Trey Parker


Trey Parker

Infobox actor
name = Trey Parker



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birthname = Randolph Severn Parker III
birthdate = birth date and age|1969|10|19
location = Conifer, Colorado, U.S.A.
deathdate =
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yearsactive = 1989 to present
homepage =
academyawards =
emmyawards = Outstanding Animated Program - For Programming less than One Hour
2005 - South Park
episode, "Best Friends Forever"
2007 - South Park
episode, "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
Outstanding Animated Program for One Hour or More
2008 - South Park
"Imaginationland"
tonyawards =

Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor, actor, musician and Academy Award nominated lyricist. He is most noted as one of the creators of the animated series "South Park" along with Matt Stone.

Biography

Parker was born in Conifer, Colorado, and is the younger of two children born to Randy Parker and Sharon Parker. He has an older sister named Shelley (who share the first names of South Park characters Randy, Sharon and Shelley Marsh). Parker's father set out to raise him in the Buddhist teachings of Alan Watts, the philosopher. [http://www.reason.com/news/show/116787.html Reason Magazine Interview] In 1985, Parker and his friend Dave Goodwin recorded an album titled "Immature: A Collection of Love Ballads for the '80s Man" on cassette. It was released in 1987, and since then a few copies have been sold on eBay. Later, Parker and Goodwin co-wrote several early episodes of South Park. He attended West Jefferson Elementary, Middle and Junior High School and Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado, where he was voted class clown. He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1988.

Parker went to Berklee College of Music in Boston before transferring to the University of Colorado [http://www.southparkstudios.com/behind/creator.php South Park Studios Bio] , where he met Matt Stone. He majored in music, and, with a goal to someday score films, took classes to learn more about the film-making process. He made several animated shorts while attending the university, including "American History" which won a Student Academy Award, and "The Spirit of Christmas": "Jesus vs. Frosty" with Matt Stone. Whether or not he was kicked out has often been debated, but Parker confirmed in a South Park Studios interview, and said that the reason for this was that he didn't go to class for "nearly a semester" because he was filming "Cannibal the Musical". Fact|date=March 2008

Parker's first live action film was a feature length piece about Alferd Packer, a Colorado miner who was the first person convicted of cannibalism in America. A trailer was shot over the summer, and was used to help raise enough funds to shoot the film. "Alferd Packer, The Musical" began filming during spring break in 1993. It was renamed "Cannibal! The Musical" when Troma picked up the film for distribution in 1996.

Parker's college film caught the eye of Brian Graden, a Fox executive. In 1995, Graden commissioned Stone and Parker to create a video Christmas card based on their animated college short. "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa" was the result—a five minute short that featured an uncensored Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick watching Jesus and Santa battle it out for ownership of Christmas.

That same year, Parker created a pilot for Fox called "Time Warped"—a "musical romp through time" featuring a story about Aaron and Moses. Fox felt the idea would work better as a children's show so a new pilot, "Rom & Jul" was made for Fox Kids—a "Romeo and Juliet"-esque story about a Homo erectus and Australopithecus who fall in love despite the conflict between their species.

Parker wrote, directed and starred in his second feature film, "Orgazmo", in 1997, about a wholesome Mormon who becomes a celebrity in the Los Angeles adult film world. Due to the NC-17 rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America it was not widely released. Still, due to its satirical Mormon subject matter, "Orgazmo" enjoyed a successful and unprecedented months-long run at Salt Lake City art house Tower Theatre.

Parker and Stone were then hired by Comedy Central to create a show based on the animated characters from "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa". The show tested poorly with audiences, but Comedy Central decided to pick it up for six episodes anyway. "South Park" made its debut on August 13, 1997, and has since gone on to be the highest-rated and well known original series in the network's history.

Parker is also lead singer and keyboard player for the band DVDA. DVDA was referenced in the film Orgazmo meaning Double Vagina Double Anal. It is also referenced in the South Park episode Clubhouses. One of the girls that Cartman invites over to play truth or dare is wearing a black shirt bearing: D.V.D.A. The band also plays the soundtrack to many of Parker and Stones works, such as in Team America: World Police; America Fuck Yeah, Montage and Everyone has Aids. The band also created the song Chewbacca, a widely received comic song.

In 1998, Parker starred with Stone, Dian Bachar and Yasmine Bleeth in "BASEketball", directed by David Zucker of "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun" fame. The story follows a group of friends who take their homemade game from neighborhood driveways to the professional sports world. Parker spoofs this in the "South Park" episode, "The Passion of the Jew"; Stan demanding his money back after seeing the "The Passion of the Christ", saying he should be able to get his money back "just like [they] did for "BASEketball".

In the summer of 1999, Parker and Stone released their critically acclaimed feature length film, "", which was a musical. "Blame Canada", a song written by Parker and Marc Shaiman, was nominated for Best Song at the Academy Awards. The award was lost to Phil Collins, who was spoofed in later episodes of "South Park".

After a contract renegotiation in 2000, three more seasons were added to "South Park" and Parker and Stone had a deal to create a live action sitcom. Their idea was to parody standard-issue network sitcoms by depicting the Commander in Chief as a wacky, lovable stock-character caught in outrageous situations involving contemporary hotbed political issues. Its main character was to be whoever won the 2000 Presidential election—scripts were prepared for both George W. Bush and Al Gore. In 2001, "That's My Bush!" premiered. It was not brought back for a second season due to its high costs (reportedly US$700,000 per episode) and meager ratings. Another contract negotiation in 2003 picked up "South Park" for a ninth season, with an option to pick up a tenth.

Parker's next project was "". It is a satirical action movie (reportedly based on Jerry Bruckheimer's numerous productions, with special attention to those directed by Michael Bay) starring marionettes reminiscent of the "Thunderbirds" TV series from the 1960s. It depicts a special, all-American police force trying to save the world from terrorists with mixed results, despite their dedication to the American dream. It was released in October 2004.

On September 9, 2005, Comedy Central struck a deal with Parker and Stone for three more seasons of the show up until season 12.

They also have plans to form a production company, possibly with Paramount. In 2006, Parker and Stone signed a three-year production deal with Paramount Pictures. They named their new banner Trunity, a Mediar company, a division of True Mediar, a Unity Corpbopoly. Paramount and Comedy Central are both owned by Viacom, and have continued to be housed under the same umbrella even after the parent company split into two entities at the end of 2005.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are planning two new movies. First, "My All American", which will be a comedy set in high school, set for release in 2008. Second, "Giant Monsters Attack Japan", which will feature "Men in rubber suits" as a homage to Godzilla, set for release in 2009. [http://www.filmforce.ign.com/articles/727/727135p1.html] However, in an interview conducted March 20, 2008, Parker remarked "My All American" and "Giant Monsters Attack Japan" "were scripts that we liked, and we basically acquired them through Paramount, and they're two things that we're working on to figure out which one we really want to do." In the interview, Stone and Parker both remarked that they were not eager to get back to making films after the trying experience of producing "". [ [http://www.avclub.com/content/interview/trey_parker_matt_stone] ]

Parker has also most recently performed the theme song for the Adult Swim show "Saul of the Molemen". On August 26, 2007, the New York Times reported that Parker and Stone had signed a contract with Comedy Central for three more South Park seasons after season 12, bringing the total to 15 seasons. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/business/media/27south.html?_r=1&oref=slogin ‘South Park’ Creators Win Ad Sharing in Deal - New York Times ] ]

On September 28, 2007, Parker and Stone acquired the rights to the Canadian-made "Kenny vs. Spenny" [ [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2007/09/28/kenny-spenny-comedy.html Cdn. show hits Comedy Central] ] which premiered November 14, 2007 on Comedy Central with ten old and new episodes.

Parker resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Parker's religious beliefs

Parker states that he believes there is more going on than we even know about and cautioned that it would take a long time to explain exactly what he meant by his belief in God. Stone subsequently quipped, "I still don't understand it."

On a September 2006 airing of the ABC newsmagazine Nightline, Parker articulated his position: [ [http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/Entertainment/Story?id=2479197&page=2 Secrets of 'South Park'] , Sept, 2006.]

Basically ... out of all the ridiculous religion stories—which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous—the silliest one I've ever heard is, "Yeah ... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause ... just "cause". That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever."

Filmography

Miscellaneous

*Parker sings the vocals for the theme song of the Adult Swim program, Saul of the Molemen.

Voices on "South Park"

*Stan Marsh (including singing vocals)
*Randy Marsh
*Grandpa Marsh
*Starvin' Marvin
*Eric Cartman
*Clyde Donovan
*Craig and his parents
*Mr. Garrison
*Ned Gerblansky
*Dr. Alphonse Mephesto
*Stephen Stotch
*Mr. Hankey
*Santa Claus
*Mr. Mackey
*Officer Barbrady
*Ms. Choksondik
*Tom Pusslicker
*Timmy
*Jimmy Valmer
*Tuong Lu Kim
*Phillip
*Satan
* As well as various other characters

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0005295|name=Trey Parker


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