Nealon in Las Vegas, 2006
|Born||November 18, 1953|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Satire, political satire, news satire, observational comedy|
|Subject(s)||American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media, news media, everyday life, marriage|
(m. 1989; div. 2002)
|Notable works and roles||Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live|
Gary Potter in Happy Gilmore
Doug Wilson in Weeds
Glenn Martin in Glenn Martin, DDS
Kevin Nealon (//; born November 18, 1953) is an American comedian and actor. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, 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
Nealon was born on November 18, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, one of five children of Kathleen M. (née Kimball) and Emmett F. Nealon (1925–2018), an aircraft company executive. A few months after he was born, the family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut; when he was six, they moved to Germany for four years. He is of Irish descent, and was raised Catholic. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, in 1971 and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University. He then took night courses at Fairfield University, where he played quarterback on the football team.
Nealon played in bands in high school but gravitated to comedy in college. 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. 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. He later became a regular there and on Late Night with David Letterman.
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, and remained for nine seasons. Nealon's SNL characters include Mr. Subliminal (or Subliminal Message Man), Gannon PIPI (for Politically Incorrect Private Investigator), Bob Waltman (a male Barbara Walters), and Franz (of Hans and Franz) along with Carvey. 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. Other films in which he has since appeared include Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, Little Nicky, Just Go with It, Daddy Day Care, Good Boy!, and Aliens in the Attic (2009). He has a part in many of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison films, including Grandma's Boy (2006), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), and Father of the Year (2018), and made a cameo appearance in the 2008 film Get Smart.
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. "Deja Vu" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 9 July 1999, during the fifth season. Nealon played Dr. Mark Crest. Nealon also had an ongoing supporting role as Doug Wilson on the show Weeds on Showtime. In 2009–2011 he voiced the title character in Nick at Nite's animated series Glenn Martin, DDS.
In 1994, Nealon hosted the 13-part series Amazing America on the Discovery Channel. In 2002, he hosted The Conspiracy Zone on The New TNN for 26 episodes plus an unaired pilot. In 2004, he hosted the first season of Poker Royale on the Game Show Network. Nealon also hosted several years of World's Funniest Commercials specials on TBS in the 2000s.
In 2008, he published a book chronicling his experiences during his wife's pregnancy, Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?.
Starting in 2015, Nealon portrayed Captain Telstar in commercials for Charter Spectrum. Since 2016 he has been a regular on the TV sitcom Man with a Plan, and since 2017 he has also hosted a YouTube show called Hiking with Kevin.
Nealon was dating Jan Hooks when they were both hired by Saturday Night Live. In 1989 he married Linda Dupree, a model and stuntwoman; they divorced in 2002. During this time, Nealon, who has been a vegan since 1989, became active in the animal rights movement; he has supported PETA, the Amanda Foundation, Farm Sanctuary, the Washington Wildlife Alliance, The Ark Trust's Genesis Awards, and also Meat Out.
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, 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 Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus may also have targeted Nealon for wiretapping in connection with his work for PETA.Nealon holds dual Irish and American citizenship.
|1984||The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson||Guest|
|1985||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||1 episode|
|1986–1995||Saturday Night Live||Various||174 episodes|
|1989||Cranium Command||Left Ventricle||short|
|1991||All I Want for Christmas||Tony Boer|
|1992||The Edge||Greg||2 episodes|
|1993–1996||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||3 episodes|
|1996||Happy Gilmore||Gary Potter|
|Champs||Marty Heslov||12 episodes|
|Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Kevin||Voice|
|1997||Something So Right||Joel||1 episode|
|1997–1998||Hiller and Diller||Ted Hiller||13 episodes|
|1998||Principal Takes a Holiday||Franklin Fitz|
|The Wedding Singer||Mr. Simms|
|1998–1999||Dharma & Greg||Mr. Clayborn||2 episodes|
|1999||Kill the Man||Albino Advocate|
|3rd Rock from the Sun||Dennis Caslow||1 episode|
|The Outer Limits||Dr. Mark Crest||Episode "Deja Vu"|
|Cecil B. Demented||Himself|
|Little Nicky||Stanley the Gatekeeper|
|2001||These Old Broads||Roger||Uncredited|
|Heartbreakers||Man at the Bar|
|Joe Dirt||Greasy Mechanic||Uncredited|
|Three Sisters||Terry||1 episode|
|2002||The Master of Disguise||White Collar Executive|
|Monk||John Wurster||1 episode|
|Eight Crazy Nights||Mayor||Voice|
|Crank Yankers||OCD Ken/Jack Gravat||Voice|
|Daddy Day Care||Bruce|
|Good Boy!||Mr. Baker|
|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||Grandma's Boy||Mr. Cheezle|
|Campus Ladies||Kevin||1 episode|
|2008||Remarkable Power||Jack West|
|You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Kevin|
|Get Smart||CIA Agent #2|
|2009||University of Andy||Doug Wilson||2 episodes|
|The Goode Family||Irwin Winslow||Voice|
|Aliens in the Attic||Stuart Pearson|
|2009–2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Glenn Martin||Voice|
|'Til Death||Stephen Redford||6 episodes|
|Glory Daze||Marcus||1 episode|
|2011||Just Go with It||Adon|
|Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Gary|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||George||2 episodes|
|Franklin & Bash||Lawrence Reynolds||1 episode|
|2013||Drunk History||The Grand Dragon||Episode: "Atlanta"|
|The League||Chuck Falcon||Episode: "Rafi and Dirty Randy"|
|Walk of Shame||Chopper Steve|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||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||Episodes: "This Mud's for You", "No Bingo, No Peace"|
|Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Gary Sikes|
|2016–present||Man with a Plan||Don Burns||Series regular|
|2017–present||Hiking with Kevin||host|
|2018||Father of the Year||Voice|
|2019||Crank Yankers||Himself||Voice; Episode: "Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Nealon"|
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- As told in his book, Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?
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- "Kevin Nealon's DNA Test Confirmed His Feakle Ancestry". The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. November 30, 2017 – via YouTube.
- "High School Sports Chop-Up: Kevin Nealon". USA Today (interview). May 28, 2014.
- "Kevin Nealon On 'Man With A Plan', Stand-Up Comedy & Johnny Carson". CBS Local. March 1, 2019.
- Ebert, Roger (November 8, 1991). "Reviews: All I Want for Christmas". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
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- Ebert, Roger (February 9, 2011). "Reviews: Just Go with It". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
- Hartlaub, Peter (August 3, 2009). "Movie review: 'Aliens in the Attic'". San Francisco Chronicle.
- "'Grandma's Boy' Movie Review". Fat Guys at the Movies. January 6, 2006.
- Scott, A. O. (June 6, 2008). "Watch Out, He's Packing a Blow-Dryer". The New York Times.
- Osterndorf, Chris (July 21, 2018). "'Father Of the Year' is another baffling, bonkers Happy Madison comedy". The Daily Dot.
- Hiltbrand, David (June 19, 2008). "Sorry about that, classic 'Get Smart' fans". Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Hinckley, David (August 16, 2009). "Nick at Nite's new animated series 'Glenn Martin, DDS,' with Kevin Nealon, is satire with biting wit". New York Daily News.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 311. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- King, Susan (January 3, 2002). "A Platform for Paranoia". Los Angeles Times.
- "Nealon puts on poker face". Variety. December 7, 2004. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- Taylor, Catharine P. (August 21, 2006). "TBS showcases very funny commercials". Ad Week.
- Catlin, Roger (August 30, 2007). "Kevin Nealon Shows International Commercials; Making Fun of Rappers". The Hartford Courant.
- "'World's Funniest Commercials': Blurbs take the spotlight". Variety. June 26, 2009. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me? by Kevin Nealon". Kirkus Reviews. May 20, 2010 [March 1, 2008].
- Diaz, Ann-Christine (September 18, 2015). "Kevin Nealon Is Captain Telstar, Leader of an Antiquated Satellite TV Station". Ad Age. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Crouch, Ian (August 7, 2018). "The Soothing Meta-Comedy of 'Hiking with Kevin'". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Curry, Sheree R. (March 21, 2011). "Kevin Nealon Unloads Condo After Upgrade to New Home". AOL News. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- Jackman, Tom (February 28, 2006). "Ringling Circus Hired Private Eye To Infiltrate PETA, Fairfax Jury Told". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
- Saval, Malina (November 13, 2016). "Jon Stewart, Kevin Nealon, Emily Deschanel Raise Awareness for Animal Rights at Starry Gala". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "Nealon and Yeagley marry in Italy". UPI. September 3, 2005.
- Ingrassia, Lisa (September 17, 2007). "High on Life". People. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
- "Kevin Nealon: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
- Nealon, Kevin (February 22, 2006). "Don't Stop Bugging Me". The New York Times (opinion). Retrieved 2008-05-22.
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