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Thompson in May 2012
May 10, 1978 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Christina Evangeline (m. 2011)|
Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978) is an American actor, voice actor and comedian. He is best known for his work as a 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 is also known for his roles in the sitcom Kenan & Kel and the films Good Burger and Fat Albert. In his early career he often collaborated with fellow comedian and All That cast member Kel Mitchell. He ranked at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
Early life and career
Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson. He has one sibling, Kevin Thompson. He began acting at age 15, appearing in the school play The Gingerbread Duck. 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, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, My Boss's Daughter, and Snakes on a Plane. Kenan had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell. Recently, he returned to Nickelodeon for the show The Mighty B! as the voice of Rocky Rhodes. He also guest-starred on iCarly as himself.
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, 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.
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 and the first SNL cast member to have been a cast member on children's comedy shows (the Nickelodeon sketch show All That and the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan and Kel). Kel Mitchell, his comedy partner and close friend, also auditioned to be on SNL, but only Thompson was hired. 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 eleven seasons, breaking the record for the longest serving African-American cast member previously held by Tim Meadows, who stayed on the show for ten seasons. Thompson is now the senior cast member on the show, after Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers left the show. He is also the second-oldest current cast member after Bobby Moynihan (born 1977). Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 108, beating Darrell Hammond's previous record of 107.
In September 2014, it was announced that Thompson is going to leave SNL after its 40th season. 
|1994||D2: The Mighty Ducks||Russ Tyler|
|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|
|2002||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)|
|2011||The Smurfs||Greedy Smurf (voice)|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Henry|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Greedy Smurf (voice)|
|2016||Untitled Smurfs reboot||Greedy Smurf (voice)|
|1994–1999||All That||Various Roles||Main role, 102 episodes|
|1996–1998||The Steve Harvey Show||Junior||4 episodes|
|1996–2000||Kenan & Kel||Kenan Rockmore||Main role, 68 episodes|
|1997||Sister, Sister||Trevor||Episode: "Inherit the Twin"|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Himself||Guest Appearance, Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"|
|1999||The Amanda Show||Himself||Guest Appearance, Episode 1.1|
|Cousin Skeeter||Kenan Rockmore||Episode: "The Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West"|
|1999–2000||Oh Yeah! Cartoons||Host|
|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–present||Saturday Night Live||Various Roles|
|2005||Wild 'N Out||Himself||Black Team Leader|
|2007||Crank Yankers||Mark Thomas||Episode 4.1|
|2009||Psych||Joon||Episode: "High Top Fade Out"|
|Sit Down, Shut Up||Sue Sezno||13 Episodes|
|2011||iCarly||Himself||Episode: iParty With Victorious|
|The '90s Are All That||Host|
|2013||Martha Speaks||Stanley||Episode: Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold
|2013-present||The Awesomes||Austin "Impresario" Sullivan||Voice|
|2004||Good Times||Comedy album|
- "Kenan Thompson - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- Kenan Thompson Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- "Kenan Thompson Biography (1978-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
- Fred Armisen Is Leaving 'SNL' Too, Jason Sudeikis "Probably"
- "Kenan Thompson Leaving "Saturday Night Live" After This Season".
- "Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson Gets Married! - Us Weekly". Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- "Kenan Thompson My Wife Gave Birth What's Up With That?". 2014-06-22.
- "PBS KIDS Debuts New Episodes & Online Content from ARTHUR and MARTHA SPEAKS - BWWTVWorld". Broadway World TV. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
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