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Rocket, Charles

Charles Rocket

Charles Rocket (née Charles Adams Claverie) was born on August 24, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, U.S., to Sumner Abbott "Ham" Claverie and Mary Aurelia Claverie (née Folger).

In 1967, Rocket attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. During his school years he was in a band that was considered by many the RISD house band...he played the accordion.  After the band broke up Rocket stayed in Rhode Island where, among other jobs, was one of the first bartenders at Leo's, managed a nightclub in East Providence, and reported the news at WPRI.

In 1970 Rocket married Beth Crellin on the U.S.S. Massachusetts off the coast of Fall River, Massachusetts.

He was later hired as an news anchor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then to Nashville where he changed his name to Charles Kennedy.  He auditioned for and got the part on Saturday Night Live in 1979 where he would anchor 'Weekend Update' (Rocket Reports.)  By 1981 (the end of the season) Rocket said the 'F' word live on SNL.  He was summarily dismissed, as were several others.

After working in New York, Rocket moved to Los Angeles, he continued acting in films and many TV shows.
Rocket died (suicide) on October 7, 2005 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, U.S., he was survived by his wife, Beth, and his son, Zane.

TV Party~2005 (V)
Shade~2003 - Tony D.
Bleach~2002 - Reverend Jim
New Suit~2002 - Del Strontium
Titan A.E.~2000 - voices of Firrikash/Slave Trader Guard
Tex, the Passive-Aggressive Gunslinger~2000 - Bart
Carlo's Wake~1999 - Derek Donovan
Dry Martini~1998 - Sam
Fathers' Day~1997 - Russ Trainor
Murder at 1600~1997 - Jeffrey Arthur Groves
The Killing Grounds~1997 - Mel Desordo
MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy~1997 - (V short) - voice of Leo Lionheart
MGM Sing-Alongs: Friends~1997 (V short) - voice of Leo Lionheart
MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun~1997 (V short) - voice of Leo Lionheart
MGM Singl-Alongs: Searching for Your Dreams~1997 (V short) - voice of Leo Lionheart
Tom and Huck~1995 - Judge Thatcher
Steal Big Steal Little~1995 - Sheriff Otis
Dumb & Dumber~1994 - Nicholas Andre
It's Pat~1994 - Kyle Jacobsen
Wagons East~1994 - Gen. William H. Larchmont
Charlie's Ghost Story~1994 - Van Leer
Brain Smasher... A Love Story~1993 (V) - Jones
Short Cuts~1993 - Wally Littleton
Hocus Pocus~1993 - Dave Dennison
Delirious~1991 - Ty Hedison
Dances with Wolves~1990 - Lt. Elgin
Honeymoon Academy~1990 (V) - Alex DeBains
How I Got Into College~1989 - Leo Whitman
Earth Girls Are Easy~1988 - Dr. Ted
Down Twisted~1987 - Reno
Miracles~1986 - MIchael
Fraternity Vacation~1985 - Madman Mac
Captain Packard and Lobo Visit the State House~196?

Film (RISD student)
Tits and Trucks~1967
Captain Packard and Lobo Visit the State House~1967

Law & Order: Criminal Intent~2004 - Donny DePalma in Pas de Deux
Touched by an Angel~1994-2003 - Adam (12 episodes)
The King of Queens~2003 -
     uncredited Steve in Steve Moscow
     uncredited Contractor in Golden Moldy
Static Shock~2003 - voice of Crewcut in Shebang
Greg the Bunny~2002 - Don Dinkins in Father and Son Reunion
The Zeta Project~2001 - voice of Edwards in Change of Heart
3rd Rock from the Sun~2001 - Gary Hemmings in A Dick Replacement
Star Patrol~2000 - Captain Omega
Normal, Ohio~2000 - Danny (7 episodes)
Kôtetsu tenshi Kurumi (Steel Angel Kurumi)~1999 - voice of Dr. Ayanokoji (English version) (as Charles Kennedy)
Batman Beyond~1999 - voice of Donny's Dad in Hooked Up
The X Files~1999 - Grant Ellis in Three of a Kind
Star Trek: Voyager~1999 - Jippeq in The Disease
Superman~1999 - voice of Used Car Salesman in Superman's Pal
Tracey Takes On...~1999 - Chopper Tim in Road Rage
Batman: Gotham Knights~1998 - voice of Security Guard in Legends of the Dark Knight
Cybill~1998 - Charlie Addison in:
    Cybill in the Morning
Batman: Gotham Knights~1998 - voice of:
     Security Guard/Rob the Mutant in Legends of the Dark Knight
     Frederick Fournier in Mean Seasons
     Guru/Fearless Man in Never Fear
The New Batman Superman Adventures~1998 - voice of Frederick Fournier in Mean Seasons
Men in Black: The Series~1997-1998 - voice of ? in:
     The Bad Seed Syndrome
     The Jack O'Lantern Syndrome  
     The Inanimate Syndrome
Grace Under Fire~1997 - Davis in Riverboat Queen
Jenny~1997 - Grant in A Girl's Gotta Protect Her Assets
The Pretender~1996 - Carl Bishop in To Serve and Protect
Picket Fences~1996 - Chuck Dante in Dante's Inferno
The Adventures of Hyperman~1996 - voice of The Oil Slick Monster in Oceans a Leavin'
The Home Court~1995-1996 - Judge Gil Fitzpatrick (20 episodes)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman~1994 - Ryan Wiley in Operation Blackout
Wings~1994 - Danny in Call of the Wild
Flying Blind~1993 - Dennis Lake in:
     The Long Goodbye
     The Bride of Marsh Man 2: The Spawning
      My Dinner with Brad Schimmel
     The Player
Wild Palms~1993 (mini) - Stitch in:
     Rising Sons
     The Floating World
     Everything Must Go
Tequila and Bonetti~1992 - Capt. Midian Knight (11 episodes)
Quantum Leap~1990-1992 -
     Commander Dirk Riker in Leap for Lisa, A - June 25, 1957
     Michael G. Blake in Little Miracle, A - December 24, 1962
Parker Lewis Can't Lose~1991 - Sgt. Jake Melman in Randall Without a Cause
Murder, She Wrote~1990 - Lt. Stuyvesant in The Family Jewels
Doctor Doctor~1990 - Charles in The Terminator
thirtysomething~1990 - Ron DeLisle in Going Limp
Moonlighting~1985-1989 - Richard Addison in
    Those Lips, Those Lies
    Maddie Hayes Got Married
    A Trip to the Moon
    (archive footage - uncredited) in The Straight Poop
    It's a Wonderful Job
    The Son Also Rises
    Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?
Murphy's Law~1988-1989 - Victor Beaudine
Max Headroom~1987-1988 - Grossberg in:
    Baby Grobags
    Grossberg's Return
Miami Vice~1986 - Marty Worthington in Florence Italy
If Tomorrow Comes~1986 - uncredited Budge's Friend in 1.1
The Steel Collar Man~1985 - D5B
Hardcastle and McCormick~1985 - Bill Bauer in The Yankee Clipper
Remington Steele~1985 - Peter Gillespie in Have I Got a Steele for You
California Girls~1985 - Barry
The Outlaws~1984 - Stanley Flynn
Hawaiian Heat~1984 - Donald in Picture Imperfect
Saturday Night Live~1980-1981 - regular (12 episodes)
KOAA Super Show (Pueblo, Colorado)~1978 - Host (showed vintage 1950's films)

Video Games (voice)
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter~2002 - Nym
Age of Mythology~2002 - Ajax
Star Wars: Starfighter~2001 - Nym
Descent 3~1999 (as Charlie Rockett) - Various characters

Fabulous Motels~1971-1973 (RISD house band)

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Golden Globe Awards:
Rec'd 1994 Best Ensemble Cast for Short Cuts
Venice Film Festival:
Rec'd 1993 Volpi Cup - Best Ensemble Cast for Short Cuts

2005 - Quote from the Providence Phoenix 'He was a towering figure in the underground arts scene in the Providence of the 1970s. He heavily influenced Talking Heads, the Young Adults, and dozens of other bands. Those who were active then will tell you that Charles Rocket, in many ways, helped create the template for the underground/hipster/bohemian art scene here and elsewhere.'

1981 - Used the F word live on Saturday Night Live which caused much controversy and eventually led to his dismissal from the show.

1970's (late) - Weekend anchor for WTVF (CBS) in Nashville, Tennessee.

1970's - Anchored the news in Colorado Springs, Colorado

1970's - Worked as the weatherman for KOAA TV channel 5 (NBC) in Pueblo, Colorado.

1970's - Anchored for WPRI TV channel 12 in Rhode Island.

Was once in a demolition derby at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA.

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