Kevin Nealon

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Kevin Nealon
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Nealon in Las Vegas in 2006.
Born (1953-11-18) November 18, 1953 (age 60)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 1984–present
Genres Satire/political satire/news satire, observational comedy
Subject(s) American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media/news media, everyday life, marriage
Spouse Linda Dupree (1989–2002)
Susan Yeagley (2005–present; 1 child)
Notable works and roles Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live
Gary Potter in Happy Gilmore
Doug Wilson in Weeds
Glenn Martin in Glenn Martin, DDS

Kevin Nealon (/ˈnlən/; born November 18, 1953) is an American actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, acting in several of the Happy Madison films, for playing Doug Wilson on the Showtime series Weeds, and providing the voice of the title character, Glenn Martin, on Glenn Martin, DDS.

Early life[edit]

Nealon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Kathleen M. (née Kimball) and Emmett F. Nealon, an aircraft company executive.[1] A few months after he was born, the family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut.[2] He was raised Catholic,[3] and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut in 1971. Nealon graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University (and worked in a variety of part-time jobs while doing stand-up comedy).[4]

Career[edit]

Nealon debuted on network television doing a stand-up routine for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984. In 1986, Saturday Night Live recruited his friend Dana Carvey, and Carvey in turn recommended Nealon. Both joined the cast that year, and Nealon became a full-time performer in the 1987-1988 season, and remained for nine seasons.

Nealon's SNL characters include Mr. Subliminal (or Subliminal Message Man), Franz (of Hans and Franz) along with Dana Carvey, Mr. No Depth Perception, the anchor of Weekend Update (where his catchphrase was "That's news to me"), and many others.

In 1991, he starred in the Christmas movie, All I Want for Christmas. More recently Nealon has appeared in the movies Happy Gilmore, Anger Management, Little Nicky, Daddy Day Care, Good Boy! and Grandma's Boy. In fall 2005, he appeared in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he played himself (Season 5, Episode 4).

Nealon had a recurring television role on the 2002-06 CBS comedy Still Standing playing Ted Halverson, the Millers' competitive and religious neighbor. He has also appeared as a patient in a mental institution on the first season of Monk. "Deja Vu" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 9 July 1999, during the fifth season. Nealon played Dr. Mark Crest. Nealon also had an ongoing supporting role as Doug Wilson on the show Weeds on Showtime.

In 1994, Nealon hosted the 13 part series Amazing America on the Discovery Channel.[5]

In 2002, Nealon hosted The Conspiracy Zone on The New TNN for 26 episodes plus an unaired pilot.

Nealon appeared as a couples counselor on the sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun. He had a small cameo appearance in the 2008 film Get Smart.

Nealon also hosted the World's Funniest Commercials on TBS. In a performance similar to Bob Saget, Nealon tells corny jokes in between each funny commercial. In 2008, a book authored by Nealon chronicling his experiences during his wife's pregnancy called Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me? was released.

Nealon played Stuart Pearson in the adventure comedy movie Aliens in the Attic. Shooting took place in Auckland, New Zealand.

Personal life[edit]

Nealon with wife Susan Yeagley in April 2011

Nealon married actress Susan Yeagley on September 3, 2005 in Bellagio, Italy. Yeagley gave birth to their first child, son Gable Ness Nealon, on January 29, 2007 in Santa Monica, California.[6]

Nealon played rugby for Connecticut Yankees RFC.[7]

On February 22, 2006, Nealon[8] contributed a story to the New York Times about being wiretapped by Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who has been indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges. It was also revealed in a separate court case on February 27, 2006, that investigators working for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus may also have targeted Nealon for wiretapping.[9]

He has been a vegetarian for 18 years because of concerns about animal cruelty and for health reasons.[10] He lives in the Los Angeles area.

He is an avid golfer and poker player and also plays banjo and guitar. He also claims to be fluent in German, having lived in Germany for four years.[11]

Activism[edit]

Nealon and his ex-wife Linda Dupree (who played one of the mud wrestlers fighting John Candy in Stripes) had been active in the animal rights movement, supporting fundraising events for the Amanda Foundation, Farm Sanctuary, the Washington Wildlife Protection Association, The Ark Trust's Genesis Awards and also Meat Out.

In 2001, Nealon played on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for his charity. The final question he faced, worth $125,000, was about Barbie dolls. He used his 50:50 and Phone-A-Friend, but he answered the question wrong, walking away with $32,000.

Filmography[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1 episode
1986 - 1995 Saturday Night Live Various 174 episodes
1987 Roxanne Drunk guy
1989 Cranium Command Left Ventricle short
1990 Monsters Louis 1 episode
1991 All I Want for Christmas Tony Boer
1992 The Edge Greg 2 episodes
1993 Coneheads Senator
Partners short
1993 - 1996 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 3 episodes
1994 Felidae Gustav Voice
Uncredited
1995 Jeffrey TV Reporter Uncredited
1996 Happy Gilmore Potter
Champs Marty Heslov 12 episodes
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Kevin Voice
1 episode
1997 Something So Right Joel 1 episode
1997 - 1998 Hiller and Diller Ted Hiller 13 episodes
1998 Principal Takes a Holiday Franklin Fitz
The Wedding Singer Mr. Simms
1998 - 1999 Dharma & Greg Mr. Clayborn 2 episodes
1999 Kill the Man Albino Advocate
3rd Rock from the Sun Dennis Caslow 1 episode
The Outer Limits Dr. Mark Crest 1 episode ("Deja Vu")
2000 Bar Hopping Cuckie
Norm Smith 1 episode
Little Nicky Gatekeeper
2001 These Old Broads Roger Uncredited
Heartbreakers Man at the Bar
Joe Dirt Greasy Mechanic Uncredited
Three Sisters Terry 1 episode
2002 The Master of Disguise White Collar Executive
Monk John Wurster 1 episode
Eight Crazy Nights Mayor Voice
2003 Anger Management Sam
Crank Yankers OCD Ken/Jack Gravat Voice
1 episode
Daddy Day Care Bruce
Good Boy! Mr. Baker
2003 - 2006 Still Standing Ted Halverson 5 episodes
2005 Fat Actress Johnny Knightley 1 episode
Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 1 episode
2005 - 2012 Weeds Doug Wilson 102 episodes
2006 Grandma's Boy Mr. Cheezle
Campus Ladies Kevin 1 episode
Scenes deleted
2008 Remarkable Power Jack West
You Don't Mess with the Zohan Kevin
Get Smart CIA Agent #2
2009 University of Andy Doug Wilson 2 episodes
The Goode Family Irwin Winslow Voice
1 episode
Aliens in the Attic Stuart Pearson
2009 - 2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Glenn Martin Voice
39 episodes
2010 American Dad! Voice
1 episode
'Til Death Stephen Redford 6 episodes
Glory Daze Marcus 1 episode
2011 Just Go with It Adon
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Gary
2012 Hot in Cleveland George 2 episodes
Franklin & Bash Lawrence Reynolds 1 episode
Isabel Louis Lorenz
2013 Drunk History The Grand Dragon Episode: Atlanta
The League Chuck Falcon Episode: Rafi and Dirty Randy
2014 Walk of Shame Chopper Steve
Blended Eddy

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20000917-NEWS-309179979?cid=sitesearch
  2. ^ As told in his book, Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?
  3. ^ http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100902-ENTERTAIN-9020322
  4. ^ Loveline 1/26/2004 around the 42 minute mark
  5. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 311. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Nealon Welcomes First Child". People. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Nealon: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  8. ^ Nealon, Kevin (2006-02-22). "Don't Stop Bugging Me". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  9. ^ Jackman, Tom (2006-02-28). "Ringling Circus Hired Private Eye To Infiltrate PETA, Fairfax Jury Told". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  10. ^ "Weeds Star Kevin Nealon's Vegetarian Testimonial". Go Veg. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  11. ^ "The Kevin Nealon Show : Chris D'Elia" on YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2012

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Preceded by
Dennis Miller
Weekend Update Anchor
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Norm Macdonald