Fereydun Robert “Fred” Armisen was born on the 4th December 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi USA, of German, Japanese, and Venezuelan ancestry. He is a comedian and actor, who is known not only for working in the cast of the TV comedy show “Saturday Night Live”, but for roles in TV series and films such as “Freak Show”, “Cop Out”, “Ugly Americans”, “Portlandia”, etc. He is also recognized as a drummer.
Have you ever wondered how rich is Fred Armisen? It has been stated that the current amount of Fred’s net worth reaches an estimated $7 million as of early 2016, which has been accumulated through his career in the entertainment industry.
Fred Armisen Net Worth $7 Million
Fred grew up in Manhattan, New York City, as he and his family moved there when he was still a toddler. He is the son of Fereydun Armisen, who was an employee of the IT giant IBM, and his wife, Hildegardt Mirabal, who worked as an elementary school teacher. He was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, but he soon quit education, and started a career in the world of music as a drummer, essentially with rock bands. Even in high school, Fred was focused on music, playing drums for the local bands, however, without major success. Nevertheless, in 1988, he joined the punk band Trenchmouth,with which he worked until 1996, when the members decided to pursue other ventures. Fred is now a drummer with The 8G band, which serves as a house band for “Late Night with Seth Meyers”.
When the band Trenchmouth disbanded, Fred became interested in acting, and he created a short video “Guide To Music And South By Southwest” (1998). Being in his debut, he struck the world with his comedy skills, and soon his name became quite known in the acting world. Starting firstly with smaller roles in films such as “Melvin Goes To Dinner” (2003), Like Mike” (2002), “Euro Trip” (2004), “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “Kiss Me Again” (2006), and “The Ex” (2006). In 2008, came Fred’s big break, as he was selected for “Saturday Night Live”, which celebrated him as both a comedian and as an actor, portraying various characters in his sketches during his tenure with the program, and also impersonating a number of celebrities. Some of his most notable impressions include President Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, Steve Jobs, Ira Glass, Hosni Mubarak, Harrison Ford, and others.
His acting career also increased his net worth, as he has appeared in over 90 film and TV titles, such as “Brooklyn Nine Nine” (2013-2014), “Easy A” (2010), “Our Family Wedding” (2010), “The Rocker” (2008). Fred is also known as a voice actor, lending his voice to characters in TV series and films such as “The Smurfs” (2011), “The Smurfs 2”, “Archer” (2014), “Looney Toones: Rabbits Run” (2015), and others.
Fred has also created a satirical comedy sketch show, “Portlandia”, which has been airing since 2011, with his friend and colleague Carrie Brownstein, for which he won a Peabody award in 2011. The show has also significantly increased his overall net worth.
Speaking about his personal life, Fred Armisen was married to Sally Timms, a singer and songwriter, from 1998 to 2004. After that, he was briefly married to Elisabeth Moss(2009-11), an actress, and currently is in a relationship with Natasha Lyonne, an actress as well. He lives in Los Angeles. In one TV show, Fred announced that he is an atheist.
Was high school friends with fellow "SNL" cast member Jim Breuer.
His first character on Saturday Night Live (1975) called "Fericito", was a Venezuelan "timbalero" (timbale player). The name was inspired by what his Mom and Grandma called him as a child - Fredicito (little Fred).
His father, Fereydun "Fred" Armisen, was born in Germany, to a Japanese father and a German mother (although Fereydun did not use his own father's Japanese surname). His mother, Hildegardt (Mirabal), was born and raised in a small city called San Fernando de Apure, in the southern plains of Venezuela.
Was a drummer for the early '90s punk band Trenchmouth.
There are people who are genetically made to start record labels, and I'm not one of those people. People just have it in their blood and are good at it. Corey Rusk from Touch and Go and Ian MacKaye. These are people who have made their own labels.
There are bands that I am friends with, who will invite me up on stage. Like Les Savy Fav, who have had me on stage, and I have played on their record. There are a couple of bands like that. Yo La Tango has invited me to play with them.
Sometimes 'Portlandia' can be pretty traditional. But the stuff I've always loved on 'SNL' has always been the weirdest stuff I've done. The stuff that went on at 10 to 1 in the morning.
Prince is my favorite ever. I've liked Prince since... It's been a really long time. Even in junior high. I used to only like punk for a while, and I had all these rules for what kinds of groups were cool, and who was not cool, but as soon as I saw this one Prince video... It just broke all those rules. I was like, 'I love this no matter what.'
I've met Tony Danza. He was really nice. And he looks... I feel like he hasn't aged. He looks exactly the same. He's just Tony Danza. He's exactly the same as he's always been.
I would really like to do a movie. Schedule-wise I don't know when exactly, but I think it would be great to do a Portlandia movie. Some of my favorite television shows have done it and they've been great. Like Monty Python. I think it would be great.
I don't think there's an archetype for the Justin Bieber fan. A Bieber fan just looks like an American. You wouldn't even need a costume to try and resemble one.
I try to maintain a high level of coolness. Which means I've gotta look at lot of magazines. I've gotta look at a lot of ads to see what people want to wear.
I'm drawn to punk. I'm drawn to samba a bit. I don't think there's a type of music I'm not drawn to. Lykke Li I really like. Holy Sons I still can't get enough of.
I enjoy getting to work on 'Saturday Night Live', where I get to do people like David Paterson. And then, its like a different muscle to do someone like a bicycle guy on' Portlandia'.
My father came from Germany. My mom came from Venezuela. My father's culturally German, but his father was Japanese. I was raised in New York and spent two years in Rio. My parents met at the University of Southern Mississippi, and they had me there, and then we moved to New York. I'm not very familiar with Mississippi.
I've always been a fan of instructional videos. The bass-player ones are insane. The music on them is fascinating. It's not something you hear on CDs or would really ever play in bands. You listen to it and are like, 'What is happening?' It's this blizzard of notes in weird time signatures, and they're trying to teach you that.
I have an inability to relax. I try to make every day a work day. I get pleasure from work... I try to think of sketch ideas, stand-up pieces. I am incapable of leisure and leisure time.
When people say that L.A. doesn't have a culture, I think it really does: a very old culture, and very specific. There's streets named after entertainers, and statues of entertainers, and it's great. Entertainment is still art, even if it makes billions of dollars. So it's like a city built on entertainment, and art in a way.
I spent a lot of time lifting my drums into a van, playing to ten people night after night. I can't complain about anything now. That stuff was heavy.
At 'SNL' there's framed pictures of all the cast members, and it starts with Dan Aykroyd. It's linear. It just keeps going through all these people, and then you're at the end of it.
The day of parts of the country hating each other, or rivalries like that... I feel like that's dead.
Steve Jobs was a real rock star to me. I looked forward to his products like people look forward to albums.
I'm obsessed with my 20s. I buy things that I wanted in my 20s. It's weird; it's a weird thing that I didn't grow out of.
I don't miss anything ever. Because to me, missing something is like going backward a little bit. I don't miss being in a punk band. For me, 'SNL' is like... this is gonna sound overly dramatic, but... the way I am, it feels like I'm a soldier, so it was like, 'What do you want me to do? Put me anywhere. Do you want me to do these sketches? Great.'
Chalkboards being used inside the restaurant seem to be a good sign that the proprietors are proud of their food, and that's kind of nice, actually - it's a nice personal touch.
Even when I go do comedy stuff live, I can still feel the drummer in me about to go onstage.
When I first started going to Portland, people told me about Stumptown. They were like 'Oh, it's the best coffee,'and I thought, 'How good could it really be?' I'm like, 'Sure, great, uh... I'd love to see it.' But then when I went, it truly, I am not kidding, is the best coffee I have ever had.
I'm so glad cities have personalities, just like people have personalities. That's something that makes me smile.
I tend to think that there is a sophistication to everything at 'Saturday Night Live,' including the sketches.
I can't relax. I'm not happy unless I'm working on stuff. 'SNL' is always a huge workload, as enjoyable as it is.
Every music journalist I've ever met has been stunningly beautiful.
I think I was a terrible husband, I think I'm a terrible boyfriend.
I want it all... fast. I want to be married, I want to live together... and then somewhere around a year or two years, I get freaked out. I freak out emotionally and then I actually feel like 'Oh my God, who's this stranger in my house?'
I love 'Saturday Night Live,' and I really feel like people who have left before me have always stayed with the show. They never really quite left, which is nice. Everyone kind of stays close.
I loooved Sleater-Kinney like a crazy person.
There's something really easy and just somehow un-crowded about the Portland airport. Every time I go there I'm like, 'Why is this so easy and sweet?'
Bill Hader does a really good impression of me.
I came away from 'Saturday Night Live' feeling very well represented. I felt, and I still feel like, they let me do so much stuff that I wanted to do. Stuff that I almost didn't even know what it was.