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Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962) is an Americanmarker voice actor and comedian, noted for his long-running role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the television series of the same name. He also voices Gary, the French narrator and others. Aside from voice acting, Kenny starred in the short-lived Fox sketch show The Edge, and was a cast member of the HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show, where he worked with Jill Talley, whom he subsequently married. He also hosts the show Funday Night at the Movies on TCM, which tries to encourage kids to watch "old movies."

Musical career

Kenny was the lead vocalist for a Syracusemarker-based band The Tearjerkers in the early 1980s, replacing original vocalist Buddy Love. Other members of The Tearjerkers included Charlie Robbins, Dave DeCirce, and Dave Soule, who is still active in the central New York music scene. "Syracuse Summer" is the group's best-known song, and is included on The History of Syracuse Music, Volume XII and XIII. The record also contains early recordings by Ronnie James Dio, under the names "Ronnie and the Red Caps" and "Ronnie Dio and the Prophets." While the Tearjerkers did not become a national act, one Tearjerkers roadie would go on to achieve fame: comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, whose film Shakes the Clown featured Kenny as Shakes' bitter archrival.

In 1990, Kenny appeared regularly on NBC's music video show Friday Night Videos, in a recurring comedic Music News segment. In 1991, he took over as the show's regular host until being replaced later that year by Frankie Crocker.

In 1996, Kenny appeared along with his wife, Jill Talley, in the music video for "Tonight, Tonight" by the Smashing Pumpkins, playing a young couple taking their honeymoon on the Moon. The video was hugely popular, winning six MTV Video Music Awards. Kenny also appeared in the music video for "Sing" by Travis.

Kenny came full-circle with his musical past in 2006 when he co-wrote and recorded SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever with producer Andy Paley. While Kenny's singing on the CD is done in the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants and other characters from the show, he was very serious about the quality of the actual music on the disc and was able to enlist help from such musical royalty as Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, and Flaco Jimenez. The music pays homage to The Beach Boys, The Archies, The Lovin' Spoonful, and The Troggs, among others.

Voice acting career

Kenny voiced many characters in many productions. Kenny said that he voices "a lot of sweet, kind of dumb yellow characters for some reason."

Kenny played his first set of voice actor roles for Rocko's Modern Life. Joe Murray auditioned Kenny for voice acting roles for the series in a large casting call in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker.On one occasion during the production, the producers required Kenny to fill the role of Charlie Adler, who was absent on that occasion. In addition, Kenny had to perform one song and learn how to play another song within ten minutes due to time constraints. Kenny achieved this goal. He said that this helped him believe that he could stand "toe to toe" with other voice actors.

Joe Murray chose Kenny for a voice acting position in Camp Lazlo because Murray, after seeing Kenny's previous work for Rocko's Modern Life, felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much.

He also had a few roles in The Powerpuff Girls TV show. He was the Mayor, the Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, Snake and Little Arturo from the Gangreen Gang, Rainbow the Clown, and other characters.

He plays a number of roles in the Transformers Animated TV show. A few of the characters he voices in this series are Starscream and his clones, Isaac Sumdac, and Waspinator. He has also played several other minor characters.On Dilbert, Kenny was the voice of both Ratbert and Asok.

He played Mr. Hal Gibson in the popular animated kids show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force GO!

He was also the voice of Skids and Wheelie in the 2009 live-action Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

In 2009, Kenny became a regular cast voice in the Fox comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up. He voices Muhammad Sabeeh "Happy" Fa-ach Nuabar, the secretive custodian who is plotting a terrorist attack, as well as Happy's interpreter. The series premiered on April 19, 2009. Kenan Thompson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Bateman, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Henry Winkler, Will Arnett and Will Forte are the other main cast members.

He also voiced the Penguin On the Batman

Kids' Choice Awards

Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards is narrated by Tom Kenny. At the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself the "Man of 1,000 Voices, all of them this one." Kenny was recently featured as the Voice in a Box at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. On the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself "the only announcer who does all of his own stunts". At the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself "The World's Best Announcer".

Filmography



Year Film Role Notes
1989 How I Got into College "B"
1990 MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour Himself
1992 Shakes the Clown Binky the Clown
1992-1993 The Edge Various Television series
1993 Rocko's Modern Life Heffer Wolfe
Additional characters
voices only
Animated series
1995 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various Television series
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Val Hallen
Douglas E.

Mordecai III
Various

voices
1997 Cow and Chicken additional voices animated series
1997 I Am Weasel additional voices animated series
1998 Catdog Dog
Cliff
voices only
Animated series
The Powerpuff Girls The Mayor of Townsville
Narrator
Mitchel "Mitch" Mitchelson
Snake
Little Arturo
Rainbow the Clown
Additional characters





voices only
Animated series
1999 Spyro the Dragon Spyro the Dragon
Sergeant James Byrd
The Professor
Additional characters


voices only
Video game
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants
Gary the Snail
French Narrator
Patchy the Pirate
Patchy the Pirate (live action segments)
Potty the Parrot
Additional characters





voices
Animated series

Appeared in 250 episodes


Futurama Yancy Fry
Additional characters
voices only
Animated series
Mission Hill Wally Langford
Supplemental Voices
voices only
Animated series
Johnny Bravo Carl Chryniszzswics (1999–2001) voice only
Animated series
Dilbert Asok
Ratbert
voice only
Animated series
The Brothers Flub additional voices voice only
Animated series
2000 Escape From Monkey Island Deadeye Dave
Thrawtle the Lucre Lawyer
voices only
Video game
2001 Charizard Guy Rattata (2001-2004) voice only
Video game
Final Fantasy X Bobba
Rin
Wantz

voice only
Video game
The Mummy: The Animated Series Jonathan Carnaghan voice only
Animated series
The Fairly OddParents Cupid voice only
Animated series
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Various characters voice only
Animated movie
Dr. Dolittle 2 Male Tortoise voice only
The Cramp Twins Wayne Cramp voice only
Animated series
Time Squad Eli Whitney
Sigmund Freud
Montezuma

voice only
Animated series
2002 Codename: Kids Next Door Mr. Wink
The Common Cold
Knightbrace
Various


voices only
Animated series
The Paz Show Dog voice only
Animated series
The Powerpuff Girls Movie The Mayor
The Narrator
Ka-Ching Ka-Ching
Mitch Mitchelson
Snake
Arturo




voices only
¡Mucha Lucha! Robert Bachi voice only
Animated series
3 South Various voice only
Animated series
What's New Scooby-Doo Natlas
Harry Harrison
Sam the Safety Engineer

voices only
Animated series
Run Ronnie Run TV News Reporter
Cult Leader Gleh'n
Home Movies Docter Animated series
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Sharper Image Chair (voice)
2003 Windy City Heat Gay Costume Designer voice
Final Fantasy X-2 Rin
Wantz
voice only
Video game
Sonic X Pingu
Mecha Sonic
voice only
Animated series
Xiaolin Showdown Raimundo Pedrosa
Grand Master Dashi
Vlad
Hannibal Roy Bean


voices only
Animated series
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom SpongeBob Squarepants
Gary the Snail
voices only
Video game
Teen Titans Mumbo
Fixit
voice only
Animated series
Scary Movie 3 Alien (uncredited) voice only
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie SpongeBob SquarePants
Gary the Snail
French Narrator
Clay
Tough Fish #2
Twin #2
Houston Voice





voices only
The Batman Oswald "Ozzie" Chesterfield Cobblepot (the Penguin) voice only
Animated series
Comic Book: The Movie Derek Sprang Direct-to-video
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gibson voice only
Animated series
6teen Darth Mall voice only
TV Series
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Eduardo
Additional Voices
voice only
Animated series
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Ed voice only
Animated series
Rave Master Griff voice only
Animated series
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Eduardo voice only
TV Movie
April 16 baseball game between the Red Sox and New York Yankees Scooter the talking baseball voice only
Sports game
2005 Hoodwinked Tommy voice only
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Jake Spidermonkey
Henry the Armadillo
voice only
Animated series
The Boondocks Father waiting in line for Santa voice only
Animated series
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Mr. Tinkerton voice only
Direct-to-video
The Endless Summer SpongeBob SquarePants voice only
TV short
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Gorthan voice only
Direct-to-video
IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Benjamin Bright voice only
Animated series
Camp Lazlo (2005) Scoutmaster Algonquin C. Lumpus
Slinkman
voices only
Animated series
Sky High Chester Timmerman
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Ruben Laluna
California Surfer
Tiny Tiki

voices only
Direct-to-video
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Saxman
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Peter Cottontail, Junior, Antoine voice only
Direct-to-video
Re-Animated Appleday Board Member/"Tux The Penguin" voice and cast
Animated movie
Class of 3000 Edward "Eddie" Phillip James Lawrence III, Ms. Squatenchowder. voice only
Animated series
Filming

Handy Manny Mr. Lopart
Pat
voice only
Animated series
Shorty McShorts' Shorts' Additional voices
Squirrel Boy Leon voice only
Animated series
Filming

2007 Transformers: Animated Starscream, Scrapper, Isaac Sumdac, Waspinator, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Ramjet, Sunstorm, Jetfire and Rattletrap voice only
Animated Series
Futurama: Bender's Big Score Yancy Fry voice only
Animated Series
Word Girl T.J. Botsford/Dr. Two-Brains
Out Of Jimmy's Head Tux The Penguin
Crash of the Titans Ratnicians
Kids' Choice Awards Announcer
Meet the Robinsons Mr. Willerstein voice only
Happily N'Ever After Amigos #1/Dwarves #2/Wolf #1 voice only
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Pat Dudley, Grum
Atlantis SquarePantis SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Dr. Wolfowitz, Musical Comedy Wolf voice only
Computer-animated film
Kids' Choice Awards Announcer
George and William Super D. M. and Penfold
Line Rider 2: Unbound Bosh voice only
videogames for Nintendo DS, Wii and PC
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Nute Gunray
Nahdarr Vebb
Various voices

voice only
Immigrants voice only
Making Fiends: Television Version Memo
additional voices
voice only
Animated series
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Various voices voices only
Animated series
Back at the Barnyard: Cowman: The Uddered Avenger Professor Twinny Vines
Martin Fargleman
voice only
Animated series
Crash: Mind over Mutant Ratnicians
2009 Kids Choice Awards 2009 Announcer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Wheelie/Skids voice only
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Otto voice only
The Super Hero Squad Show Iron Man, Captain America, Colossus, Juggernaut, MODOK voice only
2010 Coulden in W Series : The Lost Empire Mr. Lopart
Wheelie
voice only
Direct-to-video
Futurama Yancy J. Fry
Additional characters
voices only
Animated series


See also



References

  1. http://www.syracuse.com/blogs/listenup/index.ssf?/mtlogs/syr_listenup/archives/2006_10.html#194564
  2. " A discussion with Tom Kenny of 'SpongeBob Squarepants'." St. Augustine Record
  3. " Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  4. Lawson, Tim and Alisa Persons. The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors. " 192."
  5. Q & A with Joe Murray," Cartoon Network Pressroom


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