Kennedy, the youngest of six children, was born in Upper Darby Township, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His family is of Irish descent and he was raised Roman Catholic. He attended and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1988. After high school he began his career as a Hollywood extra and honed his skills at voice impersonations.
Kennedy used his voice acting skills to create a false persona, screen agent "PoopyPower". Posing as Marty Power over the telephone, he attracted the attention of real agents and managers who would later book his performances. He came to prominence in the late 1990s for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream series of horror films. In recent years, he has also performed minor roles in a number of other Hollywood films, and most often appears opposite actor Kal Penn, including Malibu's Most Wanted, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Son of the Mask. His lead role as Tim Avery in Son of the Mask earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor.
Kennedy formed a production company called Wannabe Producers, alongside Josh Etting, through which he has produced the shows The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blowin' Up, The Starlet, and Living with Fran. Following Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), which he both wrote and starred in, Kennedy co-wrote the MTV show Blowin' Up (2006) featuring his friend Stu Stone.
Kennedy lent his voice as a celebrity in the videogame ESPN NFL 2K5 as a celebrity adversary with his own football team, the Upper Darby Cheesesteaks and he is also unlockable as a Free Agent tight end in season mode. His stint as Activision's emcee at E3 2007, however, drew criticism.
While working on his film Malibu's Most Wanted, Kennedy had ghostwriter Ellen Rapaport write a comic pseudo-autobiography entitled, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The book chronicles his life in Hollywood as he attempts to become a star. It gives background on his life and family, and quickly dives into his adventures. It tells of such things as Kennedy's living conditions in the Hollywood slums, his beat up car, his kidney issues, and funky characters throughout the story.
As a performer of stand-up comedy, he is best known for his sketch performances on his television reality show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB Network's highest ranking new show in 2002, but which was cancelled in April 2004 due to falling viewership. In 2006, Jizzy Entertainment released Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special. In 2008, Kennedy released the documentary Heckler, about the plight of stand-up comics vs their often-aggressive audience. In 2007 he appeared in Criminal Minds as a cannibal satanist serial killer.
Since 2008, Kennedy has played psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama Ghost Whisperer, and in real life Kennedy was dating the show's star, Jennifer Love Hewitt but has recently spilt. He is also active in California's tourism campaign, having appeared in several commercials with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since 2009, he has been in the TV series, The Cleveland Show, playing Roberta Tubbs' boyfriend.
He has also starred in the new Nicktoon Fanboy and Chum Chum as Kyle, a pre-teen who controls magic and has braces. He has garnered generally favorable criticism for his voice, with ToonGuys ultimately saying that "The Show is decent, but Seth Green and Jamie Kennedy lending their voices as two friends in the show makes it even more interesting." In April 2010, sources reported that Kennedy would very likely return to the Scream franchise to star in the upcoming fourth installment, however, according to Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson there were never plans for him to rejoin the franchise, attributing the misinformation to a misunderstanding or fabrication.
- Dead Poet's Society (1989) (extra)
- Romeo + Juliet (1996) as Sampson
- Scream (1996) as Randy Meeks
- Clockwatchers (1997) as Eddie
- Bongwater (1997)
- Scream 2 (1997) as Randy Meeks
- Boogie Nights (1997) (deleted scenes)
- As Good as It Gets (1997) as Street Hustler
- Enemy of the State (1998) as Jamie
- Starstruck (1998) as George Gordon Flynn
- Bowfinger (1999) as Dave
- Three Kings (1999) as Walter Wogaman
- Bait (2000) as Agent Blum
- The Specials (2000) as Amok
- Scream 3 (2000) as Randy Meeks
- Boiler Room (2000) as Adam
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) as Chaka's Production Assistant
- Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) as Evil Ice Cream Man
- Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) as Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman (lead role)
- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) weird guy peeing in woods
- Son of the Mask (2005) as Tim Avery/The Mask (lead role)
- Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special (2006) as himself
- Criminal Minds (2007) as Floyd Feylinn Ferell
- Heckler (2007) as himself
- Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) as Justin Schumacher (lead role)
- Extreme Movie (2008) as Mateus
- Reaper (2008) as Ryan the Musician
- Ghost Whisperer (2008-2010) as Dr. Eli James
- The Cleveland Show (2009-present) as Gabriel "Federline Jones" Friedman (voice)
- Fanboy and Chum Chum (2009-present) as Kyle (voice)
- Spring Break '83 (2009) as Ballzack
- Finding Bliss (2009) as Richard 'Dick' Harder
- Bending the Rules (2011) as Theo Gold
- Blowin' Up (2006)
- ↑ Kennedy does stand-up Dailytargum.com
- ↑ Jamie Kennedy: Man-Child In The Promised Land | Mens Magazine Online
- ↑ Barry, Rebecca (August 13, 2006). "A quick word with Jamie Kennedy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved September 09, 2010. Check date values in:
- ↑ 2005 RAZZIE® Nominees & "Winners"
- ↑ Watch Activision alienate E3 audience with Jamie Kennedy - Joystiq
- ↑ Jamie Kennedy review
- ↑ Interview with Kennedy about Heckling
- ↑ Ghost Whisperer: Jamie Kennedy in, Jay Mohr out
- ↑ California's new winter tourism ad to star Jamie Kennedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
- ↑ Jamie Kennedy, Cinephile, Returning in 'Sccream IV'
- ↑ Jamie Kennedy NOT Back for Scream 4!
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