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Steve Oedekerk has quickly established a multi-faceted career that includes directing, writing, acting, stand-up comedy and animation.

He has written and directed films that have grossed over $800 million in worldwide box office, including Golden Globe nominated Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. In addition, Oedekerk has appeared in the top comedy clubs in America, starred in his own specials, and created television specials for NBC, ABC and UPN. In the world of animation, he has created original programming and supports them with groundbreaking technology.

Oedekerk's wide array of current projects also include a guiding role in the Jimmy Neutron multimedia franchise, with Nickelodeon and Paramount, and producing Juwanna Mann for Morgan Creek and Warner Bros., to be released in January, 2002.

Oederkerk's company, O Entertainment, is also leading the way with the first IMAX 3D animated film, Santa vs. the Snowman, slated for release November 2002.

Oedekerk created Thumbmation technology, which will mark its debut in a series of Thumb Parody projects to be distributed worldwide on DVD and video by Image Entertainment. Kicking off the series is Thumb Wars, a send-up of the Star Wars Trilogy. Five more films will follow in 2002, including Thumbtanic, Bat Thumb and The Godthumb.

His writing credits include some of the most successful movies of the nineties. While writing on the Fox series In Living Color, Oedekerk collaborated with Jim Carrey on the surprise hit comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. With the film breaking box-office records, Oedekerk wrote and directed its sequel, Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls, which proved to be one of those rare sequels that actually out-grossed the original.

Following the success of Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls, Oedekerk wrote Universal's The Nutty Professor, which became one of the highest-grossing films of 1996. He also wrote, directed and appeared (in a scene-stealing cameo) in Touchstone Pictures' Nothing To Lose, starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. On the small screen, Oedekerk directed, wrote, produced and starred in his own television special, NBC's steve.oedekerk.com, collaborating with John Davis and Keith Alcorn's DNA Productions.

Oedekerk resides in Southern California with his wife, two children and a badger, pound for pound known to be the most vicious mammal on the planet.

updated 24-Feb-2002


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