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David Koechner Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Though he would remain one of the comedy world's best-kept secrets through the later half of the 1990s, improvisational comic-turned-actor David Koechner, (born August 24, 1962) later made a successful transition from [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] and [[Feature~V308383~Late Night With Conan O'Brien~latenightwithconanobrien[tvseries]]] funnyman to supporting feature player roles when word of his talent spread, thanks to stellar supporting parts in such wide-release films as [[Feature~V260401~A Guy Thing~aguything]] and [[Feature~V288094~Anchorman~anchorman:thelegendofronburgundy]]. The Tipton, MO, native studied political science at the University of Missouri, with a subsequent career in the family business (manufacturing turkey coops) narrowly averted by a post-college move to Chicago. It was there that Koechner attempted to master his comic skills under the tutelage of improv master [[Performer~P13724~Del Close~delclose]], with further studies at the Windy City's ImprovOlympic cementing the skills of the up-and-coming talent. A subsequent stint at Chicago's Second City Theater led to Koechner's lucky break when he was whisked away by [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] creator [[Performer~P102710~Lorne Michaels~lornemichaels]] to become a player in the long-running weekly comedy mainstay. Though he would remain with [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] for merely one season, Koechner continued to impress on the small screen as a performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the 1996-1997 season. As his reputation continued to grow due to appearances on such popular shows as [[Feature~V274541~Mad About You~madaboutyou[tvseries]]] and [[Feature~V303426~Dharma & Greg~dharmagreg[tvseries]]], Koechner also made an impression in features thanks to small but memorable roles in [[Feature~V180002~Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me~austinpowers:thespywhoshaggedme]], [[Feature~V180622~Man on the Moon~manonthemoon]], and [[Feature~V271050~My Boss's Daughter~mybosssdaughter]]. Though he would continue to work in minor capacity on the small screen, Koechner seemed to be focusing on features at this point in his career, with a turn as a chauvinistic sportscaster in the 2004 [[Performer~P224449~Will Ferrell~willferrell]] comedy [[Feature~V288094~Anchorman~anchorman:thelegendofronburgundy]] offering what was perhaps his most substantial feature performance to date. Koechner played a tobacco lobbyist in 2005’s media satire Thankyou for Smoking, and reunited with Will Ferrell to for a supporting role in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006. In 2008 he joined the cast of Get Smart, the big-screen adaptation of Mel Brooks’ popular 1960s-era comedy series, and proved himself no stranger to camp in Final Destination 5 (2011) and Piranha 3DD (2012). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi