Douglas Kenney was an actor and writer. He was born on December 10, 1946 in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the 1950s, his family moved to Mentor, Ohio then settled in Chagrin Falls, Ohio from 1958 to 1964. Kenney received his education at a Catholic prep high school for boys, Gilmour Academy. He was the co-founder of the humor magazine, National Lampoon.Image Credit: National Lampoon
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Douglas Kenney was the editor of The Harvard Lampoon. He was also a member of the Signet society. Kenney met Henry Beard and they published Bored of the Rings in 1969. Together with another Harvard alumnus, Robert Hoffman, they started the National Lampoon magazine. In the beginning, Douglas Kenney wrote most of the magazine’s articles and he served as the editor, as well. Kenney wrote a comic novel entitled, Teenage Commies from Outer Space. It received a negative review from Beard resulting in Kenney throwing the manuscript in a bin.
Kenney, Hoffman and Beard took advantage of their five-year buyout contract with 21st Century Communications, the publisher of National Lampoon. They divided among themselves the amount of $7,000,000. Kenney, together with Chris Miller and Harold Ramis, wrote the screenplay to National Lampoon’s Animal House when he left the magazine in 1977. He played the role of Stork in the film. Animal House is among the most profitable films in Hollywood history. He was also cast in Between the Lines and Delta House. He was a voice actor on Heavy Metal, a film that was shown in 1981.
Kenney wrote and produced Caddyshack with Harold Ramis and Brian Doyle-Murray. He became depressed because of the negative reviews that the film received. During a vacation in Hawaii, Kenney disappeared. He died on August 29, 1980 after falling from the Hanapepe Lookout, a 35-foot cliff in the area. Twenty-six years later, a book entitled, A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, was published. It was adapted into a film which will be released on Netflix. Will Forte plays the role of Kenney in the film.
In all, we estimate Douglas Kenney net worth in 2018 at around $15 million.