• Jill Talley is an American actress best known for her roles in the “Mr. Show with Bob and David” comedy sketch series and for voicing Karen in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” animated series.
• She fell in love with acting at an early age and after high school decided to pursue a career in the film industry.
• She has appeared in numerous TV series and movies, such as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, “The Ladies Man”, and “The Powerpuff Girls”.
• She has lent her voice to various popular video games such as “Final Fantasy XII” and “Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops”.
• Jill has an estimated net worth of over $2 million.

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Jill Talley Wiki Biography

Jill Talley was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 19 December 1962, so under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and holding American nationality – Jill has become popular thanks to her acting career, particularly for appearing in the “Mr. Show with Bob and David” comedy sketch series, and lending her voice to Karen in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” animated series.

Childhood and education

Jill has succeeded at staying very secretive in regards to her family, as she’s shared little detail about her mother and father, nor talked about having any siblings, so most of her fans believe her to be an only child.

She fell in love with acting at a very early age, but as there were many people who were also into acting, as she was growing up, she began thinking she wouldn’t make it. With the help of her friends and family who were very supportive of her dreams, Jill began winning roles and making a name for herself in the film industry. After matriculating from high school, she decided to completely focus on her acting career, and didn’t enroll at college.

Career as an actress – appearing in TV series

Jill began by playing several roles in “The Edge” TV series in 1992, being part of the cast  appearing in 20 episodes until 1993 – was this role that got her recognized in the film industry, .

Her next appearance was in a single episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life” in 1995, after which she went on to play multiple roles in the “Mr. Show with Bob and David” comedy sketch series in 1995, and was part of the main cast until 1998 – in the meantime, she played Gall in two episodes of the “Seinfeld” TV series in 1996 and 1997. The year 1999 saw her in the voice role of Karen Plankton in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” series, and she has been part of the cast to this day, contributing to 90 episodes.

From 2000 to 2010, Jill could have been seen acting in numerous TV series, such as “Clifford’s Puppy Days” in 2003, “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” in 2004 and 2005, “American Dad” which she has been part of since 2005 to this day, and “The Boondocks” in which she has appeared in a total of 46 episodes from 2005 to 2014.

There are several other roles Jill has been playing for many years now – she is lending her voice to 14 characters in “The Loud House”, and to four characters in “The Powerpuff Girls”, both  since 2016, to two characters in “Puppy Dog Pals” and two characters in the “Wacky Races” both since 2017. Recent roles were in “Love, Death & Robots” and “Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling” TV series in 2019.

Jill’s venture into movies

Compared to her appearances in TV series, there are not many movie roles credited to Jill’s name. She made her debut appearance in “Sour Grapes” in 1998, and then won roles in “The Ladies Man” in 2000 and “Run Ronnie Run” in 2002. She appeared in the “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Loyd” comedy movie starring Jim Carrey in 2003, and then voiced Karen once more in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” in 2004. The year 2006 saw her play Cindy in the “Little Miss Sunshine” movie, then appear in “Asterix and the Vikings” in 2006, “World’s Greatest Dad” in 2009, and her last two appearances in movies were in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” in 2015, “The SpongeBob Movie 3: It’s a Wonderful Sponge” ( 2020), and “The Loud House Movie” in 2021.

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Video games

Being the great voice actress as she is, Jill has voiced various characters in a few very popular video games. Her first venture into that world was in 2002, when she voiced Culotte in “La Pucelle: Tactics” – from there, she went on to lend her voice to Paulette in “Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits” in 2003, and various characters in “EverQuest II” in 2004. She voiced Karen again in two SpongeBob SquarePants games in 2005 and 2006, as well as in 2009 and 2013 – some of the most popular games her voice can be heard in include “Final Fantasy XII”, “Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops”, and “Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”.

Most recently, Jill has been involved with “Nickleodeon Kart Racers 3 – Slime Speedway” in 2022, and “Sponge Bob Square Pants: The Cosmic Shake” in 2023.

Love life and family

Jill has been very secretive regarding her husband and her children, as she doesn’t want any of them involved with the media. Nothing is known about her love life until she met Tom Kenny in 1992 at the age of 30 – she’s said to have dated several men before meeting him, but their names haven’t been shared with the public.

Jill and Tom Kenny met when they were both working on “The Edge” comedy sketch show in 1992 and 1993 – the people who were there have described the two’s connection with the cliched ‘love at first sight’. They dated for the next three years before exchanging their wedding vows in 1995 – they are parents to two children named Mack, born in 1997, and Nora in August 2003.

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There have been no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage throughout the years, and Jill and Tom seem to be leading a happy life together.

Interests and hobbies

Jill has mostly been focused on acting in all forms throughout her life, and hasn’t had much time to focus on any other things besides career and family. Jill was and still is of free spirit – she travelled a lot until she gave birth to her first child in 1997, after which she completely focused on being a mother and acting in movies – she would still occasionally go out with friends for coffee, and would spend quality time with her relatives.

She’s never been much of a party person, but rather preferred to spend her free time in nature, especially in a park right next to her home – she’s also a big lover of animals and has had three pet dogs through the years.

Jill has her own favorites when it comes to movies and TV series – her favorite movie of all times is “When Harry Met Sally” while she’s also a big fan of the movies produced by Studio Ghibli including “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” and “Porco Rosso”. Two of her favorite TV series are “South Park” and “The Simpsons”.

Appearance and net worth

Jill has medium long brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, while her weight is unknown. According to authoritative sources, Jill’s current net worth has been estimated to be more than $2 million, and is still steadily rising thanks to her acting career.

Social media presence

Jill is not very active on the internet, as she prefers to keep her private matters to herself rather than to share them with the public. She doesn’t have a Twitter account, but has a profile on Facebook which she seems to be using only to keep in touch with her friends and family. Her Instagram account is currently followed by more than 650 people, but she has only uploaded four pictures onto it.

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General Info

Full NameJill Talley
ProfessionComedian, Voice Actor
EducationThe Second City


SpouseTom Kenny
ChildrenMack Kenny, Nora Kenny


MoviesThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Little Miss Sunshine, Happily N'Ever After, Sky High, The Ladies Man, Run Ronnie Run!, Barnyard, God Bless America, The Second Renaissance Part 1, World's Greatest Dad, Lil' Pimp, The Second Renaissance Part 2, Goldthwait Home Movies, Rex, Chilly
TV ShowsWordGirl, The Boondocks, Camp Lazlo, Stripperella, Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Edge, SpongeBob SquarePants, TripTank

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