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Andy Samberg
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David A. J. Samberg

(1978-08-18) August 18, 1978 (age 45)
Alma mater University of California, Santa Cruz
New York University (BFA)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • musician
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
(m. 2013)
Children 1
Relatives Alfred J. Marrow (adoptive grandfather)
Tammy Baldwin (third cousin)
Comedy career
  • Film
  • internet
  • music
  • television
  • Anti-humor
  • musical comedy
  • improvisational comedy
  • physical comedy
  • sketch comedy

Andy Samberg (born David A. J. Samberg; August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, musician, producer and screenwriter. He is a member of the comedy music group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012, where he and his fellow group members are credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts.

Samberg has starred in several films, including Hot Rod (2007), I Love You, Man (2009), That's My Boy (2012), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), and Palm Springs (2020). Samberg has also lead voice roles in Space Chimps (2008), the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film series (2009–2013), the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012–2022), Storks (2016), America: The Motion Picture (2021), and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022).

From 2013 to 2021, he starred as Jake Peralta in the Fox, and later NBC, police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which he also produced. For his work on the show, he was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2013.

Early life and education

Samberg was born in Berkeley, California on August 18, 1978. His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is a retired teacher, who taught at John Muir Elementary School, and his father, Joe Samberg, is a photographer. He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow. At age 5, he told his parents that he wanted to change his name to Andy. Samberg was raised in a Jewish family and considers himself "not particularly religious." He also has Italian heritage. He attended Chabot Elementary School with his future Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star Chelsea Peretti.

In a 2019 episode of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Samberg discovered that his mother Marjorie, who was adopted by Jewish parents, is the biological daughter of a Sicilian Roman Catholic father named Salvatore Maida, who immigrated in 1925, and a German-Jewish refugee mother named Ellen Philipsborn, who had come to the US in 1938; they met in San Francisco. Samberg is a third cousin of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and his adoptive maternal grandfather was industrial psychologist and philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow.

Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996, where he became interested in creative writing and has stated that writing classes "were the ones that [he] put all [his] effort into... that's what [he] cared about and that's what [he] ended up doing". He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz for two years before transferring to New York University (NYU)'s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2000. While at NYU, writer Murray Miller was his roommate.


Acting and filmmaking

Samberg majored in experimental film. He became an online star and made his own comedy videos with his friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. When YouTube was created in 2005, the streaming of their videos became much more widespread. Samberg became a featured player on Saturday Night Live in part because of the work he had done on his sketch comedy website, which helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at Saturday Night Live. Prior to joining its cast, Samberg was (and remains) a member of the comedy troupe the Lonely Island, along with Taccone and Schaffer. The trio began writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005 and released their debut album Incredibad in 2009. Samberg appeared in numerous theatrical films, commercials, music videos, and hosted special events, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

In 2012, Samberg delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University, and he starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy. The same year, he starred in Hotel Transylvania as the main character, Jonathan, a role he reprised for its sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In September 2012, Samberg played Cuckoo in the BAFTA nominated BBC Three series Cuckoo; and, in 2013, he landed the role of Detective Jake Peralta in Fox's (now NBC's) police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which first aired on September 17 of the same year. Samberg won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014 for his role as Peralta. Samberg hosted the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015. Years later, he co-hosted the 76th Golden Globe Awards with Sandra Oh on January 6, 2019.

Samberg starred in Sleater-Kinney's "No Cities to Love" video along with other actors such as Fred Armisen, Elliot Page, and Norman Reedus. On May 16, 2016, Samberg and the Lonely Island performed their 2009 hit "I'm on a Boat" with classroom instruments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as part of a recurring segment on the show.

Saturday Night Live

In September 2005, Samberg joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player and writer. Similarly, Schaffer and Taccone joined the show's writing staff. Though his live sketch roles were limited in his first year, he appeared in many prerecorded sketches including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments. On December 17, 2005, he co-starred with castmate Chris Parnell in the Digital Short show "Lazy Sunday", a hip hop song about a quest to see the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The short became an Internet phenomenon and garnered Samberg significant media and public attention. Acclaim continued, especially for "Dick in a Box", a duet with Justin Timberlake that won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The video for his comedy troupe's collaboration with T-Pain, "I'm on a Boat", had over 56 million views on YouTube, after debuting on February 7, 2009. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award. Another digital short, "Motherlover", also featuring Timberlake, was released on May 10, 2009, to commemorate Mother's Day, and it is a sequel of "Dick in a Box". Outside of his prerecorded segments, he participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch. On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that Samberg had left the show. He returned to the show to host the Season 39 finale in 2014 and to host the 40th anniversary special's Digital Short.

Personal life

Samberg is married to musician Joanna Newsom. He once described himself as a "superfan", and they met at one of her concerts. After five years of dating, Samberg proposed to her in February 2013, and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California, with Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers serving as Samberg’s groomsman. In March 2014, Samberg and Newsom purchased the Moorcrest estate in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles, California, which was associated with various historical figures: in the 1920s, it was owned by the parents of actress Mary Astor; and, prior to that Charlie Chaplin rented the estate. The couple also own a home in Manhattan's West Village. They announced the birth of their daughter on August 8, 2017.

Samberg, who grew up in the East Bay, is a fan of the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble
2008 Space Chimps Ham III Voice
Extreme Movie N/A Co-writer
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Man
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Voice
2011 Friends with Benefits Quincy
What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Abrams
That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger
The Watch Casual ... #1 Cameo
Hotel Transylvania Jonathan Loughran Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader Cameo
The To Do List Van King
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale Voice
2014 Neighbors Toga #1 Cameo
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Voice
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Conner "Kid Conner" Friel/Conner4Real Also producer and writer
Storks Junior Voice
2017 Take the 10 Johnny
Brigsby Bear Eric Also producer
Puppy! Johnny Loughran Voice; short film
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Voice
2020 Palm Springs Nyles Also producer
2021 America: The Motion Picture Benedict Arnold Voice
2022 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Johnny Loughran Voice
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Dale Voice
TBA Lee David Scherman Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The 'Bu Aaron 8 episodes; also writer
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Episode: "Righteous Brothers"
House of Cosbys Cosby Team TriOsby (voice) 2 episodes
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live Various Characters 139 episodes; also writer
2008 Human Giant Jonathan 4 episodes
2009 2009 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) Television special
2009–2011 American Dad! Ricky the Raptor / Anti-Christ (voices) Episode: "Rapture's Delight"
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad (voice) Television film
The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Bulletinboard Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"
Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Episode: "Park Safety"
2011–2017 Adventure Time Various voices 3 episodes
2012 Portlandia Andy Episode: "Mixologist"
30 Rock Himself Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
SpongeBob SquarePants Colonel Carper (voice) Episode: "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
Cuckoo Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick 7 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 5 episodes
2013 28th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
The Awesomes Various voices 3 episodes
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself (roaster) Television special
2013–2021 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jake Peralta Main role; also producer
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"
2015 The Eric Andre Show Eric Andre Episode: "Pauly D & Rick Springfield"
Major Lazer Dr Nerd/Dr Bass Drop (voice) 2 episodes
7 Days in Hell Aaron Williams Television film; also executive producer
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) Television special
2016 Party Over Here N/A Creator and executive producer
New Girl Jake Peralta Episode: "Homecoming"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, ... Valentine's Day Special Kenny G Television special
Master of None Nicolas Cage (voice) Episode: "New York, I Love You"
Tour de Pharmacy Marty Hass Television film; also executive producer
Lady Dynamite Himself 2 episodes
2018 Alone Together N/A Executive producer
Bob's Burgers Brett (voice) Episode: "Sleeping with the Frenemy"
2019 76th Golden Globe Awards Himself (co-host) Television special
PEN15 N/A Executive producer
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Paul Episode: "We Used to Watch This at My Old Work"; also executive producer
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Jose Canseco Television special; also executive producer
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Heretic (skekGra) (voice) 4 episodes
2020 Mapleworth Murders Bran BcBillan 2 episodes
Kal Penn Approves This Message Himself (guest) Episode: "Kal Penn Approves Voting"
2020–2022 Never Have I Ever Himself (voice) 2 episodes
2021 Baking It Himself (host) 6 episodes
2022 The Boys: Diabolical Gary (Reception Guy) (voice) Episode: "John and Sun-Hee"; also writer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Captain Valentine Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "Dick In A Box"
Saturday Night Live Won
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "Motherlover"
Teen Choice Awards Web Star Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite Web Celeb Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "Shy Ronnie"
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "I Just ..."
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "Jack Sparrow"
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
for the song "3-Way (The Golden Rule)"
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Best Actor in a New TV Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
American Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actor – TV Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
EWwy Award Best Actor, Comedy Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actor Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
Poppy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy TV Actor Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actor Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Special (Live) The 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominated
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie Palm Springs Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Nominated
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Comedy Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series PEN15 Nominated
2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Animated Program The Boys Presents: Diabolical Nominated

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