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Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

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    • February 5th, 1967
​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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Filmography

Acting (55 Credits)

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2021Finding 'Ohana as Brown
2021Alpha Betas as Darryl (voice)
2020Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend as Junior
2019The Last Laugh as Charlie Green
2019I Am Woman as Artie Mogull
2019The Laundromat as Doomed Gringo #2
2018Slice as Mayor Tracy
2018Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween as Walter
2018Life of the Party as Wayne Truzack
2018Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation as Stan / Fish Man (voice)
2018Happy Together as Wayne
2017Austin Found as Alan DickinsonWatch Free
2017Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special as Dr. Vince Harbert
2017Battle of the Sexes as DJ
2016Elena of Avalor as Migs (voice)
2015The Ridiculous 6 as Bank Manager
2015Hotel Transylvania 2 as Fly (voice)
2015Sisters as Phil
2015Highston as Wilbur Liggetts
2014Break Point as Jay LaRocheWatch Free
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as Garth
2013Rick and Morty as Jerry Smith (voice)
201221 Jump Street as Mr. Gordon
2012The Five-Year Engagement as Bill
2012Hotel Transylvania as Mr. Fly (voice)
2012Escape from Planet Earth as Hammer (voice)
2012The Dictator as News Anchor
2012I Just Want My Pants Back
2011Answer This! as Brian CollinsWatch Free
2011Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice as Mr. Thistleton (voice)
2011Hollywood & Wine as Peter WestWatch Free
2011Jon Benjamin Has a Van as Area 51 Scientist
2011Suburgatory as Fred Shay
2010The Dogfather as Brian Franks
2009Labor Pains as Jerry SteinwaldWatch Free
2009Paper Man as Peter
2009Archer (2009) as Cyril Figgis (voice)
2008Harold as Coach Vanderpool
2008Eavesdrop as TerrenceWatch Free
2008Miss Guided as Vice Principal Bruce Terry
2007The Grand as Harold Melvin
2007Kabluey as Frank
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as Theo
2007Hot Rod as Barry Pasternack
2006I'm Reed Fish as Ralph
2006Ira & Abby
2005Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies
2004Looking for Kitty as Guy Borne
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as Garth Holliday
2004Wake Up, Ron Burgundy as Garth Holliday
2003Evil Alien Conquerors as Du-ug
2003Down with Love as TV Emcee
2003Barely Legal as Mr. Ronald Greitzer
2000The Ladies Man as Phil Swanson
1996Jingle All the Way as Toy Store Sales Clerk

Himself (2 Credits)

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2015Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood as Himself
2002Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell as Himself / Various (archive footage)

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