Kevin Chamberlin

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Kevin Chamberlin
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Chamberlin in 2019
Kevin Chamberlin

(1963-11-25) November 25, 1963 (age 58)[1]
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationRutgers University, New Brunswick (BFA)
  • Actor
  • television director
  • writer
  • singer
  • composer
Years active1985–present

Kevin Chamberlin (born November 25, 1963[2]) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his theatre roles such as Horton in Seussical and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. For his theatre work, he received three Tony Award and three Drama Desk Award nominations. He also starred as Bertram Winkle in the Disney Channel Original Series sitcom Jessie from 2011 to 2015. From 2018 to 2019, he starred as The Wizard of Oz in Wicked on Broadway.

Personal life[edit]

Chamberlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland,[2] and was raised in Moorestown, New Jersey. In elementary school, he starred as Huck Finn in the school's production of Tom Sawyer. After he graduated from Moorestown High School in 1981,[3] Chamberlin studied acting at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated with a B.F.A. in acting in 1985.[4] Chamberlin has since acted on Broadway, having been nominated for three Tony Awards,[5] and has an extensive list of film[6] and television credits. According to Playbill, "Chamberlin moves back and forth in theatre, TV and movies, but 'I kind of get sick of each medium after a while, if I have a bad experience.'"

Chamberlin is openly gay.[7]


Chamberlin has been nominated for Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Dirty Blonde (as Charlie), Seussical (as Horton), and The Addams Family (as Uncle Fester). Additional Broadway theatre credits include My Favorite Year, Triumph of Love, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Chicago, The Ritz and Wicked.

He appeared in the 1999 film Trick. He also appeared in Die Hard with a Vengeance as an enthusiastic NYPD bomb defusal expert. In Lucky Number Slevin, he again had a supporting role as a New York police officer. Chamberlin's most recent work includes the role of Aron Malsky in the NBC prime-time series Heroes. He also made an appearance in a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode titled "Redemption" where he played a man named Roger Berry. He was also a guest on the sitcom Frasier, in season 10 episode 13. Chamberlin previously appeared as Uncle Fester in the musical The Addams Family, a role for which he won a Audience Award for Favorite Performance By a Featured Actor In a Broadway Musical.[8] Brad Oscar replaced him in the role of Uncle Fester on March 8, 2011.[9] Chamberlin also starred as Dr. Fusion in Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie starring Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Barry Bostwick, and Steve Valentine which aired July 19, 2013.

In 2019, Chamberlin appeared as Mr. Mushnik in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors alongside George Salazar, Mj Rodriguez, Amber Riley and Matthew Wilkas.[10]

In 2020, Chamberlin was one of the many TikTok users who created an internet meme of a musical version of the 2007 Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille. On December 28, 2020, it was announced that Chamberlin would star as Gusteau in a benefit concert presentation of the musical. The concert streamed exclusively on TodayTix on January 1, 2021.[11]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
2000 Dirty Blonde Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
2001 Seussical Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
2010 The Addams Family Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ Chamberlin, Kevin [@kevinchamberlin] (November 25, 2013). "Happy Birthday to Me. #halfcentury" (Tweet). Retrieved May 4, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "About – Kevin Chamberlin". Kevin Chamberlin official website. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014. BORN: November 25, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  3. ^ "Moorestown Council and Moorestown Theater Company honor well known actor, former resident Kevin Chamberlin", The Sun Newspapers, October 12, 2015. Accessed November 7, 2020. "Moorestown native and Moorestown High School 1981 graduate Kevin Chamberlin is returning to his hometown to receive his proclamation given by council and the Moorestown Theater Company’s First 'Theater Legend Award' at its Extrava-Gala fundraising dinner dance."
  4. ^ Karam, Edward (December 14, 1999). "Lord Chamberlin: Kevin Chamberlin Breaks Out of Character Roles--For Now". Playbill.
  5. ^ "Chamberlin Awards", retrieved November 26, 2017
  6. ^ "Chamberlin Filmography", retrieved November 26, 2017
  7. ^ Nunn, Jerry (January 6, 2010). "Kevin Chamberlin says uncle". Windy City Times.
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth (July 22, 2009). "Addams Family Musical Finds a Broadway Home". Playbill. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth (February 4, 2011). "Brad Oscar Will Play Uncle Fester in Addams Family; Blickenstaff, Grupper, Potter Join Cast". Playbill. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "Little Shop of Horrors". Pasadena Playhouse. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  11. ^ Evans, Greg (December 28, 2020). "'Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical' All-Star Cast To Include Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess & Adam Lambert". Deadline.

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