Darrell Hammond

Actor, Comedian
Carol Burnett once said "Comedy is tragedy plus time," and if so, then "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) star Darrell Hammond has waited long enough. The only child of an unstable housewife and a World War II veteran ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1955 in Melbourne, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 2009, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Netherbeast Incorporated 2015 (Movie)

Turner Claymore (Actor)

Primetime Glick 1995 - 2009, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1995 - 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sing Your Face Off 2001 - 2009, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wieners 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Bill (Actor)

Scary Movie 5 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Hall (Actor)

Buzzkill 2012 (Movie)

Karaoke Killer (Actor)

Nature Calls 2012 (Movie)

Ranger Deakins (Actor)

Rock Center with Brian Williams 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Damages 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Epic Movie 2007 (Movie)

Captain Jack Swallows (Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum (Actor)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kiss Me Again 2006 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Premium Blend 1997 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starved 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Minute 2004 (Movie)

Hudson McGill (Actor)

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The Celebrity Hot 100 of Forbes 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent Cody Banks 2003 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Father Muldoon (Actor)

Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Presents... 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King and I 1999 (Movie)

of Master Little (Voice)

71st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Mr Robertson (Actor)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

Chris McCarthy (Actor)

Williams & Ree Comedy Central 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Freezerburnt Christmas (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Carol Burnett once said "Comedy is tragedy plus time," and if so, then "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) star Darrell Hammond has waited long enough. The only child of an unstable housewife and a World War II veteran, Hammond suffered an emotionally and physically abusive childhood, the scars of which haunted him into adulthood. He developed an ear for mimicry, using his natural comedic talents and eye for observation to help soften his mother's rage, and later studied broadcasting at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Though an initial move to New York City ended in him returning to Florida, Hammond returned a few years later and caught the eye of "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels. After joining the legendary sketch series in 1995, Hammond's impressions of everyone from Bill Clinton and Sean Connery to Dick Cheney and Chris Matthews made him one of the show's core performers. Outside of "SNL," Hammond appeared in the Judd Apatow-written "Celtic Pride" (1996) and the ill-conceived "Blues Brothers 2000" (1999); lent his voice to the animated film "The King and I" (1999); and even wrote and starred in his own 2000 Comedy Central stand-up special. But his success wasn't enough to heal his painful past; he struggled with drugs and alcohol and cut himself on a regular basis. A revolving door of psychiatrists and mental hospitals led to him and his wife divorcing in 1994, only to remarry three years later. Hammond's star kept rising even as he was falling; in between flashbacks and drug relapses he appeared on such shows as "Primetime Glick" (Comedy Central, 2001-03); made his Broadway debut in 2007 in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee;" and was cast in a recurring role on the legal thriller "Damages" (FX 2007-2010, Audience Network 2011-12). The release of his 2011 memoir, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked," drew widespread acclaim and signaled a turning point for the troubled but talented actor. He has been knocked down, but Hammond keeps getting up again.

Relationships

Elizabeth Hammond

Wife
Hammond's drug and alcohol abuse led to their separating Reconciled and re-married in 1997

Mia Hammond

Daughter
Mother, Elizabeth Hammond

EDUCATION

Melbourne High School

Melbourne , Florida 1973
Was a star athlete who lettered in both football and baseball.

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida

Brevard Community College

Brevard County , Florida

Milestones

2011

Starred as Truman Capote in Bay Street Theatre's production of "Tru"

2011

Wrote first novel and memoir, God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F***ed

2010

Played a clueless bailiff in David Mamet's outrageous play, "Romance"

2009

Retired from "SNL" after a record-breaking 14 years

2007

Made his Broadway theater debut, playing the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

2004

Became the longest running cast member of "SNL" during the 2004-2005 season

2001

Portrayed Dick Cheney on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

1998

Had a small role in "Blues Brothers 2000"

1996

Made his film debut in the comedy, "Celtic Pride"

1995

Joined NBC's sketch comedy show, "Saturday Night Live," as a repertory player

Bonus Trivia

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He is best known on "SNL" for impersonating former President Bill Clinton and Sean Connery.

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Was a two-sport athlete in high school, and played baseball alongside future San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy

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A regular performer from 1995 until 2009, Hammonds holds the record for longest tenure of a "Saturday Night Live" cast member.

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Started doing impressions as a way to connect with his mother

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 His 2011 memoir, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked," detailed his emotionally and physically abusive childhood and his struggle with mental illness and drug addiction.

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Struggled with drug and alcohol abuse during the 1980s and 1990s, and frequently cut himself after performing on "Saturday Night Live"

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"I was never in a mental institution for a long time. I was in psych wards. I was diagnosed with everything from schizophrenia to multiple personality disorder. I was on seven medications at one time… soul-killing drugs." - from TheHollywoodReporter.com, Oct. 26, 2011

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