- William T. Hader, Jr.
June 07, 1978 (age 43)
- Actor, Comedian, Television Producer, Screenwriter
- Maggie Carey
- Bill Hader, Sherri Hader
William "Bill" Hader ( born June 7, 1978) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–13), his lead roles in the dramedy The Skeleton Twins (2014) and comedy Trainwreck (2015), lead voice roles as Fear in Inside Out (2015) and Flint Lockwood in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), and his supporting roles in comedy films, such as You, Me and Dupree (2005), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Paul (2011) and Men in Black 3 (2012). In August 2015, Hader joined the cast of Brooklyn Nine Nine to portray the role as the new captain.
Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Sherri and William T. Hader, Sr. His father owned an air-freight company and worked as a restaurant manager, a truck driver and occasionally a stand-up comedian; his mother was a dance teacher. He has two younger sisters, Katie and Kara. Hader attended Patrick Henry Elementary School, Edison Junior High, and Cascia Hall Preparatory School, before attending The Art Institute of Phoenix and enrolling in the entertainment program at Scottsdale Community College. Hader worked as an usher at a movie theater while attending college in Scottsdale. At Scottsdale Community College, he met Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of Paper Heart.
Hader's aspirations of becoming a filmmaker eventually led him to drop out of college and move to Los Angeles in 1999. He worked as a production assistant on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy; the feature films James Dean, Spider-Man, The Scorpion King, and Collateral Damage; as well as a post-production assistant on VH1 television's The Surreal Life. Hader briefly worked as a PA and stage manager on Playboy TV's Night Calls.
Hader joined the Second City, a comedy troupe that has been a training ground for many SNL cast members since the 1970s. He performed at iO West in Los Angeles.
Just before he was discovered for SNL, Hader was working as an assistant editor on Iron Chef America.
Saturday Night Live
Hader was "discovered" by Megan Mullally of Will & Grace while working with the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe "Animals from the Future." Mullally brought him to the attention of SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Hader was hired as a featured player and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005. His first role was as a psychologist giving his views about life and death during the emergency landing of JetBlue Airways Flight 292. Hader is known for his impressions of famous people, such as Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches, Harvey Fierstein, Charlie Rose, Al Pacino, Brian Grazer, Rick Perry, John Malkovich, Seth Rogen, James Carville, Julian Assange, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, and Charlie Sheen.
On July 19, 2012, Hader received his first nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Saturday Night Live. He is the first male SNL cast member to receive this nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984.
On May 14, 2013, he announced that his eighth season would be his last. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," he told reporters. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'" On October 11, 2014, Hader returned as host with musical guest Hozier.
After his film debut You, Me and Dupree, Hader had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's character's editor at E! in Knocked Up, the acid-taking mechanic Dave in Hot Rod (alongside SNL castmate Andy Samberg), a recumbent biker in The Brothers Solomon (which featured SNL castmate Will Forte in one of the film's co-leading roles) and, most famously, as Officer Slater in the Judd Apatow produced Superbad. His role in Superbad helped boost his public awareness and allowed him to appear on mainstream programs like Total Request Live, The Tonight Show, and MTV's Video Music Awards.
In 2008, Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express. He also starred alongside Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.
He also teamed up with director Greg Mottola for three feature films: Superbad, Adventureland and Paul.
In addition to these films, Hader has made several short films, including Back in the Day, Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting, and The Jeannie Tate Show with SNL writer Liz Cackowski and wife Maggie Carey.
Hader starred in a dramatic role in the 2014 film The Skeleton Twins, opposite Kristin Wiig, with whom he worked on Saturday Night Live. The film won for 'Best Screenplay' at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Hader voiced the character of Fear in the critically acclaimed Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out, and was attached to voice a dinosaur in another Pixar film called The Good Dinosaur. However in June 2015, Hader, alongside John Lithgow, Lucas Neff, Neil Patrick Harris and Judy Greer, left the project for undisclosed reasons.
Most recently, Hader had his first romantic-comedy leading man role opposite Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015).
In 2006, Hader married writer-director Maggie Carey. They have three daughters together: Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009, Harper, born July 28, 2012, and Hayley Clementine born November 15, 2014.
Hader is a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals, he joined the NBA GameTime television analysts and did an impression of Ernie Johnson, Jr., a sportscaster for Turner Sports, which owns NBA TV, the network producing NBA GameTime.