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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 3, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: comedian, talk show host, actor

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Decades before the term "snarky" caught on with the public, Dennis Miller embodied that snappy, smart-alecky style of humor for six seasons (1985-91) as anchorman on the "Weekend Update" segment of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1975- ). Miller not only became the show's first cast member since Chevy Chase to make the parody newscast his own, he launched himself as one of the top political comedians of his generation. Following "SNL" and a failed 1992 talk show, the former stand-up comic's topical news-driven "Dennis Miller Live" (1994-2002) ran for nine successful seasons on HBO. Miller's follow-up TV effort - providing colorful commentary on "Monday Night Football" (1970- ) - proved to be a severe fumble, as his signature esoteric references and wild metaphors seemed jarringly out of place during a sports broadcast. Always anti-authoritarian, the liberal-leaning Miller shifted his political views to the right following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Miller's conversion was controversial, but it propelled him into new life as a media personality. After nearly a decade of TV flops, Miller hit it big again in 2007 via talk radio with "The Dennis Miller Show," which propelled the host back to...

Decades before the term "snarky" caught on with the public, Dennis Miller embodied that snappy, smart-alecky style of humor for six seasons (1985-91) as anchorman on the "Weekend Update" segment of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1975- ). Miller not only became the show's first cast member since Chevy Chase to make the parody newscast his own, he launched himself as one of the top political comedians of his generation. Following "SNL" and a failed 1992 talk show, the former stand-up comic's topical news-driven "Dennis Miller Live" (1994-2002) ran for nine successful seasons on HBO. Miller's follow-up TV effort - providing colorful commentary on "Monday Night Football" (1970- ) - proved to be a severe fumble, as his signature esoteric references and wild metaphors seemed jarringly out of place during a sports broadcast. Always anti-authoritarian, the liberal-leaning Miller shifted his political views to the right following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Miller's conversion was controversial, but it propelled him into new life as a media personality. After nearly a decade of TV flops, Miller hit it big again in 2007 via talk radio with "The Dennis Miller Show," which propelled the host back to TV by way of Fox News and World Wrestling Entertainment; all of which solidified his status as one of the more important commentators on entertainment and politics.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Decoding Deepak (2012)
2.
 Campaign, The (2012)
3.
4.
 Joe Dirt (2001) Zander Kelly
5.
 Murder at 1600 (1997) Detective Stengel
6.
 Bordello of Blood (1996) Rafe Guttman
7.
 Net, The (1995) Dr Alan Champion
8.
 Never Talk to Strangers (1995) Cliff Raddison
9.
 Disclosure (1994) Mark Lewyn
10.
 Broken Highway (1993) Max O'Donnell
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1980:
Hosted "Punchline", a magazine-show for teenagers (date approximate)
1985:
Appeared on "Saturday Night Live"
1990:
Represented Miller Lite beer in commercials
1990:
Feature acting debut, "Madhouse"
1992:
Started talk show, "The Dennis Miller Show"
1992:
Talk show is taken off the air six months after first airing
1994:
Dramatic acting debut, "Disclosure"
1994:
Hosted a half-hour weekly show on HBO, "Dennis Miller Live"
1996:
First leading role in features in "Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood"
2000:
Joined the announcing team for ABC's "Monday Night Football"; fired in 2002
2003:
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program for "Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed"
2004:
hosted a Talk show on CNBC, which featured interviews, a rant on a selected topic, a "Weekend Update," and a panel called "The Varsity."
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Education

Keystone Oaks High School: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1970
Point Park College: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1974

Notes

Not to be confused with Australian actor Dennis Miller or Turner executive Dennis Miller.

"The mental t-shirt I wear these days is emblazoned with the saying, WHAT IN THE HELL?"--Dennis Miller, US, 1/95

"Nobody's interested in me doing movies full time. . . . I'm the sardonic relief, the exposition eunuch"--Miller in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 28, 1996

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wife:
Ali Miller. Former model. Married in 1988.

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brother:
James Miller. Personal manager. Handles Jim Carrey.
son:
Holden Miller. Born c. 1990.
son:
Marlon Miller. Born c. 1993.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Rants" Doubleday
"Ranting Again" Doubleday

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