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Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows is one of the longest-running cast members in the 33-year history of Saturday Night Live. During his ten years at SNL, he crafted some of the series' most memorable characters, including Leon Phelps - The Ladies' Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives. He also did uncanny impressions of O.J. Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr.

Born in Highland Park, Michigan and raised in Detroit, Meadows studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to Chicago, where he first joined ImprovOlympic, and then the legendary comedy troupe Second City. During his three-years at Second City, he wrote and starred in productions of The Gods Must Be Lazy, with Chris Farley, It Was Thirty Years Ago Today, and Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, gaining a loyal following with his sharp comedic talent. In 1991, Meadows achieved the dreams of comics nationwide when producer Lorne Michaels asked him to join SNL as a featured player. Nominated for an Emmy as part of the show's writing team that same month, he became a cast member two years later.

Several years after appearing in a string of films based on Saturday Night Live sketches, including Coneheads and Wayne's World 2, Meadows was offered his own feature film starring role, as the titular hero of the 2000 release The Ladies Man. That same year, he left SNL to join NBC's prime-time line-up as a regular cast member on The Michael Richards Show, and in 2002 he joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Leap of Faith.

Meadows played a school principal in the hit comedy Mean Girls and co-starred in the comedy Benchwarmers. His recent films also include Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Semi-Pro, Currently, he plays Paul on The Bill Engvall Show on TBS. He is also a regular correspondent on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

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Tim Meadows Facts

BirthdayFebruary 5, 1961 (63)
BirthplaceHighland Park, Michigan, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Tim Meadows compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Beverly Hills Cop III
Mean Girls
Grown Ups 2
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Aliens in the Attic
The Benchwarmers
Women's Health Experts Speak Out
The Client
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