Thomas Lennon (actor)
Lennon in 2015
|Born||Thomas Patrick Lennon
August 9, 1970
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director|
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 and for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. He is the writing partner of Robert Ben Garant.
Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Kathleen and Timothy Lennon. He is a 1988 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and is of Irish descent. At age 16, Lennon met friend and future co-worker Kerri Kenney at Theatre Camp at Northwestern University. The two later attended NYU, where they joined a comedy troupe called The New Group.
Acting and performing
The New Group later changed their name to The State. After performing their material at various theaters and clubs in New York City, they started work 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 Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series.
Following the collapse of The State after one special on CBS, 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 Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. After Viva Variety, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in another TV show, Reno 911! (2003–09). Initially slated for FOX, the program later debuted on Comedy Central. The show is currently syndicated around the world, and the costume of his character, Lt. Dangle, is a top seller each year at Halloween.
Lennon has appeared 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, and appeared as Joey Tribbiani's blackjack dealing, "identical hand twin" on the Friends fifth-season finale ("The One In Vegas," Pts. I and II).
He has also appeared in supporting roles in dozens of 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 an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, and at 31, has the second-most number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Lennon has done various voice work, including the shows Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, Archer and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He plays Scribble the Reading Faerie 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.
In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, during which he will sometimes play guitar. 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 The Nerdist Podcast, which was also recorded in his garage.
Since its premiere in October 2013, Lennon has appeared 11 times on the late-night internet-based improv panel game show, @midnight (which he also produces), winning a total of four times as of March 26, 2015.
In 2014, Lennon was cast as Felix Unger in the reboot television series The Odd Couple opposite Matthew Perry, who plays Oscar Madison. He also will star in Paramount Animation's Monster Trucks.
Lennon is a screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with partner Robert Ben Garant. Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
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.
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.
In 2012, Garant and Lennon wrote a film version of Baywatch. They wrote The Machine, which is set to star Vin Diesel. 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.
|This section is incomplete. (January 2014)|
|1997||Viva Variety||Host Meredith Laupin|
|1999||Friends||Randal (Joey's Identical Hand Twin)||Season 5, Episode 23 and 24 "The One in Vegas"|
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Documentarian||Voice Only|
|2000||Row Your Boat||Census Taker|
|2001||Out Cold||Eric Montclare|
|2002||Boat Trip||The Priest|
|2003–09||Reno 911!||Lieutenant Jim Dangle|
|2003||Le Divorce||Roger Walker|
|2003||How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days||Thayer|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Pete Morse|
|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 Only|
|2005||The Godfather of Green Bay||D.U.G.|
|2006||Night at the Museum||N/A||Writer|
|2006||Let's Go to Prison||N/A||Writer|
|2006||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Police Officer|
|2006||Eden Court||Shroeder Duncan|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Karl Wolfschtagg||Writer, Producer|
|2007||Reno 911!: Miami||Lieutenant Jim Dangle||Writer, Executive Producer|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Orville Wright||Writer
|2009||17 Again||Ned Gold|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Doug|
|2009||The League||Bryce||"The Usual Bet"|
|2010||Archer||Charles||"Honeypot" and "A Kiss While Dying"|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Customer||Uncredited|
|2010||Party Down||Nick DiCintio||Season 2 Episode 3 - "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night"|
|2010||Planet Sheen||Pinter||Voice Only|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Roger Lemke|
|2011||How to Survive a Robot Uprising||N/A||Writer|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Carl Halabi|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Keith Grant||Season 2 Episode 2|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Dr. Barrett 'Barry' Ingold|
|2011||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Todd|
|2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Craig|
|2012–15||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||4 episodes|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Doctor|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Klaus||8.01, 8.02|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Trey||12/5/2012 Guest star|
|2013||Hell Baby||Pat||Writer/Producer/Director (With Robert Ben Garant)|
|2013||Franklin & Bash||Harley||Season 3, Episode 9|
|2013||We're the Millers||Rick Nathanson|
|2013||Sean Saves the World||Max||Recurring role|
|2013||@midnight||Contestant (.364 Win Average)/Executive Producer||Executive Producer|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "Things That Go Clue-Boom in the Night"|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Chief of Staff|
|2014||The Goldbergs||Tauntaun Todd||Episode: "A Wrestler Named Goldberg"|
|2014||Knight of Cups||Rick's Friend||Post-production|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||FBI Agent||Season 5, Episode 2: "Surprise!"|
|2015–present||The Odd Couple||Felix Unger||Main role|
|2015||Drunk History||Major Jesse Marcel||Episode: "New Mexico"|
|2016||Nick and Snip||Snip||Voice Only|
- "That cop in the short shorts". Nl.newsbank.com. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "Thomas Lennon Interview". Video.about.com. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- Pearlman, Cindy. "Oak Park native acts, writes way to 'Reno 911!' and beyond", Chicago Sun-Times. Published April 15, 2009.
- Thomas Lennon at the Internet Movie Database
- "Tom Lennon". Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Ausiello, Michael. "The Odd Couple Pilot Scoop: Look Who's Playing the Felix to Matthew Perry's Oscar". TVLine.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Thomas Lennon Straps In For Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’". deadline.com. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Morning Edition (2011-07-05). "You Too Can Be A Successful Screenwriter". NPR. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time" Nerve/IFC; April 7, 2008
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