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Christopher Lee "Chris" Kattan (born October 19, 1970) is an Americanmarker actor/comedian, best known for his work on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Personal life

Kattan was born in Sherman Oaksmarker, Californiamarker. His father, Kip King ( Jerome C. Kattan), is an actor and voice actor who appeared on the series Reno 911! as Larrie Plum. His mother, Hajnalka E. Biro, was once photographed for Playboy and worked as a model in '60s London. His father is of Iraqimarker Jewish descent and his mother, a native of Budapestmarker, Hungarymarker, is a Buddhist. The two divorced when Kattan was a toddler and his mother later married Dr. Marc Joslyn. Kattan lived on Bainbridge Islandmarker, Washingtonmarker where he attended Bainbridge High Schoolmarker, and graduated in 1989. He has a half-brother named Andrew Joslyn who resides in the Northwest, in Seattle, Washingtonmarker, and is 12 years younger than Kattan.

Kattan married model Sunshine Tutt on June 28, 2008, in Oakhurstmarker, California after proposing to her at her grandparents' home in Gainesvillemarker, Texasmarker on Christmas Eve 2006. Kattan's publicist told E! News on August 19, 2008 that the couple had separated but had no plans for divorce. However, on August 22, 2008, Kattan filed for legal separation from his wife, claiming that the couple separated on August 10.

Early work and SNL

Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angelesmarker. His father was an original member of the troupe.

He moved to New York Citymarker to work on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL (and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.

SNL celebrity impersonations



After SNL

Kattan has made one appearance on Broadwaymarker, playing Xanthias in a production of Aristophanes' The Frogs until his replacement during previews by Roger Bart. Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My Head and even filmed the pilot episode in Hollywoodmarker. However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan for the series.

Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII that featured "What Is Love" and had many actors in the commercial performing the Butabi head bob.

In August 2009 Kattan starred in the IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man status.

Starting in fall of 2009, Kattan will appear in a supporting role in The Middle.

Filmography



References

  1. j. - Celebrity Jews
  2. Chris Kattan Engaged to Sunshine Tutt - Celebrific
  3. After 30 years, the Groundlings still dig up yuks
  4. Internet Broadway Database: Chris Kattan Credits on Broadway
  5. TVWeek - Special Reports - Print Edition
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