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Kenneth Michael Benbow "Kenny" Blank (born September 15, 1977) is an American actor and musician. Later, he changed his name to Kenn Michael. Blank is best known for his role as Michael Peterson in the television series The Parent 'Hood from 1995 to 1997 for which he also composed some music, as well as his appearance in Eddie Murphy's 1992 film, Boomerang.
Kenneth Michael Benbow Blank
September 15, 1977
|Other names||Kenn Michael|
|Occupation||Actor, musician, director, producer|
Early life and educationEdit
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Blank was born in New York City.
Career as performerEdit
As a child, Blank reviewed the book Jumanji on Reading Rainbow in the episode about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also narrated Bill Martin, Jr.'s "Knots on a Counting Rope" with Joseph Ruben Silverbird. His major breakthrough was his role as Tito in the 1991 Joe Pesci film The Super. For his performance as Tito, Blank was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1992 in the Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Motion Picture category.
In 1991, he starred as Linus Bragg in the movie Carolina Skeletons (or The End of Silence), about an African-American boy in the mid-20th century South who was wrongfully executed at the age of 14. The movie was based on a novel, both of which were based on the true events regarding the arrest, conviction and execution of 14-year-old George Stinney. Blank appears in the feature film Boomerang. He portrayed Michael Peterson in the TV series The Parent 'Hood in the mid-1990s.
Blank provided the voice of the character Darren Patterson on the Nickelodeon animated series As Told by Ginger (2000–06), as well as earning a small role in All Grown Up!, as Sulky Boy's band member J.T.. He also appeared in Silent Story and Delivering Milo. Notable guest appearances on television shows include roles in City of Angels, Living Single, and Freaks and Geeks.
Blank appears in the Saints Row video game series as one of the selectable voices of the Boss, the main character of the series. He is the only voice who is selectable in all games in the series besides the original, where the player character is mostly a silent protagonist.
Since 1998, Blank has cinematographed, edited and directed a number of short films.
|1998||Dead Man on Campus||Luke|
|2001||Delivering Milo||Mr. Ralph|
|Silent Story||Short film|
|2005||The Legend of Frosty the Snowman||Walter Wader (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2006||All You've Got||Music Composer|
|1992–1997||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Henry||1 episode|
|1993||Homicide: Life on the Street||James Hill|
|Alex Haley's Queen||Henry at 11|
|Tall Hopes||Ernest Harris||6 episodes|
|1995–1997||The Parent 'Hood||Michael Peterson||Seasons 1–3|
|1997||Living Single||Damon Barker||1 episode|
|2000–2006||As Told by Ginger||Darren Patterson (voice), Various Voices||32 episodes|
|2019||Cannon Busters||Philly the Kid (voice)||12 episodes|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Pedestrian|
|2006||Saints Row||Stilwater's Resident / Radio Voice|
|Company of Heroes||Voice|
|2007||Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts||Aldrich|
|Power Rangers: Super Legends||Navy Thunder Ranger|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Main Character Black Male|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Male Voice 2|
|2013||Saints Row IV||The President of the United States Male 2|
|2015||Saints Row: Gat out of Hell||The President of the United States|
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