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Also Known As: Jonathan M Lovitz Died:
Born: July 21, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tarzana, California, USA Profession: actor, messenger

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A pear-shaped, somewhat froggy-faced comedic character player, Jon Lovitz gained initial fame as a regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live". Lacking the mimetic virtuosity of some of his colleagues, Lovitz nonetheless emerged as one of the show's stars thanks to a number of hilariously broad characters including Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, the great Shakespearean ham Master Thespian, the Devil himself and a memorable impression of actor-playwright Harvey Fierstein ("I just want to be loved! Is that so wrong?"). Prior to "SNL", Lovitz had done some TV work--a guest spot on "The Paper Chase", a recurring role on the legal sitcom, "Foley Square"--and completed his contributions to several features: "The Last Resort" (1986), "Ratboy" (1986), and a cartoon feature, "The Brave Little Toaster" (1987). With his newfound success, Lovitz became a popular character player in features and a frequent guest on TV. His distinctive and theatrical voice is well suited to animation as both "An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West" (1991) and his contributions to TV's "The Simpsons" and "The Critic" (for which he voiced the Siskel & Ebert-esque Jay Sherman for two incarnations, the original Fox series...

A pear-shaped, somewhat froggy-faced comedic character player, Jon Lovitz gained initial fame as a regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live". Lacking the mimetic virtuosity of some of his colleagues, Lovitz nonetheless emerged as one of the show's stars thanks to a number of hilariously broad characters including Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, the great Shakespearean ham Master Thespian, the Devil himself and a memorable impression of actor-playwright Harvey Fierstein ("I just want to be loved! Is that so wrong?"). Prior to "SNL", Lovitz had done some TV work--a guest spot on "The Paper Chase", a recurring role on the legal sitcom, "Foley Square"--and completed his contributions to several features: "The Last Resort" (1986), "Ratboy" (1986), and a cartoon feature, "The Brave Little Toaster" (1987). With his newfound success, Lovitz became a popular character player in features and a frequent guest on TV. His distinctive and theatrical voice is well suited to animation as both "An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West" (1991) and his contributions to TV's "The Simpsons" and "The Critic" (for which he voiced the Siskel & Ebert-esque Jay Sherman for two incarnations, the original Fox series [1994-1995] and the Internet-based sequel in 2000) demonstrated. He also voiced Calico, Mr. Tinkles' short-haired cat servant in the animorphic and CGI-laden comedy "Cats & Dogs" (2001).

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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Jewtopia (2013)
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 Sleight of Hand (2012)
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 Casino Jack (2010)
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 Southland Tales (2006)
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 Benchwarmers, The (2006) Cast
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 Producers, The (2005)
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1983:
Performed with Groundlings comedy troupe when they presented "Chick Hazard: Olympic Trials" at the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival
1984:
Made TV acting debut in a guest role on an episode of "The Paper Chase" (Showtime)
1985:
Landed recurring role on the CBS comedy "Foley Square"
1985:
Appeared as a regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1986:
Made his film acting debut in "The Last Resort"
1992:
Executive produced, created, and starred in "Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special" (Fox)
1992:
Offered amusing turn as a baseball scout in "A League of Their Own"
1994:
Provided the voice for the animated sitcom "The Critic" (ABC, 1994; Fox, 1995)
1995:
Co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards with Courteney Cox
1996:
Cast in the lead role in the comedy "High School High"
1997:
Guest starred on NBC's "NewsRadio" before joining the show's final season as Max Louis, the news radio announcer
1998:
Made a cameo in fellow "SNL" alum Adam Sandler's comedy vehicle "The Wedding Singer"
2000:
Appeared in Woody Allen's comedy "Small Time Crooks"
2001:
Replaced Henry Winkler as one of the leads of the Neil Simon Broadway comedy "The Dinner Party"
2001:
Appeared as one of the contestants out to win $2 million in ensemble comedy "Rat Race"
2004:
Starred opposite Bette Midler in the remake of ''The Stepford Wives''
2005:
Played Leo Bloom's (Matthew Broderick) boss Mr. Marks in the movie musical "The Producers," based on the stage musical by Mel Brooks
2006:
Joined an ensemble cast for Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales"
2006:
Played an eccentric billionaire in the comedy "The Benchwarmers"
2007:
Signed a contract to appear at the Laugh Factory every Wednesday night for the rest of his life
2010:
Co-starred in "Casino Jack" with Kevin Spacey who portrayed Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff
2012:
Voiced Quasimodo in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"; also starred Adam Sandler
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Education

Harvard-Westlake School: Los Angeles , California -
Film Actors Workshop: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Irvine: Irvine , California - 1979
The Groundlings: Los Angeles , California - 1982

Notes

"Any actor who tells you he doesn't want to be famous is full of crap. I've been a waiter, an orderly, a messenger--and I can tell you that being a movie star is much better. No comparison."--Lovitz quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 11, 1994.

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companion:
Janice Dickinson. Model. Dating as of May 2004.

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sister:
Lisa A Lovitz. Born in 1955.
sister:
Leslie J Lovitz. Twin.

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