Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

Born: May 10, 1978
Age: 45
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
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Kenan Thompson (/ˈkiːnən/ born May 10, 1978)[1] is an American actor and comedian. Thompson began his acting career in the early 1990's, and garnered fame as an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That.

In his early career, he often collaborated with fellow All That costar Kel Mitchell. In 1996, they began starring in their own sitcom Kenan & Kel (1996-2001). He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, and is the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history. Thompson is also known for his roles in The Mighty Ducks franchise, Good Burger, and the title character in the 2004 film Fat Albert.

He has received a Primetime Emmy Award from three nominations,[2] and is ranked at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, to Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson. He has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. He began acting at age 15, appearing in the school play The Gingerbread Duck.[3] He auditioned for a theatre company The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA).[4] One of his earliest roles was as an entertainment reporter for CNN's "Real News for Kids",[5] and he would go on to star in All That, and Kenan & Kel.[5] While Kenan attended Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in East Point, Georgia, he began filming his first movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks.


Film and television career

Kenan has starred in several films including Good Burger, based on the All That sketch of the same title, and Fat Albert, in which he played the title character. He has also had supporting roles in the movies Heavyweights, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, My Boss's Daughter, and Snakes on a Plane. Thompson had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell.

In 2009, Thompson was a regular voice actor in the Fox cartoon series Sit Down, Shut Up, portraying Sue Sezno, who, as evidenced by her last name, always says no.[6] The series premiered on April 19, 2009,[6] but was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings and less than favorable reviews. Thompson provided the voice for the LeBron James puppet in Nike's MVP "Most Valuable Puppets" commercials, which were produced to be shown throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Thompson also guest starred on the USA Network TV show Psych in Season 4's "High Top Fade Out" (episode 7). He played an estranged college singing buddy of the character Gus. In 2011, he briefly returned to Nickelodeon, as he guest starred in "iParty with Victorious", a crossover episode of TV sitcoms iCarly and Victorious.

Thompson appeared as a host of sorts of TeenNick's 1990's programming block, The '90s Are All That, appearing in many of the block's early bumpers and hyping material. He would return to the block, now called NickSplat but at the time called The Splat, for All That's 22nd anniversary, with segments filmed at the 2015 New York Comic-Con.[7]

In 2015, Fandango announced that Thompson would play their brand character, fictional character Miles Mouvay. Thompson would play Mouvay in 18 videos, eight 30-second commercials, and a few comedic skits.[8]

On September 23, 2015, Thompson appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside former All That co-star Kel Mitchell in which they reprised their popular Good Burger roles as "Ed" and "Lester Oakes, Construction Worker".

Saturday Night Live

Thompson returned to sketch comedy when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2003, becoming the first SNL cast member to be born after SNL's premiere in 1975. Thompson was a featured player until 2005 (spanning the 29th and 30th seasons) and was promoted to repertory player at the beginning of season 31 (the 2005-2006 season).

Thompson has been a cast member on SNL for 16 seasons, breaking the record for the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history previously held by Darrell Hammond, who was on the show for 14 seasons. Thompson became the most senior cast member in the 2013-14 season, following the departure of Seth Meyers. He is also the longest-serving African-American cast member, surpassing Tim Meadows, who stayed on the show for ten seasons, and is also the second-oldest current cast member after Leslie Jones (born 1967).[9] Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 129, beating Hammond's previous record of 107.[10]

Personal life

Thompson married model Christina Evangeline on November 11, 2011.[11] Together, they have two daughters, Georgia Marie,[12] born in 2014,[13] and Gianna Michelle[14] born in 2018.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler
1995 Heavyweights Roy
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler
1997 Good Burger Dexter Reed
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Lewis
2002 Big Fat Liar Party Guest
The Master of Disguise Guy on Computer
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Walter Colley
My Boss's Daughter Hans
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kenard
Fat Albert Fat Albert
2006 Snakes on a Plane Troy
2008 Space Chimps Ringmaster Voice
Wieners Wyatt
2009 Stan Helsing Teddy
2011 The Smurfs Greedy Smurf Voice
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Henry
2013 The Smurfs 2 Greedy Smurf Voice
2014 They Came Together Teddy
Opposite Sex Mitch
2016 Rock Dog Riff Voice
Brother Nature Miesha
2017 Going in Style Keith
2018 The Grinch Bricklebaum Voice
2019 Wonder Park Gus


Year Title Role Notes
1994-99; 2002; 2005 All That Various Roles Main role
1996-98 The Steve Harvey Show Junior 4 episodes
1996-2000 Kenan & Kel Kenan Rockmore Main role
1997 Sister, Sister Trevor Episode: "Inherit the Twin"
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"
1999 The Amanda Show Himself Episode: "Episode 1"
Cousin Skeeter Kenan Rockmore Episodes: "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West" (Parts 1 & 2)
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kenan Rockmore Kenan & Kel TV movie
The Parkers Damon Episode: "Trading Places"
2001 Felicity DeForrest Ingram 4 episodes
2002 Off Centre MC French 2 episodes
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Hamburger Episode: "Food for Thought/Friends Forever"
2003-present Saturday Night Live Various roles Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics
2005, 2018 Wild 'N Out Himself Episodes: "Kenan Thompson"
"All That Takeover"
2006 Rugrats Mirror Episode: "Tales from the Crib: Snow White"
2007 Crank Yankers Mark Thomas Episode: "4.1"
2008 The Mighty B! Rocky Rhodes 3 episodes
2009 Psych Joon Episode: "High Top Fade-Out"
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Sue Sezno 13 episodes
2011 iCarly Himself Crossover episode: "iParty with Victorious"
The '90s Are All That Host
2013 Martha Speaks Stanley Episode: "Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold"[15]
2013-15 The Awesomes Austin "Impresario" Sullivan Voice
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Lester Oakes Episode: "James Spader/Andrew Rannells/Brian Regan
2015-2017 Nature Cat Ronald Voice
2015 F Is for Family Additional Voices 5 Episodes
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Roland Guest role, Episode: "Kimmy Drives a Car!"
Maya & Marty Various roles Main role
2018 Double Dare Himself Contestant; episode: "Team Kel vs. Team Kenan"[16]
Studio C Himself, various roles [17][18]
2019 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Himself [19]
Year Title Notes
2004 Good Times Comedy album

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