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Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966), better known as Diedrich Bader, is an Americanmarker actor and comedian. Many know him for his role as Oswald on The Drew Carey Show.


Early life

Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginiamarker, the son of Gretta, a sculptor, and William Bader, a foundation executive who worked in politics. At the age of two, his family moved to Parismarker, Francemarker, but he returned to the U.S. to attend Groveton High School; graduated from T.C. Williams High School in (Alexandria, Virginia) and later college at the North Carolina School of the Artsmarker.

Bader is married to actress Dulcy Rogers with whom he has two children.


After a few guest roles on popular television series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap and Cheers, Bader's first major role was in the 1993 series Danger Theatre, playing The Searcher. He moved into cinema acting for the 1993 movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies, but returned to TV, playing Oswald on The Drew Carey Show starting in 1995.

Having a deep and easily-recognizable voice, Bader is a natural choice for a voice actor and has had roles in such animated features as Ice Age, The Simpsons, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and The Penguins of Madagascar. He appeared in the 1999 film Office Space as Peter's mulleted neighbor Lawrence, and in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite as Rex, the owner of a martial arts dojo. He performs in the 2004 film Eurotrip as a thief. All of these roles had Bader altering his appearance in some way so as to be less recognizable. He appears in a 2007 episode of 7th Heaven as the father of T-Bone (portrayed by Colton James). He appeared on the TV legal drama Shark, surprisingly in the same episode as his former on-screen wife from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Charlayne Woodard, who played Janice Smith in that '90s sitcom. He also appeared in the episode "The TiVo Guy" of Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also on Secret Saturdays starring as Dr. Henry Cheveyo. One of his most popular movies yet is the animated Surf's Up, when he plays Tank "The Shredder" Evans.

Bader has provided his voice to four different Batman cartoons as both heroes and villains: Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, The Batman, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In the last one he voices Batman himself.



  1. Diedrich Bader Biography (1968?-)

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