Kevin Nealon

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Kevin Nealon
Nealon in Las Vegas, 2006
Born (1953-11-18) November 18, 1953 (age 70)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
EducationSacred Heart University (BA)
Years active1978–present
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/; born November 18, 1953)[1] is an American comedian and actor. He 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]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri,[2] Nealon was one of five children of Kathleen M. (née Kimball)[3] and Emmett F. Nealon, an aircraft company executive.[4][5][6] A few months after he was born, the family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut;[7] when he was six, they moved to Heidelberg, West Germany for four years.[8] He is of Irish descent[9] and was raised Catholic.[5] He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, in 1971 and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University.[8] He then took night courses at Fairfield University, where he played quarterback on the club football team.[10]


Nealon played guitar in bands during high school and gravitated to comedy in college.[8] 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.[8][6] 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.[11] He later became a regular there and on Late Night with David Letterman.[6]

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,[8] 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.[6][8] 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.[6][12] Other films in which he has since appeared include Happy Gilmore,[13][14] The Wedding Singer,[13] Anger Management, Little Nicky, Just Go with It,[15] Daddy Day Care, Good Boy!, and Aliens in the Attic (2009).[16] He has a part in many of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison films, including Grandma's Boy (2006),[17] You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008),[18] and Father of the Year (2018),[19] and made a cameo appearance in the 2008 film Get Smart.[20]

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.[21] Garry Shandling and Nealon had a close relationship.[22] In 1994, Nealon hosted the 13-part series Amazing America on the Discovery Channel.[23]

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.[13] In 2009–2011 he voiced the title character in Nick at Nite's animated series Glenn Martin, DDS.[24]

In 2002, he hosted The Conspiracy Zone on The New TNN[25] for 26 episodes plus an unaired pilot. In 2004, he hosted the first season of Poker Royale on the Game Show Network.[26] Nealon also hosted several years of World's Funniest Commercials specials on TBS in the 2000s.[27][28][29]

In 2008, he published a book chronicling his experiences during his wife's pregnancy, Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?[30]

Starting in 2015, Nealon portrayed Captain Telstar in commercials for Charter Spectrum.[31] From 2016 to 2020, he was a regular on the TV sitcom Man with a Plan,[11][32]

Since 2017 he has also hosted a YouTube talk show called Hiking with Kevin where he hikes a trail with various celebrity guests;[11][33] 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.[34] As of 2022, the show is on its fourth season with over 100 episodes.[35] Nealon produces and edits the entire show by himself, recording simply using a selfie stick and a camera drone.[36]

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.[6][8] In 1989 he married Linda Dupree, a model and stuntwoman;[6] they divorced in 2002.[37] During this time, Nealon, who has been a vegetarian since 1989,[38] became active in the animal rights movement; he has supported PETA,[39] the Amanda Foundation, Farm Sanctuary,[8][40] 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.[41] They have a son, Gable, born in 2007.[42] They reside in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[43]

He is distantly related to Daniel Webster.[44]

Nealon played rugby for Fairfield Yankees RFC.[45]

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,[46] 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.[39] Nealon holds dual Irish and American citizenship.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]



List of films
Title Year Role/Character Director Type/Notes/Description
Roxanne 1987 Drunk #2 Fred Schepisi Feature film
Cranium Command 1989 Left Ventricle Jerry Rees
Gary Trousdale (opening sequence)
Kirk Wise (opening sequence)
Short film
All I Want for Christmas 1991 Tony Boer Robert Lieberman Feature film
Coneheads 1993 Senator Steve Barron Feature film
Felidae 1994 Kong (voice) Michael Schaack Uncredited
Jeffrey 1995 TV Reporter Christopher Ashley Cameo appearance
Happy Gilmore 1996 Gary Potter Dennis Dugan Feature film
The Wedding Singer 1998 Mr. Simms Frank Coraci Feature film
Kill the Man 1999 Albino Advocate Tom Booker
Jon Kea
Feature film
Cecil B. Demented 2000 Himself John Waters Cameo appearance
Little Nicky 2000 Stanley the Gatekeeper Steven Brill Feature film
Heartbreakers 2001 Man at the Bar David Mirkin Feature film
Joe Dirt 2001 Greasy Mechanic Dennie Gordon Uncredited
The Master of Disguise 2002 White Collar Executive Perry Andelin Blake Uncredited
Eight Crazy Nights 2002 Mayor Dewey (voice) Seth Kearsley Animated film
Anger Management 2003 Sam Peter Segal Feature film
Daddy Day Care 2003 Bruce Steve Carr Feature film
Good Boy! 2003 Mr. Baker John Hoffman Feature film
Grandma's Boy 2006 Mr. Cheezle Nicholaus Goossen Feature film
Remarkable Power 2008 Jack West Brandon Beckner Feature film
You Don't Mess with the Zohan 2008 Kevin Dennis Dugan Cameo appearance
Get Smart 2008 CIA Agent Peter Segal Feature film
Aliens in the Attic 2009 Stuart Pearson John Schultz Feature film
Just Go with It 2011 Adon Dennis Dugan Cameo appearance
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 Gary Tom Brady Feature film
Small Time 2014 Irv Joel Surnow Feature film
Walk of Shame 2014 Chopper Steve Steven Brill Feature film
Blended 2014 Eddy Warnick Frank Coraci Feature film
Ghost Squad 2015 Russ Joel Souza Feature film
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 Gary Sikes Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Cameo appearance
Sandy Wexler 2017 Testimonial Steven Brill Cameo appearance
Father of the Year 2018 Peter Francis Tyler Spindel Streaming film
International Falls 2019 Earl Amber McGinnis Feature film
Late Bloomers 2023 Al Lisa Steen Feature film[50]


List of programs television
Title Year Role/Character Type/Notes/Description
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985 Kevin Nealon / Guest Comic Episode: "Charles Grodin/Kevin Nealon/Linda Thorson"
Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1985 Lester Essex Episode: "Tail of the Dancing Weasel"
Saturday Night Live 1986-1987 Write 20 episodes
Monsters 1990 Louis Episode: "Small Blessings"
The Edge 1992 Greg Williams / Greg / Mr. Williams 4 episodes
Partners 1993 Kevin Nealon Television film
The Larry Sanders Show 1993-1996 Kevin Nealon 3 episodes
Champs 1996 Marty Heslov 12 episodes
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist 1996 Kevin (voice) Episode: "Earring"
Something So Right 1997 Joel Episode: "Something About Two April Fools"
Hiller and Diller 1997-1998 Ted Hiller 13 episodes
Disney anthology television series 1998 Franklin Fitz Episode: "Principal Takes a Holiday"
Dharma & Greg 1998-1999 Mr. Clayborn 2 episodes
3rd Rock from the Sun 1999 Dennis Caslow Episode: "Dick 'The Mouth' Solomon"
The Outer Limits 1999 Dr. Mark Crest Episode: "Deja Vu "
Bar Hopping 2000 Cuckie Television film
The Norm Show 2000 Smith Episode: "Norm vs. Fear"
These Old Broads 2001 Roger Television film
Three Sisters 2001 Terry Episode: "The Manny"
Monk 2002 John Wurster Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum"
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch 2003 Kevin Wongle Television film
Crank Yankers 2003
Man Ordering Food / OCD Ken
Jack Gravat (voice)
2 episodes
Still Standing 2003
Ted Halverson 5 episodes
Fat Actress 2005 Johnny Knightley Episode: "Holy Lesbo Batman"
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005 Kevin Nealon Episode: "Kamikaze Bingo"
Weeds 2005-2012 Doug Wilson 102 episodes
Campus Ladies 2006 Kevin Episode: "Pilot"
Scenes deleted
University of Andy 2009 Doug Wilson 2 episodes
The Goode Family 2009 Irwin Winslow (voice) Episode: "Public Disturbance"
Glenn Martin, DDS 2009-2011 Glenn Martin (voice) 39 episodes
American Dad! 2010 I.O.C. Member (voice) Episode: "Return of the Bling"
'Til Death 2010 I. Stephen Redford 6 episodes
Glory Daze 2010 Marcus Episode: "Fake Me Home Tonight"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 Arnold Schwarzenegger Episode: "Game Night 5"
Hot in Cleveland 2012 George 2 episodes
Franklin & Bash 2012 Lawrence Reynolds Episode: "Strange Brew"
Isabel 2012 Louis Lorenz Television film
Drunk History 2013 The Grand Dragon Episode: "Atlanta"
The League 2013 Chuck Falcon Episode: "Rafi and Dirty Randy"
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 Milton the Milkman Episode: "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Booties"
The Soul Man 2016 Ron Saxby 2 episodes
@midnight 2017 Kevin Nealon Episode: "January 23, 2017"
Man with a Plan 2016-2020 Don Burns Series regular
68 episodes
Hiking with Kevin 2017-present Kevin Nealon Episode: "Billy Hates PDA"
SuperMansion 2018 Helicopter Pilot (voice) Episode: "Jungle All the Way"
Liza on Demand 2019 Jim Episode: "Sorry, Not Sorry"
Mike Tyson Mysteries 2020 Gary Stein (voice) Episode: "The Stein Way"
Family Guy 2020 Kevin Nealon (voice) Episode: "The Movement"
Room 104 2020 Chris Carrington / Harry Episode: "Oh, Harry!"
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune 2021 Kevin Nealon Episode: "Rachel Leigh Cook, Sherri Shepherd and Kevin Nealon"
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday 2021 Uncle Dave Television film
Sister Swap: Christmas in the City 2021 Uncle Dave Television film


  • 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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