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Tom Kenny

Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, and comedian. He is known for his long-running-role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the television series of the same name, as well as the live-action character Patchy the Pirate, Gary the Snail and the French narrator based on Jacques Cousteau. He is Heffer Wolfe and various other characters in Rocko's Modern Life, the Mayor and narrator of Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls, and Scoutmaster Lumpus and Slinkman from Camp Lazlo. Aside from voice acting, Kenny starred in the short-lived Foxsketch show The Edge and was a cast member of the HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show, where he worked with his wife, Jill Talley. He is also known for being one of the longest-working voice actors to voice Spyro in the Spyro the Dragon series. He voiced Spyro for three games (Spyro 2: Ripto's RageSpyro: Year of the Dragon, and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly).

He currently voices the Ice King in the Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, and voices additional characters on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. He also voices Quantum Ray in Cosmic Quantum Ray and Plastic Man in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Early life[]

Kenny was born and raised in Syracuse, New York.[1]

Musical career[]

He was the lead vocalist for the Syracuse, New York-based band The Tearjerkers since the early 1980s, when he replaced the original vocalist Buddy Love. Other members of The Tearjerkers included Charlie Robbins, Dave DeCirce, and Dave Soule, who is still active in the central New York music scene. "Syracuse Summer" is the group's best-known song, and is included on The History of Syracuse Music, Volume XII and XIII. While the Tearjerkers did not become a national act, one Tearjerkers roadie would go on to achieve fame: comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Goldthwait's film Shakes the Clown features Kenny as Shakes' bitter archrival. In 1980, Kenny was briefly a member of Syracuse-based pop punk band The Trend along with Goldthwait.

Kenny appeared regularly on NBC's music video show Friday Night Videos, in a recurring comedic Music News segment. In 1991, he took over as the show's regular host until being replaced later that year by Frankie Crocker.

In 1996, Kenny appeared along with his wife, Jill Talley, in the music video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins, playing a young couple taking their honeymoon on the moon. The video was very popular, winning six MTV Video Music Awards. Kenny also appeared in the music video for "Sing" by the band Travis.

Kenny also sung in Teen Titans. the song was called "Master Of Your Fate" the episode was "Bunny Raven or How To Make a Titan animal disappear.

In 2006, Kenny co-wrote and recorded SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever with producer Andy Paley. Kenny's singing on the CD is done in the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters from the show. Other musical artists on the CD include: Brian WilsonTommy Ramone, and Flaco Jiménez. The music pays homage to The Beach BoysThe ArchiesThe Lovin' Spoonful, and The Troggs, among others.[2]

Kenny makes a vocal cameo in the track "TMZ" on Weird Al Yankovic's 2011 album Alpocalypse.

Acting career[]

Kenny has acted in many films and TV shows, debuting in How I Got Into College (1989) and later he appeared in films such as Shakes The Clown and Comic Book: The Movie. He appeared in sketch comedies The Edge and Mr. Show. He also appeared in the live-action segments of SpongeBob SquarePants as Patchy the Pirate.

Voice acting career[]

Although most famous for being the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants since the series premiere in 1999, in "Help Wanted", Tom Kenny has voiced many characters in over 200 productions. It was revealed by Kenny that his favorite character to voice for was Slinkman in Camp Lazlo.[3] Kenny said that he voices "a lot of sweet yellow characters for some reason."[4] He described his perspective on SpongeBob's voice in an interview: "He’s not quite an adult, he’s not quite a kid. Think a Stan Laurel, Jerry Lewis kind of child-man. Kind of like a Munchkin but not quite, kind of like a kid, but not in a Charlie Brown child’s voice on the TV shows."[5]

He is known to provide the voice of the various meows of Gary the Snail in SpongeBob, but he played his first set of voice actor roles for Rocko's Modern Life, primarily as Heffer Wolfe.[4] Joe Murray auditioned Kenny for voice acting roles for the series in a casting call in Los Angeles, California.[6] On one occasion, the producers required Kenny to fill the role of Charlie Adler, who was absent on that occasion. In addition, Kenny had to perform one song and learn how to play another song within ten minutes due to time constraints. He said that this helped him believe that he could stand "toe to toe" with other voice actors. He also voices Cupid for the Nick show Fairly Odd Parents.[7]

Joe Murray chose Kenny for a voice acting position in Camp Lazlo as Lumpus and Slinkman, because Murray, after seeing Kenny's previous work forRocko's Modern Life, felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much".[8]

He was the voice of Dog in CatDog, as well as the voice of Cliff. He also had a few roles in The Powerpuff Girls TV show. He was the Mayor, the Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, Snake and Little Arturo from the Gangrene Gang, Rainbow the Clown, etc. He voices Eduardo, and various other characters in Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. He plays a number of roles in the Transformers Animated TV show. A few of the characters he voices in this series areStarscream and his clones, Isaac Sumdac, and Waspinator. He is also the voice of the Autobots Skids and Wheelie in the live-action Transformers film series. He has voiced the Penguin on theThe Batman. On Dilbert, Kenny voiced Ratbert, Asok and other one-time characters. He played Mr. Hal Gibson in the animated kids show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force GO! He is alsoYancy Fry and various minor characters on Futurama. He is the voice of The Ice King on Adventure Time.

In 2009, Kenny became a regular cast voice in the Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up. He voices Muhammad Sabeeh "Happy" Fa-ach Nuabar, the secretive custodian who is plotting a terrorist attack, as well as Happy's interpreter.[9] The series premiered on April 19, 2009.[9] Kenan ThompsonKristin ChenowethJason BatemanNick KrollCheri OteriHenry WinklerWill Arnett andWill Forte are the other main cast members.[9]

He is also the voice of Rin in the English versions of video games Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2.

He also voiced the Best Buy elf from the retail stores' Christmas TV commercials.[10]

He replaced Ken Sansom as the voice of Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh (2011).

He currently plays Woody Johnson on Comedy Central's Brickleberry.

Television work[]

In 2007, he hosted the TV show Funday Night at the Movies on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) which encourages children to watch old movies.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Kashi no ki Mokku Pinocchio TV series
1990 MTV's Half Hour Comedy Himself Live action
1992 Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful Bobo Kaufman TV film
1992 The Edge Himself, various characters Sketch comedy series

Live action

1993 Rocko's Modern Life Heffer Wolfe

Additional characters

Animated series

Voice only

1994 Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women Director TV film
1995 Dumb and Dumber Weenie Voice

TV series

1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show New Jersey Bug Animated series

Voice only

1995 Dead Weekend Joe Blow TV movie
1995 Out There Man in Lobby TV movie
1995 Mr. Show with Bob and David Himself

various characters

HBO TV series

Live action

1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness Carlin McCree HBO TV movie

Live action

1996 Malibu Shores Debate Moderator TV series
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Val Hallen

Douglas E. Mordecai III additional voices

Voice only

Animated series

1996 Brotherly Love Doug


TV series
1997 The Online Adventures Of Ozzie The Elf Additional voices TV short
1997 Cow and Chicken Additional voices Animated series
1997 I Am Weasel Additional voices Animated series
1998 Toonsylvania Additional voices Animated series
1998 CatDog Dog

Cliff Additional voices

Animated series
1998 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Additional voices Animated series
1998 The Powerpuff Girls The Mayor of Townsville

Narrator Mitchel "Mitch" Mitchelson Snake Little Arturo (replacing Carlos Alazraqui) Rainbow the Clown Additional voices

Animated series

Voice only

1998 A Little Curious Mr. String ("Slippery When Wet" & "Hot and Sticky") Voice only
1998 Histeria! Bill Straitman

Additional characters

Voices only

Animated series

1998 Godzilla: The Series Nigel Voice only
1999-present SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary the Snail French Narrator Mr. SquarePants Jellyfish Patchy the Pirate (live action segments) Additional characters

Longest-running role

Voices Animated series

1999 Futurama Yancy Fry

Additional characters

Voice only

Animated series

1999 Mission Hill Wally Langford

additional Voices

Voice only

Animated series

1999 Johnny Bravo Carl Chryniszzswics Voice only

Animated series

1999 Dilbert Asok

Ratbert Additional voices

Voice only

Animated series

1999 The Brothers Flub Additional voices Voice only

Animated series

1999 Family Guy Additional voices Animated series
2001 Samurai Jack Additional voices Animated series
2001 The Mummy: The Animated Series Jonathan Carnaghan Animated series

Voice only

2001 The Fairly OddParents Cupid

Additional voices

Animated series
2001 The Cramp Twins Wayne Cramp (U.S. version only) Animated series
2001 Time Squad Abraham Lincoln

Eli Whitney Sigmund Freud Moctezuma II

Animated series
2002 Codename: Kids Next Door Mr. Wink

The Common Cold Knightbrace Various

Animated series
2002 Kim Possible Dr. Phen

Joe Additional Voices

Animated series
2002 The Paz Show Additional voices Animated series
2002 3 South Various Animated series
2002 What's New Scooby-Doo Natlas

Harry Harrison Sam the Safety Engineer

Animated series
2002 ¡Mucha Lucha! Additional voices Animated series
2002 Home Movies Doctor Animated series
2003 Xiaolin Showdown Raimundo Pedrosa

Grand Master Dashi Vlad Hannibal Roy Bean

Voices only

Animated series

2003 Teen Titans Mumbo


Voice only

Animated series

2004 Saturday Night Live SpongeBob SquarePants (uncredited) Cameo

guest star

2004 The Batman Oswald "Ozzie" Chesterfield Cobblepot (the Penguin) Voice only

Animated series

2004 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Gibson Voice only

Animated series

2004 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Eduardo

Additional voices

Voice only

Animated series

2004 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Ed Voice only
2004 Rave Master Griff Voice only
2005 American Dad! Additional Voices Animated series
2005 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Jake Spidermonkey

Henry the Armadillo

Voice only

Animated series

2005 Firehouse Tales Spinner

Additional characters

Voice only

Animated series

2005 IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Benjamin Bright Voice only

Animated series

2006 Camp Lazlo ScoutMaster Lumpus


Voices only

Animated series

2006 Class of 3000 Edward "Eddie" Phillip James Lawrence III, Ms. Squatenchowder. Voice only

Animated series

2006 Handy Manny Mr. Lopart


Voice only

Animated series

2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts' Additional voices Voice only
2006 Squirrel Boy Leon Voice only

Animated series

2006 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Additional voices Animated series
2007 Transformers: Animated StarscreamScrapperIsaac SumdacWaspinatorSkywarpThundercrackerRamjetSunstormJetfireand Rattletrap Voice only

Animated Series

2007 Family Guy SpongeBob SquarePants (uncredited; archive footage) Episode: Road to Rupert

Voice only Animated series

2007-present Word Girl Tony James "T.J." Botsford/Dr. Two-Brains/Phil/Additional Voices Voice only

PBS Kids animated series

2007 Out Of Jimmy's Head Tux The Penguin Voice only

Animated/live-action series

2007 2007 Kids' Choice Awards Announcer Award ceremony
2007 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Pat Dudley, Grum Live action
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Announcer Live-action

Award ceremony

2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Nute Gunray

Nahdarr Vebb Various voices

Voice only
2008-present Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Animated series
2008 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Various voices Voices only

Animated series

2008 Back at the Barnyard: Cowman: The Uddered Avenger Professor Twinny Vines

Martin Fargleman

Voice only

TV special

2008 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Plastic Man

Baby Face Ray Deadshot Mirror Master 'Mazing Man

Voices only

Animated series

2009 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Announcer Award ceremony
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Iron ManCaptain AmericaColossusJuggernautMODOKSentinelsSpace Phantom Voice only

Animated series

2009 Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants Himself TV Documentary
2010 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Kyle Buttowski Voice only

Animated series

2010 True Jackson VP Bingo Guest Star

Live action

2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Announcer Voice only

Award ceremony

2010-present Fish Hooks Additional Voices Animated series
2010-present T.U.F.F. Puppy Additional Voices Animated Series
2010-present Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Various characters Animated Series
2010-present Adventure Time The Ice King Voice only
2010-present Pound Puppies Chuckles Voice only
2010 Cosmic Quantum Ray Quantum Ray Voice only
2011-present Dan Vs. Crunchy Voice only
2011-present Bubble Guppies Sam Voice only
2011 LEGO Hero Factory Jetbug/Nathan Evo/Rocka Voices only
2011 BrainSurge Himself Game show

Guest host Episode: 223 Live action

2012-present Green Lantern: The Animated Series Zilius Zox

Salaak Byth Rok Anti-Monitor

Voice only

Animated series

2012-present Ultimate Spider-Man Doctor Octopus

Dr. Curt Connors Wizard Whirlwind | Voice only Animated series

2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Announcer Voice only

Award ceremony

2012-present The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Coconut, Princess (Live action guest) Voice only
2012-present Brickleberry Woody Voice only
2012 It's a SpongeBob Christmas SpongeBob SquarePants Voice only

Television special

2012 Napoleon Dynamite Curtis Voice only

Animated series

2012 The Legend of Korra Refree, Additional voices Voice only
2013 Henry Hugglemonster Daddo, Grando Voice only

Upcoming animated series


Year Title Role Notes
1989 How I Got into College B Film debut

Live action

1992 Shakes the Clown Binky the Clown Live action
1994 Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II Guru
2000 Buiness Tom 4: Killvol Naknifinhome Himself (playing Tom Jake in a film) Live action
2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (film) Additional voices Voice only
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Male Tortoise voice only

Live action

2002 Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire Lightning Strikes, Stormy Weathers, Barry, Harry, Lifeguard 2 Voice only


2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie The Mayor

The Narrator Cha-Ching Cha-Ching Mitch Mitchelson Snake Arturo

voices only
2002 Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Sharper Image Chair Voice only
2002 Run Ronnie Run TV News Reporter

Cult Leader Gleh'n

Live action
2003 Windy City Heat Gay Costume Designer Live action
2003 My Life with Morrissey Clerk Cameo

Live action

2003 Animatrix Various voice only
2003 Scary Movie 3 Aliens (uncredited) voice only

Live action

2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary the Snail French Narrator Clay Tough Fish #2 Twin #2 Houston Voice

voices only
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Derek Sprang Live action
2004 Surviving Christmas Man Wrapping Gift Cameo

Live action

2005 Lil Pimp Hans Dribbler Announcer Voice only


2005 Hoodwinked Tommy Voice only
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Grob, Martian Guard #2 Voice only


2005 Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Gorthan voice only


2005 Sky High Mr. Timmerman Cameo


2005 Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Ruben Laluna

California Surfer Tiny Tiki

voices only


2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Saxman Voice only
2006 Ant Bully Ant #2, Drone Ant, Ant #6 Voice only
2006 Korgoth of Barbaria Hargon

various others

voices only
2006 Re-Animated voice and cast

Animated/Live-action film

2007 Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Peter Cottontail, Junior, Antoine voice only


2007 FuturamaBender's Big Score Additional voices Animated film


2007 Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike Dingle Kringle Voice only


2007 Superman: Doomsday The Robot Voice only


2007 Meet the Robinsons Mr. Willerstein voice only
2007 Happily N'Ever After Amigos #1/Dwarves #2/Wolf #1 Voice only

Animated film

2007 Tekkonkinkreet Sawada Voice only

English dub

2007 Atlantis SquarePantis SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail TV Movie

voice only

2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Dr. Wolfowitz, Musical Comedy Wolf voice only

Animated film

2008 Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) Additional voices Animated movie
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen WheelieSkids voice only

Live action

2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Otto, Rover, Old Man Voice only


2009 World's Greatest Dad Jerry Klein (talk show producer) cameo


2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary The Snail French Narrator Patchy The Pirate (live-action) Jellyfish various voices

TV Movie
2010 Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back Ham III Voice only

3D Animated film

2010 Kung Fu Magoo Dr. Malicio Voice only


2010 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Sebastian Voice only

Direct-to-video Live-action

2010 Tangled Guard voice only
2011 Winnie the Pooh Rabbit voice only
2011 Big Time Beach Party Patchy the Pirate Guest Star

TV movie Big Time Rush episode Live action

2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Wheelie voice only

Live action

2011 God Bless America (film) Office Staff (uncredited) Cameo


2011 Twinkle Toes Dad, Mr. Koslovsky, Judge #2, Mr. Saperstein, Politician Voice only


2012 Frankenweenie Fire chief/soldier Voice only

Stop-motion animated film

2012 Hotel Transylvania Additional voices Voice only
2012 Delhi Safari Alex the Parrot Voice only

English dub Indian animated film

2012 Zambezia Marabou #1 Voice only

South African animated film

2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Sebastian Voice only

Direct-to-video Live-action

2012 Back to the Sea Ben Voice only


2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Munchkin Suitor Voice-only


2014 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2[12] SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary Addiditonal voices

Voice only

In development

Video games[]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Heffer Wolfe voice only

PC game Video game debut

1999 Spyro the Dragon (2–4) Spyro the Dragon

Sergeant James Byrd The Professor Additional characters

Voice only
2000 Escape From Monkey Island Deadeye Dave

Thrawtle the Lucre Lawyer

Voice only
2001 Final Fantasy X Bobba

Rin Wantz

Voice only
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Rin


Voice only
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom SpongeBob SquarePants

Gary the Snail

Voice only
2007 Crash of the Titans Ratnicians Voice only
2008 Line Rider 2: Unbound Bosh voice only
2008 Crash: Mind over Mutant Ratnicians voice only

Video game

2008 Lego Batman: The Videogame The Penguin

The Riddler

vocal effects

Video game

2012 Skylanders Giants Hot Dog Voice Only


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Nickelodeon'Pinchface Singing face Network ID
2005 The Endless Summer (SpongeBob SquarePants short) SpongeBob SquarePants voice only

TV short

2012 DC Nation Shorts Plastic Man Voice only
2012 Really Freaking Embarrassing The Doorman Voice only

Internet series

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Film/TV Show Result
2001 Annie Award Best Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production Spongebob SquarePants Nominated
2008 Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Nominated
2010 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Couple (shared with Shia LaBeouf and either Megan Fox or any "Transformer") Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Nominated
Annie Award Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production SpongeBob SquarePants Won
2012 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Ensemble (shared with the entire cast) Transformers: Dark of the Moon Nominated