Bill Hader Biography

Bill Hader, the multi-talented American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, and writer, has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. With notable roles in popular shows like Documentary Now, South Park, and Saturday Night Live, Hader has earned four Emmy nominations. His comedic talent has also shone through in movies such as You, Me and Dupree, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Men in Black 3, and Maggie’s Plan. Additionally, his voice acting skills have been showcased in films like The Angry Birds Movie, Inside Out, and Chance of Meatballs. Hader’s immense popularity and widespread appreciation for his work have made him one of the most sought-after individuals in the industry. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hader’s journey to success was not without its challenges. Despite not fitting in during his younger years, he found solace in reading and watching movies. Hader pursued his passion by attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College. Today, he serves as an inspiration to aspiring talents worldwide.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: William Thomas Hader Jr.
  • Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Maggie Carey (m. 2006–2018)
    • Father: William Thomas Hader
    • Mother: Sherri Renee
    • Siblings: Katie and Kara
    • Children: Hannah Kathryn Hader, Harper Hader, Hayley Hader
  • Born Country: United States
  • Actors
  • Comedians
  • Height: 6’1″ (185 cm), 6’1″ Males
  • Ancestry: Danish American, German American, British American, Irish American
  • Notable Alumni: Scottsdale Community College
  • U.S. State: Oklahoma
  • City: Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Education: Scottsdale Community College

Early Career

In 1999, Bill Hader dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles. He began working as a production assistant and went on to work in the feature films Spider-Man, James Dean, and Collateral Damage. He also appeared in the documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy in 2004. He then served as a post-production assistant in the reality TV series The Surreal Life. Hader subsequently got the job of an assistant editor at Triage Entertainment.

He eventually became interested in comedy and formed a sketch comedy group along with Matt Offerman, Mel Cowan, and Eric Filipkowski. Their group Animals from the Future began performing at backyard shows in Van Nuys. After this, Hader started serving as an assistant editor in the American cooking show, Iron Chef America.

As a Film & Television Actor

In 2005, while working on Iron Chef America, Hader was hired as a featured player on Saturday Night Live. The following year, he made his film debut in the comedy You, Me and Dupree. Soon after this, he played a wide variety of roles in movies, including Knocked Up, The Brothers Solomon, Hot Rod and Superbad. Then in 2008, Hader did the films Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The same year, he appeared in four episodes of the comedy show Human Giant.

In 2009, Hader had voice roles in Xavier: Renegade Angel and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The same year, he also teamed up with other famous actors in movies like Adventureland, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Year One, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Hader next provided a voiceover in the 2010 flick Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and also began serving as a voice artist in The Venture Bros. Soon after this, he appeared as an athletic trainer in Funny or Die Presents.

From 2012 to 2014, the actor contributed to Bob’s Burgers and The Mindy Project. During this time, he also appeared in the films Men in Black 3 and The Skeleton Twins. Also in 2013, he began voicing Giuseppe Malocchio in the animated comedy series The Awesomes. Then in 2015, Hader had his first ever leading man role in the romantic-comedy movie Trainwreck. The same year, he lent his voice to the character of Fear in the Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out. He then did voice work for The Angry Birds Movie, Finding Dory, and Power Rangers. In 2018, Bill Hader hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.

Other Works

Till date, Bill Hader has made numerous short films, including Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the String, The Jeannie Tate Show, and Back in the Day. He has been serving as a creative consultant as well as a producer for the sitcom South Park since its 12th season. He has also been on MTV’s Punk’d. The American artist has voiced an array of characters on the second season of Xavier: Renegade Angel. He once co-penned a Spider-Man one-off titled The Short Halloween.

In July 2008, Hader starred in the web series The Line on Crackle that he also co-wrote. He did voice work for the audiobook of the famous author Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy Shipmates. On October 14, 2010, he played Kevin in the live episode of 30 Rock. Hader hosted the 2011 and 2012 seasons of TCM’s Essentials, Jr.

In 2013, he signed a contract with the snack food company, Planters, and replaced actor/singer Robert Downey, Jr. as Mr. Peanut. Two years later, he appeared as the captain of the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That year, he also began working on IFC’s mockumentary series Documentary Now. He has also done voice work for the YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading. In 2018, Hader created and began appearing in the series Barry.

Personal Life

Bill Hader was born on June 7, 1978, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the USA to Sherri Renee, a dance teacher, and William Thomas Hader, a truck driver, restaurant manager, and occasional stand-up comedian. He has two younger sisters, Kara and Katie.

Hader studied at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, and Edison Junior High. He later enrolled at The Art Institute of Phoenix and then went on to attend Scottsdale Community College.

Coming to his love life, the actor got married to fellow writer-director Maggie Carey in 2006. The couple had three daughters, Hannah Kathryn, Harper, and Hayley Clementine. Hader and Carey parted ways in 2017, and their divorce was finalized in March 2018. In 2019, he started a relationship with Rachel Bilson, and attended the 77th Golden Globe Awards with her. After ending the relationship in 2020, Bill Hader started dating Anna Kendrick.

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