Bob Odenkirk’s Son Is Recovering From Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bob Odenkirk‘s son Nathan is recovering after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The star of the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul recently spoke out about his son’s recovery and how the rest of the Odenkirk family is holding up in quarantine. 

Nate Odenkirk
Nate Odenkirk

The Odenkirk’s are social distancing 

Like the rest of the world, Odenkirk is practicing social distancing with his wife, Naomi, and two children, Nathan and Erin. Odenkirk has been putting his time in isolation to good use: “I’m writing every day. I’m working out every day. I’m walking my dog a lot,” he told Variety

Odenkirk also shared that he has been working on a comedy with fellow actor Dino Stamatopoulos, whom he worked with on Mr. Show. “You have to develop your skills. And one thing you can always do is you can always work on yourself,” Odenkirk added. Sheltering in place is the perfect time to do that. 

Who is Nathan Odenkirk?

Nathan is Odenkirk’s eldest son. He is following in his father’s footsteps, performing stand up comedy and starring in projects like Melvin Goes to Dinner, an award-winning comedy directed by his father. Nate, as Odenkirk refers to him, has also had a few other acting roles in projects like Rat Bastard and Scrub.

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According to his LinkedIn profile, the oldest Odenkirk child is studying political science at DePaul University in Chicago. In the past, he worked as a production assistant on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

In addition to pursuing his interest in comedy and acting, Odenkirk’s son runs an online magazine called The Inquirist, a “premier source for thoughtful soft journalism, timely news bits, and life lessons.” Earlier in March, the college student published an article about the spread of coronavirus jokes, writing: “Scientists at the World Health Organization are racing to find a cure, or at least develop an actually funny Coronavirus joke. Progress on either front is slow.”

Bob Odenkirk said Nate is recovering from the coronavirus 

Odenkirk was a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he discussed his 21-year-old son’s experience with the coronavirus. “This was pretty early on, it was a couple weeks ago, and we were all learning about this thing,” Odenkirk explained. 

“I had heard that young people don’t get hit very hard. Since then, we’ve learned that that’s very much a case-by-case basis,” Odenkirk continued. He explained that his biggest concern with Nathan was that he had asthma. “I worried that that would be an extra complication,” Odenkirk said. 

“In the end, it was pretty bad, and it was worse than the flu. The pain in [Nathan’s] throat was the worst thing of all,” Odenkirk reported, in addition to the fatigue and length of the illness. “I’d say [Nathan] got out pretty easily compared to a lot of people who suffer a lot and then worse. It got scarier the longer it went, and the further we got from it, I became aware that we were very lucky,” Odenkirk concluded.