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Fred Armisen Biography

Birth Name:
Fereydun Robert Armisen
Birth Place:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Grew up on Long Island and also spent part of his childhood in Brazil
  • Began his career in music; was a drummer in the '90s punk-rock group Trenchmouth and in the Blue Man Group's Chicago show
  • Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW, a video he created at the 1988 South By Southwest music conference became a cult hit and helped him transition into comedy
  • Has directed music videos for bands such as Helio Sequence and Tigers & Monkeys
  • Founded ThunderAnt
  • com, a website featuring comedy sketches he created with Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein; the pair later went on to create Portlandia

Awards

  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated

Relationships