Tom Kenny

Active - 1989 - Present  |   Born - Jul 13, 1962 in East Syracuse, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family

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Biography by Andrea LeVasseur

Voice actor Tom Kenny was born in New York and worked as a standup comedian. After brief roles in the comedy features How I Got Into College and Shakes the Clown, he started doing sketch comedy on the FOX series The Edge. One of his first voice acting gigs was the cow on Rocko's Modern Life. In 1995, he starting writing and acting on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It was there that he met his future wife, fellow cast member Jill Talley. After Mr. Show ended, Kenny turned to voice acting full-time with popular Cartoon Network series like Dexter's Laboratory. On The Powerpuff Girls, he provided colorful narration as well as several character voices. Grown-up audiences heard him on Dilbert, Futurama, The Animatrix, or Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. Though he has dozens of credits to his name, Kenny is probably most well known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. First aired in 1999 on Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated series about a fry cook who lives at the bottom of the sea. Popular with both young and old audiences, the show became one of the most highly-rated cartoons on TV. Kenny was also the narrator and various other characters on the show, and reprised his role for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in 2004. The always-in-demand vocal talent performed multiple roles in The Ant Bully, took over the duty of voicing Rabbit in 2011's Winnie the Pooh, and gave Wheelie a voice in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In 2012 he could be heard in Tim Burton feature length adaptation of his short film Frankenweenie.

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  • Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait was a childhood friend and classmate; they performed stand-up together and called their act Tomcat and Bobcat.
  • Bagged groceries at Price Chopper for six years before leaving his hometown to pursue a comedy career.
  • Big break came when he provided the voice of Heffer, the yellow cow, on Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Met wife Jill Talley while they were both working on the 1992 Fox sketch-comedy show The Edge.
  • He and his wife are featured in the 1996 Smashing Pumpkins video "Tonight, Tonight" as the young couple taking their honeymoon on the moon.