Jamie Kennedy, a multitalented comedian-actor-writer-producer, is a true hyphenate. He may be seen acting in a film one minute and on stage doing stand up the next. Kennedy skyrocketed to fame with a groundbreaking performance and scene-stealing rants in Wes Craven's “Scream” and “Scream 2.” His portrayal of Randy Meeks, the video-store-clerk-turned-horror-hero with a knack for pop culture, secured him a place in the annals of horror movie history. He has gone on to work with some of Hollywood's biggest names, including George Clooney, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Will Smith.
Kennedy was recently seen in the final season of HBO’s “Entourage” and just completed filming Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” and the comedy, “Lost And Found In Armenia.” Both projects are set for a 2012 release. In 2010, Kennedy starred in “Jamie Kennedy Is Uncomfortable,” a SHOWTIME comedy special which successfully premiered last November and is currently available on DVD.
Jamie starred on CBS’s hit show “Ghost Whisperer” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. In September of 2008 Kennedy released “Heckler,” a documentary which he produced with Michael Addis. The film played at both the Tribeca and AFI Film Festivals and has been met with critical acclaim. Variety calls it “Hilarious!” and the New York Sun hails the film “A Must-See!” “Heckler” is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in, and asks some interesting questions of people such as Jon Voight, George Lucas, Bill Maher, Mike Ditka, Rob Zombie and many more.
Kennedy had memorable performances in both the Yari Film Group's “Kickin' It Old Skool,” and the Warner Bros. film “Malibu's Most Wanted.” The film, which he also co-wrote, is based on the fictional Malibu rapper Brad Gluckman, one of the characters Kennedy created and often portrayed on “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” Kennedy found himself in the festival circuit in “Finding Bliss” opposite LeeLee Sobieski and Denise Richards. He executive produced CBS’ game show entitled "Splitsville" in which divorcing couples battle over their personal possessions. Kennedy also produced the psychological drama, “In Northwood” starring Nick Stahl through his Jizzy Entertainment Shingle.
In 2002, Kennedy triumphed on the WB when he created the hit show “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” He was writer, producer, and star of the series, portraying a myriad of characters each week during the show's three seasons. Returning to the WB again, Kennedy served as a co-creator and executive producer on the WB series “The Starlet” and “Living With Fran.” In the summer of 2006 Kennedy brought the comedic reality series “Blowin' Up” to MTV. The show followed him as he and sidekick Stu Stone attempted to achieve their lifelong dream of becoming rappers. They released their first album also titled “Blowin' Up” in July 2006.
Kennedy also conquered the book market with the release of his autobiography Wannabe...A Hollywood Experiment in the summer of 2003. In the book, Kennedy shares his good and bad times, from his boyhood in Philly to his current Hollywood experiences.
As a teenager growing up near Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Kennedy got a taste of Hollywood working as an extra in “Dead Poets Society.” A year later, he moved out to Los Angeles at age 18 and began performing improvisational comedy and stand-up at open-mic nights.
After much due-paying, Kennedy got his first big break in 1996 with the role of Sampson in Baz Luhrmann's “Romeo + Juliet.” Soon after, he was a breakout star of “Scream” and next appeared as a street hustler in James L. Brooks' “As Good As It Gets.” The roles continued and in 1999 Kennedy co-starred in the Persian Gulf War movie “Three Kings,” directed by David O. Russell and starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. That same year, he starred as a wannabe cinematographer opposite two of his biggest idols, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, in the comedy “Bowfinger.” In “Boiler Room,” Kennedy teamed up with Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel to expose the dark side of Wall Street.
Amassed in a short time, Kennedy's expansive list of movie credits also includes the animated feature “Robots,” “Enemy of the State” opposite Will Smith and Gene Hackman, “Bait” starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse, “Max Keeble's Big Move,” “Clockwatchers,” “Sol Goode,” and “The Specials” with Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church, a film which Kennedy also produced.