Chris Kattan

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
A fearlessly outrageous comic who trained with The Groundlings, actor Chris Kattan broke out as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and was on of the long-running show's stars from 1996-2003. Powered by ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1970 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Borrowed Frame 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1995 - 2005, 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy Enough 2014 (Movie)

Fred/Teddy (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1995 - 2005, 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off 2001 - 2003, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Riot 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Saturday Night Live 1995 - 2003, 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Slightly Single in L.A. 2014 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

The Middle 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guns, Girls and Gambling 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Who Gets the Last Laugh? 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Devolved 2011 (Movie)

Coach Papillion (Actor)

Hard Breakers 2011 (Movie)

Hertz Waters (Actor)

Tanner Hall 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Middlewood (Actor)

Bollywood Hero 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Gym Teacher 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Filo (Actor)

Foodfight! 2008 (Movie)

Polar Penguin (Voice)

Hollywood Residential 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Walter Melon (Actor)

Campus Ladies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam & Steve 2006 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Undead or Alive 2006 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

Mr Feather (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Corky Romano (Actor)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

Organ Donor Stu (Actor)

Saturday Night Live: Mothers' Day Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Canned Ham: A Night at the Roxbury 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

Watson Pritchett (Actor)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Doug Butabi (Actor)

...And God Spoke 1994 (Movie)

1st Moviegoer (Actor)

Christmas in Wonderland (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Awesome (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A fearlessly outrageous comic who trained with The Groundlings, actor Chris Kattan broke out as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and was on of the long-running show's stars from 1996-2003. Powered by a chameleonic charisma and aggressive energy that belied his small frame, Kattan created many popular impressions and characters, including the exotic dancer Mango, the monkey man Mr. Peepers, the wannabe Goth teen Azrael Abyss and most memorably with Will Ferrell, as a pair of nightclub-hopping, head-bopping brothers. So popular was the latter skits that Kattan and Ferrell wrote and starred in the movie version, "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998), though it fizzled at the box office. He went on to make small appearances in the horror film "House on Haunted Hill" (1999) and the bizarre black comedy "Monkeybone" (2001), before landing his first starring role as the Mafioso man-child "Corky Romano" (2001). Kattan essayed the colorfully quirky villain Mr. Feather in "Undercover Brother" (2002), but struggled to land high-profile roles after he left "SNL." After starring in a miniseries that detailed his attempts to become a movie star in India, "Bollywood Hero" (IFC, 2009), Kattan charmed in a goofy guest spot on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005- ) and recurred as Patricia Heaton's likable loser co-worker Bob on "The Middle." (ABC, 2009- ). Although regaining the height of stardom he achieved in his "SNL" prime proved difficult, Kattan remained a vibrant comedic wild card, capable of injecting a fascinatingly chaotic energy into just about any project.

Born Oct. 19, 1970, in Sherman Oaks, CA, Kattan was the son of Hajnalka E. Biro, a Hungarian model and Kip King, an actor who was a founder member of the famed Los Angeles acting troupe, The Groundlings. Raised by his mother and psychoanalyst stepfather in a Zen community outside of Los Angeles, Kattan and his family relocated to Brisbane Island, WA for his high school years, where the young man developed a reputation as the class clown. Returning to California, Kattan joined The Groundlings alongside future peers like Jennifer Coolidge and supported himself with a variety of odd jobs. After a handful of minor roles, including guest spots on "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99) and "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98), he earned his big break in 1996 when "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) hired him. Quickly emerging as a nervy, aggressive asset, Kattan developed a reputation for comedic fearlessness with characters like Suel Forrester, the vaguely Cajun, gibberish-spewing drill sergeant, and Mr. Peepers, the apple-spewing monkey man. As meek Goth-wannabe teen Azrael Abyss, Kattan displayed a sillier side, while he earned laughs for a masterfully absurd performance as Mango, the temperamental stripper no male or female can resist. Meanwhile, he delved into a number of celebrity impersonations, with a wide range that included Clay Aiken, Al Pacino and Queen Elizabeth II.

Though many of Kattan's impressions and recurring roles were memorable and sometimes iconic, it was alongside Will Ferrell as The Roxbury Guys, a pair of nightclub-loving, rayon suit-wearing brothers, that he created a truly breakout character. While the recurring sketches featuring the overconfident brothers were marked by physical comedy and an almost complete absence of dialogue except for the omnipresent dance hit "What is Love" by Haddaway, the inevitable film spin-off, "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998), co-scripted by Kattan, was a more straightforward comedy. Despite scathing reviews and a thin premise, the film was modest box office success. He followed up with a turn as nervous victim of the spooky "House on Haunted Hill" (1999), while n 2001, as "SNL" began to be dominated by newer stars like Jimmy Fallon, Kattan turned more of his focus to film while staying active on the series. Critics applauded Kattan's physical comedy as the deceased organ-donating gymnast who houses the mind and spirit of Brendan Fraser thanks to a deal with Death (Whoopi Goldberg), in the bizarre animated and live-action hybrid, "Monkeybone" (2001).

Kattan brought the full force of his upbeat, effete man-child act to his starring role in the mob comedy "Corky Romano" (2001). Critics savaged the film upon release, with some declaring it the worst movie of the year. Adding insult to injury, the movie made less than $25 million at the box office. Undeterred, he played the villainously over-the-top Mr. Feather in the surprise Eddie Griffin sleeper "Undercover Brother" (2002) amidst quietly leaving "SNL" after the 2002-03 season. After a lower-key turn as Parker Posey's boyfriend in the gay-themed romantic comedy "Adam & Steve" (2005), he spent the remainder of the decade working steadily in small roles or lower-profile projects, including an uncredited cameo as a burglar in "Nancy Drew" (2007). Following a starring turn in a miniseries that purportedly showcased his attempts to become a movie star in India, "Bollywood Hero" (IFC, 2009), Kattan was hired to host "Game Show in My Head" (CBS, 2009), only to be fired and replaced with Joe Rogan before the series aired. Meanwhile, the actor made a memorably meta guest starring appearance on the hit sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005- ), playing the obnoxious film version of the show's main character, Ted (Josh Radnor). He regained some professional footing with a likable recurring role as Bob, the lonely but well-meaning coworker of Patricia Heaton's used-car saleswoman on the widely praised sitcom "The Middle" (ABC, 2009- ).

Relationships

Jennifer Coolidge Actor

Companion
Dated and lived together 2001 No longer together

Jennifer Gimenez Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Corky Romano" (2001) No longer together

Amy Heckerling Actor

Companion
Met 1997 during filming of "A Night at the Roxbury," which Heckerling produced No longer together

Hajni Joslyn

Mother
Hungarian; posed in Playboy in 1960s

Marc Joslyn

Step-Father

Andrew Joslyn

Half-Brother
Born c. 1983 to Hajni and Marc Joslyn

Kip King Actor

Father
Born Aug. 11, 1937; original member of The Groundlings; voiced Tailor Smurf on "The Smurfs" Died July 15, 2010

Sunshine Tutt Actor

Wife
Began dating 2005 Married June 28, 2008 in Yosemite Valley, CA Announced split August 2008, just eight weeks after wedding Divorced Feb. 22, 2009

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California

Bainbridge High School

Bainbridge , Washington

Milestones

2009

Cast in a recurring role on ABC's "The Middle"

2009

Starred as himself in the IFC miniseries, "Bollywood Hero"

2007

Starred in the comedy film, "Christmas in Wonderland"

2006

Co-starred in Craig Chester's directing debut "Adam & Steve"

2004

Made broadway debut opposite Nathan Lane in "The Frogs"

2002

Cast as Mr. Feather, opposite Eddie Griffin in the comedy "Undercover Brother"

2001

Starred as the undercover son of a mafioso in "Corky Romano"

2001

Co-starred with Brendan Fraser in the live action/animated feature "Monkeybone"

2000

Appeared in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Numbers"

1999

Featured in "The House on Haunted Hill"

1998

Co-wrote the screenplay for (also co-starred) the "SNL" sketch based comedy "A Night at the Roxbury"

1996

Made debut on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player

1995

Guest starred on an episode of "NewsRadio" (NBC)

1993

Featured in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke"

1986

Moved with mother and stepfather from California to Bainbridge Island, Washington at age 15

Returned to California for college

Was a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings

Raised by mother and stepfather in a Zen community outside of Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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Chris Kattan on the infamous Butabi brothers' dance, immortalized in the feature "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998): "There is only one way to do the head bop. The cheating way is when you just use your head. That's when you look like an idiot. You need to use your hip to get into the rhythm. Then it's more relaxed... Keep your butt in." - quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 11, 1998

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"I believe there is life after SNL. I see my career in long terms, not the immediate. Lots of people think they need to score big as soon as they leave." - Kattan quoted to GQ Magazine, August 2004

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