Bill Hader is featured in Season 3, Episode 4: Tragedy + Time = Comedy, which airs Tuesday, January 26 at 8PM EST (check local listings).
Actor, writer, comedian, and producer Bill Hader has become one of the most sought after comedy minds in Hollywood. In 2013, Hader finished production of his eighth and final season as a regular cast member on NBC’s venerable comedy institution Saturday Night Live. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hader made an early splash on “SNL” in 2005 with his uncanny impressions including, most notably, Al Pacino and Vincent Price. Heralded by New York Magazine as, “SNL’s new secret weapon, Hader boasted impersonations and sarcasm delivered with eviscerating deftness.” In 2012, Hader received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show. In 2013 he was again nominated for an Emmy in the same category.
Hader had a full slate of film work in the summer of 2007 that began with a role in Judd Apatow’s box-office hit and critically-acclaimed Knocked Up which grossed over $219 million worldwide. Hader immediately followed this up with a performance in another Apatow release as a wayward policeman opposite Seth Rogen in Superbad for Columbia Pictures which grossed over $169 million worldwide.
Hader found great success in 2008 with his role as Jason Segel’s compassionate and hilarious step-brother in the box-office surprise hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hader also made a memorable cameo role in the summer action/comedy Pineapple Express. Later that year, Hader appeared in the summer blockbuster comedy Tropic Thunder as the insecure studio executive Rob Slolom who has to contend with the antics of Tom Cruise’s crazed studio head character, Les Grossman. Nominated Best Comedy for the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards, the film was directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film. Tropic Thunder opened #1 at the box office for two weeks in a row and earned over $188 million worldwide. Hader was joined by Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey to earn Best Ensemble Cast by the 2008 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
In 2009, Hader reunited with Ben Stiller for the worldwide hit, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film generated over $413 million worldwide. He also appeared in Miramax’s Adventureland, reuniting Hader with his Superbad director, Greg Mottola and SNL cast mate, Kristin Wiig. Hader also won an Emmy Award in 2009 for his work as a producer on Comedy Central’s South Park. Hader released Paul in 2011, another Mottola-directed film in which he appeared alongside a star-studded cast of Jane Lynch, Simon Pegg, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Seth Rogen, who voices the title character, an alien named Paul.
In 2012, Hader co-starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Sony Pictures’ Men in Black 3, which has grossed over $624 million worldwide.
Hader has also voiced several animated characters such as Flint Lockwood in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which earned Best Animated Feature nominations for the Golden Globes, the Annie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Satellite Awards. In 2013, Hader returned as Lockwood for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 which has grossed over $274 million worldwide. Other voiceover films include: Turbo, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Doogal, and Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil. Other film credits for Hader include “You, Me, and Dupree, Hot Rod, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
In 2013, Hader was seen in the CBS Films comedy The To Do List, written and directed by his wife, Maggie Carey, and co-starring Andy Samberg, Rachel Bilson, and Aubrey Plaza. Hader was also seen opposite Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and Michael Keaton in Clear History on HBO.
In 2014, Hader starred opposite Kristen Wiig and Ty Burrell in The Skeleton Twins, which was purchased by Lionsgate at The Sundance Film Festival and currently boasts an 87% on RottenTomatoes.com. The film earned Hader a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor.
Last summer, Hader could be heard in Pixar’s Inside Out, which co-stars Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. Hader was also seen across Amy Schumer in Universal Pictures’ comedy, Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Trainwreck opened to rave reviews at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
In 2015, Hader lent his voice to Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and in May 2016, will be heard in Sony Picture’s Angry Birds, the animated adaption of the hit mobile video game. He most recently signed on to star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children classic, The BFG, slated to be released in 2016.
A Second City Los Angeles alum, Hader currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, filmmaker, Maggie Carey, and their two daughters.