Tim Kazurinsky

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Tim Kazurinsky
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Born Timothy J. Kazurinsky
(1950-03-03) March 3, 1950 (age 64)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1978–present

Timothy J. "Tim" Kazurinsky (born March 3, 1950) is an American actor, comedian and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy films.

Life and career[edit]

Kazurinsky was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His father, who was American-born, was of Polish descent, and his mother was an Australian war bride.[1][2] He spent most of his childhood in Australia. At age 11, Kazurinsky attended the Huntley Evans School of Performing Arts, where he studied the creative arts for a semester. When he was 16, he moved to America by himself.

Tim Kazurinsky, George Wendt and Mary Gross perform with Second City in 1979.

Kazurinsky worked in St. Louis, Missouri, as an advertising executive and copywriter. His advertising career continued when he moved to Chicago and began working for Leo Burnett Worldwide. In an effort to improve Leo Burnett's commercials, Kazurinsky enrolled in an improv class at The Second City. He became a member of The Second City's mainstage troupe in 1978, where he caught the attention of Saturday Night Live luminary, John Belushi. Impressed with Kazurinsky's work, Belushi recommended him to Saturday Night Live's then-executive producer Dick Ebersol, who hired Kazurinsky as a writer and cast member in 1981.

During his three seasons on SNL, Kazurinsky was known for playing numerous characters as well as doing celebrity impersonations. His fellow castmates included Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Laurie Metcalf. Kazurinsky was part of the show's 1984 writing team nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. There were reports that he often clashed with Dick Ebersol regarding the show's creative direction. In 1984, Kazurinsky decided to leave SNL due to creative differences with the producers.

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]

  • Dr. Jack Badofsky, supposedly the science editor of "Weekend Update", a doctor who appeared on the Weekend Update segments with a list of humorous disease names
  • Mr. Landlord from "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" with Eddie Murphy
  • Marvin, the male half of the hopelessly repressed couple "Marvin and Celeste." In one memorable sketch it was revealed to the audience (but not to Celeste) that Marvin was actually a dangerous adventurer known as "The Iguana."
  • Father Timothy Owens, an Irish priest
  • "Enlightened Master" Havnagootiim Vishnuuerheer, a Hindu wise man who answered audience questions (his name was a corruption of "having a good time, wish you were here")
  • Wayne Huevos, a suave Latin-American businessman who appeared on Weekend Update with ideas on how to clean up New York City
  • Worthington Clotman, SNL's resident network censor, based on real-life network censor Bill Clotworthy, who would interrupt sketches and point out objectionable material
  • The husband of a chimpanzee on "I Married a Monkey"

Celebrity impressions on SNL[edit]

Other Work[edit]

Kazurinsky was cast in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time as the photographer who takes the portrait that woos Christopher Reeve's character back in time. He appeared in the 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd comedy Neighbors and then went on to play Carl Sweetchuck in Police Academy 2, 3 and 4. In the 1990's, Kazurinsky guest starred in Married... with Children, Early Edition and Police Academy: The Series. In the 2000s, Kazurinsky wrote for and guest starred in comedy series such as What About Joan?, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Still Standing and According to Jim.

Shortly after departing Saturday Night Live, Kazurinsky co-wrote About Last Night... based on a play by David Mamet. The film starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore and was directed by Edward Zwick. A remake of About Last Night was released in 2014 starring comedian Kevin Hart. In 2001, Kazurinsky wrote the screenplay for Strange Relations, a film starring Paul Reiser, George Wendt, Julie Walters, and Olympia Dukakis. The screenplay was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award as well as a BAFTA.

In 2011, Kazurinsky played a supporting role in Zombie Army Productions The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue, which also featured Robert Englund.

As a stage actor, Kazurinsky has appeared as Felix in The Odd Couple (opposite George Wendt), Wilbur in Hairspray, and as Peter Quince in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. On February 4, 2014, Kazurinsky joined the 1st National Tour of the hit musical Wicked in the role of The Wizard, replacing John Davidson. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Kazurinsky lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Marcia. He has a son, Pete, and a daughter, Zoe.

Additional Filmograpahy[edit]

  • Mr. Bodyguard (1980)
  • Billions for Boris (1984)
  • This Wife for Hire (1985)
  • Hot to Trot (1988)
  • Wedding Band (1989)
  • Shakes the Clown (1991)
  • The Cherokee Kid (1996)
  • Plump Fiction (1997)
  • The Silencer (1999)
  • Handicap Hunters (2001)
  • Strange Relations (2001)
  • Betaville (2001)
  • Roll Bounce (2005)
  • 8 of Diamonds (2006)
  • I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)
  • Stash (2007)
  • Tapioca (2009)
  • Ca$h (2010)
  • Typing (2010)
  • The Return of Joe Rich (2011)
  • Close Quarters (2012)
  • Scrooge & Marley (2012)


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