Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is a U.S. actor, comedian and musician best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and portraying off-color foreign characters in various comedy films such as EuroTrip, Anchorman and Cop Out. With Carrie Brownstein, he is the cocreator and costar of the IFC sketch series Portlandia. Armisen was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and moved to Manhattan, New York City as a baby. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island. His mother, Hildegardt, a school-teacher, is Venezuelan, and his father, who worked for I.B.M., is of German and Japanese descent. He attended the School of Visual Arts (NYC) before dropping out to begin a career as a rock drummer. He has mentioned watching the bands The Clash and Devo perform on television, and wanting to be a performer since he was a child. In 1984, Armisen played drums in a local band along with his high school friends in Valley Stream, New York, but the group ended soon after. Armisen began his career in 1988 when he moved from New York to Chicago to play drums for the punk rock band Trenchmouth. In the 1990s, he played background drums with the Blue Man Group in Chicago.



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