greg Mottola for three feature films: Superbad, Adventureland and Paul.
He made a small appearance in the 2009 film Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera. Hader lent his voice to the critically acclaimed 2009 Sony Pictures Animation film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as its sequel, playing the lead role of Flint Lockwood as well as his invention in the films, the FLDSMDFR. He voiced a gazelle in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Hader appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Major General George Armstrong Custer. In April 2009, Hader was a part of Vanity Fair's list of "Comedy's New Legends".
He provided a voiceover in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He portrayed "The Voice", the disembodied voice that pops up during certain moments of the film's video game-inspired fight scenes. He also had a small cameo as the voice of the USS Vengeance computer in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. Hader starred in a dramatic role in the 2014 film The Skeleton Twins, opposite Kristen Wiig, with whom he worked on Saturday Night Live. The film won for 'Best Screenplay' at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Hader voiced the character of Fear in the critically acclaimed Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out, and was attached to voice a dinosaur in the Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. However, Hader, alongside John Lithgow, Lucas Neff, Neil Patrick Harris and Judy Greer, left the project after their characters were re-designed.
Most recently, Hader had his first romantic-comedy leading man role opposite Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015) and as a former college boyfriend to Greta Gerwig's title character, Maggie's, now stable married best friend in Maggie's Plan (2015). Hader voiced Alpha 5 in the 2017 film version of Power Rangers.Other work
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 has been a creative consultant and producer on South Park since the show's 12th season. His involvement in the series stems from his friendship with Matt Stone; the two held a similar sense of humor and Hader began going on writers' retreats with the staff. He began working on the program hoping to learn story structure. Hader is among the series producers to win the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Animated Series. He also appeared on the commentary recorded for the 2009 Blu-ray edition of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and the Comedy Central special 6 Days to Air, a documentary filmed during production of the 2011 South Park episode "HumancentiPad." Hader rejoined the writing staff for South Park for its 17th season. Hader won a Peabody Award for his participation in Saturday Night Live Political Satire, 2008. He has also been on the MTV show Punk'd. 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-off entitled The Short Halloween. It was illustrated by Kevin Maguire and came out May 29, 2009. It was given three and a half out of five stars by Benjamin Birdie of Comic Book Resources.
Hader took on the voice role of Professor Impossible on the fourth season of The Venture Brothers, a part originated by Stephen Colbert. In the game Grand Theft Auto IV, he played Wilson Taylor, Sr., (on in-game radio show: Pacemaker). Hader appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show impersonating the recurring character James Quall on the episode "Jazz".
In July 2008, Hader starred in, and cowrote with Simon Rich, the web series The Line on Crackle. Hader lent his voice to the audiobook of Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. He voiced the Pod in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "IAMAPOD", as well as Hitler in the episode "Der Inflatable Fuhrer". Hader played Kevin, Matt Damon's copilot, in the live episode of 30 Rock, recorded October 14, 2010.
He hosted the 2011 and 2012 seasons of Essentials, Jr. on Turner Classic Movies. In the series premiere of The Mindy Project, he guest-starred as Mindy's ex-boyfriend. His character returned later in the first season. Hader voiced Dr. Malocchio in the original Hulu series The Awesomes.
In 2013, Hader replaced Robert Downey, Jr., as the voice of Mr. Peanut. He has a severe peanut allergy.
In 2015, Hader appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the captain of the 99th Precinct. Also in 2015, Hader reunited with fellow SNL alumnus Fred Armisen for the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now!, wherein he was an actor and a writer.
Drew McWeeny of HitFix reported in December 2015 that the voice of BB-8 was supplied by Hader and Ben Schwartz, both credited as "BB-8 vocal consultants" in the film. The voice was created by Abrams manipulating their voices through a talkbox, attached to an iPad running a sound-effects app. Hader also voiced multiple characters in YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading's parodies of the Star Wars original trilogy.Personal life
In 2006, Hader married writer-director Maggie Carey. They have three daughters together: Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009, Harper, born July 28, 2012, and Hayley Clementine, born November 15, 2014.
In November 2017, it was announced that Hader and Carey were seeking a divorce.Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2005 Jenny Clone Father (voice) Short film 2006 You, Me and Dupree Mark 2006 Doogal Sam the Soldier (voice) 2006 The Pity Card Eric Short film 2007 Knocked Up Brent 2007 Hot Rod Dave 2007 Superbad Officer Slater 2007 The Brothers Solomon Recumbent Biker 2007 Purple Violets Bookstore Fan Uncredited cameo 2008 Pineapple Express Private Greg B. Miller 2008 Tropic Thunder Rob Slolom 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Brian Bretter 2009 Adventureland Bobby 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian George Armstrong Custer 2009 Year One The Shaman 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Gazelle (voice) 2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Flint Lockwood, FLDSMDFR (voices) 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World The Voice (voice) 2011 Paul Agent Haggard 2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Hansel (voice) 2012 Men in Black 3 Andy Warhol / Agent W 2012 This is 40 Man at Store Uncredited cameo 2013 Escape from Planet Earth Announcer (voice) Uncredited 2013 Monsters University Referee / Slug (voices) 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Computer of the USS Vengeance (voice) 2013 Turbo Guy Gagne (voice) 2013 The To Do List Willy Mclean 2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Stuart 2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Flint Lockwood, FLDSMDFR (voices) 2013 Her Chat Room Friend #2 (voice) 2014 The Skeleton Twins Milo 2014 They Came Together Kyle 2014 Steve's First Bath and Attack of the 50-Foot Gummi Bear Flint Lockwood (voice) Short films 2014 22 Jump Street Culinary School Villain Uncredited cameo 2015 Accidental Love Doctor Turnstall 2015 Trainwreck Aaron Conners 2015 Inside Out Fear (voice) Also wrote additional dialogue 2015 Maggie's Plan Tony 2015 Riley's First Date? Fear, Jordan's Joy (voices) Short film 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Vocal consultant for BB-8 2016 Sausage Party Firewater / Tequila / El Guaco (voices) 2016 The Angry Birds Movie Leonard (voice) 2016 The BFG The Bloodbottler 2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Zippy 2016 Finding Dory Stan (voice) Cameo 2017 Power Rangers Alpha 5 (voice and motion capture) 2018 Smallfoot TBA (voice) In production 2019 Noelle Filming Television Year Title Role Notes 2005–2013 Saturday Night Live Various roles 160 episodes; also writer 2006 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Announcer / Vincent Price (voices) Episode: "The Skeleton Show" 2008–2017 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 7 episodes; also writer 2008–present South Park Various voices 8 episodes; also writer and producer 2008 Human Giant Himself / Little Kevin 4 episodes 2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show James Quall Episode: "Jazz" 2009 Xavier: Renegade Angel Pavlov / Priest (voices) 2 episodes 2009–2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Der Inflatable Hitler / The Pod (voices) 2 episodes 2010 Ugly Americans William Dyer (voice) Episode: "An American Werewolf in America" 2010 30 Rock Kevin Episode: "Live Show" 2010 Freaknik: The Musical Tad (voice) Television film 2010–2013 The Venture Bros. Professor Impossible / Alien villain / Phage (voices) 7 episodes 2011 Funny or Die Presents Athletic Trainer 4 episodes 2011 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park Himself Interviews and behind the scene footage. 2012–2014 Bob's Burgers Mickey / Big Bob (voices) 7 episodes 2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Tad McMilrthy Episode: "Comic-Con-Flict" 2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 Julian Assange Television Special 2012–2014 The Mindy Project Tom 5 episodes 2013 Portlandia Birdman Episode: "Blackout" 2013 The Simpsons Slava (voice) Episode: "The Fabulous Faker Boy" 2013 The Office Himself Episode: "Finale" 2013 Drunk History John Pemberton Episode: "Atlanta" 2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself / President of Hollywood Television special 2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers" 2013 Clear History Rags Television film 2013 Arcade Fire in Here Comes The Night Time Captain Bill Television special 2013–2015 The Awesomes Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio (voice) 22 episodes 2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Bill Hader/Hozier" 2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Whoopee 2 (voice) Episode: "Whoopee 2: The Wrath of Whoopee 2" 2015 Man Seeking Woman Adolf Hitler Episode: "Lizard" 2015 Inside Amy Schumer Cliffley Bennett / Doug Episode: "I'm Sorry" 2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Captain Seth Dozerman Episode: "New Captain" 2015–present Documentary Now! Various roles 14 episodes; also co-creator, writer and executive producer 2016 Silicon Valley Pipey (voice) Episode: "Daily Active Users" 2018 Barry Barry Also executive producer Video games Year Title Voice role 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Wilson Taylor Sr. 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian George Armstrong Custer 2014 South Park: The Stick of Truth Various Music videos Year Title Role Artist 1998 "Go Deep" Pizza Guy Janet Jackson 2009 "Like a Boss" Parking Lot Guy Lonely Island Awards and nominations Year Award Category Work Result 2009 Gotham Award Best Ensemble Cast Adventureland Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program South Park for "Margaritaville" Won 2011 South Park for "Crack Baby Athletic Association" Nominated 2012 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated 2013 Nominated 2014 American Comedy Award Best Comedy Supporting Actor – TV Won Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program South Park for "Black Friday" Nominated Gotham Award Best Actor The Skeleton Twins Nominated Women Film Critics Circle Award Best On-Screen Couple Won 2015 MTV Movie Award Best Musical Moment Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated Outstanding Animated Program South Park for "Freemium Isn't Free " Nominated 2016 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actor in a Comedy Trainwreck Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Documentary Now! Nominated 2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Documentary Now! Nominated References