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Also Known As: Diederich Bader, Deidrich Bader, Karl Diedrich Bader, Dietrich Bader Died:
Born: December 24, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, security guard (at ABC Studios in California)

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After a number of years in L.A., strapping and winningly grinning Diedrich Bader got a break when director Penelope Spheeris cast him as the heroic but dense and accident-prone biker hero "The Searcher" in an episode of the broad spoof show "Danger Theatre" (Fox 1993). Spheeris soon gave the actor even greater exposure by prevailing against producers who wanted a bigger name when she cast Bader as Jethro (and his sister Jethrine) in her feature version of the outlandish 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). In 1995, Bader was cast as Oswald, one of the lead's charming but somewhat dim-witted friends, on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC 1995-2004), remaining on the series through its final season despite several shifts in the show's premise and cast in later seasons. After becoming a familiar face on television, Bader landed roles in several projects, most notably the cult hit comedy "Office Space" (1999), "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), "Eurotrip" (2004) and, in perhaps his most laughably loopy role, as fitness guru Rex in the cult favorite "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004). Bader also developed a busy and lucrative side career as a voice actor, lending his distinctive tones to...

After a number of years in L.A., strapping and winningly grinning Diedrich Bader got a break when director Penelope Spheeris cast him as the heroic but dense and accident-prone biker hero "The Searcher" in an episode of the broad spoof show "Danger Theatre" (Fox 1993). Spheeris soon gave the actor even greater exposure by prevailing against producers who wanted a bigger name when she cast Bader as Jethro (and his sister Jethrine) in her feature version of the outlandish 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). In 1995, Bader was cast as Oswald, one of the lead's charming but somewhat dim-witted friends, on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC 1995-2004), remaining on the series through its final season despite several shifts in the show's premise and cast in later seasons. After becoming a familiar face on television, Bader landed roles in several projects, most notably the cult hit comedy "Office Space" (1999), "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), "Eurotrip" (2004) and, in perhaps his most laughably loopy role, as fitness guru Rex in the cult favorite "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004). Bader also developed a busy and lucrative side career as a voice actor, lending his distinctive tones to several animated series including "Phineas and Ferb" (Disney 2007-2015) as well as the feature films "Ice Age" (2002) and "The Country Bears" (2002). Bader did a comic turn as a stylist for bumbling FBI Agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005), the sequel to the unexpectedly successful 2000 comedy "Miss Congeniality." After working primarily in voice work for several years, including recurring roles in "The Penguins of Madagascar" (Nickelodeon/Nicktoons 2008- ) and "Ultimate Spider-Man" (Disney 2012- ), Bader returned to prime-time television in a leading role in the sitcom "American Housewife" (ABC 2016- ), co-starring as the amiable husband of series star Katy Mixon.

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 Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (2014) Mrs. Vanders
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 Playdate (2013)
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 Sassy Pants (2012)
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1999:
Appeared in Mike Judge's "Office Space" as Peter's mulleted neighbor Lawrence
2007:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Surf's Up" playing Tank 'The Shredder' Evans
1970:
Moved to Paris, France with family at age two
1993:
Played "The Searcher" on an installment of the summer TV comedy series, "Danger Theatre"
2005:
Starred in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" opposite Sandra Bullock
2002:
Voiced a Saber-Toothed Tiger in the animated feature "Ice Age"
1993:
Feature film debut as Jethro in "The Beverly Hillbillies"
1987:
Spent years in Los Angeles after attending college before getting his break
2010:
Was a castmember on the NBC sitcom "Outsourced"
2013:
Joined the cast of the TV comedy "Save Me"
2001:
Appeared in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2004:
Cast in the comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" as Rex, the owner of a martial arts dojo
1995:
Cast as Oswald on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"
2008:
Voiced various characters on the animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
2011:
Voiced various characters on the animated series "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"
2014:
Joined the cast of the HBO comedy "Veep" as Bill Ericsson
2016:
Joined the cast of the Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman"
2016:
Joined the cast of the action comedy series "Rush Hour"
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Education

TC Williams High School: Alexandria, Virginia -
North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem, North Carolina -

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wife:
Dulcy Rogers. Actor.

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father:
William Bader. President of the Eurasia Foundation. Former chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Carter administration.
mother:
Gretta Bader. Sculptor.
sister:
Kathy Pfeiffer. Assistant dean of Duke University's graduate school.
brother:
Christopher Bader. Computer programmer, linguist.
brother:
John Bader. Works at the Brookings Institution.
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