Thomas Lennon

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Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon February 2015.jpg
Lennon in 2015
Born Thomas Patrick Lennon
(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 47)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Jenny Robertson (m. 2002)
Children 1

Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and director best known as a cast member on MTV's The State, for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series Reno 911! and as Felix Unger on the CBS series The Odd Couple. He is the writing partner of Robert Ben Garant.

Early life[edit]

Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Of Irish descent,[1] he is the son of Kathleen (McSheehy) and Timothy Lennon.[2] Lennon graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1988. At age 16, he met friend and future co-worker Kerri Kenney at Theatre Camp at Northwestern University. The two later attended NYU,[3] where they joined a comedy troupe called The New Group.

Career[edit]

Acting and performing[edit]

While a member of The New Group, the comedy troupe changed its name to The State. As they performed their material at theaters and clubs in New York City, they worked on the MTV show You Wrote It, You Watch It. This led to the self-titled series The State (1993–95), which was nominated for a 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series. That same year, they created a special for CBS called The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special.

Following the cancellation of The State, Lennon, along with Kenney, Robert Ben Garant and Michael Ian Black, went on to create and star in the Comedy Central program Viva Variety (1997–99). The show was based on a sketch that Lennon had written for the final season of The State, called "The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme." Viva Variety received a 1997 Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. After Viva Variety, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in Reno 911! (2003–09). Initially slated for Fox, the program later debuted on Comedy Central.

Lennon has appeared as a guest star in dozens of TV shows, including The League, Childrens Hospital, Party Down, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. One of his notable guest starring roles was as Joey Tribbiani's blackjack dealing, "identical hand twin" on the Friends fifth-season finale ("The One In Vegas," Pts. I and II). Additionally, he has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and at 31, had the second-most number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, occasionally playing guitar and incorporating music. He has appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and The Benson Interruption. He was the guest on the first episode of Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist Podcast, which was recorded in Lennon's garage.

In 2010, Lennon and Garant created and starred in a sitcom pilot for NBC called The Strip. In May that year it was announced that NBC had decided not to produce it as a series.

In November and December 2011, Lennon filled in as guest voice for the robot sidekick Geoff Peterson on the CBS show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Lennon has also appeared in numerous films, including Bad Teacher, Memento, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and I Love You, Man, for which he and costar Paul Rudd were nominated for a 2009 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. In both Christopher Nolan's film Memento (2000) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Lennon played the role of a doctor.[4]

Lennon's voice acting work includes Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, Archer and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He played Scribble in Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings and Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. He supplied the voice of Eddie the Shipboard Computer in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and plays the voice of Fearless Leader in the 2014 DreamWorks short film version of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He is also the voice of Munk on Dawn of the Croods and the voice of Chief O'Hara in the Warner Brothers animated film: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

Since its premiere in October 2013, Lennon has appeared 17 times on the late-night internet-based improv panel game show, @midnight (which he also produces), winning a total of seven times.[5]

In 2014, Lennon was cast as Felix Unger in the television series reboot of The Odd Couple opposite Matthew Perry, who plays Oscar Madison.[6] In 2016, he co-starred as a scientist in Paramount Animation's Monster Trucks.[7] At the 2016 People's Choice Awards ceremony, he participated in an on-stage sketch parodying the recent gaffe by Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.[8] Lennon has announced he will guest star in Shades of Blue in 2018 with Jennifer Lopez.

Screenwriting[edit]

Thomas Lennon is a successful screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with writing partner Robert Ben Garant.[3] Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.[9]

Among Garant and Lennon's credits are the Night at the Museum films, the 2005 Disney comedy The Pacifier and the 2006 prison comedy Let's Go To Prison.

In August 2010, John Landgraf, president of FX Network, announced that his network had ordered a pilot episode for a new Garant/Lennon science fiction television comedy called USS Alabama, set 1000 years in the future, aboard a United Nations peacekeeping spaceship, the U.S.S. Alabama.[4]

Garant and Lennon released a book about writing for film called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too! in 2011.[9]

Garant and Lennon wrote, directed and starred in the 2013 film Hell Baby starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb. The film was produced by Darko Entertainment, and shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hell Baby premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[4] Garant and Lennon are credited as story co-writers on the film version of Baywatch (2017).

Most recently, The Machine, written by Garant and Lennon, is set to star Vin Diesel. Additionally, their script Action No. 1 is currently in pre-production.

Lennon is also the author of four of IFC's "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lennon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jenny Robertson,[3] and their son Oliver (born 2009). He is also a big fan of The Smiths and Morrissey,[11] occasionally performing live with the tribute band 'Sweet and Tender Hooligans' as a guest guitarist.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Friend of Dorothy Moonie Short film
1998 Row Your Boat Census Taker
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Documentarian (voice)
2000 Memento Doctor
2001 Out Cold Eric Montclare
2002 Boat Trip The priest
2003 Le Divorce Roger Walker
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Thayer
2003 A Guy Thing Pete Morse
2004 Taxi N/A Writer
2004 Heights Marshall
2006 Conversations with Other Women Videographer
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Larry Murphy Writer
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Eddie the Shipboard Computer (voice)
2005 The Godfather of Green Bay D.U.G.
2005 The Pacifier Writer
2006 Night at the Museum Writer
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Police officer
2006 Let's Go to Prison Writer
2006 Eden Court Shroeder Duncan
2007 Balls of Fury Karl Wolfschtagg Writer, producer
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Lieutenant Jim Dangle Writer, executive producer
2007 The Ten Scotty Pale
2008 Hancock Mike
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Orville Wright Writer
Uncredited cameo
2009 17 Again Ned Gold
2009 I Love You, Man Doug
2009 Al's Brain in 3-D Co-Worker Short film
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Customer Uncredited
2011 Cedar Rapids Roger Lemke
2011 How to Survive a Robot Uprising Writer
2011 Bad Teacher Carl Halabi
2011 What's Your Number? Dr. Barrett 'Barry' Ingold
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Todd
2012 The Hunger Pains Buttitch Totalapathy Short film
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Craig
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Doctor
2012 Secret of the Wings Reading Fairy (voice)
2012 Howard Cantour.com Rocco Short film
2013 Hell Baby Pat Writer, producer, director (with Robert Ben Garant)
2013 Rapture-Palooza Mr. Murphy
2013 Jerry, the Exorcist Roommate Jerry Short film
2013 We're the Millers Rick Nathanson
2014 Mr. Peabody and Sherman Italian Peasant #2 (voice) Also wrote additional dialogue
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Chief of Staff
2014 Rocky & Bullwinkle Fearless Leader / Mayan Princess (voice) Short film; also writer
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Scribble (voice)
2015 Knight of Cups Tom
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 BMW Guy Uncredited
2015 Grand Zero David Van Vleck Short film
2016 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Chief O'Hara / Prison Warden (voice)
2016 Monster Trucks Dr. Jim Dowd
2017 Baywatch Story writer
2017 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Michael O'Donoghue Post-production
2017 Half Magic Post-production
2017 Pottersville Brock Masterson Post-production
2017 Batman vs. Two-Face Chief O'Hara (voice) In production
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 You Wrote It, You Watch It Various Also writer
1993–1995 The State Various characters Also co-creator and writer
1995 The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special Various characters Television special; also writer
1997 Viva Variety Host Meredith Laupin 16 episodes; also writer
1997–1999 Hercules Atlas (voice) 3 episodes
1999 Friends Randall Episode: "The One in Vegas" parts 1 and 2
1999 Strangers with Candy Wrote episode: "Bogie Nights"
1999–2000 Jesse Ernie 2 episodes
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Landlord (voice) Episode: "Tarzan and the Mysterious Visitor"
2002 Kim Possible Unknown character (voice) Episode: "Kimitation Nation"
2002 MDs Chester E. Donge 8 episodes
2003–09 Reno 911! Lieutenant Jim Dangle Also creator
2004–06 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Vic (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Stacked Gary Episode: "You're Getting Sleepy"
2007 Wainy Days Ice Cream Man Episode: "Dorvid Days"
2009 The League Bryce Episode: "The Usual Bet"
2010 Archer Charles (voice) 3 episodes
2010 Party Down Nick DiCintio Episode: "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night"
2010 Svetlana Fyodor Episode: "Wish Fulfillment"
2010–11 Funny or Die Presents Richard / Co-pilot 5 episodes
2010–13 Planet Sheen Pinter/Blurg (voice) 15 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Keith Grant Episode: "Inside Man"
2011 Childrens Hospital Pat Episode: "Home Is Where the Hospital Is"
2012 New Girl Neil Episode: "See Ya"
2012–15 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 4 episodes
2012 How I Met Your Mother Klaus 2 episodes
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Trey Epis
2012 Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas Director Television special
2012–14 Bob's Burgers Chuck (voice) 3 episodes
2013 Franklin & Bash Harley Episode: "Shoot to Thrill"
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Santa Episode: "Wreck the Halls"
2013 @midnight Contestant Executive producer
2013 Key & Peele Person at People Park #5 Episode: "Pussy on the Chainwax"
2013 Wendell & Vinnie Lord Derek Episode: "Swindle & Vinnie"
2013–14 Sean Saves the World Max Thompson 14 episodes
2013–14 Newsreaders Vincent Gates/Pritchard Batchman 3 episodes
2014 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "Things That Go Clue-Boom in the Night"
2014 The Goldbergs Tauntaun Todd Episode: "A Wrestler Named Goldberg"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Agent Gilmore Episode: "Surprise!"
2014 The Birthday Boys Lou Skywalker Episode: "Cerf's Folly"
2014 Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special Television special; writer
2015 Over the Garden Wall Jimmy Brown (voice) Episode: "Chapter 3: Schooltown Follies"
2015 The Hotwives Garrett Truesdale Episode: "You Make Me Wanna Drought"
2015 Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer Studio Security Television special
2015 Robot Chicken Various (voice) Episode: "Garbage Sushi"
2015–17 The Odd Couple Felix Unger Main role
2015–16 Another Period Marquis de Sainsbury 5 episodes
2015–16 Drunk History Major Jesse Marcel/Timothy Leary 2 episodes
2015–16 TripTank Caller / Broker / Rob (voice) 3 episodes
2015–16 Dawn of the Croods Munk / Crud (voice) 9 episodes
2016 Animals. Kevin (voice) Episode: "Rats."
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Wick Cooper / Cleaning Droid (voice) 4 episodes
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Serge 6 episodes; also executive producer
2016, 2017 American Dad! News Director, Satan (voice) 2 episodes
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Principal Novak 3 episodes
2017-present Lethal Weapon Leo Getz Episode: "As Good As It Getz"
2017 Milo Murphy's Law Henry (voice) Episode: "Murphy's Lard"
2017 Justice League Action Amazo (voice) Episode: "Boo-ray for Bizarro"

References[edit]

  1. ^ juliehamill (2016-11-13). "Julie Hamill • 15 Minutes With Thomas Lennon, actor". Juliehamill.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  2. ^ "That cop in the short shorts". Nl.newsbank.com. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Pearlman, Cindy. "Oak Park native acts, writes way to 'Reno 911!' and beyond", Chicago Sun-Times. Published April 15, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Thomas Lennon on IMDb
  5. ^ "Tom Lennon". Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "The Odd Couple Pilot Scoop: Look Who's Playing the Felix to Matthew Perry's Oscar". TVLine.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Thomas Lennon Straps In For Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’". deadline.com. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jane Lynch Spoofs Steve Harvey's Miss Universe Gaffe At People's Choice Awards". Huffington Post. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Morning Edition (2011-07-05). "You Too Can Be A Successful Screenwriter". NPR. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  10. ^ "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time" IFC; April 7, 2008
  11. ^ "Interview: Thomas Lennon spontaneously pares down his list of quintessential Smiths songs". rhino.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Sweet & Tender Hooligans – About". Sweetandtenderhooligans.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 

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