American actor and comedian Kenan Thompson was born on May 10, 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia to Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson. He got bitten by the acting bug at an early age, appearing on stage for the first time when he was five years old. He was in their school play The Gingerbread Man, which increased his interests in the performing arts. Early on, he became an entertainment reporter for CNN's "Real News for Kids,” and filmed his first movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks while attending Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
In 1995, he was cast as Roy in Heavy Weights, before he reprised his role as Russ Tyler in D3: The Mighty Ducks. He followed it up with a role in the sitcom Sister, Sister, starring the Mowry twins. At that time, Kenan rose to fame for working on the sketch comedy show for Nickelodeon, All That. This led him to star on the movie Good Burger, based on a sketch of that series. He later got the role of Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, which ran from 1996 to 2000. His character appeared on another Nickelodeon show, Cousin Skeeter in 1999. Thompson has also been seen on The Steve Harvey Show, together with his co-star Kel Mitchell.
In 2000, Kenan had a role in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and was later given a recurring part on Felicity. The next year, he was seen on the film Big Fat Liar, continuing his career with performances in The Master of Disguise, Are We There Yet?, My Boss’ Daughter, Love Don’t Cost A Thing and Public Lightning. He gained more attention for playing the title role in Fat Albert in 2004. He also joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, first as a featured player in 2003 and as a repertory player in 2005.
While gaining fame on SNL, Thompson was cast on Snakes on a Plane. Later on, he voiced characters in Crank Yankers, Nickelodeon’s The Mighty B!, and 2008’s Space Chimps. He has also been given the voice role for Sue Sezno in the series Sit Down, Shut Up.
- He is a big fan of the Atlanta Falcons.
- He wore a fat suit for his character on "Fat Albert". Before that, he was on a weight-loss program.
- For the 10th Anniversary Special of All That, he reprised three of his roles: Lester Oaks: Construction Worker, Principal Pimpel, and his favorite, Pierre Escargot.
- The first impersonation he did on "Saturday Night Live" was of Bill Cosby, which he did before on "All That."
2011: The Smurfs - Greedy Smurf (voice)
2003-2011: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Various/Randy Jackson/Al Sharpton/…
2009: Make My Day (TV series)
2009: Sit Down Shut Up (TV series) - Sue Sezno/Paramedic #1
2009: Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau (TV movie) - Ticket Agent/Security Guard/Pilot/Shopper #2/Cousin Ernie/Joe Snow
2009: Stan Helsing - Teddy
2008-2009: Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (TV series) - Oscar Rogers/Dalton Cheeks/Guy in Voting Interview/…
2009: Psych (TV series) - Joon
2009: Johnny B. Homeless (TV movie) - Howie D.
2008: Space Chimps - Ringmaster (voice)
2008: Wieners - Wyatt
2008: The Mighty B! (TV series) - Rocky
2007: Crank Yankers (TV series) - Mark Thomas
2006: Snakes on a Plane - Troy
2005: Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (video) - Flutter (voice)
2005: Myopia (short) - Don
2005: Candy Paint (short) - Tyrell
2004: Fat Albert - Fat Albert
2004: Public Lighting
2004: Barbershop 2: Back in Business - Kenard
2003: Love Don't Cost a Thing - Walter Colley
2003: My Boss's Daughter - Hans
2003: Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series short) - Hambruger
2003: The Nick Cannon Show (TV series) - LaNeesha
2003: Are We There Yet? (TV movie)
2002: The Master of Disguise - Kenan
2002: Off Centre (TV series) - MC French
2002: Big Fat Liar - Party Goer
2001: Felicity (TV series) - DeForrest Ingram
1996-2000: Kenan & Kel (TV series) - Kenan Rockmore
2000: The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle - Lewis
2000: The Parkers (TV series) - Damon
2000: Two Heads Are Better Than None (TV movie) - Kenan Rockmore
1994-1999: All That (TV series) - Various
1999: Cousin Skeeter (TV series) - Kenan Rockmore
1996-1998: The Steve Harvey Show (TV series) - Junior
1998: Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (TV series) - Kadeem
1997: Oddville, MTV (TV series)
1997: Good Burger - Dexter Reed
1997: Sister, Sister (TV series) - Trevor
1996: D3: The Mighty Ducks - Russ Tyler
1995: Heavy Weights - Roy
1994: D2: The Mighty Ducks - Russ Tyler