Bill Hader

  • American actor
  • Born June 7, 1978

William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has received four Emmy Award nominations, as well as his work on South Park (2008–present) and the IFC series Documentary Now! (2015–present). He co-created and stars in the HBO series Barry, which began airing in March 2018 and earned Hader an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and three other nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in its first season.He is known for his supporting roles in Hot Rod (2007), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Paul (2011), Men in Black 3 (2012), Maggie's Plan (2015) and It – Chapter Two (2019) and for his leading roles in the dramedy The Skeleton Twins (2014) and the romantic comedy Trainwreck (2015).

At the beginning of each week at 'Saturday Night Live,' we have a full cast meeting where Lorne Michaels introduces the upcoming host.

Comedy is incredibly hard. You have to be loose. You have to be not afraid to fail.

I tried to get people at 'South Park' into 'Downton Abbey,' and it didn't work. I think they were like, 'Downton Abbey?' What?' And I kinda made a big plea in the writer's room, like, 'Guys, you should really watch it. It's good. It's addicting. My wife and I are obsessed with it.'

I grew up with my two sisters and my mom, so it's my lot in life to be surrounded by women.

I met Robin Williams a few times, and he was a beautiful guy.

I was never that good on stage with live improv. I was much better on film or writing something and then thinking about it. I was too in my head when I was on stage.

There are some really funny women at 'SNL,' man.

Even though it doesn't look like it, I run. On a treadmill. And I bounce around to all the songs on my iPod - the Pixies, Wagner, Richard and Linda Thompson, even books on tape. Just not self-help ones.

I think that's the thing I learned at 'Saturday Night Live' - any time I would try and strategize, I would always, always fall on my face. Things worked out when I tried to make it about what I was feeling at that moment and what I was into in that moment of my life.

Paul Rudd is a huge 'Hot Rod' fan.

I like watching Kate McKinnon do something - there's a joy in seeing a new move from somebody and going, 'Oh, she can do that.'

My wife and I got to go onstage at a Flaming Lips concert at Webster Hall once. We dressed up like Scientology aliens and danced around. We had a shootout onstage with Santa Claus.

One of the reasons I started working at 'South Park,' actually, was that I wanted to learn how to structure things and how to tell a story.

I learned a lot just watching people perform.

I've always admired Jeff Bridges. I really like how one can never get a handle on what he's doing.

'Superbad' was such a personal movie.

I'm never going to say, 'Well, I'm never going to do comedy again.' I love comedies, and it's what people know me for, so I love doing it... I don't really think about it in terms of 'Well, I should do this because it's comedy or drama.'

I wrote a fan e-mail to Michael Chabon.

I have a lot of incomplete short films and incomplete scripts out there.

I'm very close to my sisters.

For our anniversary, my wife and I went to see Godzilla, and then we ate at Barnyard Venice, and it was like, 'We are crazy! The Kardashians have to keep up with us!'

My dad was a big Frank Zappa fan, so I remember listening to a lot of Frank Zappa. Girls do not like Frank Zappa.

When I met Judd Apatow, he told me I should start writing screenplays. They'd be really bad at first, but the more I did it, the better I'd get.

I loved growing up in Tulsa.

Fred Willard still makes me laugh.

I got invited to the Playboy Mansion with the Lonely Island guys after their first season on 'SNL,' and I sat in the corner drinking coffee and talking to Akiva Schaffer about what aspect ratio he was going to shoot 'Hot Rod' in. Like, that's what we talk about.

George Saunders is a complete genius.

My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, in the middle of nowhere, and I'm sitting on this deserted beach, and I see one lone person walking along the shore. He walks right up to me and says, 'I love 'Laser Cats,' and then just walks away.

I remember being unbelievable bummed when 'Freaks and Geeks' was canceled.

Oddly enough, I have really bad stage fright - getting up in front of people. And I made a living going on live television.

Going to any loud place is terrible for me. I'm bad at loud restaurants.

I've never met Charlie Sheen.

I had a small part in 'Pineapple Express.'

I started 'SNL,' and I became the one who did impressions. I did that, but then I wanted to get an original character on, and that took a long time to get one on that stuck. And then I got Vinny Vedecci on - 'Oh great' - and then it took a couple more seasons to get Greg the Alien on. You have to have some patience.

Yeah, improvising only really works 100% when you're with somebody.

Las Vegas, New Mexico has had a lot of great movies shot there.