The voice of Aloysius O’Hare, the “bad guy” in the newly released film, The Lorax, is none other than Webster University alumnus Rob Riggle ’97, who earned his master’s degree in public administration from Webster’s campus location in Camp Lejeune, N.C., while serving in the Marines.
Riggle’s comedy career began in 1997 in New York City, while he was still on active duty. He spent seven years studying, teaching and performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.
Riggle says taking classes three nights a week and working full time was not easy, but he considers his Webster education invaluable for his career path. He is still in the Marine Reserves and was just promoted to lieutenant colonel.
His undergraduate degree in theater and film is from Kansas University, and though KU is dear to his heart, Riggle says he was a better student at the graduate level and valued his classes more. He also has a deep love for the military and is proud to be able to give back to his country.
Riggle has appeared in many films, including: The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Walberg, The Hangover, The Goods: The Don Ready Story, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights. His television work includes CBS’s Gary Unmarried, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his own half-hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Rob Riggle.