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Taran Killam
Taran Killam.jpg
Gender: Male
Age: 40 Years Old
Birth: April 1, 1982
Role: Trevor
Occupation: American actor
Comedian
Voice Actor
Film director
Television producer
Singer
Screen Writer
Years Active: 1994 - Present
SeasonsAppeared: Season 1
FirstAppearances: Dune Buggy
LastAppearances: Dune Buggy

Taran Killam is an American actor and comedian. He portrays Trevor in Drake & Josh episode, "Dune Buggy".


Biography

On April 1, 1982, Killam was born in Culver City, California, and lived in Big Bear Lake, California, until age 15. His mother toured with The Charlie Daniels Band and has been described as a singer-songwriter. His father was a part of the City Garage Theatre Group and was described as having had acting ambitions. Killam is also the great-nephew of Rosemarie Bowe, wife of actor Robert Stack. Killam attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He then attended UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television "as a musical theater student," He stated he "spent much of his time working on UCLA's Theater Festival." He left UCLA "to pursue his acting career."

Career

In 1994, Killam made his first film appearance as an adolescent in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult. Killam was featured on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, a sketch-comedy vehicle for Amanda Bynes, on which he played Spaulding, a boy who had a massive crush on Moody, in the soap opera parody "Moody's Point." Killam joined the cast of MADtv as a featured player during its seventh season from 2001 to 2002. Although, of the 25 episodes that aired during MADtv's seventh season, Killam only fully appeared in 13 episodes. Joining the MADtv cast at age 19, Killam was the youngest cast member ever hired on the show and the only cast member on MADtv to get his start on children's shows (similar to Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live). He was also a regular cast member on the third and fourth seasons of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. In 2005, Killam co-starred in the television pilot Nobody's Watching, which never aired on network TV. The pilot, however, gained popularity after it was leaked online, and they continued making webisodes from 2006 to 2007. Killam co-starred in the 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. After MADtv, Killam appeared on TV shows such as Jake in Progress, Still Standing, Boston Public, Drake & Josh, Do Over, Roswell, and Judging Amy. He had also appeared on Scrubs and Scrubs: Interns as Jimmy (the Overly Touchy Orderly). Killam appeared as a contestant on the episode of The Price Is Right, which aired on December 7, 2006.

The attack was re-aired on July 19, 2007. He has also been in Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Anderson's Cross, and My Best Friend's Girl. Killam was a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch-comedy troupe The Groundlings, and he retired from the leading company in 2012. On September 25, 2010, Killam joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 36th season, making him the second Nickelodeon veteran (after Kenan Thompson) to join SNL and the second SNL cast member who was previously a cast member on the sketch show MADtv (after Jeff Richards). Killam has named Eddie Murphy his favorite SNL cast member and Arcade Fire as his favorite musical guest. On August 8, 2016, Killam was dropped from the cast.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Boy of Geriatric Park
2002 Big Fat Liar Bret Callaway
2003 Just Married Dickie McNerney
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Jordan Cahill
2006 The Showdown The Batter Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles Mr. Peterson Short film
2007 Epic Movie Pirate
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Josh
2009 Three Matthew McConaugheys and a Baby Matthew McConaughey 2 Short film
2010 Anderson's Cross Austin Wilson
2013 The Heat Adam/Simon Larkin
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader Cameo
2013 12 Years a Slave Abram Hamilton
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jim McNaughton
2015 Ted 2 Himself
2015 Underdogs Captain Skip / Rufus (voice)
2016 Casual Encounters Justin Davis
2016 Brother Nature Roger Fellner Also writer
2017 All Nighter Gary
2017 Killing Gunther Blake Also director, producer and writer; directorial debut
2018 Night School Stewart
2020 Nina West: Nina the Vampire Slayer Narrator Short Video
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–2002 All That Himself 15 episodes
2000 The Jersey Varsity 1 Episode: "Nick's a Chick"
2000 Judging Amy Freddie Felleman Episode: "The Wee Hours"
2000 Touched by an Angel Teenage Robert Episode: "The Grudge"
2000–2002 The Amanda Show Spaulding 7 episodes
2001 Undressed Blake 40 episodes
2001 Roswell Malamud Episode: "Heart of Mine"
2001–2002 MADtv Various 13 episodes
2002 Do Over Dave Episode: "The Block Party"
2004 Drake & Josh Trevor Episode: "Dune Buggy"
2004 Boston Public Alex Buchanan Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Eight"
2004 Still Standing Andy Episode: "Still Narcing"
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Jordan Cahill TV film
2005 Jake in Progress Todd Episode: "Loose Thread"
2006 Girlfriends Jordan Gray Episode: "Hustle & Dough"
2006–2014 How I Met Your Mother Gary Blauman 6 episodes
2006–2007 Wild 'n Out Various 29 episodes
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Various 8 episodes; also writer
2009 Scrubs Jimmy 4 episodes
2009 Scrubs: Interns Jimmy Episode: "The Late Night with Jimmy Show"
2010–2016 Saturday Night Live Himself, Various 126 episodes
2011 Community Cory Radison Episode: "Regional Holiday Music"
2012 iCarly Agent Kinsey Episode: "iMeet the First Lady"
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Patient, Steve Doocy, Guy 2 episodes
2013–2018 Drunk History Various 6 episodes
2013–2015 The Awesomes Zip "Frantic" Danger (voice) Main role; 30 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Smith Calvins Episode: "Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse & Black Heels"
2014 Sesame Street Professor Buck Awe Episode: "School for Chickens"
2015–present Nature Cat Nature Cat Voice
2016 New Girl Fred Episode: "What About Fred"
2016 Mating Jay Pilot
2018 A.P. Bio Mr. Vining Episode: "Teacher Jail"
2018 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Ext. Forest Day"
2018–2020 Single Parents Will Cooper Main role, 45 episodes
2018 We Bare Bears Willoughby-Wentworth (voice) Episode: "Adopted"
2018 Angie Tribeca Pierre Cardin 6 episodes
2019 Documentary Now! Benedict Juniper Episode: "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
2019 Arrested Development Young George Bluth, Sr.
2019 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Zam Larson Episode: "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner"
2019 What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Himself Episode: "Elevator"
2020 The Simpsons Glen Tangier/Airshot (voice) Episode: "Bart the Bad Guy"
2020 Vampirina Ichabod Crane (voice) Episode: "A Tale Of Two Hollows"
2020 The George Lucas Talk Show Himself Episode: "Revenge of the Sick"
2021 Star Wars: The Bad Batch Depot Manager / Goatal / Landspeeder Driver (voice) Episode: "Cornered"
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Steve Jones
2021 Mr. Mayor Taryn Digiacomo Episode: "Mr. Mayor's Magical L.A. Christmas"

Awards and Nominations

Awards and Nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Saturday Night Live Nominated
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble 12 Years a Slave Nominated
2014 Online Film & Television Association Best Male Performances in a Fiction Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast 12 Years a Slave Nominated
2017 San Diego International Film Festival Visionary Filmmaker Award Winner
2020 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Decade 12 Years a Slave Nominated

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