Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966) is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared as a series regular in television sitcoms The Drew Carey Show, American Housewife, and Outsourced, along with notable recurring roles in Better Things and Veep. His film credits include The Beverly Hillbillies, Office Space, EuroTrip and Napoleon Dynamite. He is also an accomplished voice actor for multiple animated series; some of his roles include Bruce Wayne / Batman on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Harley Quinn, and JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, and Judah Mannowdog in Bojack Horseman. His other voice roles include the android Zeta in The Zeta Project, Warp Darkmatter/Agent Z in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the Fiskerton Phantom in The Secret Saturdays and his recurring role as Hoss Delgado in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
Karl Diedrich Bader
December 24, 1966
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina School of the Arts|
|Relatives||Edward L. Bader (great-grandfather)|
Karl Diedrich Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on Christmas Eve, 1966, the son of Gretta Bader (née Margaret Marie Lange; 1931–2014), a sculptor, and William B. Bader (1931–2016), a foundation executive and political activist. His patrilineal great-grandfather was Edward L. Bader, who served as the mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
When Bader was two years old, his family moved to Paris, but he returned to the U.S. to attend Groveton High School. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
After a few guest roles on popular television series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, Diagnosis: Murder and Cheers, Bader's first major role was in the 1993 series Danger Theatre, playing The Searcher. He moved into cinema acting for the 1993 film version of The Beverly Hillbillies, but returned to TV, playing Oswald on The Drew Carey Show starting in 1995. He appeared in the 1999 film Office Space as Peter's neighbor Lawrence, and in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite as Rex, the owner of a Taekwondo dojang. He performs in the 2004 film Eurotrip as a thief. In 2010, Bader took the role of Charlie on the television series Outsourced.
As a voice actor, he has voiced various characters in animated features, television series and video games, such as Ice Age, The Simpsons, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, South Park and The Penguins of Madagascar. In 2012, he reprised his role as Rex in the animated TV series Napoleon Dynamite. He played the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri in Disney's Space Buddies. Bader has lent his voice to several different Batman cartoons, portraying both heroes and villains: Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, The Batman, and starring as the title character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Bader also voices Guy Gardner in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
In 2016, Bader starred in the "It's the Obvious Choice" series of Time Warner Cable television commercials and starred as Greg Otto in ABC sitcom American Housewife from 2016 to 2021. From 2014 to 2019, Bader had a recurring role on HBO sitcom Veep. Since 2016, Bader has had a recurring role as best friend, Rich, on Better Things.
|1988||Desert Rats||Mort||Television film|
|1989||The Preppie Murder||Peter||Television film|
|1990||Arduous Man||Short film|
|1993||The Beverly Hillbillies||Jethro Bodine / Jethrine Bodine|
|1996||The Assassination File||Scott McDonough||Television film|
|2000||Couple Days... A Period Piece||Josh|
|2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Miramax Security Guard Gordon|
|2002||The Country Bears||Officer Cheets, Ted Bedderhead (voice)|||
|2003||Evil Alien Conquerors||My-ik|
|2004||Dead & Breakfast||Chef Henri|
|2005||Untitled Oakley & Weinstein Project||Lt. Peter Fontaine||Television film|
|2005||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Joel|
|2006||Cattle Call||Glenn Dale|
|2007||Cook Off!||Del Crawford|
|2007||Sunny & Share Love You||Mr. Jami|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Randy Daytona's Concubine Companion|
|2008||Skip Tracer||Parker Tuffey||Television film|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Traitoro|
|2009||Calvin Marshall||Fred Deerfield|
|2010||Vampires Suck||Frank Crane|
|2012||Atlas Shrugged: Part II||Quentin Daniels|
|2012||Sassy Pants||Dale Pinto|
|2013||The Starving Games||President Snowballs|
|2013||I Know That Voice||Himself||Documentary|
|2014||Muffin Top: A Love Story||Michael Nicholson|
|2015||All She Wishes||Patrick O'Dea|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Cameo