Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Fagerbakke at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
Born William Mark Fagerbakke
(1957-10-04) October 4, 1957
Fontana, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Idaho
Occupation Actor, voice actor, producer, director, writer
Years active 1984–present
Known for Patrick Star (voice)
Michael "Dauber" Dybinski
Spouse(s) Catherine McClenahan (m. 1989; separated 2012)

William Mark "Bill" Fagerbakke (/ˈfɡərˌbɑːki/; born October 4, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, director and writer. He is best known for his long-running roles as Patrick Star in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and 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

Fagerbakke, was born 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.[1]


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.[1] 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.[2] The Vandals went 74 in 1976, their first winning season in five years, and were 52 in the seven games that Fagerbakke started.[3] Head coach Ed Troxel planned on moving him to the offensive line in 1977,[4] but a knee injury in spring drills ended Fagerbakke's athletic career, which turned his focus to theater. (The Vandals went 38 in 1977 and Troxel was fired; then 29 in 1978 under Jerry Davitch, one of the wins being a "no-show" forfeit.)[3] Fagerbakke's first theatrical role was in a campus production of Godspell.[1] 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."[5][6] He later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.[1][7]


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, in movies, including Funny Farm, and several on-and-off Broadway stage shows.[8][9] 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. He is the voice of Patrick Star on the Nicktoon, SpongeBob SquarePants.[10] 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." Fagerbakke has received critical acclaim as a thespian by the Screen Actors Guild and Juilliard School of Performing Arts for his roles as Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and Torvald in Ibsen's A Doll's House.[9] 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.

Personal life

In September 2012, Fagerbakke filed for legal separation from his wife, actress Catherine McClenahan, citing irreconcilable differences.[12]


Fagerbakke and Bumpass at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con


Year Film Award Category Result
2012 The Artist Critics' Choice Movie Awards[15] Best Acting Ensemble Nominated


  1. 1 2 3 4 White, Vera (July 31, 1997). "Football not enough for Fagerbakke". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1C.
  2. "Bad news for Idaho: Joe Pellegrini lost". Spokesman-Review. October 5, 1976. p. 16.
  3. 1 2 "Idaho yearly results: 1975-79". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  4. Payne, Bob (November 28, 1976). "Vandals on the rise?". Spokesman-Review. p. D5.
  5. Lewiston Morning Tribune - Actor uses experience at Idaho for role in Coach - Associated Press - 1991-01-08, p.5B
  6. - famous members - Delta Tau Delta - accessed 2012-03-01
  7. Stalwick, Howie (January 6, 1991). "Dippy Dybinski is smart off screen". Spokesman-Review. p. C4.
  8. "Interview with Bill Fagerbakke". Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  9. 1 2 "Do you remember Bill Fagerbakke? He's a star". Magic Valley, Twin Falls, ID. Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  10. "Bill Fagerbakke". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  11. "Bill Fagerbakke". Waycross Journal-Herald. Associated Press. January 8, 1991. p. P-4.
  12. "SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Bill Fagerbakke files for legal separation from wife". Daily Mail. September 24, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  13. Gallagher, Brian (11 July 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia -". Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  14. "True Bromance". All Hail King Julien. Season 2. Episode 12. October 16, 2015. Netflix.
  15. "Critics' Choice Awards".

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