Thomas James “Tom” Kenny is a popular American actor and comedian famous for his work on the popular animated TV series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', where he voiced the titular character. He has also worked in the video games as well as the films related to the series. Kenny made his acting debut with a supporting role in the romantic comedy film 'How I Got into College'. The film, which was directed by Savage Steve Holland, didn't do well commercially. Other films he has acted in include 'Surviving Christmas' and 'World's Greatest Dad'. He has done voice roles for several animated TV shows such as 'The Batman' and 'Transformers: Animated'. He is best known for his role in the animated series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', where he voiced the titular character. The show was a success and gained much popularity. It won many awards, including two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards. As a voice actor he has also done voice roles for several popular animated shows such as ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Samurai Jack’, and ‘The Powerpuff Girls’.
Childhood & Early Life
Thomas James Kenny was born on 13th July 1962 in Syracuse, New York to father Paul Austin Kenny and mother Theresa Bridget. As a child he was into comic books as well as drawing funny pictures.
At an early age, he developed an interest in standup comedy. Along with a friend he attended and performed at an event which featured comedian Barry Crimmins.
He went to Bishop Grimes High School. After finishing his studies, he started performing stand-up comedy and continued this routine for around eight years.
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Tom Kenny made his film debut appearing in the 1989 romantic comedy film ‘How I Got into College’. It was directed by Savage Steve Holland. In 1991, he appeared in a supporting role in the film ‘Shakes the Clown’. The film did very poorly commercially. It also received poor reviews. The following year, he appeared in the television film ‘Medussa: Dare to Be Truthful’.
His first major work as a voice actor was in the animated series ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’. It aired from 1993 to 1996. The series earned huge popularity and also won a few awards, including an Emmy. In 1996, he started working on the show ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, a popular sci-fi animated series. He played one of the main roles.
He next played a role in the popular animated TV series ‘Johnny Bravo’. It aired from 1997 to 2004. In 1998, he started working in the superhero animated TV series ‘The Powerpuff Girls’. Kenny voiced many of the main characters of the series. It aired from 1998 to 2005. The series won an Annie Award, as well as three Emmy Awards.
In 1999, he came to popularity after he started voicing the titular character in the animated series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’. The series became a massive hit and has won several awards which include two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards. The show has also been appreciated by critics.
Other popular animated TV series that he worked in over the next two decades include ‘Xiaolin Showdown’ (2003-06), ‘The Batman’ (2004-08), ‘Camp Lazlo’ (2005-08), ‘Adventure Time’ (2010-present), ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ (2012-17) and ‘Miles From Tomorrowland’ (2015-present). He has also voiced his character in multiple movies and video games related to the ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ series.
The popular animated movies he has appeared in include ‘Aloha! Scooby Doo!’ (2005), ‘The Batman vs Dracula’ (2005), and ‘Delhi Safari’ (2012). He has also appeared in a few feature films such as ‘Surviving Christmas’ (2004), ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ (2009) and ‘God Bless America’ (2011).
‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ is a popular animated sci-fi TV series, where Tom Kenny voiced one of the main characters. The series revolves around a young boy-genius named Dexter, who has a secret laboratory in the basement of his house, and his sister Dee Dee, who constantly creates trouble for him, messing with his inventions. The show received critical acclaim and also won three Annie Awards.
Tom Kenny’s role of the titular character in the animated series ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ is undoubtedly the most significant work in his career. The series revolves around a few underwater friends and their adventures in an underwater city named Bikini Bottom. The show has been airing for eighteen years, and has earned huge popularity and acclaim. It has also won several significant awards.
He has also voiced many of the main characters in the animated TV series ‘Xiaolin Showdown’. The series follows a group of young warriors who train in martial arts and magic to defeat the forces of evil. The show was a huge hit, and was nominated for four Emmy Awards, out of which it won one. It was nominated for an Annie Award as well.
Awards & Achievements
Tom Kenny has received two Annie Awards in his career so far. He won his first award in 2010, for his work in the animated series ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’. His work in the animated series ‘Adventure Time’ won him his second Annie Award in 2014.
Tom Kenny married American actress Jill Talley in 1995. They have worked together on a number of projects. The couple has two children, Mack and Nora.