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Trey Parker (born Randolph Severn Parker III; October 19, 1969) is an American animator, screenwriter, director, producer, voice artist, musician and actor, best known for being the co-creator of the television series South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone.

Parker started his film career in 1992, making a holiday short titled Jesus vs. Frosty. His first success came from Cannibal! The Musical. From there he made another short title Jesus vs. Santa, which led him and his college friend, Matt Stone, to create the animated television series South Park, which has been on television for over a decade. He has won 4 Emmy Awards for his role in South Park, winning for both "Outstanding Programming More Than One Hour" and "Outstanding Programming Less Than One Hour".

Early life

Parker was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Randy (a geologist) and Sharon (an insurance broker). The two share the first names and occupations of South Park characters Randy and Sharon Marsh.[1] He has an older sister named Shelley, also the name of Stan Marsh's older sister. Parker grew up in the Conifer, Colorado area, and attended Berklee College of Music before transferring to the University of Colorado, where he majored in music.

Career

In 1992, Parker and Stone created Jesus vs. Frosty.[2] It included four boys, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick and Eric Cartman. Both Jesus vs. Frosty and Cannibal! The Musical were made while they were students at the University of Colorado film school, studying under both Stan Brakhage and Jerry Aronson. Fox executive Brian Graden saw Cannibal! The Musical, and commissioned Parker and Stone to create Time Warped, a show similar to Cannibal!, but on a weekly basis. After two pilot episodes, the show was dropped.

After the duo released Cannibal! The Musical, they were asked to make another animated short. They came down to two ideas; one a sequel to Jesus vs. Frosty, entitled Jesus vs. Santa, and one about a character that would later be recurring in South Park, Mr. Hankey.[3] They chose to write about the four boys, and their decision ultimately opened the door for them to present a show, South Park, to Comedy Central.[4] Stone and Parker produced 13 episodes for season 1. South Park is currently still under contract to produce new episodes through 2011.[5]

In 1997, they also released Orgazmo, a movie rated NC-17. In 1998, they starred in (but did not write or direct) BASEketball, another feature film, while being renewed for a second season of South Park. In 1999, Parker and Stone made South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which gave the series a new level of prominence.[6] He was nominated for an Academy Award as the co-writer of one of the film's songs, "Blame Canada," but did not win. In 2001, the duo announced they would do 39 shorts between the lengths of 2 and 5 minutes. Although originally thought to be South Park related, they decided they would do something different. The result was the shorts Princess.[7] The content was so extreme that it was cancelled after two shows aired. In 2001, they also created That's My Bush!, another television series. Despite great reviews, the show was cancelled after one season for the cost per episode. In 2004, they made a film, titled Team America: World Police.[8][9] The film was not considered a box-office success, grossing 51 million dollars in theaters, despite largely positive reviews (78% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com).[10] As of 2010, South Park is in its fourteenth season.

Parker is also a member of the band DVDA with Stone, for which he plays keyboards and sings. DVDA's songs have appeared in many of the duo's productions. They include Orgazmo, BASEketball , South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and Team America: World Police.[11][12][13][14]

Trey claimed to have been on acid with Matt Stone at the time of the 2000 Academy Awards, where they wore dresses popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow at previous awards shows.[15]

On September 28, 2007, Parker and Stone acquired the rights to the Canadian-made Kenny vs. Spenny, which premiered November 14, 2007 on Comedy Central with ten old and new episodes.[16]

In April 2010, Trey Parker and Matt Stone received a "warning" for allegedly representing the Prophet Muhammad in a bear costume: "We have to warn Matt and Trey [South Park creators] that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show." ".[17] It was revealed in the next episode that the person in the bear costume was really Santa Claus and not the Prophet Muhammad.

Theater productions

Parker and Stone are collaborating with Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez on a musical about Mormons; it has been titled Book of Mormon, and will star Cheyenne Jackson.[18] It will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. The play is scheduled to open sometime in the spring of 2011.[19]

On July 27, 2010, a stage version of Cannibal! The Musical will make its West End premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre. It will be produced by Frazer Brown.[20]

Voices on South Park

Trey Parker voices Stan Marsh and Eric Cartman, two of the main characters on the show. He also voices recurring characters Randy Marsh, Marvin Marsh, Starvin' Marvin, Clyde Donovan, Mr. Garrison, Ned Gerblansky, Dr. Alphonse Mephesto, Stephen Stotch, Mr. Hankey, Santa Claus, God, Sexual Harassment Panda, Mr. Mackey, Officer Barbrady, Ms. Choksondik, Timmy, Jimmy Vulmer, Tuong Lu Kim, Phillip, and Satan, as well as many other minor speaking roles.

Personal life

In 2006, Parker married Japanese socialite Emma Sugiyama in Hawaii. He proposed to Sugiyama at friend George Clooney's Italian villa the year before.[citation needed] The officiant was 1970s sitcom producer Norman Lear. Parker entertained his guests with karaoke renditions of Neil Diamond songs.[21]

Religion

On a September 2006 airing of the ABC news program Nightline, Parker articulated his position on religion. He stated that he believes there is more going on than humanity knows and cautioned that it would take a long time to explain exactly what he meant by his belief in God. Stone subsequently added, "I still don't understand it."[22]

Parker has stated his understanding on atheism as,[22] "Basically ... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous — the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah ... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause ... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever."

Discography

Filmography

Year Production Role Other notes
1992 Jesus vs. Frosty Actor, Producer, Writer
1994 Cannibal! The Musical Director, Actor, Producer, Writer
1995 Jesus vs. Santa Actor, Producer, Writer
Time Warped (un-aired television series) Creator, Actor
1996 Your Studio and You Actor, Writer, Director Cameo
1997 South Park (Television Series; 1997-present) Co-Creator, Voice Actor, Writer, Director, Executive Producer
Orgazmo Actor, Writer, Producer
1998 BASEketball Actor
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Director, Voice Actor, Writer, Producer, Music Co-Composer Nomination - Academy Award for Best Original Song
Terror Firmer Actor
2000 Even If You Don't Director Music Video
2001 Princess (Flash series) Director, Writer, Voice Actor, Producer Animation Shorts
That's My Bush! (Television Series; 2001) Co-creator, Writer, Executive Producer Cameo
2004 Team America: World Police Director, Writer, Voice Actor, Producer
2005 The Aristocrats Guest Appearance
2007 Kenny vs. Spenny Executive Producer
2007 Saul of the Mole Men Voice actor Television series, intro sung by him

References

  1. "Trey Parker Biography". tv.com. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  2. "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Frosty". spscriptorium.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. "The South Park Timeline". spscriptorium.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  4. "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa". spscriptorium.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  5. "South Park Renewed for Three". animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  6. "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut". bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  7. "Princess". spschat.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  8. "Trey Parker and Matt Stone talk Team America: World Police". movieweb.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  9. "Interview with Matt Stone". BBC Movies. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  10. "Team America: World Police (2004)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  11. "Soundtracks for South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  12. "Soundtracks for Orgazmo". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  13. "Soundtracks for BASEketball". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  14. "Soundtracks for Team America: World Police". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  15. Otto, Jeff. "Interview: Trey Parker and Matt Stone". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  16. Associated Press (2007-09-28). "Cdn. show hits Comedy Central thanks to South Park creators". cbcnews.ca. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  17. Hassaballa, Hesham (2010-04-26). "Hesham Hassaballa: What would Prophet Muhammad do?". Chicago Tribue. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  18. Adams, Guy (2008-11-19). "Mormons to get 'South Park' treatment". Independent (London). 
  19. "Book of Mormon Play To Hit Broadway". current.com. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  20. Rawlinson, Kevin (2010-01-12). "Cannibal! The Musical heads for the West End". London: The Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  21. Leonard, Devin (2006-10-18). "How Trey Parker and Matt Stone made South Park a success". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 Secrets of 'South Park', Sept, 2006.

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