Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966), better known as Diedrich Bader, is an American actor and comedian. Many know him for his role as Oswald Lee Harvey on The Drew Carey Show, and voice portrayal of Batman on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Personal life

Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on Christmas Eve, 1966, the son of Gretta Bader, a sculptor, and William B. Bader, a foundation executive who worked in politics.[1] At the age of two, his family moved to Paris, France, but he returned to the U.S. to attend Groveton High School. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in (Alexandria, Virginia) and later college at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Bader is married to actress Dulcy Rogers with whom he has two children.[citation needed]


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.

Bader has had roles in animated features such 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.

Bader has provided his voice to several different Batman cartoons as both heroes and villains: Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, The Batman, and starring as the title character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.



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Preceded by
Kevin Conroy
Voice of Batman
Succeeded by
Kevin Conroy

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