Jamie grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the son of a machinist and a paralegal, and the youngest of six children. He spent his formative years the same way as many children: being abused by nuns in Catholic School, modeling for LL Bean, wondering what Phil Collins felt coming in the air that night, and avoiding any thought of long term goals. After a debilitating 18 year struggle with having to go to school, Jamie willed his way to graduation and was miraculously cured of public schooling. With a new lease on life Jamie decided to move to Hollywood and become an extra.

Jamie honed his skills on the comedy circuit and turned tricks for no one. Not one person. Okay maybe a few. But it was worth it! After all he had been living on an air mattress and relied on a diet that consisted of mostly Pabst Blue Ribbon, because blue ribbons are for winners. And what do you know, Jamie landed his big break when he was cast in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo & Juliet.” His career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks, the video store clerk well-versed in the conventions of scary movies, in Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ and its follow-up “Scream 2.”

Jamie was living the Miller High Life (Sponsor). He had stacks on deck, Patron (Sponsor) on Ice, he could have whatever he liked (any sponsors for hangovers?) as he went on to star in “Bowfinger,” the Oscar-nominated “As Good As It Gets,” “The Three Kings”, and “Enemy of the State.”

In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” JKX quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show JKX quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show because let's face it who watched or even heard of "Glory Days," which never did live up to its name. Among the wacky characters played by Kennedy, one became across the board an all-time favorite – Brad Gluckman the Malibu rapper. Taking it to the next level in 2003, “Malibu’s Most Wanted” was released starring Kennedy as the white “wanna-be rapper” from Malibu. Both projects were produced by Kennedy’s production company, Wannabe Producers. He also created and Executive Produced did his own comedy special, “Unwashed” in 2006 for Comedy Central where he didn’t shower for a whole month.

In 2008 Jamie created and produced “Heckler,” a documentary that examines the means, methods, and motives of hecklers, comparing film critics to stand up comedy hecklers. Jamie provided his voice for “The Cleveland Show” on Fox and starred as psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama “Ghost Whisperer,” where he learned ghosts can be divas on set as well. Jamie spent the spring of 2011 filming Tyler Perry’s latest, “Good Deeds,” Jamie is currently host of the hit CW show “Oh Sit,” an extreme version of musical chairs and is due to release “Lost and Found in Armenia,” later this year.

Jamie Kennedy is a true renaissance man, (mostly because he loves to wear tights while he paints abstract art) covering the genres of comedy, drama, animation, reality, horror, action and thriller. Along the way he has also written his own book “Wannabe” and recorded his own record “Blowin’ Up.” Kennedy now runs his own production company appropriately titled, Jamie Kennedy Entertainment. Jamie doesn’t have any hobbies; he is too busy training for a “Thunder Down Under” audition.

 

 


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  • commented 2014-08-10 07:34:27 -0700
    According to charlie goodnights tour the reason we were asked to leave and you weren’t even on stage yet….we will not be apart of anything you are apart of again
  • commented 2014-08-05 19:05:00 -0700
    YOU DO COLORADO COMDEY WORKS SOON!!! PLEASE?
  • commented 2014-07-18 15:16:58 -0700
    Jamie…..cant find your e-mail….I’m not on twitter or Facebook as i don’t have a vagina…or care about self-serving issues….please post e-mail address….just saw Bug…..it changed my life, now knowing we have no free will should i show up to work tomm…lol….10 out of 10…hang grenade ending..someone pulled the pin but did not go off for 10 minuets…..but IMDB does not list Bug but does under your name….I wrote a letter….Dear Sirs….but still has not changed…..get on Carolla"s podcast asap…….keep it up
  • commented 2014-04-01 17:27:27 -0700
    Bonner class of 88, naylors run , golf course kegs, Bywood field
  • commented 2014-02-19 19:17:01 -0800
    I love Jamie Kennedy! I don’t care what anyone says it’s hard to do the things he does. Acting, being a comedian, all of it. Let’s see these people who talk crap about him do what he does better. If I could meet Jamie I would hug him and tell him he always makes me laugh. I Love You Jamie. Mwauh!
  • commented 2014-02-14 10:17:59 -0800
    what is the name of the episode where the clown surprises the guy in the bathroom stall?
  • commented 2014-01-16 09:43:34 -0800
    ive seen all your work im 29 years old. idk why ppl are the way they are. i know im only 1 out of a billion but im sorry for the way ppl act. all i want to do is change the world. im trying, and im sorry i cant figure this out on my own. i dont want money or fame i just want a better world to live in and leave behind for future generations.==Justin Elliott Burnett==BurnouTT
  • commented 2013-12-06 17:27:35 -0800
    Wondering if anyone has a mailing address for Jamie, for fan mail / autographs?
  • commented 2013-11-25 13:23:53 -0800
    Jamie, I watched “Heckler” as well, gave me a new view on the work you guys do and how challenging it really is. Keep up the good work!
  • commented 2013-11-24 09:46:09 -0800
    I have a screenplay that needs your input….find me.
  • commented 2013-11-24 06:59:36 -0800
    TY :)
  • commented 2013-11-10 23:41:54 -0800
    Watched “Heckler.” I found the movie enlightening and really appreciated your open & honest participation. Cheers to you!
  • commented 2013-11-08 02:40:57 -0800
    I am big fan of you. I have seen Number of plays of you. Thank you Kennedy for giving us such a pleasant moments.
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  • commented 2013-10-30 13:01:34 -0700
    I have a screenplay that needs your input….find me on FB