Thomas Lennon (actor)

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Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon 2009 (cropped).jpg
Lennon in 2009
BornThomas Patrick Lennon
(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 44)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Comedian
Writer
Director
Producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Robertson; 1 child
 
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Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon 2009 (cropped).jpg
Lennon in 2009
BornThomas Patrick Lennon
(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 44)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor
Comedian
Writer
Director
Producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Robertson; 1 child

Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer 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!

Early life[edit]

Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Kathleen and Timothy Lennon.[1] He is a 1988 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and is of Irish descent.[2] At age 16, Lennon 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]

The New Group later changed their name to The State. After performing their material at various theaters, bars 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 a one-night stint on CBS, Lennon, along with Kenney, 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.

Lennon has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including The League, Childrens Hospital, Party Down, Archer, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and is a cult favorite 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, Herbie: Fully Loaded 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 he holds a record, for his number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, both as himself and as Lt. Dangle. Lennon appeared as a doctor in the Christopher Nolan films Memento (2000) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).[4]

Lennon has done various voice work, including the shows Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He plays the "The Reading Fairie" in Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings. He supplied the voice of Eddie the Shipboard Computer in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Lennon has also written for comic books. For The Goon, he wrote a short story called "Jimmy Turtle and the Legendary Box Car of Well-Made Ladies Shoes" and another for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #3. He also wrote "The Pigmy Elixir" for Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13. [5] He is frequently a presenter at the Eisner Awards, given out each year at Comic-Con.

In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, during which he will sometimes play guitar. He appears frequently at Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles, and he was the photo for the month of July in the Comedy Death Ray 2010 Calendar. In 2009, he opened for Stella (starring The State and Viva Variety! alumni Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Also in 2009, The State reunited at the Eureka Theatre for two shows at San Francisco's Sketchfest, performing all new material. The shows sold out in minutes.

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

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

In 2014, Lennon was cast as Felix Unger in the reboot of the television series The Odd Couple. He will be cast opposite Matthew Perry, who will play Oscar Madison.[6] and will star in Paramount Animation's Monster Trucks.[7]

Screenwriting[edit]

Lennon is a screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with partner Ben Garant.[3] Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.[8]

Among Lennon's credits are the blockbuster film Night at the Museum and four of IFC's "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time"[9]

In August 2010, John Landgraf, president of FX Network, announced that his network had ordered a pilot episode for a new Lennon/Garant 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]

In 2011, 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![8]

In 2012, Lennon and Garant wrote a film version of Baywatch. They wrote The Machine, which is set to star Vin Diesel. Lennon and Garant 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]

Personal life[edit]

Lennon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jenny Robertson,[3] and their son Oliver.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993The StateN/A
1997Viva VarietyHost Meredith Laupin
1999FriendsRandal the Blackjack Dealer in Vegas (Joey's Identical Hand Twin)Season 5, Episode 23 and 24 "The One in Vegas"
1999Drop Dead GorgeousDocumentarianVoice Only
2000MementoDoctor
2000Row Your BoatCensus Taker
2001Out ColdEric Montclare
2002Boat TripThe Priest
2003-2009Reno 911!Lieutenant Jim Dangle
2003Le DivorceRoger Walker
2003How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysThayer
2003A Guy ThingPete Morse
2004TaxiN/AWriter
2004HeightsMarshall
2006Conversations with Other WomenVideographer
2005Herbie: Fully LoadedLarry MurphyWriter
2005The Godfather of Green BayD.U.G.
2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyEddie the Shipboard ComputerVoice Only
2005The PacifierN/AWriter
2006Night at the MuseumN/AWriter
2006Let's Go to PrisonN/AWriter
2006Bickford Shmeckler's Cool IdeasPolice Officer
2006Eden CourtShroeder Duncan
2007Balls of FuryKarl WolfschtaggWriter, Producer
2007Reno 911!: MiamiLieutenant Jim DangleWriter, Executive Producer
2008HancockMike
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianOrville WrightWriter
Uncredited
200917 AgainNed Gold
2009I Love You, ManDoug
2009The LeagueBryce"The Usual Bet"
2010ArcherCharles"Honeypot"
2010Hot Tub Time MachineCustomerUncredited
2010Party DownNick DiCintioSeason 2 Episode 3 - "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night"
2010Planet SheenPinterVoice Only
2011Cedar RapidsRoger Lemke
2011How to Survive a Robot UprisingN/AWriter
2011Bad TeacherCarl Halabi
2011Memphis BeatKeith GrantSeason 2 Episode 2
2011What's Your Number?Dr. Barrett 'Barry' Ingold
2011A Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasTodd
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingCraig
2012New GirlNeil
2012The Dark Knight RisesDoctor
2012How I Met Your MotherKlaus8.01, 8.02
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23Trey12/5/2012 Guest star
2013Hell BabyPatWriter/Director (With Robert Ben Garant)
2013Planet SheenPinter/Blurg
2013Franklin & BashHarleySeason 3, Episode 9
2013NewsreadersVincent Gates
2013Rapture-PaloozaMr. Murphy
2013We're the MillersRick Nathanson
2013Sean Saves the WorldMaxRecurring role
2013@midnightContestant (.286 Win Average)/Executive ProducerExecutive Producer
2014Transformers: Age of ExtinctionChief of Staff
2014Knight of CupsRick's FriendPost-production
2015Monster TrucksFilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "That cop in the short shorts". Nl.newsbank.com. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Lennon Interview". Video.about.com. 2014-03-04. 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 at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Famous Fanboys: Thomas Lennon". ComicBookMovie.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  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. ^ a b Morning Edition (2011-07-05). "You Too Can Be A Successful Screenwriter". NPR. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  9. ^ "50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time" Nerve/IFC; April 7, 2008

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