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Bill Fagerbakke
Bill Fagerbakke on Comic-Con panel (2009) - Cropped.jpg
Fagerbakke at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
William A. Fagerbakke[1]

(1957-10-04) October 4, 1957 (age 63)[1]
EducationUniversity of Idaho (BA)
Southern Methodist University (MFA)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1984–present
Known for
(m. 1989; separated 2012)

William A. "Bill" Fagerbakke (/ˈfɡərbɑːki/ FAYG-ər-bahk-ee; born October 4, 1957)[1] is an American actor. He voices Patrick Star in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and played Michael "Dauber" Dybinski on the sitcom Coach. He also appeared in 12 episodes of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Marshall Eriksen's father Marvin.

Early life and education

Fagerbakke was born on October 4, 1957,[2] in Fontana, California, and moved to Rupert, Idaho, as a youth. He graduated from Minico High School in Rupert in 1975, where he was a three-sport athlete for the Spartans in football, basketball, and track.[3]

Although he had multiple scholarship offers for college football, including Pac-8 schools, he decided to stay in state and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow.[3] He was a defensive lineman for the Vandals and was ticketed to redshirt in 1976, but was called into action in the fourth game of his sophomore season.[4] The Vandals went 7–4 in 1976, their first winning season in five years, and were 5–2 in the seven games that Fagerbakke started.[5] Head coach Ed Troxel planned on moving him to the offensive line in 1977,[6] but a knee injury in spring drills ended Fagerbakke's athletic career, which turned his focus to theater. (The Vandals went 3–8 in 1977 and Troxel was fired; then 2–9 in 1978 under Jerry Davitch, one of the wins being a "no-show" forfeit.)[5]

Fagerbakke's first theatrical role was in a campus production of Godspell.[3] He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and earned his bachelor's degree in 1981, a result of "two years of football and four years of school."[7][8] He later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.[3][9]


Bill Fagerbakke with fellow SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Rodger Bumpass (the voice of Squidward)

Fagerbakke has appeared on television in roles such as assistant coach "Dauber" Dybinski on Coach, and in movies, including Funny Farm.[10] He had a role as the mentally disabled Tom Cullen in the 1994 mini-series Stephen King's The Stand. In 1999, he had a role in HBO's original series Oz as Officer Karl Metzger. Since 1999, he has provided the voice of Patrick Star for the Nicktoon SpongeBob SquarePants. His character on Coach was based on a former assistant coach at Idaho, a graduate assistant nicknamed "Tuna."[11]

In 2007, he made a cameo appearance on the show Heroes as Steve Gustavson in the episodes "Run" and "Unexpected." In 2009, he had a role in the film Jennifer's Body. He also played the role of Marvin Eriksen Sr. in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in the TV show Weeds.


List of Voice Performances in Television Series
Year Title Role Notes Source
1994 Beethoven Caesar / Roger's Dad 13 Episodes
1994-1996 Gargoyles Broadway / Hollywood Recurring role;38 Episodes
1994-1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Troop Leader / Tiny / Carl 3 Episodes [12]
1995-1996 Dumb and Dumber Harry Dunne Main Role [12]
1996-1999 Jumanji Alan Parrish Main Role
40 Episodes
1999–Present SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Star, Additional Voices Main role [12]
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Dank Ep. "On the Right Track" [12]
1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman Dolphus Television film
2000 Batman Beyond Payback Ep. "Payback" [12]
2007-2009 Transformers Animated Bulkhead, Master Disaster, Hot Shot, Additional Voices Recurring Role [12]
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Morris Bench Ep. "Shear Strength" [12]
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Ronnie Raymond, Lead 4 Episodes [12]
2010-2011 Sym-Bionic Titan Meat 5 Episodes
2011 Young Justice Big Bear Ep. "Disordered" [12]
2013-2016 Wander Over Yonder Prince Cashmere, Additional Voices 3 Episodes [12]
2015-2017 All Hail King Julien King Joey, Lazy Doug, Hans, Rat DJ, Leonard 9 Episodes [13][12]
2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Banana's Dad Ep. "Flower for Burgerstein" [12]
2017 American Dad! Strannix Ep. "The Long Bomb"
2017 Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz Scarecrow Recurring role;12 Episodes [12]
2018 DuckTales Ghost of Christmas Present Ep. "Last Christmas!"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Source
1996 Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Oafish Guard
2001 Nicktoons Racing Patrick Star
SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty [12]
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge [12]
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month [12]
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman [12]
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom [12]
2004 Nicktoons Movin'
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie [12]
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! [12]
Nicktoons Unite! [12]
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island [12]
2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots [12]
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis [12]
2008 SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom [12]
2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square [12]
2011 Nicktoons MLB [12]
SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip
2013 SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Patrick Star/Clem [12]
2015 SpongeBob HeroPants Patrick Star [12]
2020 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated Archival recordings [14]



Fagerbakke, Talley, and Bumpass at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con


Year Film Award Category Result
2012 The Artist Critics' Choice Movie Awards[17] Best Acting Ensemble Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d "Bill Fagerbakke Biography (1957-)". Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2005). Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. Detroit: Gale Research Co. p. 52. ISBN 9780787690342.
  3. ^ a b c d White, Vera (July 31, 1997). "Football not enough for Fagerbakke". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  4. ^ "Bad news for Idaho: Joe Pellegrini lost". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 5, 1976. p. 16.
  5. ^ a b "Idaho yearly results: 1975-79". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Payne, Bob (November 28, 1976). "Vandals on the rise?". Spokesman-Review. p. D5.
  7. ^ "Actor uses experience at Idaho for role in Coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 8, 1991. p. 5B.
  8. ^ Archived 2010-05-15 at the Wayback Machine - famous members - Delta Tau Delta - accessed 2012-03-01
  9. ^ Stalwick, Howie (January 6, 1991). "Dippy Dybinski is smart off screen". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C4.
  10. ^ Douglas, Patrick (January 14, 2008). "Interview with Bill Fagerbakke". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  11. ^ "Bill Fagerbakke". Waycross Journal-Herald. Associated Press. January 8, 1991. p. P-4.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Bill Fagerbakke (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved January 3, 2019. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  13. ^ "True Bromance". All Hail King Julien. Season 2. Episode 12. October 16, 2015. Netflix.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Gallagher, Brian (July 11, 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia -". Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Davis, Brandon (January 23, 2019). "'SpongeBob SquarePants 3' Begins Production". Comicbook. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2012) – Best Picture: The Artist". December 13, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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