If you’re like me and actually paid attention to SNL in the late 90s to the early 2000s, you’re quite familiar with Chris Kattan. It felt like he was in every sketch, and portrayed the wildest characters. You know, like Mango:
and Mr. Peepers:
Let’s not forget his small role in the greatest SNL sketch ever:
I mean, that’s just fantastic.
Kattan was born in Sherman Oaks, California in 1970 to Kip King and Hajnalka Biro. King was a voice actor and appeared on Reno 911!. Kattan’s mother was a model who worked in London and appeared in Playboy.
In 1996, Kattan moved to New York to work on Saturday Night Live where he starred next to the likes of Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Kristin Wiig, Tracy Morgan, and Tina Fey, among many others. One of his characters, alongside Ferrell, led to a full length film you either love or hate because it’s ridiculously stupid-funny:
Needless to say the movie wasn’t a hit at the box office. Know what else wasn’t a box office hit? Corky Romano:
Look, I know I’m posting a bunch of videos, but I feel they’re all necessary to remind us of how great he was during SNL, and how bad he was outside of SNL. It’s a tale of two Kattans. Rotten Tomatoes gave A Night at the Roxbury and Corky Romano a combined 17%. Obviously the place for zany characters is on a late-night sketch show and not in feature films, though these facts don’t stop me from watching the movies when they’re on.
Aside from the aforementioned films, Kattan appeared in the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, 2001’s Monkeybone, 2002’s Undercover Brother, and even had a deleted scene in Superbad that I was unable to find on my Internet. He had appearances in a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, was a regular on The Middle, and was a celebrity contestant on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.
Kattan was married to model Sunshine Deia Tutt from 2008-2009. Here’s the briefly happy couple:
If you think Kattan is three sheets to the wind in this picture, you’re not wrong. In February of this year, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his car hit a few traffic cones and nailed a parked maintenance vehicle. He was ordered by a judge to attend 12-step meetings.
The upside for Kattan is that he’s been re-called to play Mango in an Alexander Wang video promoting Wang’s clothing line:
Here’s how Kattan is looking these days when he’s not portraying Mango:
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