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Chris Parnell

‚ÄčThomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell (born February 5, 1967) is an American comic actor best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and currently for his recurring role as Dr. Leo Spaceman on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock. Parnell is currently one of the lead voices on the FX animated comedy Archer. In 2010, Parnell starred alongside his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz in the Comedy Central series Big Lake. After performing as a company player with The Groundlings for a number of years, Parnell was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 26, 1998, and was promoted to repertory player the following season. In the summer of 2001, budget cuts and hiring four new cast members required Lorne Michaels to dismiss two cast members; he chose to lay off Parnell and Jerry Minor over Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph. While on SNL, Parnell appeared in numerous sketches, and commercial parodies, and performed memorable impressions of various celebrities. One of his most popular sketches is Lazy Sunday, a rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see The Chronicles of Narnia. He has also performed raps about hosts Jennifer Garner, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher. In the summer of 2006, Lorne Michaels announced that four cast members would be fired due to budget cuts, but he did not say who. On September 22, 2006 it was announced that three cast members had been fired: Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell. This effectively made him the only SNL performer to have been fired twice by Lorne Michaels, though Parnell did say in a 2008 interview with The Sound of Young America podcast that he was okay with being let go this time, because he was considering leaving after that season anyway, but added that he probably would have stayed one last season if he was asked back. He had been with SNL for eight seasons; at the time only four people (Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and Al Franken) have been cast members longer. He has since made uncredited cameo appearances on the show, most recently in 2008 parodying newscasters Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Parnell and his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz recently starred together in Big Lake, a 2010 sitcom on Comedy Central from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. He also recently appeared as Dr. Drummer/Santa in the SyFy Holiday Special episode from the television show Eureka, which aired on December 7, 2010 (Season 4 Episode 10).


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Born:
Feb 5, 1967 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
59
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Big D 2017
Known For
Poster of The Big D
Poster of I Just Want My Pants Back
Poster of Paper Man
Poster of Friends
Filmography

The Big D (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Elena of Avalor (2016)

Family Animation
Series
as Migs (voice)
4.9 14 votes

Rhett & Link's Buddy System (2016)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Vice Chairman of the Magic Association of the Americas
8 1 votes

Elena and the Secret of Avalor (2016)

Fantasy Animation Family
Movie
as Migs (voice)
5.3 3 votes

Lost in Austin (2015)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Alan Dickinson

Highston (2015)

Comedy
Series
as Wilbur Liggetts
7 1 votes

Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood (2015)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Himself
5.9 7 votes

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Bank Manager
4.9 324 votes

Sisters (2015)

Comedy
Movie
as Phil
5.8 498 votes

Break Point (2014)

Comedy
Movie
as Jay LaRoche
5.5 15 votes

Benched (2014)

Comedy
Series
as Mitch
5.4 7 votes

Escape from Planet Earth (2013)

Animation Comedy Adventure Family Science Fiction
Movie
as Hammer (voice)
5.7 285 votes

Drunk History (2013)

Comedy
Series
as Thomas Edison
6.9 15 votes

Rick and Morty (2013)

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy
Series
as Jerry Smith (voice)
8.6 221 votes

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

Comedy
Movie
as Bill
5.7 395 votes

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Animation Comedy Family Fantasy
Movie
as Fly (voice)
6.8 2065 votes

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011)

Animation Comedy
Movie
as Mr. Thistleton
6.3 19 votes

I Just Want My Pants Back (2011)

Comedy Drama
Series
7 1 votes

Suburgatory (2011)

Comedy
Series
as Fred Shay
6.7 47 votes

Answer This! (2011)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Brian Collins
4.4 5 votes

The Dogfather (2010)

Action Family
Movie
as Brian Franks
2 3 votes

Big Lake (2010)

Comedy
Series

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009)

Comedy
Movie
as Dr. Edward Turlington (archive footage)
7.5 2 votes

Better Off Ted (2009)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 31 votes

Paper Man (2009)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Peter
5.9 72 votes

Archer (2009)

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Comedy
Series
as Cyril Figgis (voice)
7.8 220 votes

Labor Pains (2009)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Jerry Steinwald
5.2 107 votes

Glenn Martin, DDS (2009)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 3 votes

Harold (2008)

Comedy
Movie
as Coach Vanderpool
5.2 16 votes

Miss Guided (2008)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Vice Principal Bruce Terry
7 1 votes

Eavesdrop (2008)

Drama
Movie
as Terrence
3.8 2 votes

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (2008)

News Comedy
Series
7.5 2 votes

I'm Reed Fish (2007)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Ralph
5.7 26 votes

Kabluey (2007)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Frank
6.5 13 votes

The Grand (2007)

Comedy
Movie
as Harold Melvin
6.3 16 votes

Hot Rod (2007)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Barry Pasternack
6.3 260 votes

WordGirl (2007)

Animation
Series
as Unknown

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Theo
6.5 176 votes

Ira & Abby (2006)

Comedy Romance
Movie
6 7 votes

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies (2006)

Comedy
Movie
8 2 votes

30 Rock (2006)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.7 142 votes

Eureka (2006)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy Drama
Series
as Dr. Noah Drummer
7.5 124 votes

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Comedy
Movie
as Garth Holladay
6.7 1276 votes

Looking for Kitty (2004)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Guy Borne
4.4 4 votes

Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)

Comedy
Movie
as Garth Holliday
5.4 49 votes

Down with Love (2003)

Action Comedy Romance Thriller
Movie
as TV Emcee
6.1 158 votes

Barely Legal (2003)

Comedy
Movie
as Mr. Ronald Greitzer
5 39 votes

Evil Alien Conquerors (2003)

Comedy Science Fiction
Movie
as Du-ug
4.8 4 votes

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (2002)

Comedy TV Movie
Movie
as Himself / Various (archive footage)
7.4 11 votes

The Ladies Man (2000)

Comedy
Movie
as Phil Swanson
5.7 26 votes

Ed (2000)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 17 votes

Shadow of the Blair Witch (2000)

Mystery Horror
Movie
as Frank Parsons
7 2 votes

The Jamie Foxx Show (1996)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
3.7 3 votes

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Family Comedy
Movie
as Toy Store Sales Clerk
5.5 460 votes

Friends (1994)

Comedy
Series
as Bob
7.7 608 votes

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
6.9 32 votes

Seinfeld (1989)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8.1 298 votes

Murphy Brown (1988)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.5 19 votes

Saturday Night Live (1975)

Comedy Music
Series
as Various
6.3 85 votes