Petite, dark-haired actor and comedian Chris Kattan garnered widespread recognition as the regular cast member of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” (1996-2003). He co-wrote and costarred (with SNL fellow Will Ferrell) A Night at the Roxbury (1998) and starred in such films as House on Haunted Hill (1999), Monkeybone (2001), Corky Romano (2001, he played the title role), Undercover Brother (2002) and Adam & Steve (2005). He will soon complete a new TV series called “Inked” and will provide his voice in the upcoming animated films, Foodfight! and Delgo.
On a more personal note, 5'5 1/2" tall Chris Kattan was related to Jennifer Gimenez, Amy Heckerling and Jennifer Coolidge (actress; born on August 28, 1963).
Childhood and Family:
The son of Sephardic Jewish actor Kip King (a.k.a. Jerome Kattan; also an improv comedian; one of the original Groundlings; born on August 11, 1937) and Hungarian former model Hajni Kattan, Chris Lee Kattan was born on October 19, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. When he was two years old, his parents divorced. Chris later was raised in the Zen community of Mount Baldy, California, with his mother and stepfather, Marc Joslyn (a psychoanalyst). Chris also has one half-brother, Andrew Joslyn.
Chris Kattan, nicknamed CJ, attended Bainbridge High School Bainbridge, Washington. He then studied acting and directing at California State University, Northridge, California. He also signed up with the improv/sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings, Los Angeles, California.
Left-handed Chris Kattan currently lives in L.A. with his Dalmatian, Lola (a.k.a. Lolita).
A Night at the Roxbury
While performing at The Groundlings, a producer spotted Chris Kattan and immediately sent him to the Big Apple for an audition. In 1993, Kattan was featured in the spoof-documentary on the making of a big budget Bible picture, The Making of '...And God Spoke', directed by Arthur Borman. Couple years later, Kattan was spotted as a guest in an episode of the sitcoms "NewsRadio" (NBC) and "Grace Under Fire."
Kattan enjoyed the limelight when he was recruited to become a featured player of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) show in March of 1996, and debuted as a regular cast member in September of the same year. During his stint in the classic late night live sketch comedy show, Kattan had created such memorable characters as the mysterious male exotic dancer Mango, the half-man/half-monkey Mr. Peepers, Roxbury Guys (Kattan created with fellow "SNL" player Will Ferrell), the gibberish-spouting teacher and drill sergeant Suel Forrester, meek Goth-wannabe teen Azrael Abyss, half of the sex-crazed and often misunderstood couple, the Zimmermans (with Cheri Oteri) and Gay Hitler. He also delivered notable impressions to the show, including Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Antonio Banderas in the "How Do You Say, Ah Yes, Show," Al Pacino, David Gest, CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour and Ricky Martin. Kattan finished “Saturday Night Live” on its last episode on May 17, 2003 season finale.
While performing on the long-running, much-admired show, Kattan also acted on the big screen. He brought his swinging "Saturday Night Live" character to the big screen in A Night at the Roxbury, which he co-wrote the screenplay with fellow "SNL" player Will Ferrell. In the 1998 film, helmed by John Fortenberry and Peter Markle, Kattan also costarred with Will Ferrell playing the Roxbury Guys, two club-hopping brothers who want to get into the best club in town and also hope to open their own club.
The subsequent years saw was featured as one of a group of diverse people spending the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past to win $1,000,000, in William Malone's horror retread The House on Haunted Hill (1999, with Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen) and appeared in Nora Ephron's Lucky Numbers (2000, starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow). He also costarred with Samuel L. Jackson, portraying Al Pacino, in Neil Mandt's short comedy Any Given Wednesday (2000), a spoof of Oliver Stone's feature film Any Given Sunday, and joined Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda in Henry Selick's bizarre live action/animated feature Monkeybone (2001), playing a deceased gymnast and organ donor.
Filmmaker Rob Pritts asked Kattan to play the title role of Corky Romano (2001), a good-natured veterinarian and the youngest, outcast son of an aging mafia boss forced to go undercover in the FBI, in Pritts’ mob comedy movie with the same name. In the film, Kattan shared the screen with Peter Falk, Peter Berg and Christopher Penn. He then teamed with Eddie Griffin, playing Mr. Feather, in Malcolm D. Lee and Gregory Dark's action comedy Undercover Brother (2002, also with Denise Richards and Aunjanue Ellis). In July of 2004, Kattan made his Broadway debut opposite Nathan Lane in Stephen Sondheim's "The Frogs."
2005 caught Kattan starring in the comedy TV movie Enough About Me, portrayed straight guy ladies man Michael and Parker Posey’s heterosexual couple in writer-director Craig Chester's romantic comedy Adam & Steve and appeared in writer-director David Steiman's horror comedy Santa's Slay (starring Bill Goldberg). Kattan is currently busy completing his upcoming projects: Lawrence Kasanoff's animated action comedy Foodfight! (will lend his voice alongside Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff) and the reality TV series "Inked." He will also provide his voice in Marc F. Adler and Jason Maurer's animated adventure Delgo (with Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt) and costar in a comedy TV movie helmed by Neal Brennan, Totally Awesome (alongside Mikey Day and Dominique Swain).