Thomas Lennon (actor)
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Lennon in 2009
|Born||Thomas Patrick Lennon
August 9, 1970
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer best known as a cast member on MTV's The State and for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!.
Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Kathleen and Timothy Lennon. He is a 1988 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and is of Irish descent. At age sixteen, Lennon met friend and future co-worker Kerri Kenney at Theatre Camp at Northwestern University. The two later attended NYU, where they joined a comedy troupe called The New Group.
Acting and performing
The New Group later changed their name to The State. After performing their material at various theaters, bars and clubs in New York City, they started work on the MTV show You Wrote It, You Watch It. This led to the self-titled series The State (1993–95), which was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series.
Following the collapse of The State after a one-night stint on CBS, Lennon, along with Kenney, Ben Garant, and Michael Ian Black went on to create and star in the Comedy Central program Viva Variety (1997–99). The show was based on a sketch that Lennon had written for the final season of The State, called "The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme". Viva Variety received a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series.
After Viva Variety, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in another TV show, Reno 911! (2003–09). Initially slated for FOX, the program later debuted on Comedy Central. The show is currently syndicated around the world.
Lennon has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including The League, Children's Hospital, Party Down, Archer, New Girl, Comedy Bang Bang, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and is a cult favorite as Joey Tribbiani's blackjack dealing, "identical hand twin" on the Friends fifth season finale ("The One In Vegas," Pts. I and II). He has also appeared in supporting roles in dozens of films, including Bad Teacher, Memento, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and I Love You, Man, for which he and costar Paul Rudd were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, and he holds a record, for his number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, both as himself and as Lt. Dangle.
Lennon has done various voice work, including the shows Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He plays the "The Reading Fairie" in the Tinkerbell movie: Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings. He played the voice of Eddie the Shipboard computer in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Lennon has also written for comic books. For The Goon, he wrote a short story called "Jimmy Turtle and the Legendary Box Car of Well-Made Ladies Shoes" and another for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #3. He also wrote "The Pigmy Elixir" for Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13.  He is frequently a presenter at the Eisner Awards, given out each year at Comic-Con.
In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, during which he will sometimes play guitar. He appears frequently at Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles, and he was the photo for the month of July in the Comedy Death Ray 2010 Calendar. In 2009, he opened for Stella (starring The State and Viva Variety! alumni Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Also in 2009, The State reunited at the Eureka Theatre for two shows at San Francisco's Sketchfest, performing all new material. The shows sold out in minutes.
In 2012 he guest starred as Neil in the final episode of season one of New Girl.
Lennon is a screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with partner Ben Garant. Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. Among his credits are the blockbuster film Night at the Museum and four of IFC's "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time"
In August 2010, John Landgraf, president of FX Network, announced that his network had ordered a pilot episode for a new Lennon/Garant science fiction television comedy called USS Alabama, set a thousand years in the future, aboard a United Nations peacekeeping spaceship, the U.S.S. Alabama.
In 2011, Garant and Lennon released a book about writing for film called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at The Box Office and You Can Too!
In 2012, Lennon and Garant wrote a film version of Baywatch. They also wrote The Machine, which is set to star Vin Diesel.
Lennon and Garant wrote directed and starred in the 2013 film Hell Baby starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb. The film was produced by Darko Entertainment, and shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hell Baby premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
|1997||Viva Variety||Host Meredith Laupin|
|1999||Friends||Blackjack Dealer in Vegas (Joey's Identical Hand Twin)|
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Documentarian||Voice Only|
|2000||Row Your Boat||Census Taker|
|2001||Out Cold||Eric Montclare|
|2002||Boat Trip||The Priest|
|2003-2009||Reno 911!||Lieutenant Jim Dangle|
|2003||Le Divorce||Roger Walker|
|2003||How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days||Thayer|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Pete Morse|
|2006||Conversations with Other Women||Videographer|
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Larry Murphy||Writer|
|2005||The Godfather of Green Bay||D.U.G.|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Eddie the Shipboard Computer||Voice Only|
|2006||Night at the Museum||N/A||Writer|
|2006||Let's Go to Prison||N/A||Writer|
|2006||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Police Officer|
|2006||Eden Court||Shroeder Duncan|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Karl Wolfschtagg||Writer, Producer|
|2007||Reno 911!: Miami||Lieutenant Jim Dangle||Writer, Executive Producer|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Orville Wright||Writer
|2009||17 Again||Ned Gold|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Doug|
|2009||The League||Bryce||The Usual Bet|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Customer||Uncredited|
|2010||Party Down||Nick DiCintio||Season 2 Episode 3 - "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night"|
|2010||Planet Sheen||Pinter||Voice Only|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Roger Lemke|
|2011||How to Survive a Robot Uprising||N/A||Writer|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Carl Halabi|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Keith Grant||Season 2 Episode 2|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Dr. Barrett 'Barry' Ingold|
|2011||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Todd|
|2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Craig|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Doctor|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Klaus||8.01, 8.02|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Trey||12/5/2012 Guest star|
|2013||Hell Baby||Pat||Writer/Director (With Robert Ben Garant)|
|2013||Planet Sheen||Pinter / Blurg|
|2013||Franklin & Bash||Harley||Season 3, Episode 9|
|2013||Knight of Cups||Rick's Friend|
|2013||We're the Millers||Rick Nathanson|
|2013||Sean Saves the World||Max||Recurring role|
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- Pearlman, Cindy. Oak Park native acts, writes way to 'Reno 911!' and beyond, Chicago Sun-Times. Published April 15, 2009.
- "Famous Fanboys: Thomas Lennon". ComicBookMovie.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time" Nerve/IFC; April 7, 2008
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