Patton Peter Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer.
Oswalt was born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Carla (née Runfola) and Larry J. Oswalt, a career as a United States Marine Corps officer. He was named after General George S. Patton.
He has one younger brother, Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer best known for writing and starring in the YouTube web series Puddin. While he was a military brat, his family lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia.
He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He later graduated from The College of William & Mary where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Oswalt married true-crime writer and journalist Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005. They had one daughter together, Alice, born in April 2009.
On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in the family's Los Angeles, California, home. Her death was attributed to a combination of a previously undiagnosed heart condition and complications from ingested medications (Adderall, Xanax, and Fentanyl).
The season-three finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory. On August 1, 2016, Oswalt announced that he had been working to complete McNamara's nonfiction book on the Golden State Killer, which was left unfinished at the time of her death. In September 2017, Oswalt announced that the book, titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was scheduled for release on February 27, 2018, and was subsequently available for preorders.
Less than two months after the book's release, on April 25, 2018, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced they had made an arrest in the Golden State Killer case. Oswalt posted a brief video to Instagram, saying: "I think you got him, Michelle." He also posted on Twitter that same day, saying that he hoped to visit the suspect if he was indeed the Golden State Killer, "not to gloat or gawk - to ask him the questions that [McNamara] wanted to be answered in her 'Letter To An Old Man'" at the end of her book.
He was confirmed to be engaged to actress Meredith Salenger in July 2017. They were married in November 2017.
In 2013, he teamed up with PETA and spoke out against chaining pet dogs and sent a letter to the mayor and members of the city council of Newport News, Virginia, urging them to ban the practice.
Oswalt is an outspoken atheist and has referred to his atheism in his comedy specials: No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kinda Patton, My Weakness Is Strong, and Finest Hour.
Oswalt's influences include Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Emo Philips, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin, and Louis C.K.