Creator / Tom Kenny

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Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962) is an American voice actor and comedian perhaps best known for his work in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, in which he is the voice of SpongeBob among others. Aside from voice acting, Kenny starred in the short-lived Fox sketch show, The Edge and was a cast member of the HBO sketch comedy program, Mr. Show, where he worked with Jill Talley, whom he subsequently married. He also hosted the show Funday Night at the Movies on TCM in 2007, which encouraged kids to watch "old movies".

Kenny voices many characters in many productions, and in his own words "a lot of sweet, kind of stupid yellow characters for some reason" (which would explain Heffer, Dog and SpongeBob). When he doesn't play those, Kenny usually plays comically serious, authoritative types (usually doctors, businessmen, and game show hosts).

Kenny played his first set of voice actor roles for Rockos Modern Life. Joe Murray auditioned Kenny for voice acting roles for the series in a large casting call in Los Angeles, California, United States. On one occasion during the production, the producers required Kenny to fill the role of Charlie Adler, who was absent on that occasion. In addition, Kenny had to perform one song and learn how to play another song within ten minutes due to time constraints. Kenny achieved this goal. He said that this helped him believe that he could stand "toe to toe" with other voice actors.

Joe Murray chose Kenny for a voice acting position in Camp Lazlo because Murray, after seeing Kenny's previous work for Rocko's Modern Life, felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much".

He's been the announcer for Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards for years; at the 2007 show he called himself the "Man of 1,000 Voices, all of them this one." He was featured as the Voice in a Box at the 2008 show, and at the 2009 show he claimed to be the only announcer who does all of his own stunts.

He and his wife, Jill Talley, played the couple in the music video for The Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight".

Aside from SpongeBob, his most famous current role is that of The Ice King from Cartoon Network's Adventure Time.

Notable roles by Tom Kenny include:

Anime

Film

Live Action TV

  • Tux in Out of Jimmy's Head
  • Uncle Howee, a loud, energetic kids' show host with a rabbit sidekick named Loomis (whom Kenny also voiced) and possible reality-warping powers, on the Haunting Hour episode "Uncle Howee".

Music

Video Games

Web Animation

Western Animation


Tropes associated with Tom Kenny:

  • Adorkable: In pretty much any interview.
  • The Cameo: Appeared along with wife, Jill Talley in the movie Sky High.
  • Childhood Friends: With Bobcat Goldthwait.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Frequently plays these.
  • Happily Married: With fellow voice actress, Jill Talley.
  • Keet: Is very energetic.
  • Large Ham: The characters he voices are inclined to to be theatrically comedic in an over-the-top manner. The delivery of Tom's voice reinforces this.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices:
    • According to his interview with Marc Maron, the origin of his most famous voice, Spongebob, was a ticked off, swearing little person who was auditioning for an elf in a Christmas commercial. And apparently Nickelodeon does not like him telling that story.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike many of his characters, Tom is a genuinely friendly individual.
  • Playing Against Type: With the exception of Zilius Zox, most of his major roles in Green Lantern: The Animated Series are more serious than his usual repertoire, most notably the Anti-Monitor.
    • His role as foul mouthed child rapist Mr Jelly Bean in Rick and Morty is played as unsettlingly dark and serious as the show's premise can ask for. Subverted with his other roles in the show which are comedic as usual.
    • He had two roles in Teen Titans, introduced in the same episode. The Amazing Mumbo was very much in line with the sillier roles he's known for, but Fixit, who attempts to remove and replace Cyborg's organic parts and has a Creepy Monotone to rival Slade's, was very much not.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Once discussed on a podcast how he was mistakenly reported dead, and how he thinks that something like that is more likely to happen to someone like him, who's relatively well known but not super well known like someone like George Clooney, so it takes longer to debunk.