Born on December 4, 1966 in New York, Fred Armisen is known to be a musician, comedian and an actor. His mother was Venezuelan while his father is of German and Japanese ancestry. Armisen began his career in 1988, moving to Chicago to play the drums on the rock band Trenchmouth. At the time, his interests veered towards performing on television. It took quite a while for him to break through, so he stuck to his music. Later on, he found himself touring with Blue Man Group and Those Bastard Souls. He has also been noted for playing the drums for Les Savy Fav.
Fred Armisen is famous for his work on Saturday Night Live, which he joined in 2002. This was due to his appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and for voicing characters in Crank Yankers and Adult Swim. Before that, he was seen on the TV series Reverb. He even directed and wrote the short film Guide to Music and South by Southwest in 1998. Several supporting roles of Armisen’s include those in the comedy films Eurotrip, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Deck the Halls, The Rocker and Confessions of a Shopaholic. In addition to those, he has been credited as a guest star on a number of television series. He has had roles in 30 Rock and has done voice work for Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
On Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen rose to fame for his impressions of celebrities like Martin Scorsese, Corbin Bleu, George Carlin, Larry King and Gene Simmons. He even impersonated George H.W. Bush, the musician Prince, and Barack Obama.
Armisen is also part of ThunderAnt, a comedy duo with former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein. Furthermore, he has directed music videos for bands and occasionally writes for Pitchfork Media.
- He is of German, Japanese, and Venezuelan descent.
- He used to play the drums for Blue Man Group's off-Broadway Chicago franchise.
- In the early 1990s, he was the drummer for the punk band Trenchmouth.
2011: The Smurfs - Brainy Smurf (voice)
2002-2011: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Various/Barack Obama/Gene Simmons/…
2011: Portlandia (TV series) - Various Characters
2011: Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell (TV movie)
2010: Easy A - Pastor
2010: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - Freidrich
2010: Red Dead Redemption (Video Game) - Pedestrian/Background Character
2008-2010: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV series) - K.J. Nutt/Sal & Al's Customer/Tennis Buddy
2010: Ugly Americans (TV series) - Larry King
2010: Presidential Reunion (video short) - Barack Obama
2010: Cop Out - Russian Lawyer
2009: Parks and Recreation (TV series) - Raul
2008-2009: Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (TV series) - Barack Obama/David Paterson/John Oates/…
2009: Post Grad - Guacanator Pitchman
2009: Confessions of a Shopaholic - Ryan Koenig
2008: The Sarah Silverman Program. (TV series) - Taylor Magenheim
2008: Bang Blow & Stroke (video short) - Kerr
2008: The Rocker - Kerr
2008: Christmas on Mars - Noachis
2008: Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) - Pervert/Hotdog Vendor/Internet Nerd (voice)
2008: Baby Mama - Stroller Salesman
2008: Human Giant (TV series) - Doctor/Dr. Marker
2008: The Promotion - Scott Fargas
2005-2008: Squidbillies (TV series) - Miguel/Hippie Killed with Chainsaw/Jesus
2004-2008: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV series) - Poncho/Robot Husband
2007: Tim and Eric Nite Live (TV series) - Dr. Pat Gordon Hall
2007: 30 Rock (TV series) - Raheem Haddad
2007: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters - Time Lincoln (voice)
2003-2007: Crank Yankers (TV series) - Chip Douglas
2006: Fast Track - Manny
2006: Freak Show (TV series) - Dane Cheff/Pastor Dan/Various
2006: Deck the Halls - Gustave
2006: Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny - Security Guard
2006: Griffin & Phoenix
2006: Tom Goes to the Mayor (TV series) - Phillip Priest
2006: Kiss Me Again - Professor Szabo
2005: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo - Frenchman
2004: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (video) - Tino
2004: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Tino
2004: EuroTrip - Creepy Italian Guy
2004: Comedy Lab (TV series) - Jeremy
2003: The Frank International Film Festival (video short) - Frank
2003: Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special (TV movie)
2003: Melvin Goes to Dinner - Vesa
2002: Like Mike - New Age Dad
2002: Late World with Zach (TV series) - Interpretive Bongos Wizard/Various Roles
2002: Next! (TV movie) - Various
2001: Late Friday (TV series) - Father Fred/Fericito
1999: Reverb (TV series) - Interviewer
1998: Guide to Music and South by Southwest (short) - Various Characters