Funny Man Who's Seriously In Love: Inside Patton Oswalt's Marriages to Meredith Salenger and Michelle McNamara

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Patton Oswalt is as in love as ever.

The actor, writer and comedian is married to Meredith Salenger, his second wife who he met after his first wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, died tragically and suddenly in 2016.

Salenger and Oswalt frequently honor McNamara's memory.

"Finding out about Michelle made me love Patton even more," Salenger told PEOPLE. "I was like, ‘He likes smart girls and he likes good girls.' My friend said, 'I think Michelle orchestrated this from heaven.'"

Get to know Patton Oswalt's wife Meredith Salenger and his late wife Michelle McNamara.

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Who is Patton Oswalt's wife?

Patton Oswalt is married to actress Meredith Salenger. Before meeting Salenger, he was married to author Michelle McNamara until McNamara's tragic death in 2016. He and have a daughter named Alice, to whom Salenger is now a stepmother.

What caused Michelle McNamara's death?

Oswalt's first wife, Michelle McNamara, died in her sleep in 2016. About a year after her passing, Oswalt revealed that McNamara had an undiagnosed medical condition causing blockages in her arteries. That condition, combined with Adderall, Xanax and fentanyl in her system, caused her untimely death.

Did Patton Oswalt get married?

Oswalt married Salenger in 2017 after dating for about a year. He and McNamara wed in 2005 and were together as a couple for a total of 13 years before she died.

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How did Patton Oswalt meet his current wife?

In February 2016, Oswalt and Salenger connected on Facebook after they missed a dinner party for mutual pal Martha Plimpton and chatted for months before they finally met in person that May.

“We talked every single night on Facebook for three months and really got to know each other,” Oswalt previously told Us Weekly. “I got to know what an extraordinary human being she was. So it was just a no-brainer for me to know that this is the person that I want to be with. It took talking to her nonstop every night for three months and then it took knowing her for a month and then it was like, yea, this is the person I’m going to spend my life with.”

Plimpton later officiated their wedding.

“My favorite moment was when I was standing up at the altar and my daughter came down the aisle—she was a flower girl," Oswalt recalled of the big day. "And she just spontaneously gave me this huge hug ... It was like, 'We’re safe now. Things are OK. 'I almost started crying. I was so happy the way that she held me. Like, 'Things are OK now.' It felt amazing. That moment.”

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Has Meredith Salenger been married before?

Salenger has not been married before. Oswalt is her first and only husband.

How old was Michelle McNamara when she died?

McNamara was 46 years old when she died. Her 46th birthday was exactly one week before her passing.

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How did Patton Oswalt meet his first wife?

Oswalt met McNamara after one of his performances in May 2003. He admitted to PEOPLE that she was so beautiful that she rendered him speechless.

"It was love pretty much immediately for me. I think it took a few months for her," he said. "But it must’ve turned to love pretty solidly because by September she’d moved in with me."

Who has Meredith Salenger dated?

Salenger's love life, sans her marriage to Oswalt, has been pretty quiet! Her only other rumored relationship was more than 35 years ago: She was linked to Donovan Leitch, Jr., way back in 1986.

What is Meredith Salenger known for?

Salenger has worked steadily as an actress and voice-over artist since the 1980s. She's best known for playing the title role in The Journey of Natty Gann in 1985, as well as for playing film critic Amy Lloyd in a two-episode arc of Dawson's Creek. She has also appeared in the original Marvel Studios Daredevil series, as well as voicing characters in everything from Robot Chicken to Star Wars Rebels, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and M.O.D.O.K., the latter alongside Oswalt.

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