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Also Known As: Tom Lennon, Thomas Patrick Lennon Died:
Born: August 9, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, USA Profession:

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A cult comedy icon as the arid-witted, hot-pants-sporting gay sheriff's lieutenant Jim Dangle on Comedy Central's long-running "Reno 911!" (2003- ), Thomas Lennon established himself behind the scenes as a quiet force in comedy screenwriting in the mid-2000s. A decade earlier, he made a name for himself in cult comedy spheres as a member of The State, the New York-based sketch comedy troupe that found a national audience via its eponymous MTV show, and he would collaborate with State alumni on nearly every project thereafter, most notably on "Reno" and numerous scripts with writing partner Robert Ben Garant, from big-budget fare such as the "Night at the Museum" franchise to B-level outings like "Balls of Fury" (2007). With his rave-inspiring supporting turn in 2009's "I Love You, Man" and "17 Again," he expanded his comedy bona fides as one of those guys uniquely able to steal scenes from A-list stars, striking a busy balance of comic Renaissance man.

A cult comedy icon as the arid-witted, hot-pants-sporting gay sheriff's lieutenant Jim Dangle on Comedy Central's long-running "Reno 911!" (2003- ), Thomas Lennon established himself behind the scenes as a quiet force in comedy screenwriting in the mid-2000s. A decade earlier, he made a name for himself in cult comedy spheres as a member of The State, the New York-based sketch comedy troupe that found a national audience via its eponymous MTV show, and he would collaborate with State alumni on nearly every project thereafter, most notably on "Reno" and numerous scripts with writing partner Robert Ben Garant, from big-budget fare such as the "Night at the Museum" franchise to B-level outings like "Balls of Fury" (2007). With his rave-inspiring supporting turn in 2009's "I Love You, Man" and "17 Again," he expanded his comedy bona fides as one of those guys uniquely able to steal scenes from A-list stars, striking a busy balance of comic Renaissance man.

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  Hell Baby (2013)
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  Jefferson's Blood (2000) Director
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  Coming From Japan (1992) Director
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  Growing Old in America (1985) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Monster Trucks (2015)
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 Transformers 4 (2014)
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 Boondoggle, The (2013)
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 Hell Baby (2013)
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 Bad Teacher (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Met Kerri Kenney at a summer acting camp at Northwestern University at the age of 16
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With Kenney, met fellow student Robert Glen Garant; along with eight other underclassmen formed the New Group comedy troupe
1990:
New Group landed an opening slot for comedian Dennis Miller
1992:
Starred in the short film "Aisle Six," written and directed by fellow New Group member David Wain
1992:
New Group changed its name to The State; made TV debut on "You Wrote It, You Watch It," a Jon Stewart-hosted show in which the troupe staged funny stories sent in by viewers
1993:
Featured along with troupe members on MTV's sketch comedy program "The State"
1997:
With fellow "State" co-stars Garant, Kenney and Michael Ian Black, created the short-lived "Viva Variety"
1999:
Cast in the mock documentary about beauty pageants "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2000:
Played a doctor in Christopher Nolan's drama thriller "Memento"
2003:
Co-starred as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Comedy Central series "Reno 911!"
2005:
Voiced Gary the computer in "The Hitchhiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy"
2007:
Reprised role of Lt. Dangle for feature film "Reno 911!: Miami"
2008:
Appeared in the superhero feature "Hancock," starring Will Smith
2009:
Cast opposite Matthew Perry and Zac Efron in the comedy "17 Again"
2011:
Acted in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"
2012:
Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
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