Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director, and author who has appeared in a number of films and television shows. Reno 911!, a comedy series on Comedy Central, featured him as Lieutenant Jim Dangle.
Lennon is a successful screenwriter who has collaborated on numerous big studio comedies with his writing partner, Robert Ben Garant, throughout the years. They penned the screenplays for the Night at the Museum movie, as well as The Pacifier, Balls of Fury, and Baywatch, among other films.
Early Life Thomas Lennon
John Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised there. He is the son of Kathleen (McSheehy) and Timothy Lennon, and he is descended from Irish and Scottish ancestors. In 1988, he received his high school diploma from Oak Park and River Forest High School.
At the age of 16, he met friend and future co-star Kerri Kenney while participating in a Theatre Camp at the University of Northwestern. The two went on to study at New York University, where they became members of a comedy ensemble known as The New Group.
Career Thomas Lennon
Acting And Prrforming Of Thomas Lennon
Because of his membership in The New Group, the comedy company changed its name to The State while he was still alive. While they were performing their stuff in New York City’s theatres and clubs, they were also working on the MTV programme You Wrote It, You Watched It.
A series named The State (which ran from 1993 to 1995) was born out of this, and was nominated for a 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series for its work. In the same year, they produced a special for CBS titled The State’s 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special, which was shown nationwide.
The State was dropped by MTV, and long-term arrangements with ABC and CBS were unsuccessful, so Lennon and his collaborators, Kenney, Robert Ben Garant, and Michael Ian Black, moved on to produce and appear in the Comedy Central series Viva Variety (1997–99). Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme” was based on a skit written by Lennon for the last season of The State, which was titled “The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme.”
The comedy series Viva Variety was nominated for a Cable Ace Award in 1997 for Best Comedy Series. Immediately after Viva Variety, the trio produced and starred in the television series Reno 911! (2003–09). The show was originally scheduled for Fox, but the network rejected it because it was deemed too risqué, and the show finally wound up on Comedy Central as a result of this rejection.
As a guest star on hundreds of television series, Lennon has been in episodes of The League, Children’s Hospital, Party Down, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23, and Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23.
As Joey Tribbiani’s blackjack dealing “identical hand twin” on the Friends fifth-season finale, one of his most memorable guest starring parts was played by him (“The One In Vegas,” Pts. I and II). Additionally, he has been on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, where he has made the second-highest number of appearances among those under the age of thirty-one.
In 2008, Lennon began doing stand-up comedy, sometimes accompanied by a guitar and mixing music into his routines. He has made guest appearances on shows such as The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and The Benson Interruption, among other things. The first edition of Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist Podcast, which was taped in John Lennon’s garage, had him as a special guest.
A comedy pilot for NBC called The Strip was written by Lennon and Garant in 2010, and the two actors appeared in it. It was revealed in May of that year that NBC had opted not to create it as a television series.
During the months of November and December 2011, Lennon appeared as a guest voice on the CBS programme The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, providing the voice of the robot sidekick Geoff Peterson.
His film credits include the films Bad Teacher, Memento, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and I Love You, Man, for which he and co-star Paul Rudd were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss in 2009.
He has also appeared in a number of television shows, including the shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Lennon appeared as a doctor in both Christopher Nolan’s films Memento (2000) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), in which he received critical acclaim.
Kim Possible, Bob’s Burgers, Archer, and Planet Sheen, in which he voiced the role of Pinter, are among the shows in which Lennon has appeared as a voice actor. In the films Secret of the Wings and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, he performed the role of Scribble.
Also provided the voice of Eddie the Shipboard Computer in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and he portrays Fearless Leader in the 2014 DreamWorks short film version of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. Furthermore, he provided the voice of Munk on the animated television series Dawn of the Croods, as well as the voice of Chief O’Hara in the Warner Bros. animated feature Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
Lennon worked as a producer on Hardwick’s late-night panel game programme, @midnight, which aired from 2013 to 2017. He also participated on the show 17 times as a panellist or as a competitor. He was the winner of the programme seven times.
During the 2015-2017 television series remake of The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry, Lennon portrayed Felix Unger opposite Matthew Perry, who played Oscar Madison.
As a scientist in the Paramount Animation feature Monster Trucks, he co-starred with Joe Pesci, and he just started a recurring role as Leo Getz on the Fox action comedy Lethal Weapon, which is based on the character previously played by Joe Pesci in the film Monster Trucks. His performance at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards event included an on-stage farce parodying Steve Harvey’s previous mishap at the Miss Universe 2015 competition, which he also appeared in.
In the years 2020 and 2021, he has appeared as Mr. Mxyzpltk in Supergirl’s fifth and sixth seasons, replacing Peter Gadiot as the character.
Screenwriting Of Thomas Lennon
Lennon is a successful screenwriter and script doctor who has written for a number of films. In partnership with his writing partner Robert Ben Garant, Lennon writes the majority of the scripts for his films. Their films have grossed in excess of $1.4 billion at the international box office.
In addition to their Night at the Museum flicks, Garant and Lennon’s filmography also includes the 2005 Disney comedy The Pacifier as well as the 2006 jail comedy Let’s Go to Prison.
FX Network acquired a pilot episode for a Garant/Lennon science fiction television comedy called USS Alabama in 2010. The show is set 1000 years in the future onboard the United Nations Peacekeeping starship, the United StatesS Alabama, and is written and directed by Garant and Lennon.
In 2011, Garant and Lennon published a book on writing for the screen titled Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too!, which is a guide to writing for the screen.
In the 2013 film Hell Baby, which also featured Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb, Garant and Lennon wrote, directed, and co-acted as themselves. Filming took place on site in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was produced and directed by Darko Entertainment.
The film Hell Baby had its world debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Baywatch is a cinematic adaptation of the novel by Garant and Lennon, who are listed as plot co-writers (2017).
More recently, the film The Machine, written by Garant and Lennon, will feature Vin Diesel and will be released in theatres on November 16. In addition, their screenplay Action No. 1 is now in the pre-production stage.
Lennon is also the creator of four of the “50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time,” which were selected by IFC.
Novels Of Thomas Lennon
Lennon is the author of two young adult books, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles and Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death, both of which are set in Ireland. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles was the first novel to launch on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2012.
The musician lives between Los Angeles and Wisconsin with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son Oliver, who was born in the latter city (born 2009).
While a fan of The Smiths and Morrissey, he also performs as a guitarist with the tribute band “Sweet and Tender Hooligans” from time to time on the live stage.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is a personal friend of John Lennon’s.