DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR
JON LOVITZ (Sidney Wernick) has appeared in over 25 films
and worked with some of Hollywood's top directors, including Woody Allen
("Small Time Crooks"), Todd Solondz ("Happiness") and Penny
Marshall ("Big," "A League of Their Own"). His other film
credits include "Rat Race," "Little Nicky," "Small Time
Crooks," "3000 Miles to Graceland," the voice of Calico in
"Cats & Dogs," and "High School High." Lovitz can also
be heard as one of the voices in the animated film "8 Crazy Nights,"
which was released this year.
Lovitz was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his
remarkable range of memorable characters on NBC's "Saturday Night
Live," of which he joined the cast in 1985. His work on the show inspired
the American public to adopt a collection of catch phrases, most memorably as
"Tommy Flanagan," the president of Pathological Liars Anonymous who
proclaimed, "Yeah, that's the ticket!"
Lovitz received a B.A. in drama at the University of
California at Irvine. In 1982 he began taking classes at The Groundlings, the
acclaimed comedy improvisation theater company in Los Angeles whose alumni
include Paul Reubens, Lorraine Newman and Phil Hartman. He became a member of
the company in 1984 and within a year was recruited by "SNL" creator
Lorne Michaels to join the cast of the show.
Lovitz is known as the voice of the animated television
character Jay Sherman in "The Critic." He was the first actor to guest
star on the hit NBC comedy "Friends." He also guest starred on "Seinfeld"
and "The Larry Sanders Show," among many others. Lovitz is currently
filming "The Stepford Wives," starring Nicole Kidman.
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