Fred Armisen is a well-recognized name in the TV and film industry. He is an American actor, comedian, voice artist, musician, producer, and screenwriter most praised for his work on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Early Life and Education
Fred Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, as Fereydun Robert Armisen in Hattiesburg, Mississippi whereas grew up in Valley Stream New York. He is the son of Fereydun Armisen, an IBM employee, and Hildegardt Mirabal, a school teacher.
Armisen went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City and soon dropped out to be a rock drummer. He had a keen interest in performing as a child.
Fred began his career as a drummer of a local band along with his high school friend in 1984. In 1988, he joined the punk rock band Trenchmouth in Chicago. He then played background drums with Blue Man Group followed by three tracks for Les Savy Fav’s album Let’s Stay Friends in 2007.
In 2011 he performed for Matthew Sweet's album Modern Art and Wandering Lucy’s album Leap Year in 2015. In 2014 he became the bandleader of the 8G Band. He was the bandleader of the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014.
Furthermore, Armisen developed his interest in acting and joined the television work which includes memorable Andy Kaufman-esque appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He also performed for the comedy show Crank Yankers and Adult Swim.
In 2002, he was featured on the show Saturday Night Live. The show gained him huge fan followings along with the name and fame. He portrayed popular personalities such as Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Martin Scorsese, Tony Danza, and Iranian presidents in the show. He then made his appearance in the comedic series The Sarah Silverman Program and 30 Rock.
Later, Fred made his big screen debut with films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in 2004 followed by Kiss Me Again in 2006, Baby Mama in 2008, and Easy A in 2010.
He lent his voice to the film series Smurf and was featured in animated TV shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies. He alongside his comedy partner Carrie Brownstein and director plus co-writer Jonathan Krisel, performed in the IFC comedy sketch Portlandia. They eventually founded a website featuring comedy sketches namely ThunderAnt.com.
Portlandia earned him the nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Variety Series in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and also for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. In 2008 and 2011 he won Peabody Awards as a part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast and for Portlandia.
What's Fred Armisen's Relationship Status? Does He Have a Spouse?
Fred Armisen is no longer in a relationship right now. He is likely single these days. Not long ago, he and actress Natasha Lyonne were in a longtime relationship.
The duo's romance began in 2014 through mutual friend Maya Rudolph. After nearly eight years of dating, they amicably separated in April 2022, with Lyonne humorously attributing their split to her desire for a swimming pool.
Despite the breakup, their love endured, and they remained close friends. Both have expressed admiration for each other and even collaborated on projects post-breakup. Lyonne and Armisen exemplify the ability to maintain a strong bond beyond romance, showcasing a remarkable friendship that transcends the challenges of love.
Armisen was previously married to actress Elisabeth Moss in 2009. They eventually split up in 2011. His first wife is English singer and songwriter Sally Timms. He married Sally in 1988. Their marriage lasted for six long years and they divorced in 2004. In both his marriages he didn't have any children.
As a comedian, actor, voice artist, musician, producer, and screenwriter Fred earns a huge salary. He holds a staggering net worth of $8 million.
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Fred Armisen Affairs
Third Affair with Natasha Lyonne
Actress Natasha Lyonne is the current girlfriend of Fred Armisen. They started dating since 2014 andstill going strong.