Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director and novelist. As an actor he is best known for his work as a cast member on MTV's The State, for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series Reno 911! and as Felix Unger on the CBS series The Odd Couple. Lennon is also an accomplished screenwriter of several major studio comedies with writing partner Robert Ben Garant. Their films include comedies such as the Night at the Museum films, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury, and Baywatch.
Lennon in 2015
Thomas Patrick Lennon
August 9, 1970
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||New York University|
Jenny Robertson (m. 2002)
Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Of Irish and Scottish descent, he is the son of Kathleen (McSheehy) and Timothy Lennon. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1988.
Acting and performingEdit
While a member of The New Group, the comedy troupe changed its name to The State. As they performed their material at theaters and clubs in New York City, they worked on the MTV show You Wrote It, You Watch It. This led to the self-titled series The State (1993–95), which was nominated for a 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series. That same year, they created a special for CBS called The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special.
Following the cancellation of The State, Lennon, along with Kenney, Robert Ben Garant and Michael Ian Black, went on to create and star in the Comedy Central program Viva Variety (1997–99). The show was based on a sketch that Lennon had written for the final season of The State, called "The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme." Viva Variety received a 1997 Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. After Viva Variety, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in Reno 911! (2003–09). Initially slated for Fox, the program later debuted on Comedy Central.
Lennon has appeared as a guest star in dozens of TV shows, including The League, Childrens Hospital, Party Down, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. One of his notable guest starring roles was as Joey Tribbiani's blackjack dealing, "identical hand twin" on the Friends fifth-season finale ("The One In Vegas," Pts. I and II). Additionally, he has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and at 31, had the second-most number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, occasionally playing guitar and incorporating music. He has appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and The Benson Interruption. He was the guest on the first episode of Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist Podcast, which was recorded in Lennon's garage.
In 2010, Lennon and Garant created and starred in a sitcom pilot for NBC called The Strip. In May that year it was announced that NBC had decided not to produce it as a series.
Lennon has also appeared in numerous films, including Bad Teacher, Memento, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and I Love You, Man, for which he and costar Paul Rudd were nominated for a 2009 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. In both Christopher Nolan's film Memento (2000) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Lennon played the role of a doctor.
Lennon's voice acting work includes Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, Archer and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He played Scribble in Secret of the Wings and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. He supplied the voice of Eddie the Shipboard Computer in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and plays the voice of Fearless Leader in the 2014 DreamWorks short film version of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He is also the voice of Munk on Dawn of the Croods and the voice of Chief O'Hara in the Warner Brothers animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
In 2014, Lennon was cast as Felix Unger in the television series reboot of The Odd Couple opposite Matthew Perry, who plays Oscar Madison. The show ran for three seasons. In 2016, he co-starred as a scientist in Paramount Animation's Monster Trucks and began a recurring role on the Fox action sitcom Lethal Weapon as Leo Getz, a character previously portrayed on film by Joe Pesci. At the 2016 People's Choice Awards ceremony, he participated in an on-stage sketch parodying the recent gaffe by Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
Thomas Lennon is a successful screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with writing partner Robert Ben Garant. Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
In 2010, FX Network ordered a pilot episode for a Garant/Lennon science fiction television comedy called USS Alabama, set 1000 years in the future, aboard a United Nations peacekeeping spaceship, the U.S.S. Alabama. Garant and Lennon released a book about writing for film called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too! in 2011.
Garant and Lennon wrote, directed and starred in the 2013 film Hell Baby starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb. The film was produced by Darko Entertainment, and shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hell Baby premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Garant and Lennon are credited as story co-writers on the film version of Baywatch (2017).
More recently, The Machine, written by Garant and Lennon, is set to star Vin Diesel. Additionally, their script Action No. 1 is in pre-production.
Lennon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jenny Robertson, and their son Oliver (born 2009). He is a fan of The Smiths and Morrissey, occasionally performing live with the tribute band "Sweet and Tender Hooligans" as a guest guitarist. Lennon is close friends with Weird Al Yankovic.
|1994||A Friend of Dorothy||Moonie||Short film|
|1998||Row Your Boat||Census Taker|
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Documentarian (voice)|
|2001||Out Cold||Eric Montclare|
|2002||Boat Trip||The priest|
|2003||Le Divorce||Roger Walker|
|How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days||Thayer|
|A Guy Thing||Pete Morse|
|2005||Conversations with Other Women||Videographer|
|Herbie: Fully Loaded||Larry Murphy||Writer|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Eddie the Shipboard Computer (voice)|
|The Godfather of Green Bay||D.U.G.|
|2006||Night at the Museum||N/A||Writer|
|Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Police officer|
|Let's Go to Prison||Writer|
|Eden Court||Shroeder Duncan|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Karl Wolfschtagg||Writer, producer|
|Reno 911!: Miami||Lieutenant Jim Dangle||Writer, executive producer|
|The Ten||Scotty Pale|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Orville Wright||Writer|
|17 Again||Ned Gold|
|I Love You, Man||Doug|
|Al's Brain in 3-D||Co-Worker||Short film|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Customer||Uncredited|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Roger Lemke|
|How to Survive a Robot Uprising||Writer|
|Bad Teacher||Carl Halabi|
|What's Your Number?||Dr. Barrett 'Barry' Ingold|
|A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Todd|
|2012||The Hunger Pains||Buttitch Totalapathy||Short film|
|What to Expect When You're Expecting||Craig|
|The Dark Knight Rises||Doctor|
|Secret of the Wings||Reading Fairy (voice)|
|Howard Cantour.com||Rocco||Short film|
|2013||Hell Baby||Pat||Writer, producer, director (with Robert Ben Garant)|
|Jerry, the Exorcist Roommate||Jerry||Short film|
|We're the Millers||Rick Nathanson|
|2014||Mr. Peabody and Sherman||Italian Peasant #2 (voice)||Also wrote additional dialogue|
|Transformers: Age of Extinction||Chief of Staff|
|Rocky & Bullwinkle||Fearless Leader / Mayan Princess (voice)||Short film; also writer|
|Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Scribble (voice)|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Tom|
|Hot Tub Time Machine 2||BMW Guy||Uncredited|
|Grand Zero||David Van Vleck||Short film|
|2016||Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders||Chief O'Hara / Prison Warden (voice)|
|Monster Trucks||Dr. Jim Dowd|
|Batman vs. Two-Face||Chief O'Hara (voice)|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Michael O'Donoghue|
|The 15:17 to Paris||Principal Michael Akers|
|Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich||Edgar|
|1992||You Wrote It, You Watch It||Various||Also writer|
|1993–95||The State||Various characters||Also co-creator and writer|
|1995||The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special||Various characters||Television special; also writer|
|1997||Viva Variety||Host Meredith Laupin||16 episodes; also writer|
|1997–99||Hercules||Atlas (voice)||3 episodes|
|Strangers with Candy||N/A||Writer: "Bogie Nights"|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Landlord (voice)||Episode: "Tarzan and the Mysterious Visitor"|
|2002||Kim Possible||Unknown character (voice)||Episode: "Kimitation Nation"|
|MDs||Chester E. Donge||8 episodes|
|2003–09||Reno 911!||Lieutenant Jim Dangle||Also creator|
|2004–06||Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Vic (voice)||2 episodes|
|2006||Stacked||Gary||Episode: "You're Getting Sleepy"|
|2007||Wainy Days||Ice Cream Man||Episode: "Dorvid Days"|
|2009||The League||Bryce||Episode: "The Usual Bet"|
|2010||Party Down||Nick DiCintio||Episode: "Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night"|
|Svetlana||Fyodor||Episode: "Wish Fulfillment"|
|2010–11||Funny or Die Presents||Richard / Co-pilot||5 episodes|
|2010–13||Planet Sheen||Pinter / Blurg (voices)||15 episodes|
|2010–19||Archer||Charles (voice)||4 episodes|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Keith Grant||Episode: "Inside Man"|
|Childrens Hospital||Pat||Episode: "Home Is Where the Hospital Is"|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Geoff Peterson The Robot Skeleton - Chloe Banderas (voice)||3 episodes|
|2012–15||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||4 episodes|
|2012||New Girl||Neil||Episode: "See Ya"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Klaus||2 episodes|
|Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Trey||Epis|
|Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas||Director||Television special|
|2012–18||Bob's Burgers||Chuck / various (voice)||5 episodes|
|2013||Franklin & Bash||Harley||Episode: "Shoot to Thrill"|
|NTSF:SD:SUV::||Santa||Episode: "Wreck the Halls"|
|@midnight||Contestant||Also executive producer|
|Key & Peele||Person at People Park #5||Episode: "Pussy on the Chainwax"|
|Wendell & Vinnie||Lord Derek||Episode: "Swindle & Vinnie"|
|2013–14||Sean Saves the World||Max Thompson||14 episodes|
|Newsreaders||Vincent Gates / Pritchard Batchman||3 episodes|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "Things That Go Clue-Boom in the Night"|
|The Goldbergs||Tauntaun Todd||Episode: "A Wrestler Named Goldberg"|
|Hot in Cleveland||Agent Gilmore||Episode: "Surprise!"|
|The Birthday Boys||Lou Skywalker||Episode: "Cerf's Folly"|
|Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special||N/A||Television special; writer|
|2015||Over the Garden Wall||Jimmy Brown (voice)||Episode: "Chapter 3: Schooltown Follies"|
|The Hotwives||Garrett Truesdale||Episode: "You Make Me Wanna Drought"|
|Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer||Studio Security||Television special|
|Robot Chicken||Various (voices)||Episode: "Garbage Sushi"|
|2015–17||The Odd Couple||Felix Unger||Main role; 38 episodes|
|2015–16||Another Period||Marquis de Sainsbury||5 episodes|
|TripTank||Caller / Broker / Rob (voice)||3 episodes|
|Dawn of the Croods||Munk / Crud (voices)||9 episodes|
|2015–19||Drunk History||Various||3 episodes|
|2016||Animals.||Kevin (voice)||Episode: "Rats."|
|2016–17||Goldie & Bear||Brian (voice)||2 episodes|
|Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||Wick Cooper / Cleaning Droid (voices)||6 episodes|
|2016–19||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Serge||9 episodes; also executive producer|
|American Dad!||Various voices||8 episodes|
|2017–19||Santa Clarita Diet||Principal Novak||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Lethal Weapon||Leo Getz||Recurring role|
|2017||Milo Murphy's Law||Henry (voice)||Episode: "Murphy's Lard"|
|Justice League Action||Amazo (voice)||Episode: "Boo-ray for Bizarro"|
|2017–18||Spirit Riding Free||Garrett Truesdale (voice)||2 episodes|
|2018||The Thundermans||Assista Boy||Episode: "Side-Kicking and Screaming"|
|For the People||Freddie Morris/Captain Shadow||Episode: "Everybody's a Superhero"|
|Dallas & Robo||Dr. John Eichler / Dickie St. James||Episode: "Murder on the Georgia Overdrive"|
|Legend of the Three Caballeros||Clinton Coot (voice)||8 episodes|
|Sideswiped||Aaron Cunningham||Episode: "Matched Up"|
|2019||Teachers||LarryBop||Episode: "Face Your Peers"|
|Knight Squad||Sir Angus Macchio||Episode: “Knight of the Living Dead”|
|Critters: A New Binge||Mr. Weber||3 episodes|
|American Housewife||Simon||Episode: “Insta-Friends”|
|At Home with Amy Sedaris||Edwin Chuzzlewit||Episode: "Halloween"|
|Modern Family||Orson||Episode: "Can't Elope"|
|Veep||President of CBS||Episode: "Oslo"|
|Where's Waldo?||Wizard Whitebeard||Main voice role|
|2019||Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television||Himself||Episode: "For Your Inconsideration"|
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