Born on August 24, 1962 in Tipton, Missouri, David Koechner is an American character actor on stage, film and television, as well as a comedian and musician. He studied political science at the University of Missouri, but moved to Chicago to pursue a career in sketch comedy. He then studied at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic and joined The Second City comedy troupe.
David Koechner landed a one-year stint on Saturday Night Live in 1992. He became good friends with guest-writer David ‘Gruber’ Allen and Will Ferrell. On the show, he also impersonated several celebrities like Burt Reynolds, Charlie Sheen, Robert Shapiro, Phil Gramm, Oliver Stone and Pat Buchanan. Koechner next joined the sketch cast of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He has had minor roles on the films Wag the Dog in 1997, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Man on the Moon, both in 1999. His partnership with David ‘Gruber’ Allen advanced, and he appeared on Allen’s improvisational comedy act, The Naked Trucker Show. His comic career also led him to a spot on Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as touring with the comedic musical duo, Tenacious D.
Being featured on sitcoms like Still Standing and films like A Guy Thing and My Boss’s Daughter, David Koechner landed his largest film role as Champ Kind in Will Ferrell’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. His performance led him to share two MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Onscreen Team and Best Musical Performance. His next roles were minor ones, in films like The 40-Year Old Virgin, The Dukes of Hazzard, Talladega Nights and Snakes on a Plane. He was also cast alongside Aaron Eckhart and Maria Bello in the acclaimed film Thank You for Smoking. Koechner was also recommended by Steve Carell to have a recurring role on NBC’s series The Office. He played Todd Packer, the alcoholic best friend of Carell’s character. In 2007, he landed his first leading role in The Comebacks, where he played a college football coach. He also had a sketch comedy series with David ‘Gruber’ Allen on Comedy Central, The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show. He is also in the 2008 film Get Smart, and has voiced characters on King of the Hill and American Dad.