Kevin Nealon

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Kevin Nealon
Nealon in Las Vegas, 2006
BornSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
EducationSacred Heart University
Years active1978–present
GenresSatire, political satire, news satire, observational comedy
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media, news media, everyday life, marriage
Linda Dupree
(m. 1989; div. 2002)

(m. 2005)
Notable works and rolesWeekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live
Gary Potter in Happy Gilmore
Doug Wilson on Weeds
Glenn Martin on Glenn Martin, DDS

Kevin Nealon (/ˈnlən/) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Nealon first gained widespread attention during his tenure as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, where he anchored the show's news parody segment Weekend Update. After leaving SNL, he acted in several of the Happy Madison films, played Doug Wilson on the Showtime series Weeds, and provided the voice of the title character, Glenn Martin, on Glenn Martin, DDS.

Early life and education[edit]

Nealon was one of five children of Kathleen M. (née Kimball)[1] and Emmett F. Nealon, an aircraft company executive.[2][3][4] A few months after he was born, the family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut;[5] when he was six, they moved to Germany for four years.[6] He is of Irish descent[7] and was raised Catholic.[3] He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, in 1971 and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University.[6] He then took night courses at Fairfield University, where he played quarterback on the football team.[8]


Nealon played guitar in bands during high school and gravitated to comedy in college.[6] In 1977, he moved to San Diego and then to Los Angeles, where he learned his craft at the Improv while tending bar there for a living.[6][4] He had been doing stand-up for six years when he made his network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984.[9] He later became a regular there and on Late Night with David Letterman.[4]

In 1986, Saturday Night Live recruited his friend Dana Carvey, and Carvey, in turn, recommended Nealon. Both joined the cast that year, and Nealon became a full-time performer in the 1987–1988 season,[6] and remained for nine seasons. Nealon's SNL characters include Mr. Subliminal (which also became known as the "Subliminal Editorial" when Nealon was promoted to Weekend Update anchorman), Frank Gannon, P.I.P.I. (for Politically Incorrect Private Investigator), Bob Waltman (a male Barbara Walters), and Franz (of Hans and Franz) along with Carvey.[4][6] He also anchored Weekend Update from 1991 to 1994. He stayed on SNL for one more season and left in 1995, after a then-record nine seasons. (His record was later surpassed by Tim Meadows, Darrell Hammond, and Kenan Thompson.)

In 1991, he had his first major film role, as boyfriend Tony Boer in All I Want for Christmas.[4][10] Other films in which he has since appeared include Happy Gilmore,[11][12] The Wedding Singer,[11] Anger Management, Little Nicky, Just Go with It,[13] Daddy Day Care, Good Boy!, and Aliens in the Attic (2009).[14] He has a part in many of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison films, including Grandma's Boy (2006),[15] You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008),[16] and Father of the Year (2018),[17] and made a cameo appearance in the 2008 film Get Smart.[18]

In the mid-1990s, Nealon played himself in three episodes of The Larry Sanders Show. The most popular episode was titled "The New Writer" when he starts hanging around the office so much that Hank (played by actor Jeffrey Tambor) is worried Nealon is trying to steal his job.[19] Garry Shandling and Nealon had a close relationship.[20] In 1994, Nealon hosted the 13-part series Amazing America on the Discovery Channel.[21]

Nealon had a recurring television role on the 2002–06 CBS comedy Still Standing playing Ted Halverson, the Millers' competitive and religious neighbor. He also appeared as a patient in a mental institution on the first season of Monk. Nealon played Dr. Mark Crest in "Deja Vu", an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on July 9, 1999, during the fifth season. From 2005 to 2012, Nealon had an ongoing supporting role as Doug Wilson on the show Weeds on Showtime.[11] In 2009–2011 he voiced the title character in Nick at Nite's animated series Glenn Martin, DDS.[22]

In 2002, he hosted The Conspiracy Zone on The New TNN[23] for 26 episodes plus an unaired pilot. In 2004, he hosted the first season of Poker Royale on the Game Show Network.[24] Nealon also hosted several years of World's Funniest Commercials specials on TBS in the 2000s.[25][26][27]

In 2008, he published a book chronicling his experiences during his wife's pregnancy, Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?.[28]

Starting in 2015, Nealon portrayed Captain Telstar in commercials for Charter Spectrum.[29] From 2016 to 2020, he was a regular on the TV sitcom Man with a Plan,[9][30]

Since 2017 he has also hosted a YouTube talk show called Hiking with Kevin where he hikes a trail with various celebrity guests;[9][31] the idea came about when during a hike with Matthew Modine the two of them ran out of breath, and Nealon thought it'd be funny to record their inability to talk.[32] As of 2022, the show is on its fourth season with over 100 episodes.[33] Nealon produces and edits the entire show by himself, recording simply using a selfie stick and a camera drone.[34] Nealon is a fixture on the European melodic rock scene, and in 2019 he used his fame to organize a benefit for close friend and ailing rocker Tony Mills. All proceeds from the festival went towards Mills' medical expenses.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Nealon with wife Susan Yeagley in April 2011

Nealon was dating Jan Hooks when they were both hired by Saturday Night Live.[4][6] In 1989 he married Linda Dupree, a model and stuntwoman;[4] they divorced in 2002.[36] During this time, Nealon, who has been a vegan since 1989,[37] became active in the animal rights movement; he has supported PETA,[38] the Amanda Foundation, Farm Sanctuary,[6][39] the Washington Wildlife Alliance, The Ark Trust's Genesis Awards, and also Meat Out.

On September 3, 2005, he married Susan Yeagley in Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy.[40] They have a son, Gable, born in 2007.[41] They reside in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[42]

He is distantly related to Daniel Webster.[43]

Nealon played rugby for Fairfield Yankees RFC.[44]

On February 22, 2006, Nealon contributed an opinion article to The New York Times about having his phone tapped and his police records searched by Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano,[45] who was later convicted of crimes including racketeering and illegal wiretapping. It was also revealed in a separate court case later the same month that investigators working for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may also have targeted Nealon for wiretapping in connection with his work for PETA.[38] Nealon holds dual Irish and American citizenship.[46]

Nealon is a fixture on the European melodic rock scene both as a fan, and as a benefactor; in 2019 he used his fame to organize a benefit for close friend and ailing rocker Tony Mills. All proceeds from the festival went towards Mills' medical expenses.[47]

On May 15, 2022, Nealon was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by his alma mater, Sacred Heart University. Nealon also served as the convocation speaker for the graduating class of 2022.[48]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Roxanne Drunk #2
1989 Cranium Command Left Ventricle Short
1991 All I Want for Christmas Tony Boer
1993 Coneheads Senator
1994 Felidae Kong Voice; uncredited
1995 Jeffrey TV Reporter Uncredited
1996 Happy Gilmore Gary Potter
1998 The Wedding Singer Mr. Simms
1999 Kill the Man Albino Advocate
2000 Cecil B. Demented Himself
Little Nicky Stanley the Gatekeeper
2001 Heartbreakers Man at the Bar
Joe Dirt Greasy Mechanic Uncredited
2002 The Master of Disguise White Collar Executive
Eight Crazy Nights Mayor Voice
2003 Anger Management Sam
Daddy Day Care Bruce
Good Boy! Mr. Baker
2006 Grandma's Boy Mr. Cheezle
2008 Remarkable Power Jack West
You Don't Mess with the Zohan Kevin Cameo
Get Smart CIA Agent
2009 Aliens in the Attic Stuart Pearson
2011 Just Go with It Adon Cameo
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Gary
2014 Small Time Irv
Walk of Shame Chopper Steve
Blended Eddy
2015 Ghost Squad Russ
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Gary Sikes Cameo
2017 Sandy Wexler Testimonial
2018 Father of the Year Peter Francis
2023 Late Bloomers Completed[49]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Guest
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Lester Essex 1 episode
1986–1995 Saturday Night Live Various 174 episodes
1990 Monsters Louis 1 episode
1992 The Edge Greg 4 episodes
1993 Partners TV movie
1993–1996 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 3 episodes
1996 Champs Marty Heslov 12 episodes
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Kevin Voice; 1 episode
1997 Something So Right Joel 1 episode
1997–1998 Hiller and Diller Ted Hiller 13 episodes
1998 Principal Takes a Holiday Franklin Fitz TV movie
1998–1999 Dharma & Greg Mr. Clayborn 2 episodes
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Dennis Caslow 1 episode
The Outer Limits Dr. Mark Crest Episode: "Deja Vu"
2000 Bar Hopping Cuckie TV movie
Norm Smith 1 episode
2001 These Old Broads Roger TV movie; uncredited
Three Sisters Terry 1 episode
2002 Monk John Wurster 1 episode
2003 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Kevin Wongle TV movie
2003, 2021 Crank Yankers Himself / various Voice; 2 episodes
2003–2006 Still Standing Ted Halverson 5 episodes
2005 Fat Actress Johnny Knightley 1 episode
Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 1 episode
2005–2012 Weeds Doug Wilson 99 episodes
2006 Campus Ladies Kevin 1 episode (scenes deleted)
2009 University of Andy Doug Wilson 2 episodes
The Goode Family Irwin Winslow Voice; 1 episode
2009–2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Glenn Martin Voice; 39 episodes
2010 American Dad! I.O.C. Member Voice; 1 episode
'Til Death Stephen Redford 6 episodes
Glory Daze Marcus 1 episode
2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Arnold Schwarzenegger Episode: "Game Night 5"
2012 Hot in Cleveland George 2 episodes
Franklin & Bash Lawrence Reynolds 1 episode
Isabel Louis Lorenz TV movie
2013 Drunk History The Grand Dragon Episode: "Atlanta"
The League Chuck Falcon Episode: "Rafi and Dirty Randy"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Milton the Milkman Episode: "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Booties"
2016 @midnight Himself Episode: "Nikki Glaser, Jim Jeffries, Kevin Nealon"
The Soul Man Ron Saxby 2 episodes
2016–2020 Man with a Plan Don Burns Series regular; 68 episodes
2017–present Hiking with Kevin Himself Host
2018 SuperMansion Helicopter Pilot Voice; Episode: "Jungle All the Way"
2019 Liza on Demand Jim Episode "Sorry, Not Sorry"
2020 Mike Tyson Mysteries Gary Stein Voice; Episode: "The Stein Way"
Family Guy Himself Voice; Episode: "The Movement"
Room 104 Chris Carrington / Harry Episode: "Oh, Harry!"
2021 Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Kevin Nealon Episode: "Rachel Leigh Cook, Sherri Shepherd and Kevin Nealon"
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday Uncle Dave TV movie
Sister Swap: Christmas in the City Uncle Dave TV movie


  • I Exaggerate: My Brushes with Fame. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2022.
  • Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?. New York: It Books, 2008.


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