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Kenan Thompson (/ˈkiːnən/ born May 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He is the longest-serving cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That. Thompson has played Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, Russ Tyler in The Mighty Ducks franchise, Dexter Reed in the film Good Burger, and the title character of Fat Albert. In his early career, he often collaborated with fellow comedian and All That cast member Kel Mitchell. He is ranked at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.Contents
Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, to Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson. He has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. He began acting at age 15, appearing in the school play The Gingerbread Duck. He auditioned for a theatre company The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA). One of his earliest roles was as an entertainment reporter for CNN's "Real News for Kids", and he would go on to star in All That, and Kenan & Kel. While Kenan attended Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in East Point, Georgia, he began filming his first movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks.Film and television career
Kenan has starred in several films including Good Burger, based on the All That sketch of the same name, and Fat Albert, in which he played the title character. He has also had supporting roles in the movies Heavyweights, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, My Boss's Daughter, and Snakes on a Plane. Thompson had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell.
In 2009, Thompson was a regular voice actor in the Fox cartoon series, Sit Down, Shut Up, portraying Sue Sezno, who, as evidenced by her last name, always says no. The series premiered on April 19, 2009, but was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings and less than favorable reviews. Thompson provided the voice for the LeBron James puppet in Nike's MVP "Most Valuable Puppets" commercials, which were produced to be shown throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Thompson also guest starred on the USA Network TV show Psych in Season 4's "High Top Fade Out" (episode 7). He played an estranged college singing buddy of the character Gus. In 2011, he briefly returned to Nickelodeon, as he guest starred in "iParty with Victorious", a crossover episode of TV sitcoms "iCarly" and "Victorious". Thompson is the current host of TeenNick's 1990's programming block, The '90s Are All That.
In 2015, Fandango announced that Thompson would play their brand character, fictional character Miles Mouvay. Thompson will play Mouvay in 18 videos, eight 30-second commercials, and a few comedic skits.
On September 23, 2015, Thompson appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside former All That co-star Kel Mitchell in which they reprised their popular Good Burger roles as "Ed" and "Lester Oakes, Construction Worker".Saturday Night Live
Thompson returned to sketch comedy when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2003, becoming the first SNL cast member to be born after SNL's premiere in 1975. Thompson was a featured player until 2005 (spanning the 29th and 30th seasons) and was promoted to repertory player at the beginning of season 31 (the 2005–2006 season).
Thompson has been a cast member on SNL for 15 seasons, breaking the record for the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history previously held by Darrell Hammond, who was on the show for 14 seasons. Thompson became the most senior cast member in the 2013-14 season, following the departure of Seth Meyers. He is also the longest-serving African-American cast member, surpassing Tim Meadows, who stayed on the show for ten seasons, and is also the second-oldest current cast member after Leslie Jones (born 1967). Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 126, beating Hammond's previous record of 107.Personal life
Thompson married model Christina Evangeline on November 11, 2011. Together, they have one child, a daughter, born in 2014.Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler 1995 Heavyweights Roy 1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler 1997 Good Burger Dexter Reed 2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Lewis 2002 Big Fat Liar Party Guest The Master of Disguise Guy on Computer 2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Walter Colley My Boss's Daughter Hans 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kenard Fat Albert Fat Albert 2006 Snakes on a Plane Troy 2008 Space Chimps Ringmaster Voice Wieners Wyatt 2009 Stan Helsing Teddy 2011 The Smurfs Greedy Smurf Voice 2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Henry 2013 The Smurfs 2 Greedy Smurf Voice 2014 They Came Together Teddy Opposite Sex Mitch 2016 Rock Dog Riff Voice Brother Nature Miesha 2017 Going in Style Keith 2019 Amusement Park Voice Television Year Title Role Notes 1994–99; 2002; 2005 All That Various Roles Main role, 102 episodes 1996–98 The Steve Harvey Show Junior 4 episodes 1996–2000 Kenan & Kel Kenan Rockmore Main role, 65 episodes 1997 Sister, Sister Trevor Episode: "Inherit the Twin" 1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Sabrina's Choice" 1999 The Amanda Show Himself Episode: "1.1" Cousin Skeeter Kenan Rockmore 2 episodes 2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kenan Rockmore Kenan & Kel TV movie The Parkers Damon Episode: "Trading Places" 2001 Felicity DeForrest Ingram 4 episodes 2002 Off Centre MC French 2 episodes 2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Hamburger Episode: "Food for Thought/Friends Forever" 2003–present Saturday Night Live Various roles Main role 2005 Wild 'N Out Himself Episode: "Kenan Thompson" 2006 Rugrats Mirror Episode: "Tales from the Crib: Snow White" 2007 Crank Yankers Mark Thomas Episode: "4.1" 2008 The Mighty B! Rocky Rhodes 3 episodes 2009 Psych Joon Episode: "High Top Fade-Out" Sit Down, Shut Up Sue Sezno 13 episodes 2011 iCarly Himself Crossover episode: "iParty with Victorious" Victorious The '90s Are All That Host 2013 Martha Speaks Stanley Episode: "Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold" 2013–15 The Awesomes Austin "Impresario" Sullivan Voice 2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Lester Oakes Episode: "James Spader/Andrew Rannells/Brian Regan 2015–present Nature Cat Ronald Voice 2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Roland Guest role, Episode: "Kimmy Drives a Car!" Maya & Marty Various roles Main role Year Title Notes 2004 Good Times Comedy album References