Actor Bill Fagerbakke

William A. “Bill” Fagerbakke (/ˈfeɪɡərbɑːki/ FAYG-ər-bahk-ee; born October 4, 1957) 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, 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.

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. 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. 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. Head coach Ed Troxel planned on moving him to the offensive line in 1977, 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.)

Fagerbakke’s first theatrical role was in a campus production of Godspell. 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.” He later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


Fagerbakke has appeared on television in roles such as assistant coach “Dauber” Dybinski on Coach, and in movies, including Funny Farm. 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.”

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.


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
1995-1996 Dumb and Dumber Harry Dunne Main Role
1996-1999 Jumanji Alan Parrish Main Role
40 Episodes
1999–Present SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Star, Additional Voices Main role
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Dank Ep. “On the Right Track”
1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman Dolphus Television film
2000 Batman Beyond Payback Ep. “Payback”
2007-2009 Transformers Animated Bulkhead, Master Disaster, Hot Shot, Additional Voices Recurring Role
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Morris Bench Ep. “Shear Strength”
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Ronnie Raymond, Lead 4 Episodes
2010-2011 Sym-Bionic Titan Meat 5 Episodes
2011 Young Justice Big Bear Ep. “Disordered”
2013-2016 Wander Over Yonder Prince Cashmere, Additional Voices 3 Episodes
2015-2017 All Hail King Julien King Joey, Lazy Doug, Hans, Rat DJ, Leonard 9 Episodes
2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Banana’s Dad Ep. “Flower for Burgerstein”
2017 American Dad! Strannix Ep. “The Long Bomb”
2017 Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz Scarecrow Recurring role;12 Episodes
2018 DuckTales Ghost of Christmas Present Ep. “Last Christmas!”
2021 Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Patrick Star, Additional Voices Main role
2021 The Patrick Star Show Patrick Star, Additional Voices Main role

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
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
2004 Nicktoons Movin’
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
Nicktoons Unite!
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island
2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots
SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis
2008 SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
2009 SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
2011 Nicktoons MLB
SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip
2013 SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge Patrick Star/Clem
2015 SpongeBob HeroPants Patrick Star
2020 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated Archival recordings


  • Coach (1989–1997) (TV Series)
  • Stephen King’s The Stand (1994) (TV Series) – Tom Cullen
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) (TV Series) – Dirk
  • Oz (TV Series) (1998–1999) – Karl Metzger
  • Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (Animated TV series) – Sgt. Gossard (1999)
  • Dragon Tales (1999–2005) (TV series) (Additional Voices)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (TV Series) – Thud
  • Lloyd in Space (2001) (voice) (TV series) – Kurt Blobberts
  • Jackie Chan Adventures (2001) (voice) – Butch
  • Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast (2003) (voice) – Patrick Star
  • SpongeBob SquarePants B.C. (Before Comedy) (2004) – Patar (Caveman version of Patrick Star), Caveman
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) – Marvin Eriksen Sr.
  • A.T.O.M. (2005–2006) – Albert “Flesh”
  • Family Guy (2007) (voice) – Patrick Star (archive footage from The Campfire Episode; uncredited) – Road to Rupert
  • Kim Possible (2007) (voice) – Myron
  • According To Jim (2007) (TV Series) – Howard
  • Shrieking Violet (2007) – Larchmont
  • Phineas and Ferb (2009) – Frosty the Snowman
  • Handy Manny (2010) – Roland
  • Weeds (2012) – Police Academy Instructor
  • Robot and Monster (2012) – Lev Krumholtz
  • Growing Up Fisher (2014) – Ken Fisher
  • Crash & Bernstein (2014) – Jeff
  • Black-ish (2017) – Tom Avery
  • Mom (2018) – Sergeant Gene Rubenzer
  • I’m Dying Up Here (2018) – Chris Beverly
  • Films

  • Perfect Strangers (1984)
  • Almost Partners (1987)
  • The Secret of My Success (1987)
  • Funny Farm (1988)
  • Loose Cannons (1990)
  • 3×3 Eyes (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Felidae (1994) (English dub) – Gus
  • Playtoons (1994) (Additional Voices) – FLOOBS
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (voice) – Oafish Guard
  • Under Wraps (1997) – Harold/Ted
  • The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) – Sparky
  • Help! I’m a Fish (2000) (voice) – Shark (credited David Baterson)
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (2001) (voice) – Mooch
  • Ken Park (2002)
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited (2002) (voice) – Fungus (in some episodes)
  • Patrick the Snowman (2002) (voice) – Patrick Star
  • Quigley (2003)
  • Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) (voice) – Ralph, Mr. Conner
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (voice) – Patrick Star
  • Callback (2005)
  • The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005) (voice) – Ted the Polar Bear
  • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005) (voice) – Frosty the Snowman
  • The Endless Summer (SpongeBob SquarePants short) (2005) (voice) – Patrick Star
  • Finding Amanda (2008) – Larry
  • Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2008) – Various
  • Space Buddies (2009) – Pi
  • Halloween II (2009) – Deputy Webb
  • Jennifer’s Body (2009) – Jonas’ Dad
  • The Artist (2011) – Policeman
  • Rosewood Lane (2011) – Hank Hawthorne
  • The Babymakers (2012) – Clark
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue (2013) – Patrick Star
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) – Patrick Star
  • All In with Cam Newton (2016) – Himself
  • All Hail King Julien: Exiled (2017) – Hans, Hans Army
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) – Patrick Star
  • Accolades

    Year Film Award Category Result
    2012 The Artist Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated

    External Links

    Actor Bill Fagerbakke – Wikipedia

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