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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. playing small parts in "Cheers", "Quantum Leap", "21 Jump Street" and other shows, the tall (6'2"), strapping winningly grinning Bader got a break when director Penelope Spheeris cast him as the heroic but dense and accident-prone biker hero "The Searcher" in a 1993 installment of the broad spoof show, "Danger Theatre". Spheeris soon thereafter 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 the feature version of the outlandish 1960s sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). In 1995, Bader was cast as Oswald, one of the lead's somewhat dim-witted friends, on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show," remaining on the series through its final season in 2004.

After a number of years in L.A. playing small parts in "Cheers", "Quantum Leap", "21 Jump Street" and other shows, the tall (6'2"), strapping winningly grinning Bader got a break when director Penelope Spheeris cast him as the heroic but dense and accident-prone biker hero "The Searcher" in a 1993 installment of the broad spoof show, "Danger Theatre". Spheeris soon thereafter 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 the feature version of the outlandish 1960s sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). In 1995, Bader was cast as Oswald, one of the lead's somewhat dim-witted friends, on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show," remaining on the series through its final season in 2004.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Playdate (2013)
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 Sassy Pants (2012)
6.
 Santa Paws (2010)
7.
 Vampires Suck (2010)
9.
 Calvin Marshall (2010)
10.
 Open Season 2 (2009)
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1970:
Moved to Paris, France with family at age two
1987:
Spent years in Los Angeles after attending college before getting his break
1993:
Played "The Searcher" on an installment of the summer TV comedy series, "Danger Theatre"
1993:
Feature film debut as Jethro in "The Beverly Hillbillies"
1995:
Cast as Oswald on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"
1999:
Appeared in Mike Judge's "Office Space" as Peter's mulleted neighbor Lawrence
2001:
Appeared in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2002:
Voiced a Saber-Toothed Tiger in the animated feature "Ice Age"
2004:
Cast in the comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" as Rex, the owner of a martial arts dojo
2005:
Starred in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" opposite Sandra Bullock
2007:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Surf's Up" playing Tank 'The Shredder' Evans
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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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