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Steve Oedekerk

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Steve Oedekerk has quickly established a multi-faceted career that includes producing, directing, writing, acting, stand-up comedy and animation. He has written and directed films that have grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office, recently received a best animated film academy award nomination for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) as well as starring in and directing the wild retro-martial arts comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002), which grossed it's entire budget on the opening weekend. In addition, Oedekerk has appeared in the top comedy clubs in America, starred in 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 includes writing Bruce Almighty (2003), starring Jim Carrey for Universal, the further expansion of the "Jimmy Neutron" franchise, for Nickelodeon and Paramount, with a second feature film in the works, as well as 40 episodes of "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron" with over $100 million dollars of sponsor support. Oedekerk's company, O Entertainment, is also leading the way with the first IMAX 3D animated film, Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (2002), releasing November, 2002. Oedekerk also created "Thumbmation" the technology behind the series of Thumb Parody projects distributed worldwide on DVD and video by Image Entertainment. Kicking off the series was "Thumb Wars", followed by "Thumbtanic", "The Blair Thumb", "Bat Thumb", "Frankenthumb" and "The Godthumb".

His writing credits include some of the most successful movies in recent history. While writing on the Fox series "In Living Color" (1990), Oedekerk collaborated with Jim Carrey on the surprise hit comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." When that film became a break-out success, Oedekerk was asked to write and directed its sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), which proved to be one of those rare sequels that far surpassed the box office gross of the original.

Following the success of "Ace Ventura" franchise, Oedekerk wrote Universal's The Nutty Professor (1996), 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 (1997), starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. He then went on to write the box office smash and Golden Globe nominated Patch Adams (1998) starring Robin Williams. On the small screen, Oedekerk directed, wrote, and starred in his own television special for NBC, produced an animated Christmas special for ABC as well as the original "Thumb Wars" special for UPN.

 

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