Most of America knows Patton Oswalt, the television and standup comedian, from The King of Queens and Two and a Half Men. But few know that he was named after legendary US General George S. Patton, thanks to his Marine Corps Officer father.
Oswalt, with his signature wit, once tweeted his Dad “USMC Col. Larry J. Oswalt (Ret.) -- a jet fighter man and continuing awesome dad. Thank you for fighting for my right to whine.”
“I was named for General Patton and I have actually, because of my narcissism, read up on him quite a bit,” said the self-proclaimed military brat in an interview with National Public Radio. “My dad was a marine, and we moved around a lot when I was little, and he gave me the first name Patton, I'm assuming with very high hopes.” Born and raised in Virginia, he later graduated with an English degree from the College of William and Mary.
Patton has said about performing comedy “I think I realized it was an art form at the beginning, but it took me a really long time before I was able to view what I was performing myself as an art form.”
He has done stand-up comedy productions, and even a few albums, with subjects ranging from current events to fictitious comic book characters. His success has led to work with other top notch comedians such as Blaine Capatch, David Cross, Rob Gasper, Bobby Tisdale and Todd Barry. Although he is passionate about comedy, his focus has shifted from standup to television and movies. His last album was released in 2011.
In television, Patton has been stereotyped as “the geek.” His most famous role was the nerdy friend of the lead character, Doug, played by Kevin James on the hit show The King of Queens. Now he is the nerdy business partner of Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden, on Two and a Half Men. He has also done voiceovers for hit cartoon movies such as Ratatouille. Currently, he is working on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a comedy drama directed by Ben Stiller. The movie is set to be released in December this year.
Patton holds animals dear to heart. His French bulldog Grumpous was featured in Time magazine no less and actually helped him land a role in the movie Young Adult. With characteristic passion, he is working through PETA to make it illegal for people to chain up their dogs. Patton believes that when dogs are chained up, they are more likely to be aggressive, "Forcing man's best friend to exist in the same barren patch 24/7 deprives these highly social pack animals of proper socialization and the opportunity to move around and explore."
With pride and admiration on Nov. 11, 2012, he tweeted "Happy Veteran's Day, Dad. You hung tough while all the other dads on the block let the swinging 70's wash 'em away. L. Oswalt, USMC." Semper Fi.
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