Robert John Odenkirk is much more than an actor. He started his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He worked with Robert Smigel and Conan O’Brien during his tenure. He acted in some small roles on the show. During his last year on SNL, he worked with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and Chris Farley. He left the show to pursue the performing arts, but gives credit to SNL with fine lessons about sketch writing from James Downey and Al Franken, O’Brien and Smigel.
Odenkirk took a writing gig on “Get a life,” which starred Chris Elliot. His friendship with Ben Stiller landed him a gig on “The Ben Stiller Show” in `1992. His acting and writing would land him an Emmy for the sketch “Manson Lassie.” The Ben Stiller Show was cancelled by the time it took home the award. Mr. Odenkirk wrote for the “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” for the first two seasons. Mr. Show came from the imaginations of Odenkirk and David Cross; the show lasted for 4 seasons.
Thoughts on his career
I still do not think of myself primarily as an actor. I know I have been doing a lot of acting the last three years with “Breaking Bad” and “Nebraska” and “Fargo” and now this, “Better Call Saul.” However, I spent so many of my years professionally as a writer and it is hard to think of being mainly an actor, although I certainly have the last five months. I have been playing Saul, he is the main character in the show, and he talks a lot and takes up a lot of space and oxygen. from an interview on Oregon Live. He is now preparing for his next role in “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to Breaking Bad. Keep your eyes open for his new book “A Load of Hooey” publishing October 7, 2014.