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Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962; age 57) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, and voice director. He is a main cast member on SpongeBob SquarePants, voicing SpongeBob, Gary the Snail, and the French Narrator. He also portrays the series' host, Patchy the Pirate, in special episodes and a large amount of Nickelodeon commercials.

Kenny is the husband of Jill Talley (the voice of Karen Plankton). He is the only cast member to provide a voice role in every episode (with the exception of the dialogue-free episode "Reef Blower"). He has written several songs for the show, like "The Best Day Ever," and has held the position of voice director since season 9.

Tom Kenny is a prolific voice actor outside of SpongeBob, known for voicing characters such as the Ice King in Adventure Time, the Mayor in both incarnations of The Powerpuff Girls, Heffer in Rocko's Modern Life, and Dog in CatDog.

He is part of a rock-and-roll band called Tom Kenny and The Hi-Seas.

List of live-action cameos

Note: This list does not include the Patchy the Pirate appearances.

Non-SpongeBob discography

The following is a list of works where Tom Kenny played a role, outside of the SpongeBob SquarePants series.

Television

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Film

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Video games

Trivia

  • Voice actor Jess Harnell auditioned for the role of SpongeBob before Kenny was chosen.[1]
  • Over the years, many fans of the show have asked Kenny to lend SpongeBob's voice to their voice email and answering machines. In an interview, he joked that these custom messages might be more common than the factory (default voice).
    LA Animation Festival - Tom Kenny and Nylon Pink

    Tom Kenny with Nylon Pink

  • Kenny also does the voice of the announcer at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards every year.[citation needed]
  • Kenny first used the voice for SpongeBob for a minor female alligator character called Al on Rocko's Modern Life who appeared in the episode "Dear John." This is also the first time Kenny and Stephen Hillenburg worked together. Hillenburg wanted Kenny to use that voice for SpongeBob, so he showed him a clip of Al in Rocko's Modern Life to remind Kenny of the voice.
  • He also voiced Han "Chuck" Solo in the Angry Birds Star Wars Cinematic Trailer. Han's laugh also sounds similar to SpongeBob's.[2]
  • To produce SpongeBob's trademark laugh, Kenny pats his throat while saying "ah."[3]
  • His birthday is July 13, one day before SpongeBob's, on July 14.
  • "Mall Girl Pearl" is the only episode where Tom Kenny voices SpongeBob once (due to the character only having one line in the episode).
  • When SpongeBob jellyfishes, he wears glasses that look similar to those of his portrayer.
  • Tom Kenny is the only actor to voice 2 of the main SpongeBob characters.
  • He is the only actor of the series to get credited on every episode of the show.
  • In the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, he said his favorite SpongeBob meme is "Mocking SpongeBob."[4]
  • The drop of Volcano Sauce was shot in the Nickelodeon restroom and Tom Kenny had to wear red makeup all over his face to portray the character. He also had an audition on that same day the scene was shot, but the red makeup did not completely come off in time.[5]
  • Before SpongeBob even became a global success, Tom showed a VHS of the pilot to random people and even his family and it made them laugh. [6]
  • Tom doesn't have a laptop, so the only way he can see memes is when Bill Fagerbakke sends it to him on his phone.[7]
  • Tom and his wife, Jill, appear in the music video for Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins.

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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Main character voices
Tom KennyBill FagerbakkeRodger BumpassClancy BrownLori AlanCarolyn LawrenceMary Jo CatlettDoug LawrenceJill Talley

Supporting character voices
Stephen HillenburgPaul TibbittErnest BorgnineTim ConwayBrian Doyle-MurrayJohn O'HurleyMarion RossDee Bradley BakerSirena IrwinCarlos AlazraquiThomas F. WilsonBob JolesMark FiteSara PaxtonJohn GegenhuberGuest stars

Crew
Aaron SpringerAdam FayAdam PaloianAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomBlake LemonsBob CampBob JaquesBrad VandergriftBrian MoranteBrice MallierBruce HellerCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattCharlie BeanChris AllisonChris HeadrickChris MitchellChris ReccardiChuck KleinClare O'KaneClint Bond Jr.Dave CunninghamDavid FainDani MichaeliDan PovenmireDaniel DominguezDerek DrymonDerek IversenDerek L'estrangeDoug LawrenceEban SchletterEdgar LarrazábalEduardo AcostaEnnio Torresan, Jr.Eric FilipkowskiEric ShawErik WieseFrank WeissFred MillerFred OsmondGarrett HoGreg MillerGregor F. NarholzHeather MartinezHowie PerryIan GrahamIIya SkorupskyJack PendarvisJanice TolentinoJay LenderJennie MonicaJim SchumannJoe LissJoe WierengaJohn MagnessJohn TrabbicJosh AndroskyKaren HeathwoodKazKelly ArmstrongKent OsborneKris WimberlyKurt SnyderKyle McCullochLarry LeFrancisLarry LeichliterLeonard RobinsonLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike BellMike FasoloMike MitchellMike RothMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossNick JenningsOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BennettPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenRobert DressRyan KhatamRyan KramerSam HendersonSolomon GeorgioSeamus WalshSaeid ZameniateniSean CharmatzSean DempseySherm CohenShellie O'BrienStephen HerczegStephen HillenburgSteve FontiSteven BanksSyd DaleThaddeus Paul CouldronTim HillTim ParsonsTeale Reon WangTed SekoTodd WhiteTom KingTom YasumiTuck TuckerVincent WallerVirginia HawesWalt DohrnWilliam ReissWolf-Rudiger BlossZeus Cervas

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (VE)

Characters and actors: Andy SambergCaptainRicky GervaisPatchy's momDevil PottyAngel PottyCeeLo GreenRosario DawsonEddie DeezenTriumph, the Insult Comic DogLeBron JamesTina FeyWill FerrellCamerafishBoom microphone operatorRobin WilliamsThe Guy on the PennyP!nkMimeTalking flowersNot SpongeBobWedding officiantLive-action whaleTenderizerPlanktoBotDemento BotSquidBotWee Yellow BotNosferatuSanta Claus

Locations: Krusty KrabKrusty Krab freezerChum BucketSpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseNickelodeon Animation StudioEncino

Songs: A Day Like ThisKrabby Patty JingleRubber Hose RagWe've Got ScurvyOh, Krusty KrabBeautiful DreamerRejected theme songs

Objects: Jellyfish netBubblesBaby jellyfishSandy's iced tea glassMagic Conch shellHeart-shaped acornMopHot dogGolden spatulaSnellie's pet carrierSoda drinking hatWooden clarinetMermaid Man's beltAquaphoneKrabby PattyMr. Krabs' first dollarKarate gearVolcano SauceMr. Krabs' first dimeFriendship ringRecipe for a Krabby PattyWalkie-talkieSquidward tiki

Shorts: BalloonsJuice ManTrafficThe Outfit

Miscellaneous: DVDVideo gameOnline gamePC gameThe Great Escape bookGood Times!Screen NoveltiesBurger King toysBikini Bottom Bash DVDThe Next 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes EverThe Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square ShortsSpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 9The Complete Sixth SeasonSeason 6 Volume 1Triple Pack 1Big Hits: Volume 1The Super Spongy Square GamesAltronList of MTV bumpersSpongeBob's Greatest Hits

Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Annie AwardsAnnie Award

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (in "No Free Rides;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Wormy;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production

Singers: Peter Strauss and Paul Tibbitt for "The Very First Christmas" (in "Christmas Who?;" 2001)

Best Writing in an Animated Television Production

Writers: C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty;" 2006)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Spy Buddies;" 2008)

Direction in an Animated Television Production or Short-form

Directors: Alan Smart (for "Penny Foolish;" 2009)

Best Home Entertainment Production

DVDs: SpongeBob vs. The Big One (DVD) (2010)

Best Voice Acting in a Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Truth or Square;" 2010)

Music in a Television Production

Composers: Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nicolas Carr, and Tuck Tucker (2011)

Writing in a Television Production

Writers: Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, and Paul Tibbitt (for "Patrick's Staycation;" 2012)

Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Animators: Dan Driscoll and Savelen Forrest (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Directors: Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

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