James Harvey Kennedy (born May 25, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, television producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream franchise and playing various characters in The Jamie Kennedy Experiment on The WB.
Kennedy at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
|Birth name||James Harvey Kennedy|
|Born||May 25, 1970|
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, music|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Character comedy|
Kennedy was born in Upper Darby Township, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kennedy was raised Roman Catholic. He attended and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1988. After high school, Kennedy began his career as a Hollywood extra. Meanwhile, he worked on voice impersonations.
When Kennedy first arrived in Los Angeles, he became a professional Hollywood extra. During his first night in Los Angeles, he was reading a Joan Rivers autobiography in a diner when the waiter explained to him that he had been in a dozen movies as an extra. Kennedy asked, "If you've been in so many movies, why are you a waiter?" The waiter responded, "I have to keep my day job."
After a few years of struggling, Kennedy was unable to find an agent and worked as a host at Red Lobster. He auditioned for over 80 commercials and could not book one. He then took a job as a telemarketer, and learned that he had a talent in selling things. Kennedy then thought that if he could sell anything, "why not sell myself?", becoming his own agent.
Kennedy created a false persona, screen agent "Marty Power", to attract the attention of real agents and managers over the phone, who would later book his performances. He came to prominence in the late 1990s for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream film series. His lead role as Tim Avery in Son of the Mask earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor. The film would go on to inspire Kennedy to host the 2007 documentary Heckler (film) after feeling hurt by the film’s poor reception in which some reviewers attacked him personally.
Kennedy formed a production company called Wannabe Producers, alongside Josh through which he has produced the shows The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blowin' Up, The Starlet, and Living with Fran created by David Garrett. Following Malibu's Most Wanted, in which he both wrote and starred, Kennedy co-wrote the MTV show Blowin' Up (2006) featuring his friend, Stu Stone.
Kennedy lent his voice to the videogame ESPN NFL 2K5 as a celebrity adversary with his own football team, the Upper Darby Cheesesteaks. He is also unlockable as a free agent tight end in season mode. His stint as Activision's emcee at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2007, however, drew much criticism not only for his ignorance of the industry, but also for performing drunk as he insulted the audience.
While working on his film Malibu's Most Wanted, Kennedy wrote an autobiography titled, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The book chronicles his life in Hollywood as he attempts to become a star. It gives background on his life and family, and quickly dives into his adventures. It tells of such things as Kennedy's living conditions in the Hollywood slums, his dilapidated car, and his kidney issues.
A performer of stand-up comedy, he is also known for his sketch performances on his television reality show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB Network's highest-ranking new show in 2002, but which was cancelled in April 2004 due to falling viewership. In 2006, Jizzy Entertainment released Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special. In 2008, Kennedy released the documentary Heckler, about the plight of stand-up comics versus their often-aggressive audiences. In 2007, he appeared in Criminal Minds as a cannibal satanist serial killer.
He also stars in Nicktoons' Fanboy & Chum Chum as Kyle, an insecure boy wizard who loathes the fun-loving Fanboy and Chum Chum, but who secretly yearns for their friendship. In April 2010, sources reported that Kennedy would very likely return to the Scream franchise to star in the fourth installment; however, according to Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson, plans were never made for him to rejoin the franchise, attributing the misinformation to a fabrication by Kennedy.
On December 31, 2012 Kennedy hosted and produced First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy, a New Year's Eve television special widely considered one of the worst shows of all time. His film Lost & Found in Armenia, in which he plays an American tourist who ends up in an Armenian village, accused of being a Turkish spy, later opened to select theatres on June 7, 2013. His latest film, Buddy Hutchins, in which Kennedy plays a down-on-his-luck recovering alcoholic, is set for a 2015 VOD release. In 2015, he portrayed Frump in the Colton Tran adventure mystery film Gloom and Beach Patrolman Alex in Allegra Pictures' horror film The Sand. In 2015, he also starred as Travis Welker in Tremors 5: Bloodlines and as Rob in Rivers 9.
|1989||Dead Poets Society||Extra||Uncredited|
|1994||VR Troopers||Elmo||Episode: "Cybertron"|
|1994||California Dreams||Hiccup Guy
|1995||Unhappily Ever After||Stoney / Pony Burger Attendant (voice)||3 episodes|
|1996||Romeo + Juliet||Sampson|
|1997||On the Edge of Innocence||Luke Canby||TV Movie|
|1997||Perversions of Science||Spaceman John||Episode: "Panic"|
|1997||Scream 2||Randy Meeks||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Horror|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Street Hustler|
|1998||Starstruck||George Gordon Flynn|
|1998||The Pass'||Deputy Jim Banks|
|1998||Soundman||Frank's assistant / Marty (voice)|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Jamie|
|1999||Three Kings||Walter Wogaman|
|2000||Road to Flin Flon||Brad|
|2000||Stark Raving Mad||Doobs||Episode: "My Bodyguard"|
|2000||Scream 3||Randy Meeks||Cameo|
|2001||Slacker Cats||Buckley (voice)||TV Movie|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Various (voice)|
|2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Chaka's Production Assistant|
|2001||Strange Frequency||Pete Derek||Episode: "A Change Will Do You Good"|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Evil Ice Cream Man|
|2001||Pretty When You Cry||Albert Straka|
|2001–2002||Da Möb||Rooster (voice)||7 episodes|
|2002||Night Visions||Mark Stevens||episode: "Cargo"|
|2002–2004||The Jamie Kennedy Experiment||Host||61 episodes|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Brad 'B-Rad' Gluckman|
|2003||Sol Goode||Justin Sax|
|2003||King of the Hill||Dr. Tim Rast (voice)||Episode: "Queasy Rider"|
|2004||King of the Hill||Fudgie / Police Chief (voice)||Episode: "Phish and Wildlife"|
|2004||Crank Yankers||Wally Palumbo (voice)||Episode: "2.23"|
|2004||Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Creepy Guy||Uncredited|
|2005||Son of the Mask||Timothy "Tim" Avery / The Mask||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with anybody stuck sharing the screen with him)
|2005||Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone||Spazz (voice)|
|2005||Living with Fran||TV Announcer||Episode: "Who's the Parent?"|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Jamie (voice)|
|2006||Wild 'n Out||Himself|
|2006||Mind of Mencia||Will Pillowbiter||Episode: "Stereotype Olympics"|
|2007||Me & Lee?||Joel||TV Movie|
|2007||Kickin' It Old Skool||Justin Schumacher|
|2007||Living With Fran||Alan||Episode: "School Ties"|
|2007||Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular||Ghost of Christmas past||TV Movie|
|2007–2017||Criminal Minds||Floyd Feylinn Ferell||2 episodes|
|2008||Reaper||Ryan Milner||Episode: "Hungry for Fame"|
|2008–2010||Ghost Whisperer||Eli James||45 episodes|
|2009||Finding Bliss||Dick Harder|
|2009||Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!||Danno' Wolfe (voice)|
|2009–2013||The Cleveland Show||Federline Jones, Various (voice)||24 episodes|
|2009–2014||Fanboy & Chum Chum||Kyle Bloodworth-Thomason / Fankylechum (voices)||19 episodes|
|2010||Supreme Court of Comedy||Himself||Episode: "Kevin Nealon vs. Jamie Kennedy"|
|2010||Eureka||Dr. Ramsey||Episode: "The Story of O2"|
|2011||Spring Break '83||Ballzack|
|2012||Bending the Rules||Theo Gold|
|2012||The Patriot of America||Frank (voice)|
|2012||Good Deeds||Mark Freeze|
|2012||Lost & Found in Armenia||Bill|
|2013||Foreclosed||Forrest Hayes||Lifetime Movie|
|2014||The Hungover Games||Justmitch|
|2014||The After||David||TV Movie|
|2014||Nowhere Safe||Kevin Carlisle||TV Movie|
|2014||Bermuda Tentacles||Dr. Zimmern||TV Movie|
|2014||Kingdom||Bucky||Episode: "Eat Your Own Cooking"|
|2015||Other Plans||Nathan McKeon|
|2015||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Helios (voice)||Episode: "Royal Pain"|
|2015||Tremors 5: Bloodlines||Travis B. Welker||Video|
|2015||The Sand||Beach Patrol Alex|
|2016||Drawn of the Dead||Adam Simmons (voice)|
|2016||Heartbeat||Dr. Callahan||8 episodes|
|2016||Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House||Simon||Direct to Video|
|2016||Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le||Jerry Heller||Lifetime Movie|
|2017||Walk of Fame||Hugo|
|2017||Lucifer||Andy Kleinburg||Episode: "Stewardess Interruptus"|
|2018||Surviving the Wild||Kristopher|
|2018||Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell||Travis B. Welker||Direct-to-Video|
|2019||Roe v. Wade||Larry Lader|
|2019||Coming to the Stage||Himself/host||Season 8-10|
|2020||Crabs in a Bucket||Whitey||Post-production|
- Blowin' Up (2006)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1996||Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Cast Ensemble||Romeo + Juliet||Nominated|
|1998||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Horror||Scream 2||Won|
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Malibu's Most Wanted||Nominated|
|2005||Stinkers Bad Movie Awards-Worst Actor||Son of the Mask||Won|
|Stinkers Bad Movie Awards-Worst Screen Couple||Won|
|Worst Screen Couple||Nominated|
- Kennedy does stand-up Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine Dailytargum.com
- Jamie Kennedy: Man-Child In The Promised Land | Mens Magazine Online Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Jamie Kennedy Talks 'Buddy Hutchins' and 'Tremors 5′". BloodyDisgusting.com. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "2005 RAZZIE Nominees & "Winners"". Razzies.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Sliwinski, Alexander (2007-07-19). "Watch Activision alienate E3 audience with Jamie Kennedy". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Jamie Kennedy review[permanent dead link]
- "Interview with Kennedy about Heckling". Lvrj.com. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "California's new winter tourism ad to star Jamie Kennedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger". Industry.visitcalifornia.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "Jamie Kennedy, Cinephile, Returning in 'Scream IV'". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "Jamie Kennedy NOT Back for Scream 4!". Dread Central. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- "Interview: Jamie Kennedy, 'Buddy Hutchins'". Renegade Cinema. February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- "Exclusive: Jamie Kennedy Talks Buddy Hutchins, Chainsaws, and Tremors 5". dreadcentral.com.
- "Tremors 5 Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls in October 2015". dreadcentral.com.
- Gingold, Michael (February 26, 2015). "Jamie Kennedy Talks 'BUDDY HUTCHINS,' 'TREMORS 5' and More" Archived 2017-09-08 at the Wayback Machine. Fangoria.
- Chiu, Alexis (2010-03-12). "Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy Split". People. Retrieved 16 June 2011.