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Patton Peter Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer, known for playing Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007), voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille (2007), starring opposite Charlize Theron in Young Adult (2011), and guest starring as the Koenigs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2017). He has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016).

Patton Oswalt
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Oswalt in 2017
Birth namePatton Peter Oswalt
Born (1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 50)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Alma materCollege of William & Mary
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, black comedy, surreal humor, insult comedy, sarcasm, satire, deadpan
Subject(s)Popular culture, current events, politics, religion
Michelle McNamara
(m. 2005; died 2016)

Relative(s)Matt Oswalt (brother)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Oswalt made his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch", appeared in the superhero film Blade: Trinity (2004), and starred in the comedy-drama film Big Fan (2009) and the series The Heart, She Holler (2011–2014). He currently narrates the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–present) as the adult Adam F. Goldberg, voiced male Jesse in the video game Minecraft: Story Mode, stars in the 2017 revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2017–present), and voiced the titular character in the crime-comedy series Happy! (2017–2019).


Early life

Oswalt was born January 27,[1][2] 1969,[3] in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Carla (née Runfola) and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer.[4] He was named after General George S. Patton.[5] He has one younger brother, Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer best known for writing and starring in the YouTube web series Puddin'. While he was a military brat, his family lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia.[6] He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He subsequently graduated from The College of William & Mary, where he majored in English,[7] and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.[8]


Oswalt began performing stand-up comedy on July 18, 1988.[9] After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows, his film debut coming in the 1996 military comedy film Down Periscope alongside Kelsey Grammer and his television debut in the Seinfeld episode “The Couch”.[10] His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens.[11] His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Academy Award-winning Pixar film Ratatouille.[10] He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia[10] and 22 Jump Street.

Oswalt wrote the comic book story "JLA: Welcome to the Working Week", a backup story in Batman #600; a story for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01 and a story for Masks: Too Hot for TV.[12] Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007.[13] He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.[14] In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. In 2008 Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[15]

In 2009, Oswalt played Paul Aufiero, the leading role in Robert D. Siegel's 2009 directorial debut, Big Fan. He was to star in a 2010 Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.[16] However, the show was postponed then eventually canceled due to Megan Mullally's departure from the production when the director denied her request to replace Oswalt due to his lack of stage experience.[17]

He starred in the Showtime drama The United States of Tara as Neil, an employee of Four Winds Landscaping.[18] He also provided the voice of Thrasher, a robot protagonist from the Cartoon Network show Robotomy.[19]

In 2010, Oswalt emceed for BookExpo America, promoting his then-upcoming book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland and introducing the evening's panelists: Christopher Hitchens, William Gibson, and Sara Gruen.[20] In 2011, Oswalt released Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.[21]

In November 2011, Oswalt played the role of Hurlan Heartshe in the surrealist comedy miniseries The Heart, She Holler on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Also in November 2011, Oswalt appeared in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.[10] In December 2011, Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult.[11] In 2012, he played Billy Stanhope, ex-best friend of Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half Men.[22]

As of September 2013, Oswalt narrates the TV series The Goldbergs.[23] He also had a recurring role as Constable Bob Sweeney in the fourth season of the FX series Justified.

Patton played the role of Agent Koenig on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He later appeared in separate episodes as brothers Eric and Billy Koenig. He continued to appear in the second season as Billy and a third brother named Sam. In season four, he also played a fourth brother, Thurston.

In January 2015, Oswalt's memoir Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film was published by Simon & Schuster. He also voiced the male version of Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode, which was released in October 2015.

In November 2015, Oswalt was announced to be playing "Max" in the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the son of Frank Conniff's character TV's Frank.[24][25]

Oswalt had a voice over role in science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You,[26] which was released in theaters on July 6, 2018.[27]

Oswalt replaced Louis C.K. in the 2019 film The Secret Life of Pets 2, as the voice of main character Max. In addition, he is set to reprise his role as Professor Dementor in the Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, a live action adaptation of the 2002-2007 animated series.

On April 15, 2019, Oswalt joined a host of other writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[28]

Stand-up comedy

Patton Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity, such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal, to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up. On February 28, 2009, Oswalt recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.[29]

In November 2009, an animated video of Patton's take on New Song's Christmas Shoes was posted on YouTube.[30] The track isn't found on any albums. The audio is claimed to be recorded at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC.[31]

Oswalt's album, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, was released on September 19, 2011. The extended and uncensored DVD of this special was released in April 2012, a few days after its television premiere on Comedy Central.[32][33]

Oswalt's comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was to be released on January 16, 2014 via online movie streaming website Epix, but was pushed back by the company for unknown reasons.[34] However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6, 2014 and became available for purchase on April 8, 2014 in both DVD and CD format.[35]

Oswalt's comedy special Talking for Clapping was released on Netflix on April 22, 2016. For the album, Oswalt received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.[36]

Oswalt's comedy special Annihilation was released on Netflix on October 17, 2017.

Personal life

Oswalt married true crime writer[37] and journalist Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005. They had one daughter together, born in April 2009.[38]

On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in the family's Los Angeles, California, home. Her death was attributed to a combination of a previously undiagnosed heart condition and complications from ingested medications (Adderall, Xanax, and Fentanyl).[39] The season-three finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory. On August 1, 2016, Oswalt announced that he had been working to complete McNamara's nonfiction book on the Golden State Killer, which was left unfinished at the time of her death.[40] In September 2017, Oswalt announced that the book, titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was scheduled for release on February 27, 2018, and was subsequently available for preorders.[41] Less than two months after the book's release, on April 25, 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced they had made an arrest in the Golden State Killer case. Oswalt posted a brief video to Instagram, saying: "I think you got him, Michelle."[42] He also posted on Twitter that same day, saying that he hoped to visit the suspect if he was indeed the Golden State Killer, "not to gloat or gawk - to ask him the questions that [McNamara] wanted answered in her 'Letter To An Old Man'" at the end of her book.[43]

He was confirmed to be engaged to actress Meredith Salenger in July 2017.[44] They were married in November 2017.[45][46]

In 2013, he teamed up with PETA and spoke out against chaining pet dogs, and sent a letter to the mayor and members of the city council of Newport News, Virginia, urging them to ban the practice.[47]

Oswalt is an outspoken atheist[48] and has referred to his atheism in his comedy specials: No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kinda Patton, My Weakness Is Strong, and Finest Hour.

Oswalt's influences include Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor,[49] Emo Philips, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin,[50][51] and Louis C.K.[51]



Year Title Label Chart positions[52]
Top 200 US Comedy US Digital US Indie US Heat
2003 222 Chunklet Magazine
2004 Feelin' Kinda Patton United Musicians
2007 Werewolves and Lollipops Sub Pop 137 1 18 4
2009 My Weakness Is Strong Warner Bros. 67 1 5
2011 Finest Hour Comedy Central Records 71 1 12
2014 Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Comedy Central Records 54 1 19 9
2016 Talking for Clapping A Special Thing Records 6
2017 Annihilation Netflix


Compilation album appearances



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Down Periscope Stingray Radioman
1999 Man on the Moon Blue Collar Guy
Magnolia Delmer Darion
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Auteur No. 1
2001 Zoolander Monkey Photographer
2002 ZigZag Shelly
2003 Run Ronnie Run Dozer
Calendar Girls Larry
2004 Taxi Impound Cop
Blade: Trinity Hedges
Starsky and Hutch Disco DJ
Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2[59] Himself Direct-to-video
See This Movie Felix
2005 The Comedians of Comedy Himself Documentary; also executive producer
Cake Boy Cake Pervert
2006 Failure to Launch Techie Guy
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Jeff Spoder
Ratatouille Remy (voice) Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Tommy (voice)
Balls of Fury The Hammer
Sex and Death 101 Fred
Your Friend the Rat Remy (voice) Short film
2008 Super High Me Himself Documentary
All Roads Lead Home Milo
2009 Observe and Report Roger
Big Fan Paul Aufiero Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
The Informant! Ed Herbst
Al's Brain Co-Worker Short film
2010 Blood into Wine Himself Documentary
Beautiful Darling Andy Warhol, Truman Capote (voices) Documentary
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Larry Juston
Young Adult Matt Freehauf New York Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Chairman's Vanguard Award (shared with ensemble)[60]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award[61]
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[62]
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Roache
Nature Calls Randy
2013 Odd Thomas Ozzie P. Boone
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Todd Maher
2014 Jason Nash Is Married Producer
22 Jump Street MC State History Professor Uncredited cameo
Mune: Guardian of the Moon Mox (voice) English dub
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III Chief Also co-producer
Old/New Narrator (voice) Short film
Freaks of Nature Stuart Miller
The Loneliest Stoplight Narrator (voice) Short film
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Merv Griffin
Space Cop Space Police Chief
Nerdland Elliot (voice)
The Confirmation Drake
Keeping Up with the Joneses Scorpion
2017 The Circle Tom Stenton
Please Stand By Officer Frank
2018 Nostalgia Peter
Sorry to Bother You Mr. Blank's White Voice (voice)
Unlovable N/A Associate producer
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Atom (voice)
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Max (voice) Replacing Louis C.K.
Super Gidget


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Video Store Clerk Episode: "The Couch"
1995–1997 MADtv Crip in Wheelchair 1 episode; also writer
1996 NewsRadio Guy Episode: "The Trainer"
1996, 1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Famous Mortimer, Man in Restaurant 2 episodes
1997 The Weird Al Show Seymour Episode: "Bad Influence"
HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour Himself Stand-up special
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Patton (voice) 2 episodes
Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho Various Television special
1998–2007 The King of Queens Spence Olchin 122 episodes
1999 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2000 Batman Beyond Eldon Michaels (voice) Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
Super Nerds Leslie Pilot
2000–2004 Static Shock Specs / Spectral (voice) 3 episodes
2002 The Man Show Weepum Buzzkillus Uncredited; episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
Home Movies Helmet (voice) Episode: "Renaissance"
2002–2003 Crank Yankers Boomer (voice) 4 episodes
2003–2006 Aqua Teen Hunger Force DP, Skeeter, Ezekial (voices) 3 episodes
2003–2007 Kim Possible Professor Dementor (voice) 10 episodes
2004 The Fairly OddParents Crimson Chin Writer Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"
Tom Goes to the Mayor Zynx (voice) Episode: "Pioneer Island"
2004–2009 Reno 911! Various 10 episodes
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Carter Bogie Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2006 Clark and Michael Realtor 1 episode
Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Roaster Television special
Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain Himself Stand-up special
Squidbillies Shecky Chucklestein (voice) Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"
The Amazing Screw-On Head Mr. Groin (voice) Pilot
2006–2007 The Batman Cosmo Krank / Toymaker, Marty Slack (voices) 2 episodes
2007 Human Giant Various 3 episodes; also consultant writer
SpongeBob SquarePants Jim (voice) Episode: "The Original Fry Cook"
Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav Roaster Television special
Reaper Leon Episode: "Leon"
2007–2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Joshua Beard, Beaver Boys Doctor 3 episodes
2007–2016 American Dad! Various Voices 3 episodes
2007–2017 WordGirl Theodore "Tobey" McCalister III, Robot, Various Voices 36 episodes
2008 Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Himself 6 episodes
2009 Flight of the Conchords Elton John Impersonator Episode: "Prime Minister"
The Venture Bros. Wonderboy (voice) Episode: "Self-Medication"
Dollhouse Joel Mynor 2 episodes
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2009–2010 Community Nurse Jackie 2 episodes
2009–2011 United States of Tara Neil 21 episodes
Bored to Death Howard Baker 4 episodes
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Vincent Van Guy Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"
Neighbors from Hell Pazuzu (voice) 10 episodes
Caprica Baxter Sarno 6 episodes
Glenn Martin, DDS Volunteer Center Guy (voice) Episode: "Volunteers"
2010–2011 Robotomy Thrasher (voice) 10 episodes
2011 Futurama Unattractive Giant Monster (voice) Episode: "Benderama"
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Steven Drears Episode: "House on the Lake"
Little Mosque on the Prairie Florist with Tourette's Syndrome Deleted scenes
Episode: "An Arranged Marriage"
Raising Hope Rubin Episode: "Bro-gurt"
Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2011–2014 The Heart, She Holler Hurlan 28 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Clyde the Pac Man Ghost (voice) Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
Bob's Burgers Moody Foodie (voice) Episode: "Moody Foodie"
Metalocalypse Dr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul, Klokateer (voices) 2 episodes
Burn Notice Calvin Schmidt 3 episodes
2012–2013 Two and a Half Men Billy Stanhope 5 episodes
2012, 2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 2 episodes
2012, 2017 The Simpsons T-Rex, Bart's Guilt (voices) 2 episodes
2013 Portlandia Thor83 2 episodes
Parks and Recreation Garth Blundin Episode: "Article Two"
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Yo Gabba Gabba! Croackey (voice) Episode: "Dinosaur"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fire Marshall Boone 2 episodes
2013–2015 Axe Cop Sockarang (voice) 12 episodes
Justified Constable Bob Sweeney 6 episodes
2013–present The Goldbergs Adult Adam F. Goldberg (voice) 121 episodes
2014 29th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: "How Would You Kill Superman?"
Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time Himself Stand-up special
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Comedy Special of the Year
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
2014–2017 Doc McStuffins Count Clarence the Magnificent (voice) 4 episodes
2014 Mighty Med Ed, The Exterminator (voices) 2 episodes
Modern Family Ducky Episode: "Las Vegas"
Gravity Falls Franz (voice) Episode: "The Golf War"
2014–2016 Drunk History Charles Sumner, Mac Brazel, Explosives Expert 3 episodes
2014–2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eric, Billy, Sam and Thurston Koenig[63] 8 episodes
BoJack Horseman Pinky Penguin, Various Voices 11 episodes
2015 Battle Creek Mayor Hardy Episode: "Cereal Killer"
Maron Himself Episode: "Anti-Depressed"
Rick and Morty Beta Seven (voice) Episode: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Francisco (voice) Episode: "Luck"
2015–2018 Pickle and Peanut Papa 4 episodes
2015–2019 Veep Teddy Sykes 11 episodes
2015–present We Bare Bears Nom Nom (voice) 11 episodes
2016 Archer Alan Shapiro (voice) 6 episodes
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Himself Stand-up special
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
Inside Amy Schumer AMZ Host Episode: "Madame President"
Lady Dynamite Himself 3 episodes
TripTank Pegasus (voice) Episode: "Crime Scene Investigation"
2016, 2019 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Quibble Pants (voice) 2 episodes[64]
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Derek Young Episode: "Baxter's Confession"
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Himself Television special
2016–2019 Those Who Can't Gil Nash 4 episodes
2017 Zoolander: Super Model Dr. Botoxo (voice) Television film
Santa Clarita Diet Dr. Charles Hasmedi Episode: "We Can't Kill People!"
69th Writers Guild of America Awards Himself (host) Television special
Dimension 404 Uncle Dusty Episode: "Cinethrax"
Difficult People Kenny Jurgens Episode: "Fuzz Buddies"
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Himself Stand-up special
HarmonQuest Sandpole Episode: "Back to Sandman Desert"
Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm Appliance Al (voice) Television special
2017–2018 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend J. Castleman 2 episodes
Justice League Action Space Cabbie (voice) 5 episodes
Spider-Man Uncle Ben, Chameleon (voices) 4 episodes
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Maynard McSnorter (voice) 4 episodes
2017–2019 Happy! Happy (voice) 18 episodes
2017–present Mystery Science Theater 3000 Max 20 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Brock, Doug Funnie, Flamengo (voices) Episode: "Strummy Strummy Sad Sad"
Another Period Interviewer Episode: "Sex Nickelodeon"
Spy Kids: Mission Critical Mint Condition (voice) Episode: "The Vinyl Countdown"
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Jimmy Ron Cricket (voice) Episode: "Jimmy Ron Cricket"
Niko and the Sword of Light The Prince of Whale (voice) Episode: "Sky Whale City"
2018–2019 Big Hero 6: The Series Mr. Sparkles, Dispatch Voice (voices) 4 episodes
2018–present A.P. Bio Principal Ralph Durbin Main role
2019 Schooled Adult Adam (voice) Episode: "Be Like Mike"
Kim Possible Professor Dementor Television film
An Emmy for Megan Himself 6 episodes
Veronica Mars Penn Epner 8 episodes
Teen Titans Go! The Atom (voice) Episode: "Strength of a Grown Man"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The X-Fools N/A Writer
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Radio Station Caller Uncredited
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Radio Caller Appears on Heartland Values with Nurse Bob
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories New World Order Caller, Reporter
Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Professor Dementor
2007 Ratatouille Remy
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am DP, Skeeter
2013 Metro: Last Light Additional Voices Uncredited
2015–2017 Minecraft: Story Mode Jesse (Male), Romeo (Male Jesse form)
2017 Ghostbusters VR: Now Hiring Mooglie Mobile game

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2001 "Another Perfect Day" American Hi-Fi
2011 "Excuse" The Ettes
2013 "The Magic Clap" The Coup
2014 "Foil" "Weird Al" Yankovic
2015 "Will You Dance?" The Bird and the Bee
2016 "I Love the USA" Weezer

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Red Letter Media Himself Episode: "Best of the Worst: Plinketto #8"[65]

Theme park attraction

Year Title Role
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure Risky Business

Works and publications


  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner, 2011)[66][67] OCLC 555639819
  • Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (Simon & Schuster, 2015) OCLC 885377924




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