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‚ÄčThomas 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). - Movie-Watch

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Feb 5, 1967 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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series The Big D
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Movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 2018-06-28
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Roles Chris Parnell starred in Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood
Roles Chris Parnell starred in I Just Want My Pants Back
Roles Chris Parnell starred in The Big D
Series The Big D - Chris Parnell Unknown 2019
Movie Life of the Party - Chris Parnell Mr. Truzack 2018-05-11
Movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - Chris Parnell Stan / Fish Man (voice) 2018-06-28
Movie Austin Found - Chris Parnell Alan Dickinson 2017-07-07
Movie Battle of the Sexes - Chris Parnell DJ 2017-09-05
Movie Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special - Chris Parnell Dr. Vince Harbert 2017-02-07
Movie Elena and the Secret of Avalor - Chris Parnell Migs (voice) 2016-11-20
Series Elena of Avalor - Chris Parnell Migs (voice) 2016-07-22
Series Dawn of the Croods - Chris Parnell Snoot 2015-12-24
Movie Sisters - Chris Parnell Phil 2015-12-18
Movie The Ridiculous 6 - Chris Parnell Bank Manager 2015-12-11
Series Highston - Chris Parnell Wilbur Liggetts 2015-11-05
Movie Hotel Transylvania 2 - Chris Parnell Fly (voice) 2015-09-21
Movie Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood - Chris Parnell Himself 2015-09-17
Series Benched - Chris Parnell Mitch 2014-10-28
Movie Break Point - Chris Parnell Jay LaRoche 2014-03-08
Movie Escape from Planet Earth - Chris Parnell Hammer (voice) 2013-02-14
Series Rick and Morty - Chris Parnell Jerry Smith (voice) 2013-12-02
Series Drunk History - Chris Parnell Thomas Edison 2013-07-09
Movie Hotel Transylvania - Chris Parnell Mr. Fly (voice) 2012-09-20
Movie The Dictator - Chris Parnell News anchor 2012-05-15
Movie The Five-Year Engagement - Chris Parnell Bill 2012-04-27
Movie 21 Jump Street - Chris Parnell Mr. Gordon 2012-03-12
Movie Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice - Chris Parnell Mr. Thistleton 2011-12-05
Movie Answer This! - Chris Parnell Brian Collins 2011-10-13
Series Suburgatory - Chris Parnell Fred Shay 2011-09-28
Series I Just Want My Pants Back - Chris Parnell 2011-08-28
Movie Hollywood & Wine - Chris Parnell Peter West 2011-05-03
Series Big Lake - Chris Parnell 2010-08-17
Movie The Dogfather - Chris Parnell Brian Franks 2010-04-12
Series Better Off Ted - Chris Parnell Unknown 2009-03-18
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler - Chris Parnell Dr. Edward Turlington (archive footage) 2009-04-18
Movie Paper Man - Chris Parnell Peter 2009-06-15
Series Glenn Martin, DDS - Chris Parnell Unknown 2009-08-17
Series Archer - Chris Parnell Cyril Figgis (voice) 2009-09-16
Movie Labor Pains - Chris Parnell Jerry Steinwald 2009-07-19
Series Miss Guided - Chris Parnell Vice Principal Bruce Terry 2008-03-18
Series Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday - Chris Parnell 2008-10-09
Movie Harold - Chris Parnell Coach Vanderpool 2008-07-13
Movie Eavesdrop - Chris Parnell Terrence 2008-08-01
Movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Chris Parnell Theo 2007-12-21
Series WordGirl - Chris Parnell Unknown 2007-09-07
Movie Hot Rod - Chris Parnell Barry Pasternack 2007-08-03
Movie Kabluey - Chris Parnell Frank 2007-06-25
Movie The Grand - Chris Parnell Harold Melvin 2007-06-07
Movie I'm Reed Fish - Chris Parnell Ralph 2007-06-01
Series 30 Rock - Chris Parnell Unknown 2006-10-11
Series Eureka - Chris Parnell Dr. Noah Drummer 2006-07-18
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies - Chris Parnell 2006-05-23
Movie Ira & Abby - Chris Parnell 2006-01-01
Movie Barely Legal - Chris Parnell Mr. Ronald Greitzer 2005-10-21
Movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Chris Parnell Garth Holladay 2004-07-09
Movie Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie - Chris Parnell Garth Holliday 2004-12-28
Movie Looking for Kitty - Chris Parnell Guy Borne 2004-05-06
Movie Evil Alien Conquerors - Chris Parnell Du-ug 2003-12-03
Movie Down with Love - Chris Parnell TV Emcee 2003-05-08
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell - Chris Parnell Himself / Various (archive footage) 2002-09-28
Movie Shadow of the Blair Witch - Chris Parnell Frank Parsons 2000-10-22
Movie The Ladies Man - Chris Parnell Phil Swanson 2000-10-13
Series Ed - Chris Parnell Unknown 2000-10-08
Movie Jingle All the Way - Chris Parnell Toy Store Sales Clerk 1996-11-15
Series The Jamie Foxx Show - Chris Parnell Unknown 1996-08-28
Series Friends - Chris Parnell Bob 1994-09-22
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien - Chris Parnell Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Seinfeld - Chris Parnell Unknown 1989-07-05
Series Murphy Brown - Chris Parnell Unknown 1988-11-14
Series Saturday Night Live - Chris Parnell Various 1975-10-11

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