Jon Lovitz

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Jon Lovitz

Born

7/21/1957, Tarzana, California, USA

Birth Name

Jonathan M. Lovitz

Gender

Male
8.6
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Jon Lovitz, born Jonathan M. Lovitz on July 21, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, is an American actor, comedian and entrepreneur. Lovitz attended college at the University of California at Irvine, where he graduated with a degree in theater in 1979. After college, Lovitz began studying with the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jon's father was the family physician for the Jackson family.

    • Lovitz once worked at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, New York and was almost fired for referring to himself as "the town Jew."

    • He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."

    • Jon's hero is Willie Mays, who he considers the 'Michael Jordan' of baseball.

    • Jon's comedic idols are Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen.

    • Jon grew up in the same neighborhood, and was childhood friends with Lisa Kudrow.

    • Jon and Dana Carvey were originally considered for the lead roles in the movie Bad Boys. The roles went to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

    • Jon appeared in the film version of the Broadway play the Producers, as the strict accounting firm chairman, Mr. Marx.

    • Jon started performing stand up comedy in 2005, to freshen up his comedy skills in between films, and discovered that he is really great at it, and enjoys doing it.

    • Jon appears in the 'Yellow Pages' in the telephone book as 'The man who wrote the yellow pages'.

    • Jon's favorite bands are: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.

    • Jon's interests are: the beach, tennis, women, and acting.

    • Jon is currently dating the self proclaimed 'World's first super-model', Janice Dickenson.

    • Jon has sung the 'National Anthem' at Dodger Stadium and at the U.S Open.

    • Jon was a member of the comedy troupe The Groundlings with Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman. Jon pushed for Hartman to get hired on at Saturday Night Live, and he did.

    • Jon started the catchphrase 'Yea, That's the ticket!' as Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar on Saturday Night Live.

    • Jon was nominated for Emmy Awards the first two years that he appeared on Saturday Night Live, in 1986 & 1987.

    • Jon starred in the Neil Simon Broadway play The Dinner Party, replacing Henry Winkler.

    • Jon sings a duet with Robbie Williams called "Swing While You're Winning" on his album titled Well Did You Evah in 2001.

    • Jon's former occupations include: waiter, messenger, retail, shoe shop cashier, and a hospital orderly.

    • Jon's Saturday Night Live character the 'Master Thespian' is a parody of a professor he had at the University of California Irvine.

    • Jon has appeared in television commercials for: M&M's in 1996, Bud Ice in 2002, and Sierra Mist soda in 2004.

    • Jon studied theater at the University of California Irvine, earning his Bachelors Degree in 1979. He studied acting with Tony Barr at the 'Film Actors Workshop'.

    • Jon Lovitz will star in and produce a new unscripted series called Bad Judge for NBC. He will be a judge and make his own rulings on actual legal cases.

    • Lovitz stars in a series of commercials for Subway restaurants. (2006)

  • Quotes

    • Jon: (On replacing Phil Hartman in Newsradio) It was a tough year. Phil was like a brother to me and it was hard to do it. Everyone on the show said that Phil would have wanted me to do it. Phil's mother thanked me for doing it. A lot of people don't know that.

    • Jon: I'm all about books, but mostly I read magazines. Magazines about cars, gadgets and women.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    8.0
    A great actor. An extraordinary comedian. I don't know why he didn't get so famous as another SNL stars.
  • Very funny - we need to see more of him.

    9.6
    While not as big a star as some of his "SNL" contemporaries, Jon Lovitz is one of the best talents to come out of SNL from the 1980s/early 1990s and I hope he finds another vehicle to showcase his talents.



    His film work is always great, and sometimes he's the best thing about a mediocre movie ("Rat Race," "Benchwarmers"). He's also a terrific voice actor, playing parts on "The Simpsons" and starring in one of the greatest animated series of all time, "The Critic." This underrated classic certainly ranks among Lovitz' best work, and allowed him to showcase his pipes and his great voice acting talent.



    In my opinion, Jon Lovitz gets a bum rap for his brief tenure on "NewsRadio," when he came on to the show after Phil Hartman's death. While nobody could top Hartman, I think Lovitz took the gig to honor his friend and to work through his grief. After a shaky start, he had really found his voice on the show, but it was canceled after his first season. Unfortunately, he has mostly been seen in commercials lately - here's hoping he's back on TV in a good series soon.moreless
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