Tim Meadows

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Tim Meadows

One of the longest-running cast members in the 41-year history of “Saturday Night Live,” versatile comedian Tim Meadows crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night show. Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, “Perspectives,” as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr.

Also, Meadows played the school principal in the hit comedy film “Mean Girls” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” Most recently, Tim co-starred with Andy Samberg in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” for Universal Pictures and can currently be seen in the new Fox hybrid live-action/animated comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord, “Son of Zorn,” alongside fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Jason Sudeikis. Tim is a frequent recur on ABC’S hit comedy series “The Goldbergs.”

Born in Highland Park, Michigan and raised in Detroit, Meadows studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to Chicago, where he first joined Improv-Olympic and then the legendary comedy troupe Second City. During his three years at Second City, he wrote and starred in productions of “The Gods Must Be Lazy,” with Chris Farley; “It Was Thirty Years Ago Today”; and “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only,” gaining a loyal following with his sharp comedic talent. In 1991, Meadows achieved the dreams of comics nationwide when producer Lorne Michaels asked him to join “Saturday NightLive” as a featured player. Nominated for an Emmy as part of the show’s writing team that same month, he later made the transition to cast member status two years afterward.

Several years after appearing in a string of films based on “Saturday NightLive” sketches, including “Coneheads” and “Wayne’s World 2,” Meadows was offered his own chance at features. The 2000 release of Paramount’s “The Ladies Man” gave the eponymous hero Leon Phelps the opportunity to bring his Courvoisier-drinking romantic adviser to the big screen. That same year, he left “Saturday NightLive” to join NBC’s primetime line-up as a regular cast member on “The Michael Richards Show” and in 2002, he joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “Leap of Faith.”