PROFILE
Name:
Jon Lovitz
Birth Date:
July 21, 1957
Birth Place:
Tarzana, California, USA
Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Background:

“Any actor who tells you he doesn't want to be famous is full of crap. I've been a waiter, an orderly, a messenger, and I can tell you that being a movie star is much better. No comparison.” Jon Lovitz

American actor and comedian Jon Lovitz is perhaps best known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1990. While on the show, he received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He jointly netted a National Board of Review for Best Acting by an Ensemble for his work in “Happiness” (1998) and was outstanding as a baseball scout in Penny Marshall's “A League of Their Own” (1992). He also appeared as Benny Borkowshi in Woody Allen's “Small Time Crooks” (2000). Other films in which he has acted in include “Jumpin' Jack Flash” (1986) and “Big” (1988) (both also directed by Marshall), “Mr. Destiny” (1990), “High School High” (1996), “3000 Miles to Graceland” (2001), “Rat Race” (2001), “The Stepford Wives” (2004), “The Producers” (2005), “The Benchwarmers” (2006), “Southland Tales” (2006) and more recently, “I Could Never Be Your Woman” (2007). He has also appeared in some of his fellow SNL cast member’s vehicles like David Spade's “Lost & Found” (1999), “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2003), Adam Sandler's “Little Nicky” (2000) and the animated feature “8 Crazy Nights” (2002). Among cartoon fans, Lovitz is known for his contributions to such animated features as “An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West” (1991) and “Cats & Dogs” (also 2001) as well as TV series like “The Simpsons” and “The Critic.”

As for his love life, 5' 10” Lovitz has been dating Janice Dickinson since May 2004.


Twin

Childhood and Family:

Jonathan M. Lovitz, professionally known as Jon Lovitz, was born on July 21, 1957, in Tarzana, California. He was raised in a Jewish family and is the only boy of 5 children. He has a twin sister named Leslie. Jon's father, a former doctor, was an Albanian immigrant who lived in Jacksonville, Florida, and later relocated to California.

Jon enrolled at the University of California at Irvine, California, to study theater. He graduated in 1979. He also trained at the Film Actors Workshop with Tony Barr.


Small Time Crooks

Career:

A native of Tarzana, California, Jon Lovitz, who worked various jobs while pursuing an acting career, received his first breakthrough when he joined the prestigious improv troupe The Groundlings. At around this time, in 1984, he met comedian/actor Phil Hartman and they helped one another get acting jobs until Phil's death in 1998 when he was shot by his wife.

Moving to the small screen, Lovitz made his debut in a guest spot on an episode of “The Paper Chase” in 1984 and then in 1985 joined the cast of the CBS legal sitcom “Foley Square” in the recurring role of Mole. However, the comic did not reach stardom until he became a regular performer on the NBC popular comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” a gig he held from 1985 to 1990. Lovitz became one of the show's stars thanks to a number of his characters, such as Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, and was nominated for Emmys in 1986 and 1987 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. With his newfound fame, Lovitz emerged as a well-liked character actor in movies and TV.

A year after joining “SNL,” Lovitz's first film, “The Last Resort,” was released. He also appeared in the Rob Thompson-written “Ratboy,” John Landis' “¡Three Amigos!” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash,” which was directed by his longtime friend, actor-turned-director Penny Marshall. After supplying the voice of the radio for the cartoon feature “The Brave Little Toaster” (1987), he rejoined Marshall for the blockbuster hit “Big” (1988), which featured an Oscar nominated performance by star Tom Hanks, supported Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger in “My Stepmother is an Alien” (1988) and closed out the decade working on the short “Cranium Command” (1989).

“Mr. Destiny,” a comedy starring James Belushi, was Lovitz's opening project in the 1990s. He then took on guest roles in HBO's “Tales from the Crypt” and the acclaimed comedy series “Married With Children” (both 1991), voiced T.R Chula for the animated film “An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West” (1991) and delivered an entertaining turn as a baseball scout, Ernie 'Cappy' Capadino, in Marshall's “A League of Their Own” (1992). 1992 also saw Lovitz star in “Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special,” which was a live comedy pilot broadcasted as a Fox TV special, where he also served as executive producer and creator.

Lovitz continued to act and made appearances in the movies “City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold” (1994), “Trapped in Paradise” (1994), “The Great White Hype” (1996), Roald Dahl's “Matilda” (1996), “High School High” (1996, starred as Richard Clark), Todd Solondz's “Happiness” (1998, with Jane Adams) and “Lost & Found” (1999), the vehicle of former “SNL” cast member David Spade. He also lent his voice to the original Fox series “The Critic,” as Jay Sherman from 1994 to 1995, a gig he later reprised for the Internet based installment in 2000. In 1997, Jon joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” in the regular role of the offensive and insecure Max Louis, which he portrayed until the show came to its demise in 1999. In 2000, Woody Allen brought Lovitz back to the attention of moviegoers when the director cast him as Benny Borkowshi in the comedy “Small Time Crooks.” He followed it up with roles in Adam Sandler's “Little Nicky” (2000), the misfire “3000 Miles to Graceland” (2001, as a money launderer), Jerry Zucker's “Rat Race,” and “Good Advice” (both 2001). His distinctive voice could also be heard as Calico in the comedy “Cats & Dogs” (also 2001). Still in 2001, the actor was spotted on stage playing one of the leads in Neil Simon's Broadway comedy “The Dinner Party.” He took over the role after Henry Winkler left the production.

Lovitz returned to voice over work with Adam Sandler's “Eight Crazy Nights” (2002). He then appeared as a guest star in TV series like “Just Shoot Me,” “Friends” and “Las Vegas” before appearing as the spouse of Bette Midler in the comic remake of the 1975 cult classic “The Stepford Wives” (2004). The busy player was next cast as Matthew Broderick's boss in the musical “The Producers” (2005), which was based on the stage musical by Mel Brooks, teamed up with Jon Heder, Rob Schneider and (again) David Spade for the sport themed comedy “The Benchwarmers” (2006), which cast the actor as an eccentric billionaire named Mel. He then portrayed the supporting role of Bart Bookman in “Southland Tales” (2006), which was directed and written by Richard Kelly and starred The Rock, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore. His next film, “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” by writer/director Amy Heckerling, premiered in Spain on May 11, 2007, and was released theatrically in the United States in November, 2007.

On March 25, 2007, Lovitz returned to the popular cartoon TV series “The Simpsons” in the episode “Homerazzi,” where he voiced Enrico Irritazio. Previously, he had played Marge's former prom date Artie Ziff, theater director Llewellyn Sinclair, Jay Sherman from “The Critic,” Professor Lombardo and Aristotle Amadopolous on the show. In May 2007, the Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip said he had signed a deal to appear at the club every Wednesday night and keep a blog providing advice to up-and-coming comedians. Lovitz stated “Who knows? I could become the Don Ho of Los Angeles. God knows I've got enough Hawaiian shirts.”


Awards:

  • National Board of Review: Best Acting by an Ensemble, “Happiness,” 1998

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