• 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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SpouseTom Kenny
FactFather was a fire fighter.

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 of her family, as she has shared little to no details about her mother and father – as she hasn’t talked about having any siblings, 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 into acting as well 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, and it was this role that got her recognized in the film industry, being part of the cast until 1993, appearing in 20 episodes.

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 win 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. Her last two 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, and “The SpongeBob Movie 3: It’s a Wonderful Sponge” (set to air in 2020).

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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”.

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 is 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 went on to date 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, born 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 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 Mack in 1997, after which she completely focused on being a mother and acting in movies – she would still occasionally go out with her friends for a cup of coffee and would spend quality time with her relatives.

She has 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 is also a big lover of animals and has had three pet dogs throughout 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 is 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 is currently 56 years old. She has medium long brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 4in (1.63m) tall while her weight is not known. 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.

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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1Father was a fire fighter.




SpongeBob SquarePants 32019announcedKaren (the Computer Wife) (voice)
The Loud House2016-2017TV SeriesMom / Employee / Old Woman / ...
American Dad!2005-2016TV SeriesSewer Woman / Cocktail Waiter / Flight Attendant / ...
Uncle Grandpa2016TV SeriesAdditional Voices
SpongeBob SquarePants1999-2016TV SeriesKaren Fish #49 Girl Fish ...
TripTank2014-2016TV SeriesMom / Woman / Operator / ...
WordGirl2007-2016TV SeriesBabysitter / Lady in farmers market / TV Host / ...
Hidden America with Jonah Ray2016TV Series
Carpool2016Video shortMom
The Loud House: Slice of Life2016ShortMom (voice)
The Powerpuff Girls2016TV SeriesAdditional Voices
W/ Bob and David2015TV SeriesDina Smothers / Rep. Carly Kurnst / Ginny Darnell / ...
Rick and Morty2015TV SeriesVeterinarian
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015Karen (the Computer Wife) / Harold’s Wife / Ice Cream Cone #2 (voice)
Fifi: Cat Therapist2014TV SeriesRuby
All Stars2014Nancy Grayden
Adventure Time2012-2014TV SeriesMaja / Gridface Princess / Mother Bird / ...
The Boondocks2005-2014TV SeriesSarah Dubois / Various / Reporter / ...
Good Morning Today2014TV SeriesMarsha DeNatale
Eagleheart2014TV SeriesDoreen
Pillywags Mansion2014TV ShortMom / Boy
Sketchy2014TV SeriesMom
Raitoningu ritânzu: Fainaru fantajî XIII2013Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge2013Video GameRainchild / Karen (voice)
Plastic Man2012-2013TV SeriesWoman in Crowd / Lady Granite / Old Lady
Family Guy2013TV Series
2 Free iPod Nanos with Henry Winkler2012Short
Futurama2012TV SeriesTrainer
Chilly2012ShortWife's Voice (voice)
Clued-Less2012TV SeriesPatricia Hart
God Bless America2011Office Staff
The Problem Solverz2011TV SeriesQueen Alien Girl Scouts
Frog in a Suit2011TV SeriesLilly
Pretend Time2010TV SeriesBetty
Outsourced2010TV SeriesWanda
The Krill Is Gone2010Short voice
Svetlana2010TV Series
Fainaru fantajî XIII2009Video GameCocoon Inhabitants (English version, voice)
SpongeBob's Truth or Square2009Video GameKaren / Additional Female Voices (voice)
Rex2009TV MovieZoe
SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus2009VideoKaren / Female Fish #1 / Female Fish #2 / ... (voice)
World's Greatest Dad2009/IMake-Up Woman
The Mighty B!2008TV SeriesJaneane / Rainbow
Goldthwait Home Movies2008ShortPoppy Wells
Camp Lazlo!2005-2008TV SeriesGretchen / Miss Mucus / Nina Neckley / ...
The Adventures of Captain Cross Dresser2008TV Movie voice
Samantha Who?2007TV SeriesAA Female Leader
The Batman2007TV SeriesDoctor / Socialite
Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike2007Mrs. Grizelda Claus / Veronica Kim (voice)
The Sarah Silverman Program.2007TV SeriesPatty Jenkins / The Ghost
Sucker for Shelley2007ShortJill
All-Star American Destiny Trek2006TV ShortVictoria (voice)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops2006Video GameFemale Soldier B (English version, voice)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab2006Video GameKaren (English version, voice)
Grounds Zero2006ShortCaffeine Mom
Barnyard2006Snotty Boy's Mother (voice)
Astérix et les Vikings2006Walla-Female
Final Fantasy XII2006Video GameAdditional Voices (English version, voice)
Little Miss Sunshine2006Cindy
Plastic Man in 'Puddle Trouble'2006TV ShortLady Granite (voice)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2004-2005TV SeriesNerdy Girl / Sperg's Mom / Jason / ...
Codename: Kids Next Door2005TV SeriesMrs. Dirt / Billy's Mom
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie2005VideoMama Cottontail / Little Girl's Mother (voice)
Sky High2005Mrs. Timmerman
Duck Dodgers2004-2005TV SeriesEdna Wheely / Mrs. Wiggums / Unice
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2005TV SeriesFrida Flora
Lil' Pimp2005VideoMom / Old Lady / Mary (voice)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004Karen, The Computer Wife / Old Lady (voice)
EverQuest II2004Video GameGeneric Iksar Ghost Enemy Generic Siren Enemy Generic Valkyrie Enemy (voice)
The Bernie Mac Show2004TV SeriesDiane
Stripperella2003-2004TV SeriesGiselle Margo Van Winkle Enorma Ray ...
Comic Book: The Movie2004VideoJill Sprang
The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie2003TV Series voice
Clifford's Puppy Days2003TV SeriesMrs. Sidarsky / Bebe
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003Mom
Beyond2003ShortTownspeople Policemen Exterminators (English version, voice)
The Second Renaissance Part II2003ShortMother (English version, voice)
The Animatrix2003Mother (segments "The Second Renaissance, Parts I&II") / Townsperson (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits2003Video GamePaulette (voice)
Fainaru fantajî X-22003Video Game English version, voice
The Second Renaissance Part I2003ShortMother (English version, voice)
Gotta Kick It Up!2002TV MovieDance Competition Official
Late Friday2002TV SeriesCrissy DeFresh
La Pucelle: Tactics2002Video GameCulotte (English version, voice)
Next!2002TV MovieVarious
Run Ronnie Run2002Tammy
The Smashing Pumpkins: 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection2001VideoWife (Segment "Tonight, Tonight") (uncredited)
Frasier2001TV SeriesCheryl
The Ellen Show2001TV SeriesFemale executive #2
The Ladies Man2000Candy
Rocket Power2000TV SeriesYoung Woman / Club Member #1
Cow and Chicken1998-1999TV SeriesWoman / Little Girl / Women
Mr. Show with Bob and David1995-1998TV SeriesVarious / Margaret Holden
Sour Grapes1998Lois
Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report1998TV MovieVarious Characters
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesWoman in commercial
Seinfeld1996-1997TV SeriesGail
The John Larroquette Show1996TV SeriesWoman
Smashing Pumpkins: Tonight, Tonight1996Video short
Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness1996TV MovieVarious Characters
Rocko's Modern Life1995TV SeriesNosey
Ellen1994TV SeriesInfomercial Woman
The Edge1992-1993TV SeriesVarious Characters


Mr. Show with Bob and David1996TV Series performer - 1 episode


Carpool2016Video short special thanks
Be Forever Now2012TV Short thanks
David Cross: Let America Laugh2003Video documentary special thanks


W/ Bob and David2015TV SeriesHerself - Performer
This Week in Comedy2010TV SeriesHerself
David Cross: Let America Laugh2003Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

2016BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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