Chris Parnell

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​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).

​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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Birthday 1967-02-05

Place of Birth Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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2016 Elena of Avalor(13 episodes) as Migs (voice)
2015 Sisters as Phil
2015 The Ridiculous 6 as Bank Manager
2015 Highston(1 episode) as Wilbur Liggetts
2015 Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood as Himself
2015 Lost in Austin as Alan Dickinson
2014 Benched(1 episode) as Mitch
2014 Break Point as Jay LaRoche
2013 Rick and Morty(21 episodes) as Jerry Smith (voice)
2013 Drunk History(1 episode) as Thomas Edison
2013 Escape from Planet Earth as Hammer (voice)
2012 Hotel Transylvania as Fly (voice)
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice as Mr. Thistleton
2011 Answer This! as Brian Collins
2011 Suburgatory(57 episodes) as Fred Shay
2011 I Just Want My Pants Back(12 episodes)
2010 Big Lake(10 episodes)
2010 The Dogfather as Brian Franks
2009 Archer(116 episodes) as Cyril Figgis
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS(1 episode)
2009 Labor Pains as Jerry Steinwald
2009 Paper Man as Peter
2009 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler as Dr. Edward Turlington (archive footage)
2009 Better Off Ted(1 episode)
2008 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday(9 episodes)
2008 Eavesdrop as Terrence
2008 Harold as Coach Vanderpool
2008 Miss Guided(7 episodes) as Vice Principal Bruce Terry
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as Theo
2007 WordGirl(112 episodes)
2007 Hot Rod as Barry Pasternack
2007 Kabluey as Frank
2007 The Grand as Harold Melvin
2007 I'm Reed Fish as Ralph
2006 30 Rock(17 episodes)
2006 Eureka(1 episode) as Dr. Noah Drummer
2006 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies
2006 Ira & Abby
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie as Garth Holliday
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as Garth Holladay
2003 Evil Alien Conquerors as Du-ug
2003 Down with Love as TV Emcee
2002 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell as Himself / Various (archive footage)
2000 The Ladies Man as Phil Swanson
2000 Ed(1 episode)
1996 Jingle All the Way as Toy Store Sales Clerk
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show(1 episode)
1994 Friends(1 episode) as Bob
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1989 Seinfeld(1 episode)
1988 Murphy Brown(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(121 episodes) as Various
1900 The Big D(0 episodes)

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