Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, and singer best known for his long-running role as SpongeBob from the SpongeBob SquarePants series.
Kenny has also voiced numerous other characters, including Heffer Wolfe in Rocko's Modern Life, the Mayor and the Narrator in The Powerpuff Girls, Eduardo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh, the Ice King in Adventure Time, and Spyro from the Spyro the Dragon franchise.
Kenny was born and raised in Syracuse, New York to Paul and Theresa Kenny. As a young child, he loved drawing, and collecting record albums in the late 1960s and '70s. He went to Bishop Grimes High School, which is also located in Syracuse. He was friends with comedian Bobcat Goldthwait when they were in school, after Bobcat got in trouble with one of the teachers in the school, who dragged him into Kenny's class. The two were friends through school and after college, and appeared in films that Bobcat directed and starred in, such as Shakes the Clown, and World's Greatest Dad.
Kenny first met his wife Jill Talley in 1992 while working on The Edge, in 1992. The two have since frequently collaborated on SpongeBob, among other works. They have two children, Mack (born c. 1997), and Nora (born August 2003).
Involvement in Mixels
- He was the first voice actor revealed in the series, during various interviews.