Massachusetts-born Rob Corddry is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in hit films such as “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Warm Bodies” and “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” A longtime correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Corddry also created and starred in the Emmy Award-winning comedy series “Childrens Hospital” on Adult Swim. Watch him in the new season of the HBO series “Ballers,” which premieres July 17.
What was your first car?
My first car was a 1975 Ford Pinto wagon. It was white with woody walls. The floorboards were rusted through on the passenger side, so I had to avoid puddles.
How did you acquire it?
I paid an old man five bucks for it, and it came with a pillow in the back. Actually, my grandmother’s friend Arnold sold it to me. He was only using it to haul trash to the dump. I suspect my grandmother cajoled him into it so she didn’t have to give up her car, a 1970.5 powder blue Ford Falcon that I was fortunate enough to get eventually.
What is your favorite memory of the car?
My Inspiration Point was the back corner of a cemetery in Weymouth, Mass. I guess my favorite memory is that I managed to date girls who didn’t mind kissing in a run-down Ford Pinto wagon while parked in a graveyard.
What happened to it?
The car chronically leaked oil. Eventually, my grandmother admitted that she should have stopped driving years ago, so we junked the Pinto, and I got her car. We used to call the Pinto “The White Whale” due to its mass and preposterous color. I miss that car.