Early life, family, educational background
American television, film and theatre actor Kevin Chamberlin, was born on 25 November 1963, in Baltimore, Maryland USA. He was raised in Moorestown, New Jersey after his family moved there when he was nine years old. He starred as Huck Finn in his elementary school’s production of “Tom Sawyer.” After matriculating from high school, he studied acting in New Brunswick, New Jersey at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of Arts, and graduated in 1985 with a BFA in acting.
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According to Playbill, he consistently moves between television, theatre and films, because he gets bored with each acting form, especially after an unpleasant experience.
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In 1992, he was the understudy for both Sy Benson and Herb Lee in Broadway’s “My Favorite Year.” He played Feargus on Broadway in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” in 1993, then replaced the original actor as Amos Hart in “Chicago” in 1996 on Broadway, and played Dimas in 1997’s “Triumph of Love.”.
On Broadway in 2000, he played Charlie in “Dirty Blonde” and Horton the Elephant in “Seussical.” In 2004 he played in “West End,” in 2007 as Gaetano Proclo in “The Ritz”, then played Uncle Fester in 2010 in the Broadway show “The Addams Family”.
From 2018 to 2019, he played The Wizard of Oz in “Wicked” on Broadway, and Mr Mushnick in the Pasadena Playhouse production of 2019’s “Little Shop of Horrors”, alongside Amber Riley, George Salazar, Matthew Wilkas and Mj Rodriguez.
He was nominated for and won two Drama Desk Awards in 2000 – one for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for “Seussical”, and another for Outstanding Actor in the play “Dirty Blonde.” That same year, he was nominated for a Tony Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for “Dirty Blonde,” but didn’t win.
He was nominated again for a Tony Award in 2001 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Seussical.” In 2010 he was nominated for Drama Desk Award’s Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for “The Addams Family”, and for the same role was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, and for a Tony Award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category.
Kevin is one of a handful of actors who have been nominated for three of four Tony Award acting categories.
In 2018 in an interview with Broadwaybox.com, he compared his roles as Uncle Fester and Horton and said, ‘They’re actually very similar in that they’re incredibly childlike… That’s sort of the roles I gravitate towards: simple, childlike and full of joy. I always joke… that the name of my autobiography is going to be Find the Joy.’
In 1991 he guested in “Reading Rainbow” as Ted the Grateful Head, and had a recurring role as Audubon Poulet in “Ghostwriter” in 1994. In 2001, he guest-starred in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Roger Berry in the episode “Redemption.
” From 2001 to 2002 he played Mr. Bronkowski in “Ed”, and in 2003 guest-starred in “Without a Trace”, and as a guy in the waiting room in “Frasier.” In 2005 he played the recurring role of Momma in “Sex, Love & Secrets.” One of his most well-known roles was as the butler, Bertram Winkle in the Disney Channel Original Series “Jessie” from 2011 to 2015, alongside Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce and Peyton List.
In 2015 he made a guest appearance as Monty in “Modern Family,” as Frank in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” in 2017, and played Mr Lesko in two episodes of the Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” in 2018.
He was the enthusiastic NYPD bomb-defusal expert Charles Weiss in “Die Hard with a Vengeance” in 1995. In 2001 he played Wayne in “Herman U.S.A,” Frank the Bouncer in 2002’s “Road to Perdition,” in 2004’s “Suspect Zero” with Aaron Eckhart as Harold Speck, and as Mr Scanlon in “Christmas with the Kranks” with Tim Allen.
In 2006 he had a supporting role of New York police officer Marty in “Lucky Number Slevin” with Josh Hartnett. On 19 July 2013 the Disney Channel Original and Jeffrey Hornaday-directed movie “Teen Beach Movie” aired – Kevin played Dr Fusion in the film, which starred Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Grace Phipps, Barry Bostwick and Steve Valentine. In 2017 he voiced Gravel in “The Emoji Movie”, and in 2019 Uncle Tony in “Wonder Park.”
Kevin is openly gay, and proudly supported marriage equality and gay rights on his social media in 2012. As from 2012, he has also been fighting against gay violence in America. He is private about his personal life, but on 16 July 2015 revealed that he is married. He tweeted a response to a fan, ‘… yes, I am happily married.’ It is unknown if they are still married or have any children together. He has posted pictures of his dog, Samantha, on social media. On 15 June 2019, he was an online celebrity death hoax victim on various social media sites. According to the hoax, he passed away from a heart attack.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
He is a passionate photographer, and is exceedingly fond of wildlife.
He is bald and has blue eyes. He is 5ft 10in (1.78m) tall and weighs around 205lbs (93kg).
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million. He makes his money from endorsements, acting work, advertisements and other work.