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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
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In the movie Jingle All the Way 1996-11-21
Latest Project:
Movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween 2018-10-11
Known For
Series grown-ish Dean Burt Parker 2018-01-03
Movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Walter 2018-10-11
Movie Life of the Party Wayne Truzack 2018-05-10
Movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Stan / Fish Man (voice) 2018-06-28
Movie Slice Mayor Tracy 2018-09-10
Movie Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Dr. Vince Harbert 2017-02-07
Movie Austin Found Alan Dickinson 2017-07-07
Movie Battle of the Sexes DJ 2017-09-05
Series Elena of Avalor Migs (voice) 2016-07-22
Movie Elena and the Secret of Avalor Migs (voice) 2016-11-20
Movie Hotel Transylvania 2 Fly (voice) 2015-09-21
Movie Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood Himself 2015-09-17
Series Highston Wilbur Liggetts 2015-11-05
Movie The Ridiculous 6 Bank Manager 2015-12-11
Series Dawn of the Croods Snoot 2015-12-24
Movie Sisters Phil 2015-12-18
Movie Break Point Jay LaRoche 2014-03-08
Movie AJ's Infinite Summer Dad (voice) 2014-05-16
Series Rick and Morty Jerry Smith (voice) 2013-12-02
Movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Garth 2013-12-18
Movie The Five-Year Engagement Bill 2012-04-27
Movie The Dictator News Anchor 2012-05-15
Movie Escape from Planet Earth Hammer (voice) 2012-12-27
Movie Hotel Transylvania Mr. Fly (voice) 2012-09-20
Movie Hollywood & Wine Peter West 2011-05-03
Series Suburgatory Fred Shay 2011-09-28
Movie Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Mr. Thistleton (voice) 2011-12-05
Movie Answer This! Brian Collins 2011-10-13
Movie The Dogfather Brian Franks 2010-04-12
Series Big Lake 2010-08-17
Movie Paper Man Peter 2009-06-15
Movie Labor Pains Jerry Steinwald 2009-07-19
Series Archer Cyril Figgis (voice) 2009-09-17
Movie Harold Coach Vanderpool 2008-07-13
Movie Eavesdrop Terrence 2008-08-01
Movie The Grand Harold Melvin 2007-06-07
Movie I'm Reed Fish Ralph 2007-06-01
Movie Kabluey Frank 2007-06-25
Movie Hot Rod Barry Pasternack 2007-08-03
Movie Ira & Abby 2006-01-01
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies 2006-05-23
Movie Barely Legal Mr. Ronald Greitzer 2005-10-21
Movie Looking for Kitty Guy Borne 2004-05-06
Movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Garth Holliday 2004-07-09
Movie Down with Love TV Emcee 2003-05-08
Movie Evil Alien Conquerors Du-ug 2003-12-03
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell Himself / Various (archive footage) 2002-09-28
Movie Shadow of the Blair Witch Frank Parsons 2000-10-22
Movie The Ladies Man Phil Swanson 2000-10-13
Movie Jingle All the Way Toy Store Sales Clerk 1996-11-21
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