Chris Parnell



Place of birth:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA:


​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 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).

Film Credits

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (2020)
as Junior
The Laundromat (2019)
as Doomed Gringo #2
The Last Laugh (2019)
as Charlie Green
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
as Walter
Slice (2018)
as Mayor Tracy
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
as Stan / Fish Man (voice)
Life of the Party (2018)
as Wayne Truzack
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
as DJ
Austin Found (2017)
as Alan Dickinson
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017)
as Dr. Vince Harbert
Elena and the Secret of Avalor (2016)
as Migs (voice)
Sisters (2015)
as Phil
The Better Half (2015)
as Daniel
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
as Bank Manager
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
as Fly (voice)
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood (2015)
as Himself
The Maya Rudolph Show (2014)
as Himself
AJ's Infinite Summer (2014)
as Dad (voice)
Break Point (2014)
as Jay LaRoche
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
as Garth
Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
as Hammer (voice)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
as Mr. Fly (voice)
The Dictator (2012)
as News anchor
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
as Bill
21 Jump Street (2012)
as Mr. Gordon
WordGirl: The Rise of Ms. Power (2012)
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011)
as Mr. Thistleton
Answer This! (2011)
as Brian Collins
Hollywood & Wine (2011)
as Peter West
The Women of SNL (2010)
as Various (archive footage)
The Dogfather (2010)
as Brian Franks
Labor Pains (2009)
as Jerry Steinwald
Paper Man (2009)
as Peter
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009)
as Edward Turlington (archive footage)
Eavesdrop (2008)
as Terrence
Harold (2008)
as Coach Vanderpool
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
as Theo
Hot Rod (2007)
as Barry Pasternack
Kabluey (2007)
as Frank
The Grand (2007)
as Harold Melvin
I'm Reed Fish (2007)
as Ralph
Sunny and Share Love You (2007)
as Kevin Keith Baker
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies (2006)
Ira & Abby (2006)
Barely Legal (2005)
as Mr. Ronald Greitzer
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)
as Garth Holliday
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
as Garth Holladay
Looking for Kitty (2004)
as Guy Borne
Evil Alien Conquerors (2003)
as Du-ug
A Freezerburnt Christmas (2003)
Down with Love (2003)
as TV Emcee
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (2002)
as Himself / Various (archive footage)
The Ladies Man (2000)
as Phil Swanson
Jingle All the Way (1996)
as Toy Store Sales Clerk

TV Series Credits

Dummy (2020)
as Agent Chett
Love, Death & Robots (2019)
as The Cat (voice)
Miracle Workers (2019)
as God's Dad
Happy Together (2018)
as Wayne
grown-ish (2018)
as Dean Burt Parker
Will & Grace (2017)
as Dr. DiLorenzo
Great News (2017)
Elena of Avalor (2016)
as Migs (voice)
Match Game (2016)
as Himself - Panelist
Dawn of the Croods (2015)
as Snoot
Highston (2015)
as Wilbur Liggetts
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
as Junior
Benched (2014)
as Mitch
BoJack Horseman (2014)
as Klaus / News Reporter (voice)
Rick and Morty (2013)
as Jerry Smith (voice)
Rick and Morty (2013)
as Jerry Smith
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
as Geoffrey Hoytsman
Drunk History (2013)
as Thomas Edison
Drunk History (2013)
as King Charles II
Drunk History (2013)
as Jim Bowie
Suburgatory (2011)
as Fred Shay
I Just Want My Pants Back (2011)
Big Lake (2010)
Archer (2009)
as Cyril Figgis (voice)
Glenn Martin, DDS (2009)
Glee (2009)
as Mario
Better Off Ted (2009)
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (2008)
Miss Guided (2008)
as Vice Principal Bruce Terry
WordGirl (2007)
30 Rock (2006)
as Leo Spaceman
Eureka (2006)
as Dr. Noah Drummer
American Dad! (2005)
Ed (2000)
Family Guy (1999)
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996)
Friends (1994)
as Bob
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Seinfeld (1989)
as NBC Executive
Murphy Brown (1988)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
as Himself - Various Characters
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
as Talent Scout
Saturday Night Live (1975)
as Himself