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Tim Kazurinsky (born March 3, 1950) appeared as Sid, an angel who in life was a shoe store salesman, and who meets Al at the gates of Heaven in the Married with Children episode titled "God's Shoes" in Season 6. An equally gifted comedian and writer, as well as actor, Tim is best known for his role as a cast member on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy films. He is known for playing mousy, sheepish characters.

BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Tim was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his childhood in Australia, where he lived until the age of 16.[1] At age 11, Kazurinsky attended the Huntley Evans School of Performing Arts, where he studied the creative arts for six months before quitting due to intense hazing.

Tim worked in St. Louis, Missouri, as an advertising executive and copywriter for a department store chain. He moved to Chicago to start a comedy career and joined the Second City mainstage in 1978. He was discovered by Saturday Night Live and joined SNL as a writer and cast member in 1981. A producer at SNL, who was also a friend of Kazurinsky's, bumped Paul Reubens (later known for his character Pee-Wee Herman), from the line-up and put Kazurinsky in his place.

On SNL, Kazurinsky played various characters and was known for his celebrity impersonations. There were reports that he often clashed with then-executive producer Dick Ebersol regarding the show's creative direction. In 1984, he decided to leave SNL due to creative differences with the producers.

Recent appearancesEdit

Tim was cast in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time as the photographer who takes the portrait that woos Christopher Reeve's character back in time. He had a role in the 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd comedy Neighbors, and played the role of Carl Sweetchuck in three of the Police Academy films. In the 2000s, Kazurinsky guest-starred on popular comedy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and According to Jim.

Kazurinsky has written many screenplays and television episodes. Shortly after departing SNL, he co-wrote About Last Night... He also penned the 2001 film My Beautiful Son, starring Paul Reiser, Julie Walters, and Olympia Dukakis. In 2011, Kazurinsky played a supporting role in Zombie Army Productions "The Moleman of Belmont Avenue", which also featured Robert Englund.

Family and Personal LifeEdit

Tim presently lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Marcia. He has a son, Pete, and a daughter, Zoe.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tim Kazurinsky's top travel spots

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