Fred Armisen


Fred Armisen is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician, known for his work on Portlandia (2011), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Saturday Night Live (1975). He was previously married to Elisabeth Moss and Sally Timms.

Date of birth

Fred Armisen was born on December 4, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA as Fereydun Robert Armisen.  

Family

His father, Fereydun Herbert "Fred" Armisen, was born in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany, to a Korean father and a German mother (Fred's father used the German surname of his own stepfather, Armisen). Fred's mother, Hildegardt (Mirabal Level), was born and raised in a small city called San Fernando de Apure, in the southern plains of Venezuela.

Education

He attended New York's School of Visual Arts and later pursued a career as a rock drummer.

Love life

He was married for six years to British singer and songwriter Sally Timms. He married actress Elisabeth Moss in 2009; the couple divorced in 2011. In 2014, he began a relationship with Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne.

Net worth

Not yet established.

Career

Music

In 1984, Armisen played drums in a local band along with his high school friends in Valley Stream, New York, but the group soon ended. In 1988, he moved to Chicago to play drums for the punk rock band Trenchmouth, and in the 1990s he played background drums with Blue Man Group.

Armisen played drums on three tracks for Les Savy Fav's 2007 album Let's Stay Friends, as well as tracks for Matthew Sweet's 2011 album Modern Art and Wandering Lucy's 1996 album Leap Year.

Armisen is the bandleader and frequent drummer of the 8G Band, the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as of February 24, 2014.


Television & Film

While not playing with the band Trenchmouth, Armisen's interests switched to acting. In a January 2006 interview, he said, "I wanted to be on TV somehow. For some reason, I always thought it would be an indirect route; I didn't know that it would be comedy and Saturday Night Live. I just wanted to do something with performing that would lead me there."

Armisen's subsequent television work, such as some "memorable Andy Kaufman–esque appearances" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as work for Crank Yankers and Adult Swim, led to a role in 2002 as a featured player in the cast of Saturday Night Live. In the 2004 season, he was promoted to repertory cast member status.

Armisen has landed several minor yet memorable roles that were defined by an interviewer as "feral foreigners" in comedy films such as EurotripDeuce Bigalow: European GigoloAnchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyDeck the HallsThe ExThe PromotionThe RockerTenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Further television work included an appearance on Parks and Recreation in the 2009 episode "Sister City". For the Cartoon Network series The Looney Tunes Show (2011–2014), Armisen voices Speedy Gonzales. He and fellow Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Seth Meyers write, produce, and star in the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now! which premiered in 2015.

Armisen stars in the IFC sketch series Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney); the first season debuted on January 21, 2011. With Brownstein, he appeared on the 2012 Simpsons episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", in which they play the Simpsons' new neighbors, who encourage everyone to be cool like them.

In 2014, Armisen worked as bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers received positive reviews for his deadpan comedy, especially in his interplay with the host.

In 2020, he portrayed the role of Skip in Moonbase 8 TV series.


Saturday Night Live

Armisen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2002. He was promoted to a repertory player in 2004. After 11 years as a cast member, he decided to leave the show. At the time of his 2013 departure from the show, Armisen was the third-longest tenured cast member (behind Seth Meyers and Darrell Hammond), and he appeared in the second-most number of sketches (856) of any cast member. Since then, Armisen has come back for multiple cameo appearances on the show, including when he hosted the season 41 finale on May 21, 2016, with musical guest Courtney Barnett.

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Fred Armisen
First Name Fred
Surname Armisen
Born 4th December, 1966
Home City Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Current City