Kattan at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Christopher Lee Kattan
October 19, 1970
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sunshine Deia Tutt (2008–2009; divorced)|
Christopher Lee "Chris" Kattan (//; born October 19, 1970) is an American actor/comedian, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and his role as Bob on the first four seasons of The Middle. He is also known for playing Doug Butabi in A Night at the Roxbury.
Kattan was born in Sherman Oaks, California. His father, Kip King (1937-2010), was an actor and voice actor who appeared on the series Reno 911! as Larrie Plum. His mother, Hajnalka E. Biro, was once photographed for Playboy and worked as a model in London. His father was from a Jewish family that had emigrated from Iraq and Poland, while his mother, a native of Budapest, Hungary, is a Buddhist. His stepfather was a Buddhist therapist and monk. Kattan was raised on a Zen retreat on Mount Baldy, outside Los Angeles. He lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he attended Bainbridge High School, and graduated in 1989.
Early work and SNL
Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the first episode of the second season of NewsRadio, "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life," as a photo shop employee.
He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL (and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.
SNL celebrity impersonations
- Clay Aiken
- Christiane Amanpour
- Antonio Banderas
- Andy Dick
- Larry Fine
- Bill Gates
- Ben Affleck
- David Gest
- Elian Gonzalez
- Anne Heche
- Julio Iglesias, Jr.
- Steve Irwin
- Chris Kirkpatrick
- Ricky Martin
- Alanis Morissette
- Al Pacino
- Kid Rock
- David Lee Roth
- Paul Shaffer
- David Spade
- Kerri Strug (also appeared in Weekend Update with Strug as her fictional brother, Kippy)
- Geraldo Rivera
- Robert Downey, Jr.
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Adrian Pennino
2007–2011: Post-SNL activities
Kattan was to play Xanthias in the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs but he was replaced during previews by Roger Bart. Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My Head and even filmed the pilot episode in Hollywood. However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan for the series. Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII in 2008 that featured "What Is Love" and had many actors in the commercial performing the head bob from A Night at the Roxbury.
In August 2009, Kattan starred in the IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man status. Starting in fall of 2009, Kattan appeared in a supporting role in The Middle. Kattan plays Bob, a colleague of Frankie Heck's at Mr. Ehlert's car dealership. Kattan appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother as a star in Wedding Bride, a fictional movie within the show. He played himself acting as Jed Mosely, a character based on the main character Ted with an arrogant personality. He reappeared as the character while the gang was watching its sequel, Wedding Bride 2. On December 17, 2011, Kattan made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's Christmas show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon and again briefly on the final episode of SNL's 37th season.
2014–present: Legal troubles and Mango revival
In January 2014, Kattan was a cast contestant who was eliminated 1st in episode 2 of Celebrity Cook-off (hosted by Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray). In February 2014, Kattan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles after his car crossed a barrier of orange cones and flashing signs and plowed into the cushioned back of a maintenance vehicle, authorities said. Video later surfaced on Kattan having to be helped off an airplane that landed in Los Angeles just hours before his arrest. Kattan pleaded not guilty to the charges in March 2014 and was ordered by a judge to attend 12-step meetings.
Kattan married model Sunshine Deia Tutt on June 28, 2008, in Oakhurst, California, after proposing to her on Christmas Eve 2006. The couple separated on August 10, 2008, and were officially divorced in February 2009.
- A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
- House on Haunted Hill (1999)
- Any Given Wednesday (2000)
- Corky Romano (2001)
- Monkeybone (2001)
- Undercover Brother (2002)
- Enough About Me (TV movie) (2005)
- Adam & Steve (2005)
- Santa's Slay (2005)
- The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006)
- Two Dreadful Children (voice) (2007)
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (voice) (2007)
- Christmas in Wonderland (2007)
- Superbad (deleted scene) (2007)
- Nancy Drew (2007)
- Undead or Alive (2007)
- Delgo (voice) (2008)
- Tanner Hall (2008)
- Hollywood & Wine (2009)
- Bollywood Hero (2009)
- The Last Film Festival (2010)
- Foodfight! (voice) (2012)
- Crazy Enough (2013)
- Saturday Night Live (1996–2003)
- Grace Under Fire (1996)
- Celebrity Deathmatch (voice) (as himself) (2001)
- Inked (TV) (2005)
- Totally Awesome (2006)
- Sunset Tan (as himself) (2007)
- Hollywood Residential (2008)
- The Middle (TV) (2009-present)
- How I Met Your Mother (2010/2014)
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (as himself) (2011)
- Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (as himself) (2013)
- Parsi, Novid (2009-08-05). "Kattan can…". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- j. - Celebrity Jews
- Chris Kattan, Reincarnated in Mumbai for ‘Bollywood Hero’ on IFC - NYTimes.com
- After 30 years, the Groundlings still dig up yuks
- Internet Broadway Database: Chris Kattan Credits on Broadway
- TVWeek - Special Reports - Print Edition
- *Bollywood Hero at the Internet Movie Database
- "How I Met Your Mother Taps Malin Akerman, Jason Lewis, Chris Kattan". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Nancy Dillon (February 28, 2014). "Chris Kattan charged with DUI, faces up to six months in jail". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "Chris Kattan -- Spaced Out on Airplane Before DUI Arrest [VIDEO]". TMZ. February 13, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- Ian Mohr (May 6, 2014). "Chris Kattan’s Ambien wake-up call". New York Post. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "Watching The Week > Film > 3. T by Alexander Wang 2014 Campaign". HUNGER TV. HUNGERTV.com. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Chris Kattan Engaged to Sunshine Tutt - Celebrific
- "Chris Kattan Divorced After 2-Month Marriage". People Magazine. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15.