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Chris Parnell

​Thomas 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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Feb 5, 1967 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2023-05-31
Latest Project:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Known For
Poster of Miracle Workers
Poster of Happy Together
Poster of grown-ish
Poster of Great News
Movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Tarantula (voice)
Movie Senior Year Jim Conway
Movie Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again Washington (voice)
Movie Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Dave Bollinari
Movie Home Sweet Home Alone Uncle Stu
Movie Finding ʻOhana Brown
Series Dogs in Space Ed (voice)
Movie I Am Woman Artie Mogull
Movie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
Movie A Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Dr. Piedmont / Mom Jeans husband (archive footage)
Movie The Last Laugh Charlie Green
Series Miracle Workers God's Dad
Series Love, Death & Robots The Cat (voice)
Movie The Laundromat Doomed Gringo #2
Movie Nature Cat: A Nature Carol Narrator
Series Happy Together Wayne
Movie Slice Mayor Tracy
Movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Stan / Fish Man (voice)
Movie Life of the Party Wayne Truzack
Series grown-ish Dean Burt Parker
Movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Walter
Series Will & Grace Dr. DiLorenzo
Movie Battle of the Sexes DJ
Movie Austin Found Alan Dickinson
Series Great News Unknown
Movie Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Dr. Vince Harbert
Movie Electric City Voice Actor (voice)
Movie Elena and the Secret of Avalor Migs (voice)
Series Elena of Avalor Migs (voice)
Series Match Game Himself - Panelist
Series Dawn of the Croods Snoot
Movie Sisters Phil
Movie The Better Half Daniel
Movie The Ridiculous 6 Bank Manager
Series Highston Wilbur Liggetts
Series The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Mr. Peabody (voice)
Movie Hotel Transylvania 2 Fly (voice)
Movie Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood Himself
Series The Spoils Before Dying Bebop Jones
Movie Break Point Jay LaRoche
Movie The Lego Movie Hot Dog Man (voice)
Series BoJack Horseman Klaus / News Reporter (voice)
Movie AJ's Infinite Summer Dad (voice)
Movie The Maya Rudolph Show Himself
Series Benched Mitch
Movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Garth
Series Rick and Morty Jerry Smith (voice)
Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Geoffrey Hoytsman
Movie Turbo Announcer #2
Series Drunk History Jim Bowie
Movie Escape from Planet Earth Hammer (voice)
Movie WordGirl: The Rise of Ms. Power
Movie 21 Jump Street Mr. Gordon
Movie The Five-Year Engagement Bill
Movie Hotel Transylvania Mr. Fly (voice)
Movie The Dictator News anchor
Movie Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Mr. Thistleton
Movie Answer This! Brian Collins
Series Suburgatory Fred Shay
Series I Just Want My Pants Back
Movie Hollywood & Wine Peter West
Movie The Women of SNL Various (archive footage)
Series Big Lake
Movie Kung Fu Magoo Cole Fusion / Ninja (voice)
Movie The Dogfather Brian Franks
Series Glee Mario
Series Better Off Ted Unknown
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler Edward Turlington (archive footage)
Series Archer Cyril Figgis (voice)
Movie Paper Man Peter
Movie Labor Pains Jerry Steinwald
Series Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown
Series Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Unknown
Movie Eavesdrop Terrence
Movie Harold Coach Vanderpool
Series Miss Guided Vice Principal Bruce Terry
Movie Sunny and Share Love You Kevin Keith Baker
Movie I'm Reed Fish Ralph
Movie The Grand Harold Melvin
Movie Kabluey Frank
Movie Hot Rod Barry Pasternack
Series WordGirl Unknown
Movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Theo
Series 30 Rock Leo Spaceman
Series Eureka Dr. Noah Drummer
Movie Ira & Abby
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies
Movie Barely Legal Mr. Ronald Greitzer
Series American Dad! Unknown
Movie Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Garth Holliday
Movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Garth Holladay
Movie Looking for Kitty Guy Borne
Movie Farm Sluts Larry
Movie Down with Love TV Emcee
Movie Evil Alien Conquerors Du-ug
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell Himself / Various (archive footage)
Movie Shadow of the Blair Witch Frank Parsons
Movie The Ladies Man Phil Swanson
Series Ed Unknown
Series Family Guy Unknown
Movie A Freezerburnt Christmas
Movie Jingle All the Way Toy Store Sales Clerk
Series The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown
Series Friends Bob
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown
Series Seinfeld NBC Executive
Series Murphy Brown Unknown
Series Saturday Night Live Himself