David Koechner is an American actor and comedian who has worked in the entertainment industry for over three decades. his role in the 2004 comedy Anchorman as Champ Kind Since then, he’s appeared in TV shows like The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, as well as films like The Comebacks and Krampus.
David Koechner rose to stardom after starring in the American sitcom “The Office.”r is an American actor and comedian who has worked in the media for more than three decades. David Koechner rose to prominence after appearing in the American comedic television series “The Office.”
Early Life of David
David Koechner was born David Michael Koechner on August 24, 1962, in Tipton, Missouri. He grew raised in a Catholic family with his mother Margaret Ann, father Cecil, and siblings Mark, Cecilia, Joe, Mary-Rose, and Joan.
David’s father managed a turkey coop manufacturing company. After graduating from high school, Koechner enrolled in Benedictine College to study political science before transferring to the University of Missouri. He later chose to pursue a comedic career and relocated to Chicago, where he studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic and joined The Second City, improv team.
David made his film and television debut in 1995, with roles in “It’s Now… or NEVER!” and on the NBC sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live.” After his season at “SNL,” Koechner appeared in sketches on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1996 to 1997 and guest-starred on “The Jamie Foxx Show” (1996), “Mad About You” (1997), “Dharma & Greg” (1999), “Freaks and Geeks” (2000), and “The Norm Show” (2000). (2000).
He participated in the films “Wag the Dog” (1997), “Dirty Work” (1998), and “Man on the Moon” (1999), and he had a regular role in the CBS series “Still Standing” from 2002 to 2003. David co-starred in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and Christina Applegate in 2004, and he reprised the role of sportscaster Champ Kind in “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie” in 2004 and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” in 2013.
Koechner joined together with Will Ferrell again in 2006’s “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and 2008’s “Semi-Pro.” In 2005, he reunited with Steve Carell on “The Office” when Steve recommended him for the role of Todd Packer; David appeared in 15 episodes during the show’s nine-season run. In 2006, he was in eight movies, including “Let’s Go to Prison,” “Snakes on a Plane,” and “Thank You for Smoking.”
He later appeared as a guest star on “Monk” (2007), “Pushing Daisies” (2008), and “Hannah Montana” (2008–2010), as well as in the films “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007), “Balls of Fury” (2007), “Get Smart” (2008), “Extract” (2009), and “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” (2010). (2009).
His first leading film role was as Lambeau Fields in 2007’s “The Comebacks,” and he also appeared on “The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show” the same year. Koechner had a main role in the ABC comedy “Hank” (2009–2010), then he guest-starred in “Chuck” (2011), “The Middle” (2013), “Psych” (2013), “Justified” (2014), and “Maron” (2015). (2015).
Awards and Nominations
In the 2015 New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition, Koechner was named Best Actor for “The Parker Tribe.” His act as Champ Kind garnered him three MTV Movie Award nominations: Best On-Screen Team for “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” Best WTF Moment and Best Fight for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” and Best WTF Moment and Best Fight for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
In 2014, David was nominated for a Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Cheap Thrills,” and in 2015, he was nominated for an Improvisation News New York Award for Improv Comedy.
Best in Long Form Improv. In 2016, the cast of “Hell and Back” was nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film, and Koechner and his “Faith-Based” co-stars were nominated for Best Ensemble Cast Feature Film award at the 2020 Idyllwild International Film Festival.
David’s Net Worth
David Koechner is a $4 million-worth American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. With more than 190 acting roles to his name, Koechner is probably best known for playing Champ Kind in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) and Todd Packer in the NBC show “The Office” (2005–2013).
David and Leigh Morgan were married on June 27, 1998. They have five children, three girls named Margot, Eve, and Audrey, and two boys named Charlie and Sargent.
Koechner has tattooed on his right arm the names of Leigh and their children. David filed for divorce in January 2020 after separating from Leigh in February 2019.
Koechner is featured in multiple videos on the official website of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he is a fan of the team. David co-hosts the annual charity event Big Slick Celebrity Weekend alongside Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and Eric Stonestreet; the event benefits Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.