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Steve Oedekerk was born November 27, 1961 and is an American comedian, director, editor, producer, screenwriter and actor. Oedekerk is best known for his collaborations with actor Jim Carrey (particularly the Ace Ventura franchise), his series of "Thumbmation" shorts and his film Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002).
Oedekerk was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently lives there with his wife and two children. Throughout his career, Oedekerk has appeared in and created several television specials for NBC, ABC, and UPN. He also contributed his writing talents to FOX during the late 1980s and through the early 1990s. It was during this time that Oedekerk befriended fellow comic/actor Jim Carrey while working on the television series In Living Color during its 1990-1994 run; this was the first of numerous collaborations between the two.
Prior to his successful contributions to several unknown episodes in the Color TV series, he wrote and starred in his first independent/directorial film, Smart Alex (1987). It wasn't until 1991 that Oedekerk was attached not only as a writer, but also as the main protagonist, as Thane Furrows in the film High Strung. Jim Carrey also starred opposite him in the role of Death, although he went uncredited. Shortly afterward, Oedekerk again worked alongside Carrey as the project consultant for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). The film began a break-out success and he was given the opportunity to both direct and write its sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). The sequel proved to be more successful, surpassing the box office gross of the original.
Following the Ace Ventura franchise, Oedekerk co-wrote The Nutty Professor (1996) for Universal Pictures and it became one of the highest-grossing films of that year. He soon wrote, directed and also had a cameo appearance in Nothing to Lose (1997), starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. Oedekerk would take a hiatus from directing major films productions for the rest of the 1990s, but continued to write screenplays, including Patch Adams (1998), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002) (which he directed, wrote and filled the starring role), Bruce Almighty (2003) and Barnyard (2006).
In 2007, Oedekerk produced the screenplay and story for the Bruce Almighty sequel, Evan Almighty. He has also been commissioned to write the screenplay for the Ripley's Believe It or Not! film adaptation due for release in 2009; Jim Carrey is in negotiations to be cast in the title role
In 1990, he founded the entertainment company O Entertainment. He is also executive producer of the computer animated cartoon series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius on Nickelodeon. He wrote, produced, and directed the animated feature film Barnyard. In 2007, he began production on his own animated TV series for Nickelodeon, Back at the Barnyard, based on the film. It premiered on Nickelodeon in September 29, 2007, and is currently airing its second season.
Oedekerk also gained popularity with his series of "Thumbmation" shorts: Thumb Wars, Bat Thumb, The Godthumb, Frankenthumb, The Blair Thumb and Thumbtanic.