|Born||Timothy James Kazurinsky
March 3, 1950
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Timothy James "Tim" Kazurinsky (born March 3, 1950) is an American actor and screenwriter 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
Kazurinsky was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His father, who was American-born, was of Polish descent, and his mother was an Australian war bride. He spent most of his childhood in Australia, where he attended Birrong Boys High School. When he was 16, he moved to America by himself.
Kazurinsky worked as a reporter for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, then as a copywriter for a for a St. Louis, Missouri, department store. He moved to Chicago and began working for Leo Burnett Worldwide in its advertising department. While working at Leo Burnett, Kazurinsky enrolled in an improv class at The Second City and became a member of their mainstage troupe in 1978. He caught the attention of Saturday Night Live luminary, John Belushi who 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 Mary Gross. 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 left SNL along with Joe Piscopo.
Recurring characters on SNL
- Dr. Jack Badofsky, supposed science editor of "Weekend Update", who presented absurd lists of humorous disease names.
- Mr. Landlord from "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" with Eddie Murphy
- Father Timothy Owens, an Irish priest
- The Iguana, the male half of a hopelessly dorky couple who never revealed to his wife that he was a dangerous adventurer.
- Havnagootiim Vishnuuerheer, a Hindu "Enlightened Master" who cleared up “The Great Unanswered Questions of the Universe”
- 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
- Madge The Chimp’s Husband in the recurring soap opera drama, “I Married a Monkey”.
Celebrity impressions on SNL
- Mahatma Gandhi (in a movie trailer parody called "Gandhi and the Bandit")
- Billie Jean King
- Adolf Hitler
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Klaus Barbie
- Gary Hart
- Douglas MacArthur
- Deng Xiaoping
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Henry Thomas (as his character Elliott from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)
Kazurinsky was cast in the 1980 Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour film, Somewhere in Time and played Pa Greavy in the 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd comedy Neighbors. Shortly after departing Saturday Night Live, Kazurinsky co-wrote About Last Night... based on David Mamet's one act play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. 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. Kazurinsky famously portrayed Officer Carl Sweetchuck in Police Academy 2, 3 and 4.
In the 1990s, 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. 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. Kazurinsky played a supporting role in the 2011 Zombie Army Productions film, 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's Oscar), 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.
Kazurinsky lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Marcia. He has a daughter, Zoe, and a son, Pete.
- 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)
Written with Denise DeClue:
- Big City Comedy (1980)
- About Last Night (1986)
- For Keeps (1989)
- The Cherokee Kid (1996)
- Relativity (1996)
- Fame LA (1997)
- Saturday Night Live (1980-1984)
- Strange Relations (2003)
- According to Jim (2005)
- Tim Kazurinsky, Nick Adams and Jenny Florkowski Will Join Wicked First National Tour