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Jamie Kennedy

An actor with a unique view and offbeat sensibility, Jamie Kennedy skyrocketed to fame with a groundbreaking performance and scene-stealing rants in Wes Craven's Scream and Scream 2, for which he won a Blockbuster Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor/Horror. His portrayal of Randy Meeks, the video-store-clerk-turned-horror-hero with a knack for pop culture, secured him a place in the annals of horror movie history. He then went on to work with some of Hollywood's biggest names, including George Clooney, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Will Smith.

Most recently, Kennedy was seen on the big screen in his starring role in the Warner Bros. film Malibu's Most Wanted. The film, which he also co-wrote, is based on the fictional Malibu rapper Brad Gluckman, one of the characters Kennedy created and often portrayed on The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. Kennedy's next film project is the animated feature Robots, out this March, with Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, and Robin Williams.

Kennedy also conquered the book market with the release of his autobiography Wannabe…A Hollywood Experiment in the summer of 2003. In the book, Kennedy shares his good and bad times, from his boyhood in Philly to his current Hollywood experiences.

A television auteur as well, Kennedy triumphed on the WB when he created the hit show The Jamie Kennedy Experiment which debuted on the network in January 2002. Kennedy was writer, producer, and star of the series, portraying a myriad of characters each week during the show's three seasons. This March, Kennedy will be returning to television as the co-creator and executive producer on the upcoming series Living with Fran starring Fran Drescher, also for The WB.

As a teenager growing up near Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Kennedy got a taste of Hollywood working as an extra in Dead Poets Society. A year later, he moved out to Los Angeles at age 18 and began performing improvisational comedy and stand-up at open-mike nights.

After much dues-paying, Kennedy got his first big break in 1996 with the role of Sampson in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Soon after, he was a breakout star of Scream and next appeared as a street hustler in James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets. The roles continued and in 1999 Kennedy co-starred in the Persian Gulf War movie Three Kings, directed by David O. Russell and starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. That same year, he starred as a wannabe cinematographer opposite two of his biggest idols, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, in the comedy Bowfinger. In Boiler Room, Kennedy teamed up with Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel to expose the dark side of Wall Street.

Amassed in a short time, Kennedy's expansive list of movie credits also includes Enemy of the State opposite Will Smith and Gene Hackman; Bait starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse; Max Keeble's Big Move; The Debtors with Randy Quaid and Michael Caine; Starf*cker; Clockwatchers; Bongwater; and The Specials with Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church, a film which Kennedy also produced.

Kennedy currently resides in Los Angeles.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Jamie Kennedy Facts

Birth NameJamie Harvey Kennedy
OccupationActor
BirthdayMay 25, 1970 (47)
SignGemini
BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Jamie Kennedy compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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