PROFILE
Name:
Thomas Lennon
Birth Date:
1970/8/9
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Member of MTV's sketch comedy series “The State” (1993-1995)
BIOGRAPHY
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Reno 911!

Background:

American comedian, actor and screenwriter Thomas Lennon, also credited as Tom Lennon, first came to the attention of the public as a member of MTV's sketch comedy series “The State” (1993-1995). He was reunited with The State members for Comedy Central's “Viva Variety” (1997-1999), which he co-created and starred in, before branching out to feature film with the hit comedy “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (1999). It was in 2003 that Lennon was seen on the small screen in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” (2003-present), which he created with the State members Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney. He stated, “I feel like I'm the most well-adjusted character on the show (Reno 911) even though I'm sure the other actors would tell you the same thing about their characters. But I think mine is. I feel like I've dealt with my demons and it's all out there.”

Lennon also reprised his TV role of Lieutenant Jim Dangle for the film “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007), which he co-wrote with Garant.

Making his screen writing debut with “Taxi” (2004), Lennon has since built a prolific partnership with Garant. Their subsequent writing credits include “The Pacifier” (2005), “Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005, also acted in), “Let's Go to Prison” (2006), “Balls of Fury” (2007, also acted in), “Night at the Museum” (2006) and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009, also acted in). He has appeared in the movies “Memento” (2000), “Out Cold” (2001), “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003), “Le divorce” (2003), “The Ten” (2007, directed by The State member David Wain), “Hancock” (2008), “17 Again” (2009) and “I Love You, Man” (2009) as well as in the TV series “Friends” (1999), “Jesse” (1999-2000), “MDs” (2002) and others.

Currently, Lennon and his actress wife, Jenny Robertson, reside in Los Angeles. Lennon cites British singer-songwriter Morrissey among his favorites. He is also a fan of actor Jackie Chan.


Chicago

Childhood and Family:

Thomas Lennon was born on August 9, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, with Michael Gerber, the author of the “Barry Trotter” series, and graduated in 1988. In high school, he competed on the speech team. He furthered his studies at New York University.

Thomas is married to actress Jenny Robertson (born on November 2, 1963, in Cincinnati, Ohio).


I Love You, Man

Career:

While attending NYU, Thomas Lennon joined The New Group, a sketch comedy group founded by Todd Holoubek in the 1980s. It was later morphed into The State with Holoubek, Lennon, Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Michael Patrick Jann Kerri Kenney, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wain. Originally, Lennon and Kerri Kenney met as teenagers at theater camp.

The State began performed locally and on campus before experiencing an off-Broadway run with “Molt,” which was co-produced by Steven Starr. The group's growing popularity was further established when MTV offered a collaboration with John Stewart for a show called “You Wrote It, You Watch It” (1992), which the group also wrote. Although the show had a short life, it led the way for “The State,” their popular self-titled show that ran on MTV from 1993 to 1995. “The State,” which they created, wrote, directed, edited and starred in, was a critical success and received a 1995 CableACE nomination for Best Comedy Series.

After the demise of the series, Lennon worked with The States members Kerry Kenney, Michael Ian Black, and Robert Ben Garant to create the Comedy Central variety show “Viva Variety,” which satirized European variety shows. They also starred in the series as Meredith Laupin, Agatha Laupin and Johnny Blue Jeans, respectively. During its run (from 1997 to 1999), the show received a CableACE nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Kenney) and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

Lennon also appeared as Moonie in “A Friend of Dorothy” (1994), which was a short film written by, directed and starring Raoul O'Connell, and in an episode of “Comedy Central Canned Ham.” In 1999, he co-wrote an episode of Comedy Central's “Strangers with Candy” called “Bogie Nights,” which aired in June 1999 and portrayed Randall in two episodes of NBC's hit sitcom “Friends.” Lennon then made the transformation to feature films with “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a hit comedy directed by first timer Michael Patrick Jann and starring Kirsten Dunst and Ellen Barkin. In the movie, he provided the voice of the documentarian.

Entering the new millennium, Lennon co-wrote (with Michael Ian Black and Robert Ben Garant) and starred in the pilot “Hey Neighbor” (2000) for Fox television. The same year, he was also featured with Jon Bon Jovi, Ling Bai, and William Forsythe in the film “Row Your Boat,” which was written and directed by Sollace Mitchell, played a doctor in the Oscar nominated “Memento,” directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, and completed his two-episodic arc as Ernie in Christina Applegate's sitcom “Jesse.”

Lennon next delivered a strong supporting turn as Eric Montclare in “Out Cold,” a 2001 comedy film about a group of snowboarders in Alaska. The film was co-directed by Brendan and Emmett Malloy, written by Jon Zack and starred Jason London, Lee Majors, Zach Galifianakis, Derek Hamilton, Willie Garson and Caroline Dhavernas. He then appeared with Cuba Gooding Jr., Roselyn Sanchez, Vivica A. Fox, and Roger Moore in Mort Nathan's comedy “Boat Trip” (2002), Jason Lee, Julia Stiles and Selma Blair in Chris Koch's “A Guy Thing” (2003), and Kate Hudson in the blockbuster romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003). He then appeared in “Le divorce” (also 2003), for director James Ivory.

Meanwhile on TV, Lennon did voice over work in episodes of the cartoon series “The Legend of Tarzan” (2001) and “Disney's Kim Possible” (2002) and played Chester E. Donge on the ABC short-lived drama series “Mds” (6 episodes, 2002). He, however, did not enjoy huge success until he was reunited with Kenney and other State members to create the comedy series “Reno 911!,” in which he also starred as Lieutenant Jim Dangle. Debuting on Comedy Central in July, 2003, the show was nominated for a 2004 GLAAD Media Award in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series. Lennon also served as executive producer from 2003 to 2008 and directed the episodes “The Junior Brothers” (2006) and “Undercover Acting Coach” (2008).

Lennon made his screen writing debut with “Taxi” (2004), a comedy starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon and directed by Tim Story. For the movie, he co-wrote the script with Jim Kouf and longtime partner Robert Ben Garant. He rejoined Garant for the scripts of “The Pacifier” (2005), “Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005), an adventure comedy in which he also acted in, “Let's Go to Prison” (2006), and the Ben Stiller successful vehicle “Night at the Museum” (2006). The two also co-wrote the big screen adaptation of “Reno 911!,” “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007), and the Dan Fogler/Christopher Walken well-received comedy “Balls of Fury” (2007), in which Lennon also had the role of Karl Wolfschtagg.

Lennon also appeared in such movies as Chris Terrio's “Heights,” Garth Jennings' “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” (as the voice of Eddie the Computer), Pete Schwaba's “The Godfather of Green Bay” and Hans Canosa's “Conversations with Other Women” (all 2005). He was then seen in Scott Lew's “Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas” (2006), David Wain's “The Ten” (2007, played Scotty Pale), Paul Leuer's “Eden Court” (2007) and appeared in episodes of “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” (2004), “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers” (2 episodes, 2004-2006), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (2006), “Stacked” (2006) and “Wainy Days” (2007).

In 2008, Lennon was seen in “Hancock,” which was a 2008 fantasy movie directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman. He then costarred with Zac Efron, Leslie Mann and Matthew Perry in the comedy film “17 Again” (2009), for director Burr Steers and writer Jason Filardi, and portrayed Doug in “I Love You, Man” (2009), a romantic comedy helmed by John Hamburg and starring Paul Rudd. For his effort, he picked up a MTV Movie nomination for Best Kiss, which he shared with Rudd. Lennon returned to the screenwriting realm with the sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), which reunited him with writing partner Garant. He also acted in the film as Orville Wright.


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