Tom Kenny is an American actor, comedian, singer, and voice actor who is most famous for playing the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants in the long-running hit animated TV show of the same title.
He was also the voice behind the narrator and Mayor of the equally successful Cartoon Network hit show Powerpuff Girls.
Tom Kenny’s Early Career
Born Thomas James Kenny in Syracuse, New York on July 13, 1962, Tom Kenny enjoyed collecting records, drawing funny pictures, and reading comic books as a young child. He was childhood friends with legendary stand-up comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.
Tom Kenny’s Early Career
Tom Kenny began his career as a stand-up comedian in Boston and San Francisco during the 1980s. He started working as an actor in 1989, via a movie called How I Got Into College. In the same year, he was tapped to play the role of Pinocchio in Kashi no ki Mokku (Pinocchio: The Series).
Tom Kenny’s Animated Films and TV Shows
Tom Kenny began playing the titular role of SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, but SpongeBob isn’t the only popular character that the actor lends his voice to.
He is also the actor who plays the show’s live-action role of Patchy the Pirate, as well as the voice behind the show’s Gary the Snail.
Tom Kenny also plays the roles of both the Mayor and the narrator in Powerpuff Girls, as well as the Ice King of Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, and has played various other voice roles in other popular animated film and TV shows like Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Cosmic Quantum Ray, and Spyro the Dragon.
He also has regular performances in Dexter’s Laboratory, Justice League, and Johnny Bravo.
Tom Kenny’s Live-Action Roles
Aside from playing the role of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Patchy the Pirate, Tom Kenny also played numerous other live-action roles both on television and in films.
In the early 1990s, he appeared as a stand-up comedian in the shows Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Late Night with David Letterman.
Tom Kenny was also a regular on the show called The Edge on Fox TV, and worked as a host of NBC’s Friday Night for an entire year.
He also made appearances in The Brotherly Love, and The Preston Episodes, and later on joined the cast of Mr. Show with Bob and David.
Tom Kenny was also involved in The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, The Show with Two Heads, and later on, HBO’s Not Necessarily the Election.
Tom Kenny’s Musical Career
Before his career as a voice actor took off, Tom Kenny had a very active musical career. He was the lead vocalist for a band called The Tearjerkers, based off his hometown in Syracuse, New York.
The band did not live to achieve national fame, but it somehow helped propel Tom Kenny’s career to where it is now in some way.
Tom Kenny’s Personal Life
Tom Kenny met his wife, Jill Talley, on the set of the show Mr. Show with Bob and David, which he was also a part of. They married in 1995 and have two children together.
Tom Kenny’s Net Worth
Tom Kenny’s net worth is currently estimated at $14 million, although no further information about his properties and estates have been made public.
Tom Kenny’s Awards
Tom Kenny is an award-winning voice actor who won multiple recognition and awards from prestigious award-giving bodies such as the Annie Awards and Behind the Voice Actors Awards.
In 2016, he won the BTVA Voice Acting Award for Voice Actor of the Year, as well as the BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award for Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film for his performance in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water as the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
In 2014, Tom Kenny won the Annie Awards’ Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his performance in Adventure Time with Finn & Jake as the voice of the “Ice King”.
He also won the BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical for his performance in Adventure Time with Finn & Jake as the voice of the “Ice King” during the same year.
In 2013, Tom Kenny won both the BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award and BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical for his role in Adventure Time with Finn & Jake as the voice of the “Ice King”.
In 2010, Tom Kenny won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production for his performance in SpongeBob SquarePants as “SpongeBob” during the episode “Truth or Square (#7.25)”.
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