Chris Parnell

​Thomas 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 ...

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

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With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Steve Carell  •  Paul Rudd  •  Christina Applegate

With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Steve Carell  •  Paul Rudd  •  Christina Applegate

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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It's the 1970s and San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Christina Applegate  •  Paul Rudd  •  David Koechner

It's the 1970s and San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Christina Applegate  •  Paul Rudd  •  David Koechner

Down with Love (2003)

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In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peyton Reed
CAST:  Renée Zellweger  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Sarah Paulson  •  David Hyde Pierce

In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peyton Reed
CAST:  Renée Zellweger  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Sarah Paulson  •  David Hyde Pierce

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company, is constantly kept busy at his job, disappointing his son. After he misses his son's karate exposition, Howard vows to make it up to him by buying an action figure of his son's favorite television hero for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Phil Hartman  •  Sinbad  •  Rita Wilson

Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company, is constantly kept busy at his job, disappointing his son. After he misses his son's karate exposition, Howard vows to make it up to him by buying an action figure of his son's favorite television hero for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Phil Hartman  •  Sinbad  •  Rita Wilson

Evil Alien Conquerors (2003)

Inept beings from the planet Kabijj land on Earth and attempt to behead all of its beings and take over the planet  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Matheson
CAST:  Michael Weston  •  Diedrich Bader  •  Chris Parnell  •  Tyler Labine

Inept beings from the planet Kabijj land on Earth and attempt to behead all of its beings and take over the planet  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Matheson
CAST:  Michael Weston  •  Diedrich Bader  •  Chris Parnell  •  Tyler Labine

21 Jump Street (2012)

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In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Lord  •  Christopher Miller
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Jonah Hill  •  Brie Larson  •  Ellie Kemper

In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Lord  •  Christopher Miller
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Jonah Hill  •  Brie Larson  •  Ellie Kemper

The Dogfather (2010)

When a Mafia don's right-hand man, a bulldog named Sonny, swallows his ring, comedy ensues as two of the don's best soldiers try and retrieve the ring from Sonny, who has been adopted by a new family  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Boddington
CAST:  Chris Parnell  •  Jamie Watson  •  William Cuddy  •  Marie Ward

When a Mafia don's right-hand man, a bulldog named Sonny, swallows his ring, comedy ensues as two of the don's best soldiers try and retrieve the ring from Sonny, who has been adopted by a new family  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Boddington
CAST:  Chris Parnell  •  Jamie Watson  •  William Cuddy  •  Marie Ward

Turbo (2013)

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The tale of an ordinary garden snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Soren
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Michael Peña  •  Samuel L. Jackson

The tale of an ordinary garden snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Soren
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Michael Peña  •  Samuel L. Jackson

The Dictator (2012)

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The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Sacha Baron Cohen  •  Sayed Badreya  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Rocky Citron

The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Sacha Baron Cohen  •  Sayed Badreya  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Rocky Citron

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Genndy Tartakovsky
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Steve Buscemi  •  David Spade  •  Kevin James

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Genndy Tartakovsky
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Steve Buscemi  •  David Spade  •  Kevin James

Kabluey (2007)

Leslie is left with few options when her husband is sent back to war in the Middle East. A modest amount of help arrives in the form of his brother, Salman, who is less than prepared to care for the couple's two preadolescent boys. When Leslie still can't make ends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Prendergast
CAST:  Lisa Kudrow  •  Christine Taylor  •  Scott Prendergast  •  Conchata Ferrell

Leslie is left with few options when her husband is sent back to war in the Middle East. A modest amount of help arrives in the form of his brother, Salman, who is less than prepared to care for the couple's two preadolescent boys. When Leslie still can't make ends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Prendergast
CAST:  Lisa Kudrow  •  Christine Taylor  •  Scott Prendergast  •  Conchata Ferrell

Sunny and Share Love You (2007)

Comedy - Kevin Keith Baker follows the bitterly divorced rockers as they unleash their music on a whole new audience: Kindergarteners. By day, they're "Sunny & Share," injecting their twisted tunes about pedophilia, lung cancer and homemade bombs into the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Buzzell
CAST:  Michele Mulroney  •  Micah Schraft  •  Chris Parnell  •  Diedrich Bader

Comedy - Kevin Keith Baker follows the bitterly divorced rockers as they unleash their music on a whole new audience: Kindergarteners. By day, they're "Sunny & Share," injecting their twisted tunes about pedophilia, lung cancer and homemade bombs into the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Buzzell
CAST:  Michele Mulroney  •  Micah Schraft  •  Chris Parnell  •  Diedrich Bader

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011)

Lanny and Wayne are at it again! With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Deters  •  Stevie Wermers
CAST:  Sarah Chalke  •  Dave Foley  •  Emily Alyn Lind  •  Chris Parnell

Lanny and Wayne are at it again! With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Deters  •  Stevie Wermers
CAST:  Sarah Chalke  •  Dave Foley  •  Emily Alyn Lind  •  Chris Parnell

Escape from Planet Earth (2012)

Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cal Brunker
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rob Corddry  •  Ricky Gervais  •  Jessica Alba

Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cal Brunker
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rob Corddry  •  Ricky Gervais  •  Jessica Alba

Answer This! (2011)

Brilliant trivia whiz Paul Tarson is great at answering little questions but horrible at answering the big ones – like what’s he going to do after grad school? When his father withdraws his funding, Paul is forced to confront his future and much procrastinated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Farah
CAST:  Christopher Gorham  •  Arielle Kebbel  •  Chris Parnell  •  Nelson Franklin

Brilliant trivia whiz Paul Tarson is great at answering little questions but horrible at answering the big ones – like what’s he going to do after grad school? When his father withdraws his funding, Paul is forced to confront his future and much procrastinated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Farah
CAST:  Christopher Gorham  •  Arielle Kebbel  •  Chris Parnell  •  Nelson Franklin

The Women of SNL (2010)

A look back at some of the funniest female characters and sketches in SNL's 39-year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jorma Taccone  •  Beth McCarthy-Miller  •  Paul Miller  •  Don Roy King  •  Dave Wilson
CAST:  Tina Fey  •  Amy Poehler  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Maya Rudolph

A look back at some of the funniest female characters and sketches in SNL's 39-year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jorma Taccone  •  Beth McCarthy-Miller  •  Paul Miller  •  Don Roy King  •  Dave Wilson
CAST:  Tina Fey  •  Amy Poehler  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Maya Rudolph

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

Exactly one year after Tom meets Violet, he surprises her with a wedding ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. However, this engaged couple just keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Stoller
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  Alison Brie  •  Jason Segel  •  Rhys Ifans

Exactly one year after Tom meets Violet, he surprises her with a wedding ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. However, this engaged couple just keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Stoller
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  Alison Brie  •  Jason Segel  •  Rhys Ifans

Paper Man (2009)

A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieran Mulroney  •  Michele Mulroney
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Ryan Reynolds  •  Lisa Kudrow  •  Kieran Culkin

A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieran Mulroney  •  Michele Mulroney
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Ryan Reynolds  •  Lisa Kudrow  •  Kieran Culkin

Hollywood & Wine (2011)

Diane Blaine has the face of a movie star. Unfortunately, fallen star/tabloid queen Jamie Stephens already made it famous. Hollywoods constant rejection due to what Diane refers to as "TJS" ("Too Jamie Stephens") has made her bitter, frustrated....and, yes, whiny. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Farley  •  Matt Berman
CAST:  Chazz Palminteri  •  Nicky Whelan  •  Norm Macdonald  •  Chris Kattan

Diane Blaine has the face of a movie star. Unfortunately, fallen star/tabloid queen Jamie Stephens already made it famous. Hollywoods constant rejection due to what Diane refers to as "TJS" ("Too Jamie Stephens") has made her bitter, frustrated....and, yes, whiny. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Farley  •  Matt Berman
CAST:  Chazz Palminteri  •  Nicky Whelan  •  Norm Macdonald  •  Chris Kattan

Labor Pains (2009)

A young woman pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired from her job. When that gets her a bunch of special treatment by everyone involved in her life, she tries to keep up the lie for nine months.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lara Shapiro
CAST:  Lindsay Lohan  •  Aaron Yoo  •  Cheryl Hines  •  Janeane Garofalo

A young woman pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired from her job. When that gets her a bunch of special treatment by everyone involved in her life, she tries to keep up the lie for nine months.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lara Shapiro
CAST:  Lindsay Lohan  •  Aaron Yoo  •  Cheryl Hines  •  Janeane Garofalo
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