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McDonald (center, front) with the
Kids in the Hall cast
Kevin McDonald
Background information
Born (1961-05-16) May 16, 1961 (age 56)
Birthname Kevin Hamilton McDonald
Birthplace Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death
Body discovered
Burial place
Alma mater
Other names
Occupation(s) Actor, voice actor, comedian
Years active 1988–present
Known for
Notable work
Home town

Kevin Hamilton McDonald (born May 16, 1961) is a Canadian actor, comedian and voice artist. He is known as a member of The Kids in the Hall, the voice of Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Waffle in Catscratch, Pastor Dave in That 70s Show, and the Almighty Tallest Purple in Invader Zim. Kevin also stars as a co-pilot in the 2011 web comedy series Papillon.

Early life Edit

McDonald was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Sheila and Hamilton McDonald, who was a dental equipment salesman.[1] He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seven, after his father was transferred there.[2] His family subsequently lived in Toronto, Ontario as well. McDonald has a younger sister, Sandra.

During an interview on WTF with Marc Maron, McDonald discussed his father, Hamilton "Hammy" McDonald's severe alcoholism, which inspired the memorable Kids In The Hall sketches "Daddy Drank" and "Girl Drink Drunk." Although he calls his mother "a wonderful woman," she was nevertheless reluctant to leave him until Kevin turned 19, when his father's drinking had escalated to two bottles of vodka daily. McDonald, his mother and sister rented an apartment, where they quietly moved their belongings "every night [after his father would] collapse on the stairs." Once they had completely moved, his parents divorced, his father lost his job, went bankrupt and lived in a homeless shelter for a year, during which he abstained from drinking (although he alleged "his roommates were drinking Drano"); coincidentally, Kevin McDonald would use the same building to rehearse with The Kids In The Hall as they were starting out on stage. His father was able to find employment at a flower shop, then an apartment and, over time, resume his career in dental equipment sales. Eventually, he did drink again, but not to the extent he had earlier in his life and died of an aneurysm in 2004.[3] Kevin McDonald would use his relationship with his father as the basis for a one-man show, "Hammy And The Kids", in which he said he had no happy ending to the story of his father;[4] but, during his interview with Marc Maron, he said after one performance of his one-man show, he was approached by a stranger who said that he had served his father as a bartender, and that his father mentioned how proud he was of his son, the famous comedian, which moved McDonald to tears "like [it was] the ending to a bad movie."

McDonald briefly studied acting at a community college, where he was kicked out for being "a one-legged actor" (i.e. he could perform comedy, but not drama) by a dean who had a leg amputated, and was therefore a literal one-legged actor. However, William B. Davis, who would later find fame in his portrayal of Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files, was one of his professors, saw McDonald's potential and encouraged him to pursue improv comedy by giving him the number to Second City in Toronto.[5]

Career Edit

McDonald founded The Kids in the Hall with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe's TV show and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. Still, it's a frequent running gag that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.

Since The Kids in the Hall's end in 1994, he's played many roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl, Agent Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on The Martin Short Show, Ellen (as a radio personality), That '70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtv, Arrested Development, and Corner Gas. McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers, Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series. He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for "Roses" by OutKast.

In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. "Sketch with Kevin McDonald" won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew), with "The Imponderables" nominated for the same award.

He participated in Montréal's 2007 Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of The Kids in the Hall, and also with his show "Hammy and the Kids" with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and The Kids in the Hall.

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Kids in the Hall Cast Member TV series
1991 Zandalee Drug Dealer
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Travis Lindsey Star Trek-obsessed crossing guard
Saving Souls Featured Church Follower
1996 MADtv Guest Host
Friends Guru Saj
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Dr. Chris Cooper, various characters
1997 Johnny Bravo Young Clown (voice)
The Wrong Guy Motel Manager
Seinfeld Denim Vest Episode: "The Strike"
Ellen Chuck
1998 That '70s Show Pastor Dave Recurring role
The Godson Guppy Calzone
Boy Meets Girl Jack
The Angry Beavers Zookeeper (voice)
Ellen Chuck
1999 Galaxy Quest Announcer
Dinner at Fred's Fred
2000 The Ladies Man Mail Man
2001 The Santa Claus Brothers Mel TV
Sketch Pad The Kids in the Hall TV series
Invader ZIM Almighty Tallest Purple (voice) TV series
2002 The True Meaning of Christmas Specials The Ghost of Christmas Specials Yet to Come TV
Lilo & Stitch Agent Pleakley (voice)
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Mr. Mitchell Episode: "Sickness"
2003 Sick in the Head TV
What's New, Scooby-Doo Officer Claphammer (voice) TV Series
Stitch! The Movie Agent Pleakley (voice)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Agent Pleakley (voice)
2004 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Ivan, a seeing-eye imaginary friend (voices) Episode: "Sight for Sore Eyes"
Zeroman Rusty Woodenwater (voice) TV series
Corner Gas Marvin Drey Episode: "Tax Man"
Grounded for Life Steve Episode: "Pressure Drop"
2005 Catscratch Waffle (voice) TV series
Arrested Development Detective Streudler Episode: "Not Without My Daughter"
Sky High Dr. Medulla
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Agent Pleakley (voice)
2006 Bratz Scott (voice)
Unaccompanied Minors Guard
Casper's Scare School Beaky (The Pirate's Parrot) (voice)
Leroy & Stitch Agent Pleakley (voice)
Sketch with Kevin McDonald Host
2007 WordGirl Vocab Bee, PoliceChief, Judge, The Baker (voices) 1 episode
Epic Movie Harry Potter
The Emperor's New School Security Guard (voice) 1 episode
2009 Back at the Barnyard Baxter, Flaky (voices) 4 episodes ("Puppy Love", "Doggelganger", "Man's Best Fiend", "CuPig")
The Penguins of Madagascar Barry (voice)
2010 Fish Hooks Dr. Frog (voice) Bea's Journalism teacher
Death Comes to Town
2011 Keyhole
Dan Vs. Barry Ditmer 1 episode
2012 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Lu Kang TV series
Dead Before Dawn Professor Reginald Duffy
2013 Phineas and Ferb Professor Bannister (voice) Episode: "Sidetracked"
2014 Oceanworld Edward Bumpass Main cast
Odd Squad Lord Rectangle Episode: "Crime at Shapely Manor"
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Agent Pleakley (voice) Video game
Moonbeam City Accoutrement (voice) Episode: "Lasers and Liars"
2016 The Bagel and Becky Show Bagel (voice) TV series

Awards and nomination Edit

  • 1989 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Won
  • 1989 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series - Won
  • 1990 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Won
  • 1992 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
  • 1993 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Won
  • 1993 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
  • 1993 - CableACE Award - Nominated
  • 1994 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
  • 1994 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
  • 1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
  • 1995 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Nominated
  • 1996 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Nominated
  • 1996 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
  • 1998 - Silver Hugo Award for Best Documentary - Won
  • 2003 - Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series - Nominated

References Edit

External links Edit

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