Bill Oberst, Jr. may well be the greatest character actor since Boris Karloff. Yet, he’s not a household name yet. One of the main reasons that the film, ABRAHAM LINCOLN Vs. ZOMBIES, worked so well was because of Bill Oberst. From an early age this great character actor learned how to do effective and dead-on impersonations of his school teachers to make the other kids laugh to prevent being bullied. But, he also fine-honed his skills to do famous person impersonations as well, eventually doing a one man shows as famous comics Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Newhart and others.
Bill Oberst’s unique looks along with his skills as an impersonator have landed him roles playing Presidents John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, as well as mark Twain, Jesus and German officers in one man shows, plays, stage shows and films.
One woman who worked for JFK couldn’t help but remark to Bill Oberst about his remarkable portrayal of the late president. And Bill Oberst has gained terrific praise and rave reviews for his other stage roles. The latest film, ABRAHAM LINCOLN Vs. ZOMBIES brings the awesome talents to Bill Oberst to film, and should only help the incredible actor achieve greater success.
Bill Oberst’s talents are so fine that he was even chosen by the widow of Lewis Grizzard to play the lead in stage show about this celebrated Southern humorist.
One of the best quotes about Bill Oberst is that he’s “the greatest actor that you’ve never heard of”. That’s exactly right. But, films like ABRAHAM LINCOLN Vs. ZOMBIES where Bill Oberst does a dead-on characterization of the late president should only really help to propel him to greater things. His mannerisms, speech and walk of the late president are incredible. What a great actor Bill Oberst is. A real national treasure. At some point you expect him to land a great role and win himself an Oscar for best actor during his career. And at the age of 46, the actor has many more years ahead to make some big roles that count.