Jonathan Lynn




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Jonathan Lynn is an English actor, comedy writer and director. He was born on April 3, 1943, in Bath, England, and was educated at Kingswood School, Bath. Lynn later studied Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and became an active member of the famous Cambridge University Footlights Revue. He appeared in the show Cambridge Circus, which transferred to Broadway in 1964. As an actor, Lynn made many stage appearances, including playing Motel the tailor in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, but he was better known for his work on television. Lynn's most memorable TV appearances include Danny Hooley in Doctor in the House, and Robert in The Liver Birds. As a writer, Lynn worked on a number of British situation comedies, including On the Buses, Yes, Minister, and Yes, Prime Minister. His film writing includes Clue (1985) and Nuns on the Run (1990). Lynn is also a prolific film director, with work including My Cousin Vinny (1992), Sgt. Bilko (1996), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and Wild Target (2010).