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Born: October 11, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Union, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, comedian, longshoreman, cab driver

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Stand-up comic and actor Artie Lange was part of a tradition of self-deprecating comedians whose no-holds-barred humor mirrored their off-screen propensity for self-destruction. Much like Chris Farley, Sam Kinison and John Belushi before him, Lange also suffered from punishing addictions to drugs and alcohol that resulted in lost opportunities, physical ailments, and eventually, a horrific suicide attempt. As part of the inaugural cast of "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009), Lange's future in TV comedy looked bright, until a botched drug intervention by his castmates led to an arrest, jail time, a stint in rehab and Lange being let go from the popular show. He found a comedic ally in Norm MacDonald, with whom he co-starred in the feature film "Dirty Work" (1998) prior to being brought along for MacDonald's short-lived sitcom, "The Norm Show" (ABC, 1999-2001). He later transitioned to radio, replacing Jackie Martling on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2001, during which time he wrote, produced and starred in the low budget feature "Artie Lange's Beer League" (2006) and penned the best-selling memoir Too Fat to Fish in 2008. Although a suicide attempt in early 2010 marked an all-time low for the comedian, Lange...

Stand-up comic and actor Artie Lange was part of a tradition of self-deprecating comedians whose no-holds-barred humor mirrored their off-screen propensity for self-destruction. Much like Chris Farley, Sam Kinison and John Belushi before him, Lange also suffered from punishing addictions to drugs and alcohol that resulted in lost opportunities, physical ailments, and eventually, a horrific suicide attempt. As part of the inaugural cast of "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009), Lange's future in TV comedy looked bright, until a botched drug intervention by his castmates led to an arrest, jail time, a stint in rehab and Lange being let go from the popular show. He found a comedic ally in Norm MacDonald, with whom he co-starred in the feature film "Dirty Work" (1998) prior to being brought along for MacDonald's short-lived sitcom, "The Norm Show" (ABC, 1999-2001). He later transitioned to radio, replacing Jackie Martling on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2001, during which time he wrote, produced and starred in the low budget feature "Artie Lange's Beer League" (2006) and penned the best-selling memoir Too Fat to Fish in 2008. Although a suicide attempt in early 2010 marked an all-time low for the comedian, Lange eventually returned to radio as one-half of the sports talk program "The Nick and Artie Show" in 2011. Blurring the lines of art and reality, Lange's personal demons continually fed his biting comedy even as they ultimately threatened to destroy him.

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 Waltzing Anna (2006)
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 Old School (2003) Booker
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 Mail Order Bride (2003) Tommy
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 Elf (2003)
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 Boat Trip (2003) Brian
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 4th Floor, The (2000) Jerry
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Worked as a stand-up comedian on the NYC circuit
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Formed the sketch comedy troupe "Live on Tape"
1995:
Appeared as a regular on the Fox sketch comedy series "MADtv"
1999:
Played the troublemaking half-brother of the titular hockey star turned social worker on the ABC sitcom "Norm"
2001:
Joined the cast of "The Howard Stern Radio Show" on WXRK, a rock station owned by Infinity Broadcasting
2003:
Appeared in the smash hit "Old School," starring Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn
2003:
Played Gimbel's Santa in the Will Ferrell comedy "Elf"
2006:
Moved with Howard Stern to Sirius radio in January
2006:
Co-starred in the comedy "Waltzing Anna"
2006:
Co-wrote and starred in the comedy "Artie Lange's Beer League"
2008:
Co-wrote a book with Anthony Bozza titled <i>Too Fat to Fish</i>
2009:
Took an indefinite leave from the Howard Stern Show in December
2010:
Made his return to stand-up comedy at the New York City club the Comedy Cellar, performing for the first time since his alleged suicide attempt in January
2011:
Co-hosted syndicated sports and entertainment talk program "The Nick and Artie Show" alongside comedian Nick DiPaolo
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Education

Union High School: Union , New Jersey -

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