Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

​Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell (born February 5, 1967) is an American comic actor best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and currently for his recurring role as Dr. Leo Spaceman on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock. Parnell is currently one of the lead voices on the FX animated comedy Archer. In 2010, Parnell starred alongside his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz in the Comedy Central series Big Lake. After performing as a company player with The Groundlings for a number of years, Parnell was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 26, 1998, and was promoted to repertory player the following season. In the summer of 2001, budget cuts and hiring four new cast members required Lorne Michaels to dismiss two cast members; he chose to lay off Parnell and Jerry Minor over Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph. While on SNL, Parnell appeared in numerous sketches, and commercial parodies, and performed memorable impressions of various celebrities. One of his most popular sketches is Lazy Sunday, a rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see The Chronicles of Narnia. He has also performed raps about hosts Jennifer Garner, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher. In the summer of 2006, Lorne Michaels announced that four cast members would be fired due to budget cuts, but he did not say who. On September 22, 2006 it was announced that three cast members had been fired: Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell. This effectively made him the only SNL performer to have been fired twice by Lorne Michaels, though Parnell did say in a 2008 interview with The Sound of Young America podcast that he was okay with being let go this time, because he was considering leaving after that season anyway, but added that he probably would have stayed one last season if he was asked back. He had been with SNL for eight seasons; at the time only four people (Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and Al Franken) have been cast members longer. He has since made uncredited cameo appearances on the show, most recently in 2008 parodying newscasters Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Parnell and his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz recently starred together in Big Lake, a 2010 sitcom on Comedy Central from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. He also recently appeared as Dr. Drummer/Santa in the SyFy Holiday Special episode from the television show Eureka, which aired on December 7, 2010 (Season 4 Episode 10).
Known For: Acting
Birthday: 1967-02-05
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Movies List of Chris Parnell

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The Better Half

2015 Movie
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Farm Sluts

2003 Movie
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The Dogfather

2010 Movie
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Evil Alien Conquerors

2003 Movie
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Answer This!

2011 Movie
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Labor Pains

2009 Movie
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Looking for Kitty

2004 Movie
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AJ's Infinite Summer

2014 Movie
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The Last Laugh

2019 Movie
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Break Point

2014 Movie
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Slice

2018 Movie
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Hot Mess Holiday

2021 Movie
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The Grand

2007 Movie
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Harold

2008 Movie
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Kabluey

2007 Movie
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Finding 'Ohana

2021 Movie
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I'm Reed Fish

2007 Movie
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Paper Man

2009 Movie
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Hollywood & Wine

2011 Movie
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Austin Found

2017 Movie
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The Ridiculous 6

2015 Movie
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Senior Year

Movie
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Hot Rod

2007 Movie
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Home Sweet Home Alone

2021 Movie
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21 Jump Street

2012 Movie
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I Am Woman

2020 Movie
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Hotel Transylvania

2012 Movie
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The Laundromat

2019 Movie
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The Maya Rudolph Show

2014 Movie
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Life of the Party

2018 Movie
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Ira & Abby

2006 Movie
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Down with Love

2003 Movie
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Battle of the Sexes

2017 Movie
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Turbo

2013 Movie
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Barely Legal

2005 Movie
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The Ladies Man

2000 Movie
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Sisters

2015 Movie
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Jingle All the Way

1996 Movie
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The Dictator

2012 Movie
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Hotel Transylvania 2

2015 Movie
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Eavesdrop

2008 Movie
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The Women of SNL

2010 Movie