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Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962; Syracuse, New York) is an Americanactor, voice actor and comedian, Noted as his long-running-role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the television series of the same name, as well as the live-action character Patchy the Pirate, Gary the Snail and the French narrator based on Jacques Cousteau. He is also the narrator of Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls. Aside from voice acting, Kenny starred in the short-lived Fox sketch show The Edge, and was a cast member of the HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show, where he worked with Jill Talley, whom he subsequently married. He currently voices the Ice King in the Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, and voices additional characters on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, another Cartoon Network show. As of 2007, he has also hosted the show Funday Night at the Movies on TCM, which encourages children to watch old movies.[1]

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[hide]*1 Musical career

[edit]Musical careerEdit

Kenny has been the lead vocalist for a Syracuse-based band The Tearjerkers since the early 1980s, when he replaced the original vocalist Buddy Love. Other members of The Tearjerkers included Charlie Robbins, Dave DeCirce, and Dave Soule, who is still active in the central New York music scene. "Syracuse Summer" is the group's best-known song, and is included on The History of Syracuse Music, Volume XII and XIII. While the Tearjerkers did not become a national act, one Tearjerkers roadie would go on to achieve fame: comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, whose film Shakes the Clownfeatured Kenny as Shakes' bitter archrival. In 1980 he was also briefly a member of Syracuse-based pop punk band The Trend along withBobcat Goldthwait.

Kenny appeared regularly on NBC's music video show Friday Night Videos, in a recurring comedic Music News segment. In 1991, he took over as the show's regular host until being replaced later that year by Frankie Crocker.

In 1996, Kenny appeared along with his wife, Jill Talley, in the music video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins, playing a young couple taking their honeymoon on the Moon. The video was hugely popular, winning six MTV Video Music Awards. Kenny also appeared in the music video for "Sing" by Travis.

Kenny came full-circle with his musical past in 2006 when he co-wrote and recorded SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever with producer Andy Paley. While Kenny's singing on the CD is done in the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters from the show, he was very serious about the quality of the actual music on the disc and was able to enlist help from musical artists such as Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, and Flaco Jiménez. The music pays homage to The Beach Boys, The Archies, The Lovin' Spoonful, and The Troggs, among others.[2]

[edit]Voice acting careerEdit

[1][2]Kenny at the 2008 Comic-Con International.

Kenny has voiced many characters in over 200 productions.[3] Kenny said that he voices, "a lot of sweet, kind of dumb yellow characters for some reason."[4]

Kenny played his first set of voice actor roles for Rocko's Modern Life.[4] Joe Murray auditioned Kenny for voice acting roles for the series in a large casting call in Los Angeles, California.[5]On one occasion, the producers required Kenny to fill the role of Charlie Adler, who was absent on that occasion. In addition, Kenny had to perform one song and learn how to play another song within ten minutes due to time constraints. He said that this helped him believe that he could stand "toe to toe" with other voice actors.[6]

Joe Murray chose Kenny for a voice acting position in Camp Lazlo because Murray, after seeing Kenny's previous work for Rocko's Modern Life, felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much.[7]

He also had a few roles in The Powerpuff Girls TV show. He was the Mayor, the Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, Snake and Little Arturo from the Gangrene Gang, Rainbow the Clown, etc.

He plays a number of roles in the Transformers Animated TV show. A few of the characters he voices in this series are Starscream and his clones, Isaac Sumdac, and Waspinator. He has also played several other minor characters. Other villain roles have included the mobster villain the Penguin on the TV show The Batman.

On Dilbert, Kenny was the voice of Ratbert, Asok and other one-time characters.

He played Mr. Hal Gibson in the popular animated kids show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force GO!

He was also the voice of Skids and Wheelie in the 2009 live-action Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

In 2009, Kenny became a regular cast voice in the Fox comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up. He voices Muhammad Sabeeh "Happy" Fa-ach Nuabar, the secretive custodian who is plotting a terrorist attack, as well as Happy's interpreter.[8] The series premiered on April 19, 2009.[8] Kenan Thompson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Bateman, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Henry Winkler, Will Arnett and Will Forte are the other main cast members.[8] Tom Kenny is probably best known for the voice of Spongebob Squarepants from the series of the same name. He also voices the Best Buy elf from the Christmas Best Buy commercials.

[edit]Kids' Choice AwardsEdit

Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards is narrated by Tom Kenny. At the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself "The World's Best Announcer". At the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself the "Man of 1,000 Voices, all of them this one." Kenny was recently featured as the Voice in a Box at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. On the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards, he called himself, "the only announcer who does all of his own stunts." At the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, he described himself as, "the only announcer that makes all this stuff up as he goes."

[edit]FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1989 How I Got into College "B"
Dragon Ball Z Additional Voices Anime
1990 MTV's Half Hour Comedy Himself
1990 "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 4" Big Mouth voice only
1992 Shakes the Clown Binky the Clown
1992–1993 The Edge Various Television series
1993 Rocko's Modern Life Heffer Wolfe

Additional characters

voices only

Animated series

1993 Animaniacs Additional characters voices only

Animated series

1995 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various Television series
Mike & Spike Green-o Baby Episode: "Person To Shoe"
Mike & Spike Green-o Baby Episode: "Person To Alien"
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Val Hallen

Douglas E. Mordecai III Various

voices
1997 Cow and Chicken additional voices animated series
I Am Weasel
1998 CatDog Dog

Cliff Additional voices

voices only

Animated series

The Powerpuff Girls The Mayor of Townsville

Narrator Mitchel "Mitch" Mitchelson Snake Little Arturo Rainbow the Clown Additional characters

1998-2001 Histeria! Bill Straitman

Additional characters

voices only

Animated series

1999 Spyro the Dragon (2-4) Spyro the Dragon

Sergeant James Byrd The Professor Additional characters

voices only

Video game

SpongeBob SquarePants ongoing SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary the Snail French Narrator Mr. SquarePants Jellyfish Patchy the Pirate (live action segments) Additional characters

voices

Animated series Appeared in all 292 episodes

Futurama Yancy Fry

Additional characters

voices only

Animated series

Mission Hill Wally Langford

Supplemental Voices

Johnny Bravo Carl Chryniszzswics (1999–2001) voice only

Animated series

Dilbert Asok

Ratbert Additional voices

The Brothers Flub additional voices
2000 Escape From Monkey Island Deadace Dave

Thrawtle the Lucre Lawyer

voices only

Video game

2001 Samurai Jack Additional Voices voices only

Animated series

Final Fantasy X Bobba

Rin Wantz

voice only

Video game

The Mummy: The Animated Series Jonathan Carnaghan voices only

Animated series

The Fairly OddParents Cupid

Additional voices

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (film) Various characters voice only

Animated movie

Dr. Dolittle 2 Male Tortoise voice only
The Cramp Twins Wayne Cramp voice only

Animated series

Time Squad Eli Whitney

Sigmund Freud Moctezuma

2002 Codename: Kids Next Door Mr. Wink

The Common Cold Knightbrace Various

The Paz Show Additional voices Animated Series
The Powerpuff Girls Movie The Mayor

The Narrator Ka-Ching Ka-Ching Mitch Mitchelson Snake Arturo voices only

¡Mucha Lucha! Additional Voices Animated series
3 South Various
What's New Scooby-Doo Natlas

Harry Harrison Sam the Safety Engineer

voices only

Animated series

Run Ronnie Run TV News Reporter

Cult Leader Gleh'n

Home Movies Doctor Animated series
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Sharper Image Chair voice
2003 Windy City Heat Gay Costume Designer voice
Final Fantasy X-2 Rin

Wantz

voice only

Video game

Xiaolin Showdown Raimundo Pedrosa

Grand Master Dashi Vlad Hannibal Roy Bean

voices only

Animated series

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom SpongeBob Squarepants

Gary the Snail

voices only

Video game

Animatrix various voice only
Teen Titans Mumbo

Fixit

voice only

Animated series

Scary Movie 3 Alien (uncredited) voice only
Saturday Night Live SpongeBob SquarePants (uncredited) Cameo
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary the Snail French Narrator Clay Tough Fish #2 Twin #2 Houston Voice

voices only
The Batman Oswald "Ozzie" Chesterfield Cobblepot (the Penguin) voice only

Animated series

Comic Book: The Movie Derek Sprang Direct-to-video
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gibson voice only

Animated series

6teen Darth Mall
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Eduardo

Additional voices

Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Ed
Rave Master Griff
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Eduardo voice only

TV Movie

April 16 baseball game between theRed Sox and New York Yankees Scooter the talking baseball voice only

Sports game

2005 Hoodwinked Tommy voice only
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Jake Spidermonkey

Henry the Armadillo

voice only

Animated series

The Boondocks Mall Santa #2, Father waiting in line for Santa
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Mr. Tinkerton voice only

Direct-to-video

The Endless Summer (SpongeBob SquarePants short) SpongeBob SquarePants voice only

TV short

Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Gorthan voice only

Direct-to-video

Firehouse Tales Spinner

Additional characters

voice only

Animated series

Krypto the Superdog Hot Dog

Junkyard Dog#2

voice only

Animated series

IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Benjamin Bright voice only

Animated series

Camp Lazlo (2005) Scout Master Lumpus

Slinkman

voices only

Animated series

Sky High Chester Timmerman
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Ruben Laluna

California Surfer Tiny Tiki

voices only

Direct-to-video

2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Saxman
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Peter Cottontail, Junior, Antoine voice only

Direct-to-video

Re-Animated Appleday Board Member/"Tux The Penguin" voice and cast

Animated movie

Class of 3000 Edward "Eddie" Phillip James Lawrence III, Ms. Squatenchowder. voice only

Animated series Filming

Handy Manny Mr. Lopart

Pat

voice only

Animated series

Shorty McShorts' Shorts' Additional voices
Squirrel Boy Leon voice only

Animated series Filming

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Additional Voices Animates series
2007 Transformers: Animated Starscream, Scrapper, Isaac Sumdac, Waspinator, Skywarp,Thundercracker, Ramjet, Sunstorm, Jetfire and Rattletrap voice only

Animated Series

Futurama: Bender's Big Score Yancy Fry
Word Girl T.J. Botsford/Dr. Two-Brains
Out Of Jimmy's Head Tux The Penguin
Crash of the Titans Ratnicians
Kids' Choice Awards Announcer
Meet the Robinsons Mr. Willerstein voice only
Happily N'Ever After Amigos #1/Dwarves #2/Wolf #1
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Pat Dudley, Grum
Atlantis SquarePantis SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Dr. Wolfowitz, Musical Comedy Wolf voice only

Computer-animated film

Kids' Choice Awards Announcer
George and William Super D. M. and Penfold
Line Rider 2: Unbound Bosh voice only

videogames for Nintendo DS, Wii and PC

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Nute Gunray

Nahdarr Vebb Various voices

voice only
Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita)
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Various voices voices only

Animated series

Back at the Barnyard: Cowman: The Uddered Avenger Professor Twinny Vines

Martin Fargleman

voice only

Animated series

Crash: Mind over Mutant Ratnicians voice only

Video game

2009 Kids Choice Awards 2009 Announcer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Wheelie/Skids voice only
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Otto
The Super Hero Squad Show Iron Man, Captain America, Colossus, Juggernaut, MODOK
2010 Coulden in W Series : The Lost Empire Mr. Lopart

Wheelie

voice only

Direct-to-video

Futurama Yancy Fry

Additional characters

voices only

Animated series

SpongeBob's Truth or Square various voices animated series
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Ham III
True Jackson VP Bingo Guest Star Role
Kids Choice Awards 2010 Announcer voice only
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake The Ice King/Magic Man/Flambo
Kung Fu Magoo Dr. Malicio
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Mr. Broccoli Head

Mr. Baywosenthal Child #8

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Sebastian
2011 Winnie the Pooh Rabbit
Bubble Guppies Phil
Bird Adventures Rio Voice Only
Big Time Beach Party Patchy the Pirate Special Guest Star, TV movie
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Wheelie Voice Only
Crash: Unleashed Mutant Doctor Nefarious Tropy Voice Only

Video game

2012 Dino-Riders Krulos
The Land Before Time 14 Petrie

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