Chris Parnell Biography
Chris Parnell is an American voice artist, actor, singer, and comedian. He was a cast member on SNL from 1998 to 2006.
Chris Parnell Age
Chris Parnell was born Thomas Christopher ‘Chris’ Parnell on 5 February 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is 52 years old as of 2019.
Chris Parnell Family
Parnell was born to Jack Parnell and Shirley Russ. He is the only child in his family. He was raised in Tennessee.
Chris Parnell Wife
Parnell is married to one wife. Her name is not disclosed to the public.
Chris Parnell Children
Parnell has two children with his wife. Their information is not disclosed to the public.
Chris Parnell Educational Background
He attended Southern Baptist Educational Center. He then joined Germantown High School. Upon his graduation, he joined the University of North California School of the Arts. There, he received a BFA in Drama.
Chris Parnell Career
When performing for a number of years as a company player with the Groundlings, Parnell started doing commercials and guest roles on various sitcoms like Seinfeld and Murphy Brown. He was hired as a featured player to join the Saturday Night Live cast and debuted on September 26, 1998, on the show. The following season he was promoted to repertory player. Lorne Michaels was required to dismiss two cast members in the summer of 2001 because of budget cuts and the hiring of four new cast members; he chose to lay off Parnell and Jerry Minor over Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph, but Parnell was rehired in the middle of the next season.
When on SNL, Parnell appeared in many sketches and commercial parodies and made memorable impressions of different celebrities. His remarkable sketches include “Lazy Sunday,” a rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see Narnia’s Chronicles, and ‘More Cowbell’.
He has voiced various characters in various films and television shows such as ‘Rick and Morty’.
He was cast Wayne, the main role on the CBS sitcom called Happy Together on March 16, 2018.
Chris Parnell Movies And TV Shows
Movies | Films
|1996||Jingle All the Way||Toy Store Sales Clerk|
|Shooting Lily||Phone Company Salesman|
|1997||Decade of Love||Bobby Fastdancer|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Phil Swanson|
|2003||Evil Alien Conquerors||Du-ug|
|Down with Love||TV Emcee|
|National Lampoon’s Barely Legal||Mr. Ronald Greitzer|
|2004||Looking for Kitty||Guy Borne|
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Garth Holliday|
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie|
|2006||I’m Reed Fish||Ralph|
|Ira & Abby||Dr. Ronald Silverberg|
|2007||The Grand||Harold Melvin|
|Hot Rod||Barry Pasternak|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Theo|
|Sunny & Share Love You||Kevin Keith Baker|
|Labor Pains||Jerry Steinwald|
|2010||Hollywood & Wine||Peter West|
|The Dogfather||Brian Franks|
|Kung Fu Magoo||Cole Fusion|
|2011||Answer This!||Brian Collins|
|2012||21 Jump Street||Mr. Gordon|
|The Five-Year Engagement||Bill|
|The Dictator||News Anchor|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||Hammer|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Garth Holliday|
|2014||Break Point||Jay LaRoche|
|2015||The Better Half||Daniel|
|Hotel Transylvania 2||Fly|
|2017||Austin Found||Alan Dickinson|
|Battle of the Sexes||DJ|
|2018||Life of the Party||Wayne Truzack|
|Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||Fly, Stan the Fishman|
|Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||Walter|
|2019||The Last Laugh||Charlie Green|
|1996||Hope and Gloria||Howard|
|1996–98||Suddenly Susan||Phil, Waiter|
|The Jamie Foxx Show||Director|
|Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher||Announcer|
|Caroline in the City||Gene|
|Murphy Brown||Handler #2|
|1998–2012||Saturday Night Live||Various|
|2001||TV Funhouse||James Brolin(voice)|
|2002||Ed||DJ Curtis Morris|
|2003||As Told by Ginger||Additional Voices|
|2006–13||30 Rock||Dr. Leo Spaceman|
|2007–15||WordGirl||Narrator, Various Voices|
|2008||Miss Guided||Vice Principal Bruce Terry|
|Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Bob Schieffer, Tom Brokaw|
|2009||Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Narrator (voice)|
|2009–10||Glenn Martin DDS||Various Voices|
|2009–present||Archer||Cyril Figgis, Buck Henry (voices)|
|2010||Better Off Ted||Walter Palmer|
|The Life & Times of Tim||Mark Douglas, Principal, William (voices)|
|Big Lake||Chris Henkel|
|2010–11||Funny or Die Presents||Various|
|Eureka||Dr. Noah Drummer|
|2010–present||Tayo the Little Bus||Citu (voice)|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Scooter, Major Nelson (voices)|
|Mad Love||Officer Dennis Barrett|
|Jon Benjamin Has a Van||Area 51 Scientist|
|Love Bites||Chad Banks|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Hank|
|Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice||Mr. Thistleton (voice)|
|T.U.F.F. Puppy||The Caped Cod (voice)|
|2011–12||I Just Want My Pants Back||JB|
|2012||Gravity Falls||Additional Voices|
|Electric City||Giovanni Montalbon (voice)|
|2012–16||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various|
|2013–present||Rick and Morty||Jerry Smith (voice)|
|2014||Filthy Preppy Teen$||Sean Hastings|
|The Tom and Jerry Show||Narrator|
|Garfunkel and Oates||Stan|
|BoJack Horseman||Klaus, News Reporter (voices)|
|Bad Judge||Douglas Riller|
|2015||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Geoffrey Hoytsman|
|Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Judge (voice)|
|Childrens Hospital||Ron Pippin|
|The Adventures of OG Sherlock Kush||The Prime Minister (voice)|
|The Spoils Before Dying||Bebop Jones|
|Another Period||Dr. Sigmund Freud|
|Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood||Network Executive|
|Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!||Dustin Wallswreath, Jim McCoy, Cop (voices)|
|2015–18||Nature Cat||Various Voices|
|2015–16||Dawn of the Croods||Snoot, Dub, Evil Egg (voices)|
|2015–17||The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show||Mr. Peabody (voice)|
|2016||Sofia the First||Zacharias (voice)|
|Inside Amy Schumer||Michael|
|Bob’s Burgers||Warren Fitzgerald (voice)|
|Ask the StoryBots||Reindeer (voice)|
|Tween Fest||Preston Stevens Sr.|
|Rhett and Link’s Buddy System||Vice Chairman|
|2016–present||Elena of Avalor||Migs (voice)|
|2016–19||American Dad!||Various Voices|
|2017||Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special||Dr. Vince Harbert|
|Elena and the Secret of Avalor||Migs (voice)|
|Samurai Jack||Mud Alien, Scientist (voices)|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Junior|
|2018||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Cousins Ken and Sven (voices)|
|Adam Ruins Everything||Narrator|
|2019||Love, Death & Robots||The Cat (voice)|
|Miracle Workers||God’s Dad|
Chris Parnell Net Worth
Chris Parnell has a net worth of $3 million dollars. He has made his wealth through the media industry. He has houses in Los Angeles and Memphis. He balances his time between the two places evenly.
Chris Parnell Height
Parnell stands at a height of 1.73 meters.
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Chris Parnell On His ‘Archer’ German Accent Being A Product Of Google Translate, And How He Never Broke Character On ‘SNL’
While the storyline on Archer keeps changing to an intense degree, moving from the detective noir genre to a tropical island adventure over the last two seasons, the enviable cast of characters has remained the same. Well, sort of. This time around, Chris Parnell is voicing Siegbert Fuchs instead of Cyril Figgis.
Uproxx recently spoke with Parnell and discussed the differences between the two characters, whether he feels like anything was left behind in the realm inhabited by Archer during its first seven seasons, and the time the former SNL castmember was saved from breaking character during a sketch thanks to eye pain.
How is Fuchs similar to Cyril? How is he different?
He’s pretty different than Cyril. The voice ends up being very different because he’s German. You know, I don’t know. To be honest, I didn’t make a great effort to tie him in overtly to Cyril, but I think he’s sort of… he’s got some of the parts of Cyril’s personality… maybe from last season, when Cyril was darker, was kind of a bad guy. But that’s times a thousand now.
Do you go into this as if it’s an entirely different show and an entirely different character completely divorced from the mythology with Cyril?
It’s still Adam’s [Reed] writing and we’ve still got Archer there. We have other characters there who are… some of whom are not as different from their counterparts in prior seasons as I am. So, no, it’s a similar sort of world, but the character’s pretty different so I didn’t. There are parts of Cyril that come through, I think, in Siegbert.
I sort of approach every script the same way, which is just to see what Adam has written and how do I inhabit this as fully as I can and there’s going to be stuff in the writing that reminds us that this is a character connected to Cyril. Certainly in Archer’s mind. I think the similarities are there more in the writing and sort of the approach to him; probably more than in the way that I’m playing him.
Curious if you feel a sense of unfinished business with the actual Cyril character in the Archer prime story and if you have a want to go back there. Or are you content to go wherever this goes?
No, no I’m very content to go wherever Adam wants to take it. I feel like Cyril got to do a lot of different things in sort of the other world that Archer … other worlds I should say, that Archer has inhabited. I have no idea what the next season will be. I think there’s one more season after this. And I don’t know what incarnation Cyril will have in that upcoming world. But, yeah, I’m happy just to see where it goes.
The fact that Adam does change it up so much… this season is the biggest change for me, because I’m speaking in German in a lot of it and I have a German accent. It mixes it up and it makes it more exciting in a lot of ways.
How did the voice come together?
I kind of brought in my version of what I thought it was and they seemed to like it. It’s basically just me going on Google translate every week and trying to get the pronunciations of all these German words right, as close as I can. I learned just a tiny bit of German for a trip I took many years ago to Germany, so it wasn’t completely foreign to me in terms of the sounds and all that, but I don’t think it’s an accent that’s going to fool any Germans. [Laughs]
You have a reputation for never breaking character on SNL. Was that something you took a lot of pride in and put a lot of effort into? Curious how you managed to stay on.
Well, I think part of it is… it’s going to sound very hoity-toity, I’m just always trying to be in the moment as the character and not be outside of it, seeing what was funny about it. Now, I wasn’t always successful in that, for sure, but I guess I’m kind of a literal person in some ways. So I felt like to break would just be… I’m not in character anymore if I’m breaking and that just doesn’t seem right. So it’s sort of a part of the rigidity that I have to actually fight against in my own personality. Also, I’m on meds now, which I wasn’t then, so I think that helps a lot.
The lore is that you never broke, is that the case? Or did people miss it?
The only time that I remember breaking was during the cowbell sketch, but it was a very tiny smile that was actually off camera. So nobody ever saw it. I don’t know, I often think I’m smiling and if I look at myself in the mirror, I’m like, “Oh, I’m not really smiling, I just look mildly pleasant.” I don’t know that anybody was aware of it, but that’s the only time I remember.
There was a sketch with Will (Ferrell), Molly (Shannon), and Tim (Meadows). Will was a doctor talking to Molly and me and it got pretty crazy, and it was very silly. It would have been very hard to not break in that scene, except for the fact that I had just done a piece as Tom Brokaw before that, and I had had these brown contact lenses in that, for whatever reason, irritated my eyes, and my eyes were burning through the scene. I was in some pain so that made it a lot easier to not break during that scene. Otherwise, I fear I might have.
But you know, the thing I think about breaking is, I think, for the most part, we all love to see it. Especially if we feel like there’s more of an effort that the actors are making to not break and then just not being able to control it and breaking. As opposed to sometimes where we’ve seen it where the actor has given into it a little too easily and just, it almost seems a bit indulgent. But, it’s kind of a joyous moment, I think, because you see the actors and these people, and you see them having fun with the work they’re doing. I always think it’s kind of fun to see as long as it’s nothing indulgent.
When you’re in a scene and a host breaks, someone who’s not a part of the tribe, is it a little annoying?
If the host breaks? Well, again it depends on where they’re coming from. If the host is trying to be in the scene, be in the moment and do the best they can and they’re just not able to hold it together, then that’s one thing. But, I also remember a host, maybe like a musical guest, who I think let himself break on purpose because he did it the same in dress and on air, and it seemed a little designed. I found that a little annoying.
Yeah, I can imagine. As much as has been written about the show, it’s hard to get a full sense of just how hard it is to pull off. The contact lens thing is an example. Just the strain of doing what you did and what they do still on that show. The chaos of it all. It’s really interesting to hear about it.
With the passage of time, I’ve come to appreciate it even more and feel so thankful and lucky to have been a part of something that cool. I already feel that way about Archer, even though it’s obviously not nearly the same level of pressure as doing a live comedy show on camera. It’s something that I’m also really proud of. The quality of it and how many people seem to be into it around the country and I guess maybe the world, I don’t know.
When you look for projects to jump into, are you looking for material that jumps out at you or are you looking for a creator who has a reputation essentially as someone who’s going to break the mold a little and take you to an interesting place?
Most of the time it’s just looking for a job, really. And I’ve just gotten very lucky with Archer and Rick and Morty. And 30 Rock, [though], obviously they knew me and they, I think, wrote the part [Dr. Spaceman] with me in mind. So, a lot of it’s just being lucky and the people that end up wanting to hire me for these shows.
It’s also one thing when it’s voiceover versus an on-camera role and whether it’s as a guest star or a series regular. So, if I get a script for a pilot or something, I’m thinking seven years down the road and thinking, “Okay, is this something that I’m going to want to do?” Sometimes, it’s just an audition. Do I even want to audition for it? Does it make me laugh when I read it? What’s going on here? Does the writing feel original and interesting and exciting?
I put a lot more weight on that sort of judgment, that decision-making process when it’s an on-camera series [and that] kind of part. Now, if it’s a series part for voiceover, I still think a lot about it, because I’m very lucky, in that I’m associated largely, I think, with pretty great, quality stuff. But, it’s not like everything I do is obviously going to be gold, there’s just not that much gold content out there. It’s mostly just being an actor wanting to work and trying to make good choices that I can feel proud of, whether it’s voiceover or on-camera.