Born on November 18, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon first rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Since then, he has enjoyed a flourishing career in television and film, and on the stand-up circuit.
Actor, comedian and author Kevin Nealon, born on November 18, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri, first rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Since then, he has enjoyed a flourishing career in television and film, and on the stand-up circuit.
The son of an aircraft company executive, Nealon spent many of his early years in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He later attended Sacred Heart University in nearby Fairfield, where he graduated with a degree in marketing. Rather than pursue a corporate career, Nealon worked odd jobs while establishing himself as a stand-up comedian.
Joining 'Saturday Night Live'
In 1986, Nealon got the chance of a lifetime: He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a supporting player, and became a full-time cast member of the show the following season. During his first years on Saturday Night Live, Nealon worked with the likes of Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Phil Hartman. He and Carvey created a humorous duo of extremely muscular fitness experts known as "Hans and Franz," which proved to be a very popular bit with SNL fans. Nealon also played "Subliminal Man" and served as an anchor for the "Weekend Update" faux news sketch for several years, after the departure of Dennis Miller. As part of the show's writing staff, Nealon received an Emmy Award nomination.
Nealon left Saturday Night Live in 1995, making him one of the longest-running cast members in the show's history. He soon appeared on the big screen, starring alongside fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore. Nealon also tried for primetime success with the sitcom Champs that year, but the show was canceled after only one season. He and comic Richard Lewis then co-starred on the short-lived comedy series Hiller and Diller, playing a pair of friends with opposing personalities and viewpoints.
In addition to acting, Nealon continued to perform stand-up around the country. He also made guest appearances on such shows as Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. In 2005, Nealon made a return to series TV with Weeds, a comedy starring Mary-Louise Parker as a suburban widow who turns to drug-dealing to support her family. Nealon played Doug Wilson, a local, pot-smoking councilman who gets involved in his friend's illegal enterprise on the show, which aired on Showtime from 2005 to 2012. The series earned many positive reviews and developed a strong following over the years.
Nealon displayed his writing talents in his first book, Yes, You're Pregnant, but What About Me?, which was published in 2008. The book explores his experiences about the birth of his son Gable with second wife, actress Susan Yeagley, in 2007. The pregnancy took its toll on Nealon, he People magazine, saying he had put on a substantial amount of weight during that time. "It was maybe 60 percent sympathy, 30 percent stress, 8 percent nerves and 2 percent hunger." The couple had wed in Italy in 2005. Nealon had been married to actress Linda Dupree.
Outside of performing, Nealon is a passionate animal rights activist. He has been a vegetarian for nearly two decades. The comedian is also an accomplished banjo player.
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