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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Patton Oswalt is an American actor, writer, stand up comedian, performer, and screenwriter.

Patton was born January 27, 1969 n Portsmouth, Virginia. He has appeared in many different roles in television and in movies. He identifies as an atheist. People may know him from The King of Queens, where he played Spence Olchin. The actor first appeared in an acting capacity on Seinfeld on “The Couch” episode. He has made appearances on different shows from Archer to Reno 911! to Veep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Two and a Half Men, Community, Drunk History, Kim Possible, Parks and Recreation, Justified, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mystery Science Theater 3000, and more.

His father was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and Larry and Carla named their son after the famed General George Patton. He has a younger brother Matt Oswalt, who wrote and starred in his own series on YouTube called “Puddin'”. The family resided in Ohio and then moved to California before moving to Sterling, Virginia. Oswalt would attend The College of William and Mary, graduating with a degree in English.

Oswalt is also the narrator of The Goldbergs, a sitcom where he plays Adam F. Goldberg as a grown adult. He has been featured on A.P. Bio on Peacock, was Remy in Ratatouille, played “M.O.D.O.K.”, the Marvel villain in a Hulu Original series, and acted on The United States of Tara, the television show Robotomy, and the show The Heart, She Holler.

Oswalt has been in the movie Big Fan, Magnolia, 22 Jump Street, Man on the Moon, Blade: Trinity, Zoolander, The Circle, All Roads Lead Home, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and more. He played Matt Freehauf in the Charlize Theron black comedy “Young Adult”, directed by Jason Reitman.

Oswalt performed stand up beginning in 1988. He had written for sketch show MADtv and had his own special on HBO in 1996. Roles on shows and movies picked up with a feature in Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammer and then appearing on Seinfeld. His first official turn starring in a movie was voicing Remy in Ratatouille, which won an Oscar. He would also voice Tobey on WordGirl in 2007 and was featured on roasts on Comedy Central roasting William Shatner and Flavor Flav. He also appeared on SpongeBob SquarePants and moderated San Diego Comic-Con’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion cast panel.

Oswalt has hosted several specials featuring his stand up, including “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”, which aired on Netflix in 2016. He would win the Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special as well as “Best Comedy Album” Grammy Award. His special “I Love Everything” was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Oswalt has also worked on comics. He wrote a Batman backup story as well as one for The Goon Noir and one for Masks: Too Hot for TV and more. He has been the voice of Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode and was the voice for Boris Karloff for the podcast “You Must Remember This”. He did voice-over work in the movie “Sorry to Bother You” and provided the voice of Max in the movie “The Secret Life of Pets 2”.

He was married to Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005. She was his late wife and mother to their daughter Alice, born in 2009. The true crime author passed away unexpectedly in her sleep in Los Angeles on April 21, 2016 due to a combination of medications interacting with a heart condition that had not been diagnosed. Oswalt would step in to take her place and complete her passion project about the Golden State Killer. The nonfiction book was titled “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” and was released in 2018. The department made an arrest in the case not long after.

A true crime documentary called “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” chronicled efforts made by Michelle McNamara not only to capture real life events but to catch a killer. The six-part television series focuses on Michelle as she lives a quiet life while also investigating and writing a book about the Golden State Killer. The series premiered on HBO on June 28, 2020.

Patton Oswalt completed McNamara’s important work but eventually had to process his grief and move on. He was engaged to Meredith Salenger in July of 2017, getting married in November of that year.

Patton Oswalt is the author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. The entertaining collection of essays explores memories as well as musings on a variety of topics. He would also be the emcee for BookExpo America while promoting his own novel. The novel would be released a year later in 2011.

Patton is a unique voice, and that comes through in this awesome book that gives readers the chance to look into his mind for the first time. What they find there is everything from amusing to downright hilarious. Memories from his actual life combine with comedic wit to deliver one of a kind stories that only this author could deliver.

Whether it’s the tale about working in the movie theater as a young teen or talking about writing, readers get a special treat in this book that covers everything from movies to pop culture to Oswalt’s own unique life. Pick up a copy and see what you think!

Patton Oswalt is the author of Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film. The book was released in January of 2015.

Patton had a huge addiction that began in the nineties to film. He got hugely into film upon moving to Los Angeles. There he instantly transformed into a buff and would watch everything from new movies to cult classics and just regular classic movies. He would go to the New Beverly Cinema to catch movies constantly, and it informed everything that he knew when it came to comedy, writing, relationships, and life.

Whether you’re a huge film fan yourself or just appreciate a good book, Silver Screen Fiend is the laugh out loud path of Oswalt’s trajectory from a regular guy to a stand up to an actor, author, and more. Check out this book to truly appreciate all of the stories set in the comedy scene and the actor’s early days in L.A.!

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