Chris Parnell

About Chris Parnell

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: February 05, 1967
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, United States, United States
Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Occupation: Actor, voice artist, comedian, singer
Years active: 1995–present

Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell was born on February 05, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, United States, is Actor. Chris Parnell is an American actor, comedian, and voice artist. He first came to prominence as a cast member of the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ which he joined in 1998. He also lent his voice to Cyril Figgis on the animated spy spoof series, ‘Archer’ apart from his hilarious recurring role as Dr. Leo Spaceman on ‘30 Rock.’ He was with SNL for eight seasons and has the distinction of being fired from it twice! Even though he has carved a career for himself as a comedic character actor, Chris Parnell has been an underrated actor. However, it can’t be denied that he is highly versatile—he can portray a variety of characters ranging from the inept but confident Dr. Leo Spaceman to the insecure Cyril Figgis with the same élan. He indeed has the unique ability to bring to life a wide range of memorable characters of such differing personality traits. No doubt he has established himself as a vital addition to any cast! Along with his acting skills, he is also known for his skills as a rapper which the world witnessed in his raps about Britney Spears and Jennifer Garner.
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Popular As Chris Parnell
Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 56 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 05, 1967 (Memphis, Tennessee, United States, United States)
Birthday February 05
Town/City Memphis, Tennessee, United States, United States
Nationality United States

🌙 Zodiac

Chris Parnell’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Chris Parnell was born in the Year of the Goat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They’re creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

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Parnell was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a Southern Baptist family. His Father, Jack Parnell, was a radio personality in Memphis. He first attended the Southern Baptist Educational Center, and later graduated from Germantown High School. He decided upon acting as a career at age 17, and set his sights on being a theatre actor. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Drama. He moved to Houston, Texas after college to do an apprentice actor program for a season at the Alley Theatre, but did not get asked back to join the company. He became momentarily disenchanted with acting, and returned to his hometown and taught high school for a year. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and auditioned for the Groundlings in 1992.


While performing as a company player with the Groundlings for a number of years, Parnell began doing commercials and getting guest roles on various sitcoms, such as Seinfeld and Murphy Brown. He was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player, and debuted on the show on September 26, 1998. He was promoted to repertory player the following season. In the summer of 2001, because of budget cuts and the hiring of four new cast members, Lorne Michaels was required to dismiss two cast members; he chose to lay off Parnell and Jerry Minor over Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph, but Parnell was rehired in the middle of the next season.


In mid-2006, Michaels announced that four cast members would be laid off due to budget cuts, but he did not say whom. On September 22, 2006, it was announced that three cast members had been laid off: Parnell; Horatio Sanz; and Finesse Mitchell. This effectively made him the only SNL performer to have been released twice by Lorne Michaels, although Parnell did say in a 2008 interview with The Sound of Young America podcast that he was okay with being let go this time, as he was considering leaving after that season anyway, adding that he probably would have stayed one more season had he been 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) had been cast members longer. He has since made uncredited cameo appearances on the show, including parodying newscasters Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Parnell and his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz starred together in Big Lake, a 2010 sitcom on Comedy Central from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.


Parnell voiced Fly in the animated film Hotel Transylvania and is a series regular on the FX animated series Archer. He is also known for his guest appearances as Dr. Leo Spaceman on 30 Rock and provides the voice of the narrator on the PBS children's series WordGirl. From 2011 to 2014, Parnell co-starred on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory where he played the husband of the character played by his former SNL castmate Ana Gasteyer. His role started out as recurring in the first season but he was bumped up to a series regular in the second season. The series aired for three seasons on ABC.

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