Trey Parker

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Trey Parker
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Parker in April 2013
Born Randolph Severn Parker III
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Education Evergreen High School
Alma mater Berklee College of Music
University of Colorado Boulder
Occupation Actor, animator, writer, producer, comedian, recording artist, director
Years active 1989–present
Known for South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, The Book of Mormon
Spouse(s) Emma Sugiyama (m. 2005; div. 2008)[1]
Partner(s) Boogie Tillmon

Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, comedian, and recording artist. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone, as well as co-writing and co-directing the 2011 musical The Book of Mormon, which won nine Tony Awards, include the award for Best Musical.

Parker started his film career in 1989 when he created the film Giant Beavers of Southern Sri Lanka. In 1992 he and Matt Stone made a holiday short titled Jesus vs. Frosty, which was an early forerunner of South Park. His first success came from Cannibal! The Musical. From there he made another short titled Jesus vs. Santa, which led him and college friend Stone to create South Park, which first aired in 1997. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on South Park, winning one award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More) and four for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) (of eleven nominations).

Early life

Parker first developed his love of live acting in his youth, and explored musical theater at Evergreen High School

Parker was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Randy (a geologist) and Sharon (an insurance broker). The two share the first names and occupations of South Park characters Randy and Sharon Marsh.[citation needed] He has an older sister named Shelly, which is also the name of Stan Marsh's older sister. In the sixth grade, Parker wrote a sketch titled The Dentist and appeared in his school's talent show. He played the dentist and had a friend play the patient. The plot involved what can go wrong at the dentist; due to the amounts of fake blood involved, Parker's parents were called and were upset. "The kindergartners were all crying and freaking out," Parker recalled.[2] As a teenager, Parker developed a love for musical theatre, and joined the Evergreen Players, a venerable mountain community theater outside of Denver. At 14, he performed his first role as chorus member in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Flower Drum Song and went on to also design sets for the community theater's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Parker attended high school at Evergreen High, where he continued his musical endeavors through starring as Danny Zuko in Grease. He also played piano for the chorus and was president of the choir counsel.[3][4]

While in school, Parker had a part-time job in a pizza restaurant and was described as a film geek and music buff.[5]

Career

South Park

In 1992, Parker and Stone created Jesus vs. Frosty.[6] It included four boys, two resembling Stan Marsh and Kyle Broflovski, one called Kenny who looked like Cartman, and a fourth unnamed boy who looked like Kenny. Both Jesus vs. Frosty and Cannibal! The Musical were made while they were students at the University of Colorado film school, studying under both Stan Brakhage and Jerry Aronson. Afterwards, the two friends set off for Hollywood in hopes of making more movies. Brian Graden, then an executive at Fox, put Parker to work making a pilot for a musical children's television series called Time Warped. The pilot, called "Rom and Jul," was a love story about a Homo erectus and an Australopithecus. Fox passed on the series, but Graden paid Parker and Stone $1,200 to make a new version of The Spirit of Christmas he could send out as a video Christmas card.[2]

They came up with two worthwhile ideas; one a sequel to Jesus vs. Frosty, titled Jesus vs. Santa, and one about a character that would later be recurring in South Park, Mr. Hankey.[7] They chose to write about the four boys. The result was The Spirit of Christmas, an animated short film that centered on four crude-acting, blob-shaped third-grade boys forced to intervene in a nasty fistfight between Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. The tape was a smash, passed around and copied endlessly in media circles in Los Angeles and New York City.[8] The video landed in the hands of Doug Herzog of Comedy Central. "It literally was the funniest thing I'd ever seen," he said in a 2006 interview. "We said, 'Develop a show.' So they went off and developed the show."[2] Stone and Parker produced 13 episodes for season 1. As of 2007, Parker is credited with directing and writing the vast majority of South Park episodes, and voicing most of the regular and guest characters.[9] South Park is currently still under contract to produce new episodes through 2016.[10]

Voices on South Park

Other projects

Parker at The Amazing Meeting, January 20, 2007

In September 1997, they also released Orgazmo, a movie rated NC-17. In July 1998, they starred in (but did not write or direct) BASEketball, another feature film, while being renewed for a second season of South Park. In June 1999, Parker and Stone made South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which gave the series a new level of prominence.[11] He was nominated for an Academy Award as the co-writer of one of the film's songs, "Blame Canada," but did not win. In 2001, the duo announced they would do 39 shorts between the lengths of 2 and 5 minutes. Although originally thought to be South Park related, they decided they would do something different. The result was the shorts Princess.[12] The content was so extreme that it was cancelled after two shows aired. In 2001, they also created That's My Bush!, another television series, which was cancelled after one season. In 2004, they made a film, titled Team America: World Police.[13][14] The film was not considered a box-office success, grossing 51 million dollars in theaters, despite largely positive reviews.[15]

Trey claimed to have been on acid with Matt Stone at the time of the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000, where they wore dresses popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow at previous awards shows.[16]

On September 28, 2007, Parker and Stone acquired the rights to the Canadian-made Kenny vs. Spenny, which premiered November 14, 2007 on Comedy Central with ten old and new episodes.[17]

In April 2010, Trey Parker and Matt Stone received a "warning" from Zachary Adam Chesser for representing the Prophet Muhammad in a bear costume: "We have to warn Matt and Trey [South Park creators] that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show."[18] It was revealed in the next episode that the person in the bear costume was really Santa Claus and not the Prophet Muhammad.

On January 14, 2013, Parker and Stone announced that they would be starting a film production company called Important Studios. Inspired by the production work of Lucasfilm and DreamWorks, Parker and Stone considered founding the studio for approximately two years before committing. The initial financial assets of the studio are valued at $300 million, with the majority of the money originating from South Park and The Book of Mormon, plus a $60-million investment from Joseph Ravitch of the Raine Group, giving him a 20 percent minority stock.[19]

On January 24, 2013, Parker and Stone announced that they would be producing a fishing show. The show will star Dean Ween and Les Claypool and that the show will "fuse sportfishing with music and comedy." The premise of the show is that Deaner and Claypool will bring celebrity guests out on the water for fishing trips. Other than mentioning it will be a "cable" show, there’s no word yet on what station the show to air on.[20]

Parker is also a member of the band DVDA with Matt Stone.[21]

Theater productions

Parker and Stone have collaborated with Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez on a musical about Mormons; it is titled The Book of Mormon, and initially starred Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.[22][23][24] It has been produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. It opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011, following previews from February 24, 2011.[25] The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011 including that of Best Direction of a Musical for Parker and co-director Casey Nicholaw.[26] As of March 2013, Parker and Stone are developing a movie version of the musical.[27]

Personal life

In 2006, Parker married Emma Sugiyama. The officiant was 1970s sitcom producer Norman Lear.[1][28] That marriage ended in 2008.[27][28][29][30] In March 2013, Parker had been dating Boogie Tillmon and living with her, and her then-11-year-old son, for the previous few years. It was reported that Tillmon was pregnant and expecting to give birth later that year.[27][30]

In a September 2006 edition of the ABC News program Nightline, Parker expressed his views on religion, stating that he believes in "a God" and that "there is knowledge that humanity does not yet possess" while cautioning that it would take a long time to explain exactly what he meant by his belief in God. Parker believes all religions are "silly". He states that "All the religions are superfunny to me... The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act." Parker further remarked, "Basically... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous — the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever."[31]

Discography

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Jesus vs. Frosty Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman (voice) Student film
American History N/A Student film
Student Academy Award for Animation
1993 Cannibal! The Musical Alferd Packer Student film
1995 Jesus vs. Santa Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman (voice) Short film
Florida Film Festival Award for Best Short
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Film
Your Studio and You Narrator Short film
1996 For Goodness Sake II Interviewer Short film
1997 Orgazmo Joe Young/Orgazmo Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
1998 BASEketball Joe Cooper
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices Director, Writer, Producer, Music Co-Composer
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music
MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence for "Uncle Fucka"
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Blame Canada"[32]
Nominated—Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
Nominated—Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Animated Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Original Song for "Mountain Town"
Terror Firmer Hermaphrodites Uncredited
Revenge of the Roadkill Rabbit Father Rabbit (voice) Short film
2002 Run Ronnie Run Himself Cameo
2004 Team America: World Police Gary Johnston, Joe, Carson, Various voices Director, Writer, Producer
Empire Award for Best Comedy
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Animated Film
Nominated—People's Choice for Favorite Animated Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Comedy: Animated/Computer Generated
Tales from the Crapper Steve Keen Cameo
2005 The Aristocrats Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman (voice) Cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Time Warped Aaron Co-creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer (un-aired television series)
1997–present South Park Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices Co-creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer
AFI Award for TV Program of the Year (2007)
American Comedy Award for Funniest Television Series - Animated (2001)
Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Television or Other Broadcast Venue Production for "Jewpacabra" (2013)
CableACE Award for Animated Programming Special or Series (1997)
Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy (2012)[33]
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual TV Episode for "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" (1998)
Maverick Filmmakers Award (2003)
Peabody Award (2006)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Best Friends Forever" (2005)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Make Love, Not Warcraft" (2007)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Imaginationland" (2008)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Margaritaville" (2009)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Raising the Bar" (2013)
Producers Guild of America Award for Most Promising Producer in Television (1998)
The Comedy Award for Animated Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated—Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program (1998)
Nominated—Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for "Raising the Bar" (2013)
Nominated—People's Choice for Favorite Animated Comedy (2009)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" (1998)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Chinpokomon" (2000)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" (2002)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "It's Christmas in Canada" (2004)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Trapped in the Closet" (2006)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "200"/"201" (2010)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for "Crack Baby Athletic Association" (2011)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show (2005)
Nominated—TCA Award for Program of the Year (1998)
Nominated—TCA Award for Outstanding New Program (1998)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Comedy Series (1999)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2006)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2007)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2008)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2009)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2010)
Nominated—The Comedy Award for Animated Comedy Series (2012)
Nominated—TV Land Award for TV Moment That Became Headline News (2007)
1998 50th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Himself (co-host) TV Special
1999 51st Primetime Emmy Awards Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman (voice) TV Special
Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python Himself, Eric Cartman (voice) TV Special
2000 2000 MTV Movie Awards Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices TV Special
2001 Princess Husband (voice) 2 episodes; Co-creator, Director, Writer, Producer
That's My Bush! N/A 8 episodes; Co-creator, Writer, Executive Producer
2006 58th Primetime Emmy Awards Stan Marsh, Randy Marsh (voice) TV Special
2007–2008 Kenny vs. Spenny N/A 10 episodes; Executive Producer
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Comedy Program or Series
2007 Saul of the Mole Men N/A Intro sung by him
2009 How's Your News? N/A 6 episodes; Executive Producer
2011 6 Days to Air Himself TV Special
2012 2012 Spike Video Game Awards Eric Cartman (voice) TV Special
TBA Untitled Fishing Show N/A Executive Producer

Theater

Year Title Notes
2011 The Book of Mormon Director, Writer, Producer, Music Co-Composer
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out[34]
Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album[35]
Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical[36]
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical[37]
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Musical[38]
Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Original Score
Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Musical[39][40]
Nominated—Evening Standard Award for Best Musical[41]
Nominated—Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1998 South Park Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices
1999 South Park: Chef's Luv Shack Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices
South Park Rally Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices
2009 South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices Spike Video Game Award for Best Game Based On A Movie/TV Show
2012 South Park: Tenorman's Revenge Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices
2014 South Park: The Stick of Truth Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Various voices Writer
Game Critics Award for Best Role Playing Game
Nominated—Spike Video Game Award for Most Anticipated Game
Nominated—VGX Award for Most Anticipated Game

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2000 "Even If You Don't" Ween Co-Director

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