Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian who is famous for being on NBC’s Saturday Night Live since 2003. In his teenage years, Kenan was part of the original cast of Nickelodeon’s All That, a sketch comedy series. His film credits include Barbershop 2, Fat Albert and Snakes on a Plane.
Early Life, Age, and His Early Comedy Career
Kenan Thompson was born the second of the three children of Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson on May 10, 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia. He had an elder brother and a younger sister. As a child, he had a knack for acting and his mum encouraged him to take up acting classes to which he was enrolled at Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in East Point, Georgia. It wasn’t long after he was enrolled in the school before he started appearing in their play The Gingerbread Duck.
Young Kenan stepped up his acting predilection by auditioning with The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA), a theatre company when he was about 15 years old. At the age of 16, Kenan Thompson won the role of a film reviewer with famous Turner Broadcasting Station and he was also an entertainment reporter for CNN’s Real News for Kids.
In 1994, he began making appearances in the widely watched Nickelodeon’s All That while in 1996 he starred on Kenan and Kel which got him the 1998 “Kids Choice Award.”
Film, Television and Movie Career
When Kenan Thompson left Nickelodeon, his film career took off. He made appearances in films like Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), Love Don’t Cost a Thing (2003), Barbershop 2 (2004) and Snakes on a Plane (2006). He worked alongside his childhood idol Bill Cosby in the 2004 film Fat Albert which he described as a dream come true for him. In an interview he granted, he disclosed that Bill was actually the only well-known comedian he knew and could watch his shows as a kid because his jokes were devoid of “dirt” unlike what was obtainable with other comedians then.
He gave supporting roles in movies like Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Heavyweights etc. Thompson also had a recurring role as Junior in the Steve Harvey show with fellow star Kel Mitchel.
His works in the entertainment industry are simply numerous and he has been remarkably exceptional in any project he worked on. Kenan is no doubt one of the best American comedians who doubles as an actor too.
Kenan Thompson’s Salary and Net Worth
The business of making people laugh is quite a profitable one, but not all can and will excel in it. Kenan Thompson has excelled at it in both ways and for his hard work and dedication in the trade, he does get rewarded with a good pay.
Several sources put his net worth at over $9 million and this might not be far from the truth considering how fast Kenan rose in the industry. His exact salary cannot be arrived at now as he earns regularly from various shows he appears on.
Family – Wife, Daughter
Kenan is certainly not without a love life. He is not gay either and is in fact already married with a kid. He was in a relationship with Christina Evangeline before they both got married in 2011. Christina is a beautiful model who was born on March 24, 1989, in the United States of America.
Before her fame which was hugely due to being married to Kenan, she was rumored to be a professional escort which she combined with her known modeling career. However, since after her marriage to Kenan, there has not been any major or trivial controversies that trails her. The celebrity model and wife to a celebrity comedian enjoys a huge following on the various social media platforms she subscribes membership to.
Kenan and Christiana got married on November 11, 2011. Their wedding reception held in the Arctic Room of the Georgia Aquarium where Thompson’s close friend Nick Cannon was the disc jockey at the memorable event. The couple’s marriage has seen to the birth of a baby girl on June 20, 2014, who they named Georgia Marie. At the time of her delivery, Georgia weighed 6 and a half pounds which was quite a good weight for a newborn baby.
Kenan has an average body build which stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall with a body weight of about 77kg.