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"I was always self-conscious about the fact that I didn’t have as much comedy experience as other people at SNL, and I kept thinking they were going to realize they’d made a mistake by hiring me."

William Thomas "Bill" Hader, Jr. (born June 7, 1978), better known as Bill Hader, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his work on the variety show Saturday Night Live, his collaborations with Seth Rogen and Disney, being writer on South Park, and motion pictures like The Skeleton Twins and Trainwreck.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he attended Scottsdale Community College and joined the cast of SNL in 2005. He fulfilled the role of "the impressions master" during eight seasons and left the show in 2013.

His most recent work is a Mockumentary Genre Anthology series called Documentary Now! (2015–present). He's also in the titular leading role of the HBO original series Barry (2018).

From 2006 to 2018, he was married to director Maggie Carey, with whom he has three daughters.





Needless to say, these tropes have everything:

  • Actor Allusion: Bill Hader starred in Sausage Party where he said "Fuck me right." He also starred in Superbad where the line is also said (however it's Jonah Hill who says the line).
  • The Cast Showoff: In The Skeleton Twins, he lip-syncs to "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship.
  • Corpsing: He's famous for doing this on SNL, especially in the "Californians" and "Scared Straight" sketches, and as Stefon on "Weekend Update". John Mulaney would often change Hader's lines on the teleprompter at the last minute to get him to break character and laugh.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Bill's genuine reaction of fear is more of a nervous laugh. Rather appropriate for a comedian... but not so much when you're cast in a straight horror movie.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Fans on Tumblr affectionately mock his frequent plaid shirts, tan pants, and New Balances.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices : Particularly when he's a voice actor his talent with voices shines through his live action performances.
  • Playing Against Type: Known as a versatile comedian, his role in the drama The Skeleton Twins shows even more range than before.
    • His role in It: Chapter Two which is a straightforward horror film (as in not a Horror Comedy).
    • Takes this even further with his show Barry, wherein he plays a depressed hitman with PTSD prone to the occasional bout of murderous rage.
  • Star-Making Role: Officer Slater in Superbad. Although he was known at the time as a cast member on SNL his role in this Judd Apatow film helped solidify him as a member of Seth Rogen's production posse and helped start a collaboration with director Greg Mottola. He gained further recognition with younger audiences with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • Those Two Actors: He has collaborated with Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen etc.

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