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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 12, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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Best known for his hilarious, show-stealing performances in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), actor John Michael Higgins almost shot his career in the foot when he played David Letterman in the HBO docudrama, "The Late Shift" (1996), a behind-the-scenes look at the struggle between Letterman and rival Jay Leno (David R buck) for Johnny Carson's prized chair on "The Tonight Show." The real Letterman expressed his loathing of the movie in general and the actor's performance specifically, calling Higgins a "psychotic chimp." Letterman even bumped him from his late night talk show, "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ), after inviting him on to be a guest. Actors of lesser caliber may have been stuck doing bit parts-like R buck since his Leno imitation-but Higgins' talent for both comedy and drama allowed him thrive on stage and screen.

Best known for his hilarious, show-stealing performances in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), actor John Michael Higgins almost shot his career in the foot when he played David Letterman in the HBO docudrama, "The Late Shift" (1996), a behind-the-scenes look at the struggle between Letterman and rival Jay Leno (David R buck) for Johnny Carson's prized chair on "The Tonight Show." The real Letterman expressed his loathing of the movie in general and the actor's performance specifically, calling Higgins a "psychotic chimp." Letterman even bumped him from his late night talk show, "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ), after inviting him on to be a guest. Actors of lesser caliber may have been stuck doing bit parts-like R buck since his Leno imitation-but Higgins' talent for both comedy and drama allowed him thrive on stage and screen.

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 Tell (2014)
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 6 Month Rule (2012)
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 Pitch Perfect (2012)
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 Big Miracle (2012)
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 Bad Teacher (2011)
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 We Bought a Zoo (2011)
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 Couples Retreat (2009)
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Began acting after college, both on and off-Broadway
1989:
Made film debut in the little-seen horror comedy "Vampire¿s Kiss"
1996:
Played David Letterman in the highly acclaimed HBO film "The Late Shift"
1997:
Cast as a sleazy senatorial aid in Ridley Scott¿s "G.I. Jane"
1997:
Portrayed Elaine¿s balding beau on an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1997:
Played a press secretary opposite Robert De Niro in "Wag the Dog"
2000:
Portrayed the flamboyantly gay Shih-Tzu hander in Christopher Guest¿s "Best in Show"
2000:
Landed a recurring role as attorney Steven Milter, on the TV comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
2003:
Reunited with Christopher Guest to star in "A Mighty Wind" as Terry Bohner, the color cultish leader of the New Main Street Singers
2003:
Cast in a recurring role on "Arrested Development" (Fox) as the hard-nosed government attorney seeking to prosecute the Bluth family
2004:
Played a psychiatrist opposite Wesley Snipes in David Goyer¿s "Blade: Trinity"
2004:
Directed his first play, "The Play¿s the Thing," Ferenc Molnar¿s farcical look at theater people engaged in a clash of wits over love and art in a castle on the Italian Riviera
2004:
Starred in the title role of the A.R. Gurney play "Big Bill" at the Lincoln Center
2005:
Cast as the English-butchering euro-trash producer Andre Devine in Martin Short¿s "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood"
2005:
Cast opposite Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni in "Fun with Dick and Jane"
2006:
Played Jennifer Aniston's brother in the comedy "The Break-Up"
2007:
Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"
2007:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Claus," a comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother
2008:
Cast on NBC's short-lived series "Kath & Kim" as Phillip 'Phil' Lesley Knight
2009:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth"
2011:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in the raunchy comedy "Bad Teacher"
2011:
Cast in the Cameron Crowe directed family feature "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson
2012:
Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
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Education

Amherst College: Amherst , Massachusetts -

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