Mostly Credited As: Jon Lovitz
Sometimes Credited As: John Lovitz
Birth Name: Jonathan M. Lovitz
Date Of Birth: July 21, 1951 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Tarzana, California
Height: 5' 9 " (1.75 m)
Jon Lovitz ,comedian, actor and family man is instantly recognizable for his distinctive voice, acerbic wit, pear-shaped body, and hangdog eyes. He studied at the University of California, Irvine, and participated in the Film Actors Workshop. He then went on to do guest spots on TV and had a recurring role on Foley Square. Lovitz also played small roles in Last Resort (1986), and Ratboy (1986), and also provided a voice for the animated feature The Brave Little Toaster (1987). He got his first real break as a regular on TV's Saturday Night Live, where his characters such as Tommy Flanagan of pathological Liars Anonymous, the great Shakespearean ham Master Thespian, and the Devil himself became quite popular. His stint on Saturday Night Live put him in demand as a character actor and television guest star. His friendship with director Penny Marshall helped him get roles in some of her earlier films such as Big (1988), and his role as the fast talking baseball recruiter Ernie "Cappy" Capadino in Marshall's A League of Their Own (1992) earned him widespread acclaim. Lovitz has also appeared as a guest voice on the TV animated show The Simpsons and played lead voice in the critically-acclaimed animated show The Critic on ABC and the Fox Network. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
Jon Lovitz's scene-stealing performance in A League of Their Own was touted by critics as one of the most unforgettable roles of 1994. He went on to receive rave reviews for his performance as Billy Crystal's neurotic brother in City Slickers II.
Lovitz was recently seen starring in Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks, the comedy Little Nicky, opposite Adam Sandler, and the comedies The Boom Boom Room and Hitting the Wall. Among his numerous memorable feature film roles are those in High School High, opposite Tia Carrere; The Great White Hype, starring Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Cheech Marin; National Lampoon's spoof :Loaded Weapon One," in which he parodied the Joe Pesci role from Lethal Weapon; Trapped in Paradise, opposite Dana Carvey; and North, starring Bruce Willis. He has also appeared in the films Happiness, The Wedding Singer, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Big, My Stepmother is an Alien, Three Amigos! and Mr. Destiny.
Twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his remarkable range of characters on Saturday Night Live, Lovitz also provided the title voice for the critically acclaimed animated series The Critic. Prior to that, he brought his talents to television with the Fox Network's half-hour special The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special, which he executive produced and co-created with Alan Zweibel. Lovitz joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1984, where his work inspired the American public to adopt a collection of his catch phrases such as Yeah, that's the ticket and I gotta go and I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?
Like his SNL character, the Master Thespian, Lovitz is an accomplished classical actor with a B.A. in Drama from the University of California at Irvine. In 1982 he began taking classes at The Groundlings, the acclaimed improvisational studio in Los Angeles, and became a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company a year later.
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