Diedrich Bader
Bader at the 2017 WonderCon
Karl Diedrich Bader

(1966-12-24) December 24, 1966 (age 57)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1988–present
Agent(s)VOX, Inc.[1]
Political partyDemocratic[2]
Dulcy Rogers
(m. 1997)
RelativesEdward L. Bader (great-grandfather)

Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966)[3] is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his comedy-centered and voice-acting-related roles. He has appeared as a series regular in television sitcoms The Drew Carey Show, American Housewife, and Outsourced, along with notable recurring roles in Better Things and Veep. His film credits include The Beverly Hillbillies, Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite. He has also had a prolific voiceover career, playing characters such as Hoss Delgado in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Zeta in The Zeta Project, Tank in the film Surf's Up, Dr. Meridian/Mandroid in Transformers: Earthspark, and provided the voice of Bruce Wayne / Batman in multiple animated films and television series, beginning in 2008 with Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Early life

Karl Diedrich Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on Christmas Eve, 1966, the son of Gretta Bader (née Margaret Marie Lange; 1931–2014), a sculptor, and William B. Bader (1931–2016), a foundation executive and political activist.[3] His patrilineal great-grandfather was Edward L. Bader, who served as the mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey and is of German and Scottish heritage.[4]

When Bader was two years old, his family moved to Paris, but he returned to the U.S. to attend Groveton High School. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[5]


Bader at the 2010 Comic-Con

After a few guest roles on popular television series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, Diagnosis: Murder 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 film version of The Beverly Hillbillies, but returned to television, playing Oswald on The Drew Carey Show starting in 1995. He appeared in the 1999 film Office Space as Peter's neighbor Lawrence, and in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite as Rex, the owner of a Taekwondo dojang. He performs in the 2004 film Eurotrip as a thief. In 2010, Bader took the role of Charlie on the television series Outsourced.

Bader in July 2011

As a voice actor, he has voiced various characters in animated features, television series and video games, such as Ice Age, The Simpsons, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, South Park and The Penguins of Madagascar. In 2012, he reprised his role as Rex in the animated TV series Napoleon Dynamite. He played the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri in Disney's Space Buddies. Bader has lent his voice to several different Batman cartoons, portraying both heroes and villains: Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, The Batman, and starring as the title character Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Harley Quinn. Bader also voices Guy Gardner in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

His other voice credits include JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, Judah Mannowdog in BoJack Horseman, the android Zeta in The Zeta Project, and the Fiskerton Phantom in The Secret Saturdays.

In 2016, Bader starred in the "It's the Obvious Choice" series of Time Warner Cable television commercials[6] and starred as Greg Otto in ABC sitcom American Housewife from 2016 to 2021. From 2014 to 2019, Bader had a recurring role on HBO sitcom Veep. Since 2016, Bader has had a recurring role as best friend, Rich, on Better Things.

Personal life

Bader has been married to actress Dulcy Rogers since May 1997.[3] Together they have two children, Ondine and Sebastian.[7][8][3]

Bader supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson during the 2016 United States presidential election.[9] In 2020, he endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, after initially voting for Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.[2]




List of acting performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Longarm Randy Television film
1988 Desert Rats Mort Television film
1989 The Preppie Murder Peter Television film
1990 Arduous Man Short film
1993 The Beverly Hillbillies Jethro Bodine / Jethrine Bodine
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Higgins
1996 The Assassination File Scott McDonough Television film
1999 Office Space Lawrence
2000 Certain Guys Ronald
2000 Couple Days... A Period Piece Josh
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Miramax Security Guard Gordon
2002 The Country Bears Officer Cheets
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Rex
2004 EuroTrip Mugger
2004 Dead & Breakfast Chef Henri
2005 Untitled Oakley & Weinstein Project Lt. Peter Fontaine Television film
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Joel
2006 Cattle Call Glenn Dale
2007 Cook Off! Del Crawford
2007 Sunny & Share Love You Mr. Jami
2007 Balls of Fury Randy Daytona's Concubine Companion
2008 Skip Tracer Parker Tuffey Television film
2008 Meet the Spartans Traitoro
2009 Space Buddies Yuri Direct-to-video
2009 Calvin Marshall Fred Deerfield
2010 Vampires Suck Frank Crane
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Quentin Daniels
2012 Sassy Pants Dale Pinto
2013 Playdate Mitchell Direct-to-video
2013 The Starving Games President Snowballs
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
2014 Muffin Top: A Love Story Michael Nicholson
2015 All She Wishes Patrick O'Dea
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Relentless Security Guard Cameo
2022 The Blackening Officer White
2022 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Grizzled Narrator
2023 Shazam! Fury of the Gods Mr. Geckle Cameo


List of acting performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Tactical Crewman Episode: "The Emissary" (credited as Dietrich Bader)
1989 Living Dolls Episode: "Martha Means Well"
1990–1991 Cheers Waiter, Paul 2 episodes (credited as Dietrich Bader)
1990 21 Jump Street Paul Edward Novack Episode: "Last Chance High"
1990 Quantum Leap Dillon Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue" (credited as Dietrich Bader)
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Frank Schaeffer 2 episodes (credited as Dietrich Bader)
1993 Danger Theatre The Searcher 7 episodes
1995 Diagnosis Murder Lincoln Cutter Episode: "The New Healers"[10]
1995 Frasier Roz's date, Brad Episode: "The Innkeepers"
1995–2004 The Drew Carey Show Oswald Lee Harvey 233 episodes
2004–2005 Center of the Universe Tommy Barnett 12 episodes
2007 7th Heaven Theodore Alan "Al" Bonaducci Episode: "Nothing Says Lovin' Like Something from the Oven"
2007 Monk Chance Singer Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Simon Episode: "The TiVo Guy"
2008 Reno 911! Tommy Hawk Episode: "Bounty Hunter Tommy Hawk"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bud Parker Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Wallace Haft Episode: "The Chinese Wall"
2009 CSI: Miami Myles Martini Episode: "Dead on Arrival"
2009–2010 Bones Andrew Hacker 3 episodes
2010 Medium Fred Rovick Episode: "Will the Real Fred Rovick Please Stand Up?"
2010 Chuck Del Episode: "Chuck Versus the Beard"
2010–2011 Outsourced Charlie Davies 22 episodes
2011 Psych Eli Episode: "The Tao of Gus"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV Riddle Terrorist Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
2012–2013 The Exes Paul 4 episodes
2013 Save Me Elliot Tompkins 7 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Gunner Episode: "Modern Marvels"
2013 Baby Daddy Winston Douglas Episode: "Never Ben in Love"
2013 Raising Hope Gary Episode: "Murder, She Hoped"
2014 Two and a Half Men Dirk Episode: "Dial 1-900-Mix-A-Lot"
2014–2019 Veep Bill Ericsson 21 episodes
2016–2021 American Housewife Greg Otto 103 episodes
2016–2022 Better Things Rich 12 episodes
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World Smallpox Episode: "Do Some Shots, Save the World"
2017 Playing House Simon Episode: "Reverse the Curse"
2019 Young Sheldon Batman Episode: "Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib"[11]
2020 Space Force General Rongley 3 episodes
2021 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now! Batman Special[12]
2023 Lucky Hank Tony Conigula Main cast


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself Episode: "324"

Voice roles


List of voice performances in feature and direct-to-video films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Vol Direct-to-video[13]
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Warp Darkmatter, Agent Z Direct-to-video[13]
2001 Recess: School's Out Guard #2 [13]
2002 The Country Bears Ted Bedderhead [13]
2002 Ice Age Oscar [13][1]
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone John Direct-to-video[13]
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party Uncle Dave Beech Video short[13]
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Olaf, Unhygienix [13]
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Uncle Dave Beech Video short[13]
2007 Surf's Up Tank "The Shredder" Evans [13]
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Uncle Dave Beech Video short
2008 Open Season 2 Rufus Direct-to-video[13]
2008 Underfist: Halloween Bash Hoss Delgado Television film[13]
2008 Bolt Veteran Cat [13]
2010 The Search for Santa Paws Comet Direct-to-video[13]
2011 Spooky Buddies Hound Direct-to-video[13]
2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Comet Direct-to-video[13]
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon Brad Adams / Blue Falcon II Direct-to-video[13]
2013 Superman: Unbound Steve Lombard Direct-to-video[13]
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Bruce Wayne / Batman Direct-to-video[13]
2014 Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Mrs. Vanders Direct-to-video[13]
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Guy Gardner / Green Lantern, Gardner Grant / Greenzarro Direct-to-video[13]
2015 Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness H.A.M. Direct-to-video[13]
2016 Pup Star Kano Direct-to-video[13]
2017 Surf's Up 2: WaveMania Tank "The Shredder" Evans Direct-to-video[13]
2017 Tangled: Before Ever After Stan the Guard Television film[13]
2017 Pup Star: Better2Getter Kano Direct-to-video[13]
2018 Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold Bruce Wayne / Batman Direct-to-video[13]
2018 Duck Duck Goose Bing [13]
2018 Puppy Star Christmas Kano Direct-to-video[13]
2020 Superman: Red Son Lex Luthor Direct-to-video[13]
2020 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Borthos [13]


List of voice performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Gargoyles Jason Canmore 3 episodes[1]
1998–1999 Hercules Adonis Recurring role; 28 episodes[1]
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer Zookeeper Holiday special[1]
1999–2000 Pepper Ann Additional voices 3 episodes[1]
1999–2009 King of the Hill Doctor, Dirk, Jody "Ray-Roy" Strickland 3 episodes[1]
2000 The Simpsons Sheriff Episode: "Kill the Alligator and Run"[1]
2000–2002 Baby Blues Kenny, Various Characters Main role[1]
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Warp Darkmatter, Targo, Doorman, Natron, Zurg Spy Recurring role; 8 episodes[13][1]
2001–2002 The Zeta Project Zeta, Infiltration Unit 7 Main role[13]
2001 Batman Beyond Zeta Episode: "Countdown"[13]
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Stanley Obrowski Episode: "Tarzan and the Silver Screen"
2001–2003 Lloyd in Space Harvulian 'Boomer' Standervault Recurring role; 10 episodes
2002 Teamo Supremo Dehydro 3 episodes
2002 Grim & Evil Hoss Delgado 2 episodes[1]
2002–2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Hoss Delgado, additional voices Recurring role[13]
2004 Dave the Barbarian Master of Evolution, Ox Episode: "Beef!/Rite of Pillage"[13]
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Lars Television film
2005 South Park Bat Dad, Tom Nelson Episode: "The Losing Edge"
2005–2007 Higglytown Heroes Crane Operator Hero 2 episodes[1]
2006 Korgoth of Barbaria Korgoth, Henchman #1 Television short[13]
2006–2008 The Batman Number 1, Captain Slash, Shadow Thief 3 episodes[13]
2007–2009 Chowder Sergeant Hoagie, Officer Snow Leopard, Mr. Sambl, Fruit Tailor 3 episodes[13][1]
2008–2014 Phineas and Ferb Vance Ward, Albert DuBois, Tom Totally, Additional voices Recurring role; 7 episodes[13]
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays Fiskerton, Dr. Henry Ceveyo, Maboul, Cody Main role; 33 episodes[13]
2008–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Bruce Wayne / Batman / Matches Malone, Kilowog, Ace, Owlman, Solomon Grundy, Lord Death Man Main role[13]
2009–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Rat King Recurring role; 9 episodes[13]
2009 The Goode Family Jeff, Lane Episode: "After-School Special"
2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Simian, Lu Episode: "Birds of a Feather"
2010–2011 Mad Announcer, Parker Selfridge, Batman, Hannibal, Iron Man 4 episodes
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Simian Episode: "Simian Says"
2011–2014, 2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Hundun, Pig Waiter, Villager #1 Recurring role; 8 episodes[13]
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Rex, Shasta, Male Judge Main role[13]
2012–2013 Pound Puppies Banjo Player, Worker 2 episodes[13]
2012–2013 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Guy Gardner 3 episodes[13]
2012, 2014 Gravity Falls Dundgren 2 episodes
2013 Chosen Daniel Easton 3 episodes
2013–2017 Ultimate Spider-Man Kraven the Hunter, Man-Mouse, HYDRA Soldier, Moon Knight Recurring role; 11 episodes[13]
2013 Farm League Batmongoose
2013 Fish Hooks Mr. McGroucherson Episode: "Milo vs. Milo"
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens The Missing Link, additional voices Main role; 25 episodes[13]
2013–2015 Turbo Fast Hardcase, Gulpy, Race Announcer, Junkyard Jeff, Animal Delegate #1 Recurring role; 6 episodes[13]
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bigfoot, Announcer Episode: "A Foot Too Big"[13]
2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Simian, Alien Citizen 2 episodes[13]
2014–2016 All Hail King Julien Abner, Andy Fairfax, Trevor Recurring role; 17 episodes[13]
2014–2016 TripTank Dad, Cave Troll, Evil Tree, The Great Donkey 4 episodes[13]
2015 Transformers: Rescue Bots Jules Verne Episode: "The Last of Morocco"[14][13]
2015 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Scott McDoon, Waiter, Chef Episode: "All Paws on Deck"[15][13]
2015 Nickelodeon's Ho Ho Holiday Special Villain Holiday special
2015–2018 Miles from Tomorrowland Admiral Crick, Sly, Dashiell Scamp, Mr. Cooney, additional voices Recurring role; 46 episodes[13]
2016–2020 BoJack Horseman Judah Mannowdog, Blimp Pilot Recurring role; 14 episodes[1]
2016–2019 Milo Murphy's Law Martin Murphy, additional voices Recurring role[13]
2016 We Bare Bears Todd Eagle, additional voices Episode: "Baby Bears on a Plane"
2016 Guardians of the Galaxy Maximus 2 episodes[13]
2016–2017 Justice League Action Booster Gold, Uthool, H.I.V.E. Master Recurring role; 11 episodes[13]
2017–2019 American Dad! Juan 'Johnny Concussion' Consuelo, Demon Guy Fieri 3 episodes
2017 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Cupid Episode: "Second First Date"[13]
2017 Michael Jackson's Halloween Franklin Stein TV special[13]
2017–2019 Wacky Races Peter Perfect, Bugsy, Paul Perfect, Philomena Perfect, Pinky, Humpty Dumpty, Dr. Jekyll, Studio Exec [13]
2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Tony Towel 2 episodes[13]
2017—2020 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Stan the Guard 18 episodes[13]
2018–2020 The Boss Baby: Back in Business Junior Fancy [13]
2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Bluff Dunder, Felony Carl, Various characters Recurring role[13]
2019–present Harley Quinn Bruce Wayne / Batman, Thomas Wayne, Gorilla Grodd, No Pinkie Pete, Trainer, Goon Recurring role[13]
2019 Amphibia Frog Jordan Episode: "The Big Bugball Game"[13]
2020 Animaniacs Odysseus Episode: "Warners Unbound"[16]
2021 The Loud House Digital Shorts Muscle Fish Shorts: "Muscle Fish" and "Super Switchreoo-niverse"[13]
2021; 2024 Masters of the Universe: Revelation King Randor, Trap Jaw, Buzz Off Recurring role; 6 episodes[13]
2022 Transformers: EarthSpark Mandroid Recurring role[17]
2022 The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib Junior Fancy Jr.
2023 Hamster & Gretel The Imposter Episode: "Hamnesia/Romancing the Scone"
2024 Rock, Paper, Scissors Chad Brockchad Recurring role
2024 Batman: Caped Crusader Harvey Dent / Two-Face [18]

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Hoss Delgado [13]
2007 Surf's Up Tank "The Shredder" Evans [13]
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Hoss Delgado, Fiskerton [13]
2009 The Secret Sundays: Beasts of the 5th Sun Fiskerton [13]
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Batman, Kilowog [13]
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers Spitfire
2019 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Maximus [13]
2023 Justice League: Cosmic Chaos Batman, Super Fan Steve, Ethyl [19]


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