Bob Odenkirk Bounces Back After Heart Attack, Returns to ‘Better Call Saul’

by Lauren Boisvert
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Bob Odenkirk isn’t letting something like a heart attack stop him from living his best life. The actor is back to work on Better Call Saul, despite the fact that he suffered a small heart attack on set in July.

He posted on Twitter this morning, “Back to work on Better Call Saul! So happy to be here and living this specific life surrounded by such good people.”

On July 28, Odenkirk’s son, Nate, posted on Twitter, “He’s going to be okay,” in reference to his dad’s condition. The outpouring of love and support from fans and friends was immediate; the post got more than 450,000 likes.

Filming for the 6th and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off began in March 2021.

‘Better Call Saul’: The Tale of Saul Goodman

Better Call Saul follows lawyer Jimmy McGill, who, through a series of misfortunes, mistakes, and several years, rebrands himself as slick, smarmy criminal attorney Saul Goodman. He starts out as a con-man in his Illinois hometown, until his brother Chuck convinces him to move to Albuquerque and get a legitimate job. While in Albuquerque, Jimmy meets his future wife Kim, a law student. Inspired by her drive and success, he goes to a correspondence law school, passing the bar and opening his own practice.

On Breaking Bad, Saul is Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s lawyer and advisor; he boasts about having criminal connections, and is often “a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other criminals-for-hire.”

Eventually, things spiraled for Walt and Jesse, and, subsequently, Saul. He was forced to flee to Nebraska, where he became Gene Takavic, manager of a local Cinnabon.

Better Call Saul takes fans back to Saul Goodman’s solo lawyering days behind a Vietnamese nail salon. Saul doesn’t do too well at first, and “mostly works for the court as a public defender for $700 a case and struggles with debt.” After a day spent losing cases, he decides to go back to his shady past running scams. This gets him into all sorts of trouble, and it’s all culminating in the 6th and final season.

Bob Odenkirk’s Past Work

Bob Odenkirk worked for Saturday Night Live from 1987 until 1991. He contributed to many of the sketches, “but felt uncertain of the efficacy of his own writing at the show.” In 1991 he wrote for the shows Get a Life and The Dennis Miller Show. His friendship with Ben Stiller from his SNL days led to a writing and acting role on The Ben Stiller Show in 1992.

Odenkirk met David Cross through The Ben Stiller Show, and the two started performing sketch comedy shows together, culminating in Mr. Show with Bob and David. The show ran on HBO for 4 seasons, but never broke out of a cult following. Odenkirk had various guest starring roles in television from then on, while also spending his time writing films. In 2009 he joined the cast of Breaking Bad.

His role as Saul Goodman was only supposed to be a 3-episode appearance, but he impressed writers Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan so much that they made his character a series regular. Saul appeared in the 3rd through 5th and final seasons.

Recently, in March 2021, Odenkirk starred in the film Nobody. The film follows “a bored family man who, after his house gets robbed, returns to his dangerous former life.”