Bob Odenkirk: who is Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor?

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Bob Odenkirk is the star of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and has had a career spanning five decades

Bob Odenkirk became an international name after appearing as a comic criminal defense attorney in the crime drama series Breaking Bad.

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In 2015 he got his own series Better Call Saul, a prequel to Breaking Bad that focuses on how Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman.

The spin-off is so popular that many fans are debating whether it’s a better show than Breaking Bad.

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The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul is now streaming weekly on Netflix, with the grand finale hitting the UK platform on August 16.

But who is Bob Odenkirk, what else has he been in and who is his co-star Rhea Seehorn?

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Bob Odenkirk returns in the final season of Better Call Saul (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Who is Bob Odenkirk?

Odenkirk is a 59-year-old American actor and comedian born in Illinois in 1962. His family is of German-Irish descent and he is the second eldest of seven siblings.

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He is best known for playing shady lawyer Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and the Netflix spin-off Better Call Saul.

Odenkirk’s father, an alcoholic, died of bone cancer in 1986, and his mother died in November 2021, three months before filming for Better Call Saul season 6 ended.

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His career has spanned five decades – he began as a writer for SNL in the 1980s and has since appeared in several major film and television shows.

Odenkirk married producer Naomi Yomtov in 1997 and the couple have two children together.

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When did Bob Odenkirk have a heart attack?

Filming for Better Call Saul season 6 began in March 2021 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Additional delays came when Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on set.

Odenkirk collapsed while filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 28 last year – his son later took to social media to reassure fans the star would be fine.

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Odenkirk was taken to the hospital from the set where he was recovering.

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While filming Netflix’s latest episode, Fun and Games, Odenkirk suffered what he described as a “mini-heart attack.”

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He told The Hollywood Reporter: “I didn’t go back to shoot for five weeks. I had a five week break to recover. And then when I came back, we limited our shooting to 12-hour days.

“And so they took care of me and I was able to do it and hopefully you can’t tell when I had the heart attack and when I didn’t.”

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During the heart attack, Odenkirk’s heart stopped and a defibrillator had to be used to restore a pulse. He returned to work in September 2021 filming the sixth season of Better Call Saul, which wrapped in February of this year.

What else has Bob Odenkirk been in?

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Odenkirk’s first film role was in the 1987 comedy series Cableville, USA. He has since accumulated more than 120 acting credits.

He has had various roles on the sketch comedy show The Ben Stiller Show and played Stevie Grant on The Larry Sanders Show.

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He has had small roles on many popular American shows including Seinfeld, Roseanne, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Futurama, Arrested Development and Weeds.

Odenkirk played Arthur Hobbs on How I Met Your Mother and Bill Oswalt on Fargo season one.

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His guest starring roles include appearances as a mod lawyer on The Simpsons, Mom, and various roles on Drunk History.

Odenkirk has also starred in several Hollywood films, including Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, historical drama The Post, comedy Nebraska, and the action film Nobody, in which he starred.

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Who is Rhea Seehorn?

Rhea Seehorn plays Kim Wexler, Jimmy’s love interest and future wife on Better Call Saul. As the series progresses, her association with Jimmy brings her ever closer to a life of crime.

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Seehorn is a 50 year old actress who was born in Virginia. She has many acting credits to her name having appeared in Veep, The Harper House, Ridley Jones and American Dad.

Her film roles include Erin in Linoleum, Kelly in We Hate Kids and Lori in The Shaggy Dog.

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