US actor Bob Odenkirk collapses on set

US actor Bob Odenkirk is in a Los Angeles hospital after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul.
US actor Bob Odenkirk is in a Los Angeles hospital after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul.

Television and film actor Bob Odenkirk has been taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital after collapsing on the set of his show Better Call Saul.

The incident was first reported on Tuesday by celebrity news website TMZ.com, which said Odenkirk was stricken as he and castmates were shooting a scene in New Mexico, where the series is set, and that he was immediately surrounded by crew members who called an ambulance.

Two sources confirmed the accuracy of TMZ's account to Reuters by email, on condition that they not be named.

TMZ, which cited its own production and law enforcement sources for its story, reported it was unclear whether Odenkirk, 51, was conscious when he was transported.

The actor was still in hospital under the care of doctors.

Better Call Saul, currently in production for its sixth season, is a prequel to the hit series Breaking Bad, which introduced Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the sharp-witted criminal defence lawyer for the show's protagonist, 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.

Australian Associated Press