Diedrich Bader, co-star of the "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous" Movie!
An actor whose tall, rangy build and boyish good looks have made him a natural for comic roles, Diedrich Bader was born in Alexandria, VA, on Christmas Eve 1966; his father, William Bader, was Chief of Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Carter administration, and his mother, Gretta Bader, was a sculptor of note. When Bader was two, he and his family moved to Paris, France, where the boy was exposed to a steady diet of classic American comedies; young Bader was especially fond of Charlie Chaplin, and appeared on-stage for the first time at the age of four, imitating the Little Tramp at a revival theater during an unexpected intermission after a rare Chaplin film jammed in the projector. Bader and his family returned to the United States in time for him to enter high school, and he later attended the North Carolina School for the Arts. While vacationing in Santa Fe, NM, during spring break, Bader met a casting agent who lined up an audition for a small role in a television pilot. Bader ended up winning the leading role instead, and while the pilot never sold, it did prompt Bader to relocate to Los Angeles and begin pursuing an acting career full-time. He began landing guest spots on episodic television shows, including Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1993, Bader was cast as the Searcher on the television series Danger Theater, a short-lived spoof of action-adventure programs. Penelope Spheeris, who directed the Danger Theater episodes, remembered Bader when casting for her film The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), based on the popular sitcom of the '60s and '70s. Bader won the role of cheerful but slow-witted Jethro Bodine, and his performance was one of the comic highlights of the film. The movie significantly raised Bader's visibility, and in 1995 he was cast as the logically challenged Oswald on The Drew Carey Show. Bader's success on The Drew Carey Show led to notable supporting roles in motion pictures, such as Office Space and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; he also began doing voice work for a number of animated television projects, including Pepper Ann, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Kim Possible. In his private life, Bader married actress Dulcy Rogers in 1998 and they reside in Los Angeles.
Bader's father, William, was Chief of Staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is president of the Eurasia Foundation on Capitol Hill. His mother, Gretta, is a sculptor artist whose portrait of the late Senator William Fulbright sits in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
More fun facts about Diedrich Bader
His Great-grandfather was Edward L. Bader, former mayor of Atlantic City, NJ
Diedrich Is an Eagle Scout.
Diedrich Bader plays in the comedy ''Center Of The Universe''
CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE stars Emmy Award nominee John Goodman in a comedy about a family man who, by default, is the go-to guy for his eccentric extended clan. John (Goodman) and Kate Barnett (Jean Smart) are still very much in love after 20 years of marriage and are looking forward to the next 20. Only one thing interrupts their bliss: John's family. His sex-obsessed father, Art (Ed Asner), and his loopy mother, Marge (Olympia Dukakis), have a penchant for coming over unannounced, ready to stir the pot. The owner of a security company, John has just hired his gleefully oblivious brother, Tommy (Diedrich Bader), who is having trouble wrapping his mind around the concept of office hours. John's sister, Lily (Melinda McGraw), is a therapist who is her own best patient. If all that is not enough, their 12-year-old son, Miles (Spencer Breslin), has the makings of a perfectly nutty third-generation Barnett. As the family patriarch, John, with Kate's help, fights an uphill battle to keep the peace while his oddball family spins around him.
Diedrich Bader stars in ''The Drew Carey Show''
"The Drew Carey Show" kicks off ABC's highly anticipated "Happy Hour" lineup when it moves to Monday nights on the network, beginning SEPTEMBER 9. The powerhouse comedy block of "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will lead into ABC's legendary sports franchise, "Monday Night Football."
"The Drew Carey Show" continues to be one of the most innovative comedies on network television. Based on the humorous outlook of comedian and author Drew Carey, this fast-paced, half-hour comedy depicts everyday life as seen through the eyes of a single, working-class guy struggling to stay financially and romantically afloat in these unpredictable times.
Things get even more difficult when Winfred Louder, the store, ceases to exist and morphs into Winfred Louder.com, an internet shopping site. Drew is plunged into the fast-lane world of e-commerce, with new bosses and a whole new technology to contend with. He'll form an unlikely alliance with his nemesis/sister-in-law, Mimi (Kathy Kinney), as they adjust to life as dotcom-ers. Meanwhile, a woman from the gang's past returns to complicate his already very complex life.
While some aspects of his professional life have improved, other parts never will. Office foe Mimi Bobeck continues to be a source of aggravation for Drew, although she has other interests in her life. With her mad attraction for Mr. Wick having finally run its course, she sets her romantic sights on a new (and perhaps equally unwise) prospect. As for Mr. Wick, he embarks upon a quest for self-improvement.
After work is when Drew makes the most out of life. With the help of his lifelong friends: Oswald, a never-take-life-too-seriously package delivery guy; Lewis, a janitor at the rarely seen but always mysterious Drug Co Pharmaceutical company; and Kate, a beautiful, grown-up tomboy who's searching for "Mr. Right," Drew constantly turns the mundane into adventure. With this group, there is never a dull moment. Together, they started their own micro-brewery, hosted a backyard bash for most of Cleveland and took an unforgettable, spontaneous day trip to New York City.
"The Drew Carey Show" is also known for its signature dance sequences. In previous seasons, the show revitalized classic tunes like "Five O'clock World," "Time Warp," and "What Is Hip" by featuring the cast in exciting choreographed routines. The show also blazed new trails with ground-breaking episodes that included an animated scene with Daffy Duck, an alien special effects scene and a tribute to the hit movie, "The Full Monty." Every season promises more original surprises. The frequently dateless Drew develops a promising new romantic relationship. There's also a "new" yet familiar man in Kate's life. And when Drew gets new, upwardly mobile next-door neighbors, he begins reevaluating his own accomplishments.
Drew Carey stars as Drew, Diedrich Bader as Oswald, Christa Miller as Kate, Kathy Kinney as Mimi Bobeck, Craig Ferguson as Nigel Wick and Ryan Stiles as Lewis.
Drew Carey and Bruce Helford created "The Drew Carey Show," which premiered on September 13, 1995. Bruce Helford, Drew Carey, Clay Graham, Bruce Rasmussen, Deborah Oppenheimer, Les Firestein, Michael Teverbaugh, Dan O'Keefe and David Caplan are executive producers. "The Drew Carey Show" is produced by Mohawk Productions, Inc., in association Warner Bros. Television.
New Miss Congeniality 2
Sandra Bullock's Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, which hits theaters on March 24.
The story catches up with FBI agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) shortly after she successfully disarmed a threat against the Miss United States Pageant while working undercover as a contestant in Miss Congeniality. Having become a media celebrity following her heroic pageant exploits, Gracie has been spending more time lately at the salon than the shooting range, working the talk show circuit and promoting her book. When her friends, pageant winner Cheryl and emcee Stan, are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie's all-out efforts to jump back into action to save them puts her at loggerheads with the FBI top brass who don't want to risk losing their mascot and fear she might not be up to the job anymore.
Directed by John Pasquin, the action-comedy also stars Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson Diedrich Bader, Heather Burns, and Treat Williams.