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Jon Lovitz Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jul 21, 1957
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Jon Lovitz is a versatile comedic actor 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 [[Feature~V28366~Last Resort~thelastresort]] (1986), and [[Feature~V40353~Ratboy~ratboy]] (1986), and also provided a voice for the animated feature [[Feature~V6966~The Brave Little Toaster~thebravelittletoaster]] (1987). He got his first real break as a regular on TV's [[Feature~V108912~Saturday Night Live~saturdaynight]], 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 [[Feature~V108912~Saturday Night Live~saturdaynight]] put him in demand as a character actor and television guest star. His friendship with director [[Performer~P101407~Penny Marshall~pennymarshall]] helped him get roles in some of her earlier films such as [[Feature~V5343~Big~big]] (1988), and his role as the fast talking baseball recruiter Ernie "Cappy" Capadino in [[Performer~P177562~Marshall~halmarsh]]'s [[Feature~V28669~A League of Their Own~aleagueoftheirown]] (1992) earned him widespread acclaim. Lovitz has also appeared as a guest voice on the TV animated show [[Feature~V175345~The Simpsons~thesimpsons[animatedtvseries]]] and played lead voice in the critically-acclaimed animated show [[Feature~V137081~The Critic~critic]] on ABC and the Fox Network.

In the years following SNL and The Critic, Lovitz remained active with comedic roles in film (High School High, Little Nicky) and television (NewsRadio, Las Vegas), though it his performances in such films as Todd Solandz's acerbic black comedy Happiness and opposite Kevin Spacey in the semi-comedic Jack Abramoff biopic Casino Jack that displayed more range most filmmakers had previously failed to capitalize on. And thought the comic actor was never known to be overtly political, his scathing criticisms of U.S. President Barack Obama on the issue of taxes made headlines across the country in 2012, resulting in an unusually serious appearance on FOX News in which he passionately defended his comments. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi