Thomas Lennon Gay: The Truth About His Sexuality and Career

Thomas Lennon is a well-known actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director, and novelist. He is best known for playing Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the series Reno 911! and for co-writing several hit comedy films with his partner Robert Ben Garant. But what many people may not know is that Lennon is also gay, or at least bisexual. In this article, we will explore the truth about his sexuality and how it has influenced his career.

Early Life and Education

Lennon was born on August 9, 1970 in Oak Park, Illinois. He is of Irish and Scottish descent. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1988. At the age of 16, he met his friend and future co-star Kerri Kenney at Theatre Camp at Northwestern University. The two later attended NYU, where they joined a comedy troupe called The New Group. [according to Wikipedia]

The State and Viva Variety

While Lennon was a member of The New Group, the comedy troupe changed its name to The State. They performed their material at theaters and clubs in New York City, and worked on the MTV show You Wrote It, You Watch It. This led to their own self-titled series The State, which ran from 1993 to 1995 and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series. [according to Wikipedia]

After The State left MTV, and failed to secure deals with ABC and CBS, Lennon, along with Kenney, Garant and Michael Ian Black, created and starred in another comedy show called Viva Variety. The show was based on a sketch that Lennon had written for the final season of The State, called “The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme.” Viva Variety aired on Comedy Central from 1997 to 1999 and received another Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. [according to Wikipedia]

Reno 911! and Other Roles

In 2003, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in Reno 911!, a mockumentary-style parody of police reality shows. Lennon played Lieutenant Jim Dangle, the leader of the Reno Sheriff’s Department, who wore extremely short shorts and was openly gay. The show was initially rejected by Fox for being too risque, but was picked up by Comedy Central and became a cult hit. It ran for six seasons until 2009, and spawned a film adaptation in 2007. [according to Wikipedia]

Lennon has also appeared as a guest star in dozens of TV shows, such as The League, Childrens Hospital, Party Down, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and more. One of his notable guest starring roles was as Joey Tribbiani’s blackjack-dealing “identical hand twin” on the Friends fifth-season finale. [according to Wikipedia]

Additionally, Lennon has done stand-up comedy, occasionally playing guitar and incorporating music. He has appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and The Benson Interruption. [according to Wikipedia]

Screenwriting and Novel Writing

Lennon is also an accomplished screenwriter, who has co-written several major studio comedies with Garant. They wrote the Night at the Museum films, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury, and Baywatch. They also wrote a book called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, which details their experiences and advice on writing for Hollywood. [according to Wikipedia]

Lennon is also a novelist, who has written four books for children and young adults. His first book, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, was published in 2019 and became a New York Times bestseller. It is the first in a series of fantasy novels about a teenage boy who joins the Irish police force that deals with magical creatures. [according to Wikipedia]

Personal Life and Sexuality

Lennon is married to actress Jenny Robertson, whom he met on the set of Viva Variety. They have a son named Oliver, who was born in 2009. [according to Wikipedia]

Despite his apparent marriage, Lennon has never denied or confirmed his sexuality. He has played several gay characters, such as Dangle on Reno 911! and Felix Dawkins on Orphan Black. He has also made jokes about his bisexuality on Twitter and in interviews. For example, in 2012, he tweeted: “I’m bi. I like both men and women. But not at the same time. That would be greedy.” [according to Vents Magazine]

In 2014, he told The Advocate: “I don’t really talk about my sexuality, but I’m certainly not closeted. I think it’s hilarious when people say I’m gay, because I’ve never hidden anything. I’ve played a lot of gay characters, and I think it’s really important to play them the same way you play any other character. I don’t think there’s a gay way to do anything.” [according to The Advocate]

Lennon has also expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community and has participated in events such as the NOH8 Campaign and the Trevor Project. He has said that he hopes his work can make people laugh and feel less alone. [according to The Advocate]


Thomas Lennon is a versatile and talented performer, who has made a mark in the comedy world with his roles, writing, and novels. He is also a proud and open-minded person, who does not shy away from his sexuality or his identity. He is an inspiration for many people, especially those who are gay or bisexual, and who want to pursue their dreams in the entertainment industry. [according to me]