Kevin McDonald

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Kevin McDonald
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McDonald in 2012
Born
Kevin Hamilton McDonald

(1961-05-16) May 16, 1961 (age 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian
Years active1988–present

Kevin Hamilton McDonald (born May 16, 1961) is a Canadian actor, voice actor and comedian. He is a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, who have appeared together in a number of stage, television and film productions, most notably the 1988–1995 TV series The Kids in the Hall . He has also been the voice of Agent Wendy Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Waffle in Catscratch , and the Almighty Tallest Purple in Invader Zim . He played Pastor Dave in That '70s Show . He also starred as a co-pilot in the 2011 web comedy series Papillon .

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Early life

McDonald was born in Montréal, Québec, the son of Sheila and Hamilton "Hammy" McDonald, who was a dental equipment salesman. [1] He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seven, after his father was transferred there. [2] His family subsequently lived in Toronto, Ontario as well. McDonald has a younger sister, Sandra.

During an interview on WTF with Marc Maron , McDonald discussed his father's severe alcoholism, which inspired the Kids In The Hall sketches "Daddy Drank" and "Girl Drink Drunk". Although he calls his mother "a wonderful woman," she was nevertheless reluctant to leave his father until Kevin turned 19, when his father's drinking had escalated to two bottles of vodka daily. McDonald, his mother and sister rented an apartment, where they quietly moved their belongings "every night [after his father would] collapse on the stairs." Once they had completely moved, his parents divorced, his father lost his job, went bankrupt and lived in a homeless shelter for a year, during which he abstained from drinking (although he alleged "his roommates were drinking Drano"); coincidentally, Kevin McDonald would use the same building to rehearse with The Kids In The Hall as they were starting out on stage. His father was able to find employment at a flower shop, then an apartment and, over time, resume his career in dental equipment sales. Eventually, he did drink again, but not to the extent he had earlier in his life. He died of an aneurysm in 2004. [3] Kevin McDonald would use his relationship with his father as the basis for a one-man show, Hammy And The Kids, in which he said he had no happy ending to the story of his father. [4] However, during his interview with Marc Maron, he said after one performance of his one-man show, he was approached by a stranger who said that he had served his father as a bartender, and that his father mentioned how proud he was of his son, the famous comedian, which moved McDonald to tears "like the ending to a bad movie."

McDonald briefly studied acting at a community college, where he was kicked out for being "a one-legged actor" (i.e. he could perform comedy, but not drama) by a dean who had a leg amputated, and was therefore a literal one-legged actor. However, one of his professors, William B. Davis (who would later find fame in his portrayal of Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files ), saw McDonald's potential and encouraged him to pursue improv comedy by giving him the number to The Second City in Toronto. [3]

During his youth, he had a weight problem. It wasn't until just prior to The Kids in the Hall in the late 1980s that he went from overweight to rather skinny. Several sketches and monologues allude to the issue, and a stockier McDonald can be seen in archival footage on The Kids in the Hall on DVD box sets.

Career

McDonald founded The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe's TV show and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. A frequent running gag was that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.

When the troupe ended the five-season run of its eponymous television series in 1994, the five members moved to a number of solo projects. McDonald has played roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl , Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie . On television, he has appeared on The Martin Short Show , Ellen (as a radio personality), That '70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), Seinfeld , Friends , NewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtv , Arrested Development , and Corner Gas . McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers , Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series . He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for "Roses" by OutKast.

In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, Sketch with Kevin McDonald, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. The special received two nominations, for the performances by The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and by The Imponderables, for Canadian Comedy Award in the category Best Taped Live Performance, with The Minnesota Wrecking Crew winning the award.

Since 2000, McDonald and the other members of The Kids in the Hall have reunited for a number of tours and televised performances. The troupe played the 2007 Just for Laughs festival, where McDonald also performed his one-and-a half-man show Hammy and the Kids with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and The Kids in the Hall.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Distant HorizonsLonely Met TechVideo
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Travis Lindsey
1996 Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Dr. Chris Cooper / Doreen / Chris' dad / Lacey
1997 The Wrong Guy Motel Manager
1998 Boy Meets Girl Jack
The Godson Guppy Calzone
1999 Galaxy Quest Announcer
2000 The Ladies Man Mail Man
2002 Lilo & Stitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
2003 Stitch! The Movie Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)Video
2004 Stitch's Great Escape! Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)Short; theme park attraction
2005 Sky High Dr. Medulla
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
Thru the Moebius Strip Agent Po (voice)English dub
2006 Leroy & Stitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)Video
Unaccompanied Minors Guard in the Hall #1
2007 Epic Movie Harry Potter
2009 Year of the Carnivore Mr. Smalls
2011 Keyhole Ogilbe
2012 Dead Before Dawn Professor Reginald Duffy

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–1995 The Kids in the Hall Various102 episodes
1996 MADtv Himself (host)Episode #2.6
1997 Friends Guru SajEpisode: "The One with Ross's Thing"
NewsRadio ThrowdiniEpisode: "Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show"
Seinfeld Denim VestEpisode: "The Strike"
1997–1998 Ellen Chuck2 episodes
1997–2004 Johnny Bravo Various voices3 episodes
1998 Cow and Chicken Canadian Dad / Jorge (voice)Episode: "Meet Lance Sackless/Who's Afraid of the Dark?"
The Angry Beavers Zookeeper (voice)Episode: "Lumberjacks' Delight/Zooing Time"
The Drew Carey Show HellerEpisode: "Drew and the Conspiracy"
2000–2001 That '70s Show Pastor Dave6 episodes
2001 Clerks Batman Fan - Freak #1 (voice)Episode: "The Last Episode Ever"
2001–2003 Invader ZIM Almighty Tallest Purple (voice)10 episodes
2002 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Mr. MitchellEpisode: "Sickness"
The True Meaning of Christmas Specials The Ghost of Christmas Specials Yet to ComeTV movie
2003 Sick in the Head TV movie
A Minute with Stan Hooper Officer DectorEpisode: "Fear Finds the Falls"
Las Vegas Monty McClureEpisode: "Decks and Violence"
2003–2004 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Officer Claphammer / Julian Libris (voice)2 episodes
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)29 episodes
2004 Corner Gas Marvin DreyEpisode: "Tax Man"
Yes, Dear BobEpisode: "Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt..."
Grounded for Life SteveEpisode: "Pressure Drop"
Arrested Development Detective StreudlerEpisode: "Not Without My Daughter"
Zeroman Rusty Woodenwater (voice)Episode: "Smotherly Love"
2005 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Ivan (voice)Episode: "Sight for Sore Eyes"
2005–2007 Catscratch Waffle (voice)17 episodes
2006 Minoriteam Alien Leader (voice)2 episodes
Bratz Scott (voice)Unknown episodes
Casper's Scare School Beaky (The Pirate's Parrot) (voice)TV movie
Sketch with Kevin McDonald HostTV movie
2007 According to Jim TherapistEpisode: "All the Rage"
Carpoolers Donny DaramajianEpisode: "The Seminar"
VeggieTales Additional voicesEpisode: "LarryBoy and the Fib from Outer Space"
The Emperor's New School Security Guard (voice)1 episode
2008–2010 WordGirl Vocab Bee, PoliceChief, Judge, The Baker (voices)4 episodes
2008–2012 Less Than Kind Walter4 episodes
2009 Back at the Barnyard Baxter, Flaky (voices)2 episodes
2009–2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Barry (voice)2 episodes
2010 The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town Various8 episodes
The Soup Grownup Pageant Princess1 episode
Dino Dan Mr. CurryEpisode: "Dino Trap/Big Bad Spinosaurus"; uncredited
2011 Dan Vs. Barry DitmerEpisode: "Death Vs. Technology"
Papillon Darius15 episodes
2011–2012 Fish Hooks Dr. Frog (voice)9 episodes
2012–2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Lu Kang (voice)2 episodes
2013 Phineas and Ferb Professor Bannister (voice)Episode: "Sidetracked"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Disco StranglerEpisode: "Pilot"; uncredited
2014 Spun Out DamianEpisode: "Middle Aged Men in the Hall"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Galactic Commander of the Planet PylonEpisode: "Craig Robinson Wears a Bordeaux Button Down & Dark Jeans"
Odd Squad Lord RectangleEpisode: "Crime at Shapely Manor"
2015 Tiny Plastic Men Billy Bland / Billy BlumpieEpisode: "Billy Blumpie"
Wander Over Yonder Sherblorg King (voice)2 episodes
Moonbeam City Accoutrement (voice)Episode: "Lasers and Liars"
2016 Man Seeking Woman ChainsawEpisode: "Cactus"
The Bagel and Becky Show Bagel (voice)30 episodes
Delmer & Marta Creston8 episodes
2017 Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer TV Announcer (voice)Episode: "The Mushroom Prince/Count Wretcher"
2017–2018 Walk the Prank Mr. Dingley7 episodes
2019 Amphibia Albus Duckweed (voice)3 episodes
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Almighty Tallest Purple (voice)TV special
Carter Russell LanghamEpisode: "Harley Insisted On Wearing Pants"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Agent Wendy Pleakley

Awards and nominations

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References

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