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Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson (/ˈkiːnən/ born May 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night

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This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (June 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Kenan Thompson Thompson in May 2012Born (1978-05-10) May 10, 1978 (age 40)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.Occupation Actor, comedianYears active 1993–presentTelevision
  • All That
    Kenan & Kel
    Saturday Night Live
    The Awesomes
    Nature Cat
Spouse(s) Christina Evangeline (m. 2011)Children 2Website

Kenan Thompson (/ˈkiːnən/ born May 10, 1978)[1] is an American actor and comedian. He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, and is the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history. In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That. Thompson has also played Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, Russ Tyler in The Mighty Ducks franchise, Dexter Reed in the 1997 film Good Burger, and the title character in the 2004 film 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. He has received a Primetime Emmy Award from three nominations.[2]

  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Film and television career
  • 3 Saturday Night Live
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 Film
    • 5.2 Television
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
Early life and career

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.[3] He auditioned for a theatre company The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA).[4] One of his earliest roles was as an entertainment reporter for CNN's "Real News for Kids",[5] and he would go on to star in All That, and Kenan & Kel.[5] 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 title, 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.[6] The series premiered on April 19, 2009,[6] 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 appeared as a host of sorts of TeenNick's 1990's programming block, The '90s Are All That, appearing in many of the block's early bumpers and hyping material. He would return to the block, now called NickSplat but at the time called The Splat, for All That's 22nd anniversary, with segments filmed at the 2015 New York Comic-Con.[7]

In 2015, Fandango announced that Thompson would play their brand character, fictional character Miles Mouvay. Thompson would play Mouvay in 18 videos, eight 30-second commercials, and a few comedic skits.[8]

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).[9] Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 129, beating Hammond's previous record of 107.[10]

Personal life

Thompson married model Christina Evangeline on November 11, 2011.[11] Together, they have two daughters, Georgia Marie,[12] born in 2014[13], and Gianna Michelle[14] born in 2018.

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 2003 My Boss's Daughter Hans 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kenard 2004 Fat Albert Fat Albert 2006 Snakes on a Plane Troy 2008 Space Chimps Ringmaster Voice 2008 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 2014 Opposite Sex Mitch 2016 Rock Dog Riff Voice 2016 Brother Nature Miesha 2017 Going in Style Keith 2019 Wonder Park Voice Television Year Title Role Notes 1994–99; 2002; 2005 All That Various Roles Main role 1996–98 The Steve Harvey Show Junior 4 episodes 1996–2000 Kenan & Kel Kenan Rockmore Main role 1997 Sister, Sister Trevor Episode: "Inherit the Twin" 1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Sabrina's Choice" 1999 The Amanda Show Himself Episode: "Episode 1" 1999 Cousin Skeeter Kenan Rockmore Episodes: "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West" (Parts 1 & 2) 2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kenan Rockmore Kenan & Kel TV movie 2000 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
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (2018)
Pending – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (2017) 2005, 2018 Wild 'N Out Himself Episodes: "Kenan Thompson"
"All That Takeover" 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" 2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Sue Sezno 13 episodes 2011 iCarly Himself Crossover episode: "iParty with Victorious" 2011 Victorious 2011 The '90s Are All That Host 2013 Martha Speaks Stanley Episode: "Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold"[15] 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 2015 F Is for Family Additional Voices 5 Episodes 2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Roland Guest role, Episode: "Kimmy Drives a Car!" 2016 Maya & Marty Various roles Main role 2018 Double Dare Contestant [16] 2018 Studio C Himself, various roles [17] [18] 2019 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Himself [19] Year Title Notes 2004 Good Times Comedy album References
  1. ^ "Kenan Thompson". TV Guide. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kenan Thompson". Retrieved September 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Kenan Thompson Biography – Yahoo! Movies". 
  4. ^ Tuck, Angela (August 5, 2015). "For 25 years, group for young Atlanta performers has mixed art, issues". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Kenan Thompson Biography (1978–)". Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ Harnick, Chris (March 23, 2016). "An All That Reunion Is Coming to The Splat—This Is Vital Information for Your Everyday Life". E! Online. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Fandango To Launch Brand Personality Series Starring Kenan Thompson". Tubefilter. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Fred Armisen Is Leaving 'SNL' Too, Jason Sudeikis "Probably"". 16 May 2013. 
  10. ^ “Saturday Night Live – Kenan Thompson“ Web. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  11. ^ Rebecca Macatee. "Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson Gets Married!". US Weekly. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Heller, Corinne. "Here's an SNL Weekend Update: Kenan Thompson Is a Dad!". E! Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  13. ^ Evelyn Diaz (June 23, 2014). "Kenan Thompson, Wife Welcome Baby Girl - It's the first child for the SNL comedian". BET. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
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  15. ^ "PBS KIDS Debuts New Episodes & Online Content from ARTHUR and MARTHA SPEAKS – BWWTVWorld". Broadway World TV. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Lawrence, Derek (June 25, 2018). "Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reuniting to compete on special episode of Double Dare". Entertainment Weekly. 
  17. ^ "Studio C + Kenan Thompson in Season 9 Premiere!". YouTube, Studio C Channel. September 10, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Studio C Live from NYC". September 10, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Boomerang Unveils New SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? & YABBA-DABBA DINOSAURS! Series". Broadway World. May 23, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
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