Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk in stable condition after ‘heart related’ collapse on set
Bob Odenkirk, star of hit TV shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is in a stable condition “after experiencing a heart related incident” that caused him to collapse on set, the actor’s representatives said Wednesday.
Odenkirk was shooting Better Call Saul in New Mexico when he collapsed, TMZ, who first reported the incident, said.
In a statement, the Odenkirks thanked the medical staff looking after the actor, as well as fans for their outpouring of support.
The actor’s son Nate Odenkirk also took to Twitter to share an update on his condition.
“He’s going to be OK,” he posted.
According to TMZ sources, “Odenkirk went down, and was immediately surrounded by crew members who called an ambulance”.
Michael McKean, who plays his brother Chuck in the series, was one of many wishing the actor well on social media. “Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother,” McKean tweeted.
Better Call Saul is currently in production for its sixth season. It is a prequel to the AMC crime series Breaking Bad, which introduced Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the criminal defence attorney for the show’s protagonist, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.
Odenkirk’s spin-off traces his character’s evolution from a two-bit scam artist turned struggling public defender named Jimmy McGill into the morally conflicted lawyer Saul Goodman, who ultimately makes a career representing drug traffickers and underworld figures.
His performances on Better Call Saul have earned Odenkirk four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
His motion picture credits include supporting roles in such films as Nebraska, The Post and Little Women.
More recently he starred in the big-screen action thriller Nobody.
He previously worked as a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show.