Rebecca welcomes Jim Meskimen who is an actor, impressionist, voice artist, narrator, director, designer/cartoonist, and improvisational comedian best known for his work on WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, IMPRESS ME, and JIMPRESSIONS. Since 2017, he has captured the audience with his voice as Colonel Sanders in the advertising campaign for KFC and is the current voice of Genie from the Disney Aladdin franchise.
Jim's appeared in films such as FROST/NIXON, APOLLO 13, THE PAPER, and VIRAL VIGNETTES and created dozens of characters, weapons, and vehicles for the original "Thundercats" animated series. He is involved with three upcoming productions, including HUNTERS With Al Pacino, Carol Kane & Saul Rubinek), GASLIT (opposite Sean Penn and Julia Roberts / Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQQSrbSw9M0), and THE BIG DOOR PRIZE.
Jim appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) for two seasons and has worked with director Ron Howard on five of his films, including The Paper (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Edtv (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and Frost/Nixon (2008). He has also worked in two films by director Paul Thomas Anderson. A professional artist, Jim exhibits and sells his realist oil paintings. As a designer/cartoonist, he created dozens of characters, weapons, and vehicles for the original "Thundercats" animated series. Jim continues to dazzle audiences with his improvisational skills and appears regularly on L.A. stages.
Jim helped create laughter during the lockdown, when he joined a stellar cast including Barry Bostwick, Renee Taylor, John Schneider, Lynda Purl, Don Most, Susan Ruttan, Fred Melamed, Jane Kaczmarek, Robert Wuhl, and Audrey Landers, to name a few in the virtual hit series VIRAL VIGNETTES ( Vignettes Trailer: www.vimeo.com/662792409 ), now featured in festivals across the country.
Meskimen is married to actress Tamra Meskimen and they have a daughter, Taylor Meskimen. His mother is Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Marion Ross of Happy Days (1974) and the critically-acclaimed series, Brooklyn Bridge (1991). Jim is also known for playing President George Washington crossing the Delaware Turnpike for Geico (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpi0cMQEBbA), which led his mother, Marion Ross (aka Mrs. C on Happy Days) to claim that she is now the mother of the father of our country.
An extraordinary man of expertise and flair!
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