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Also Known As: Christopher Elliott Died:
Born: May 31, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, NBC tour guide, office boy

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After earning a loyal following playing an assortment of oddball characters like "Conspiracy Guy" and "The Guy Under the Seats" on "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), comedic actor Chris Elliott developed a reputation for playing obnoxiously smug characters in a variety of film and television roles. Elliott achieved particular notoriety for his surreal sitcom "Get a Life" (Fox, 1990-92), on which he played a clueless man-child living with his parents while still earning a living delivering newspapers. Because of the shows out-there humor, which featured Elliott's character dying on numerous occasions, the show was cancelled, but not before it gained cult status. He moved on to a wide variety of supporting roles, most notably playing the cynical camera operator in the Bill Murray comedy vehicle "Groundhog Day" (1993), before getting his first leading role in the much-maligned "Cabin Boy" (1994). Following a disastrous one-season run on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) in the mid-1990s, Elliott had supporting roles in "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Snow Day" (2000) and "The Klumps" (2001), while landing recurring parts on popular series like "According to Jim" (ABC,...

After earning a loyal following playing an assortment of oddball characters like "Conspiracy Guy" and "The Guy Under the Seats" on "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), comedic actor Chris Elliott developed a reputation for playing obnoxiously smug characters in a variety of film and television roles. Elliott achieved particular notoriety for his surreal sitcom "Get a Life" (Fox, 1990-92), on which he played a clueless man-child living with his parents while still earning a living delivering newspapers. Because of the shows out-there humor, which featured Elliott's character dying on numerous occasions, the show was cancelled, but not before it gained cult status. He moved on to a wide variety of supporting roles, most notably playing the cynical camera operator in the Bill Murray comedy vehicle "Groundhog Day" (1993), before getting his first leading role in the much-maligned "Cabin Boy" (1994). Following a disastrous one-season run on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) in the mid-1990s, Elliott had supporting roles in "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Snow Day" (2000) and "The Klumps" (2001), while landing recurring parts on popular series like "According to Jim" (ABC, 2001-09) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). Elliott returned to leading role status with the violent action-drama spoof "Eagleheart" (Cartoon Network, 2011- ), which delighted a loyal fan base eager to consume more of his bizarre sense of humor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dictator, The (2012)
3.
 Speed-Dating (2010)
4.
 Dance Flick (2009)
6.
 I'll Believe You (2007)
7.
 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
8.
 Two Weeks Notice (2002)
9.
 Scary Movie 2 (2001) Hansen
10.
 Osmosis Jones (2001) Bob
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Worked as an NBC tour guide in New York
1981:
Met his future mentor David Letterman, who was taking his mother on a tour of the studios; offered Letterman the children's admission price
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Hired as an office boy for "Late Night With David Letterman"
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Became a staff writer for "Late Night With David Letterman"
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Began writing and acting in his own sketches on "Late Night With David Letterman"
1986:
Feature acting debut, Michael Mann's "Manhunter"
1987:
First TV guest spot, "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1987:
Wrote and starred in "Action Family", a "Cinemax Comedy Experiment"
1987:
Executive produced "Chris Elliott's FDR--A One-Man Show", a "Cinemax Comedy Experiment"; also wrote and starred
1989:
Cast as a recurring character on "Nick & Hilary", an NBC sitcom remake of "Tattingers"
1989:
Played a robber in "Life Without Zoe", the Francis Ford Coppola-directed segment of "New York Stories"
1989:
Had a featured role in James Cameron's underwater actioner "The Abyss"
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Served as creator, producer, writer, and star of the Fox sitcom "Get a Life!"
1993:
First substantial feature supporting role playing a sarcastic news cameraman in the Harold Ramis comedy "Groundhog Day"
1993:
Played "rockumentarian" A. White in the gangsta rap send-up "CB4"
1994:
First feature as star, "Cabin Boy"; also wrote story; Letterman had cameo role
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Was a regular on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1995:
Guest starred on episodes of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) and "The Simpsons" (Fox)
1997:
Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"
1998:
Had a memorable supporting role as Dom, a man plagued with a nervous skin condition and a jones for the titular dream girl, in "There's Something About Mary"
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Voiced the character of Dogbert in the UPN animated series "Dilbert"
2000:
Co-starred in the surprise hit family comedy feature "Snow Day"
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Had featured role in the NBC sitcom "The Weber Show/Cursed"
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Notes

"I'm on that level of fame where if I disappeared off the face of the earth, there wouldn't be much talk on 'Entertainment Tonight' about it. And that's probably the level of fame where I will most likely spend the rest of my life." --Chris Elliott to Us, August 21, 1989.

"My comedy has always been stupid and goofy, and that's always been the intent behind it. You're talking comedy, so stupid to me evokes a funny image. It's not negative." --Elliott quoted in Daily News, January 6, 1994.

"Dave would see us doing something at the coffee machine, and it would end up on The Show, I used to go out on the remotes and stand there saying stupid things to him. I was his little amusement boy." --Elliot on his early days with David Letterman, from Village Voice, February 1, 1994.

Chris Elliott on his "Late Night with David Letterman" appearances: "It was all about ego. He was this staff member who thought he was due a career and forced himself on the show to get it. And the weird thing is that ultimately, that's exactly what happened to me. Somehow, just by continually pestering the general public by appearing on television, they accepted me and wanted more. And then, of course, I had to give them something else, and they were like, 'Ugh, enough!'" --quoted to Time Out New York, July 9-16, 1998.

Elliott on Dom, his dermatologically-challenged character in "There's Something About Mary": "I actually thought of the [hives] makeup. I wanted something bizarre, and also, it hides the fact that I'm not a very good actor." --quoted in Us, January 1999.

Answering a query from Entertainment Weekly (February 5, 1999) if he was upset when James Cameron (who directed Elliott in "The Abyss") cast Leonaro DiCaprio in "Titanic": "No, I wasn't, because I gave James Cameron the idea for 'Titanic'. When I did 'The Abyss', I said to him 'What would be good would be to do a comedy on the high seas.' He went and did 'Titanic', I did 'Cabin Boy'."

On the showbiz legacy of his father, comedian Bob Elliott: "He wasn't exactly anti-show business, but he made a conscious decision not to move to the West Coast, not to get into movies and television.

"I think I inherited a kind of embarrassment with the whole idea of show business. Part of my act has always been not to take it too seriously." --quoted in the New York Post, February 7, 2000.

Salon scribe Connell Barrett on Elliott versus perceived comis genius Andy Kaufman: "While Kaufman has been resurrected in film, books and 12,000 magazines as a mad comedic savant, Elliott--he of 'Late Night with David Letterman" and "Get a Life" fame--is, well, the voice of Dogbert, an ignominious fate for a performer who is every bit as innovative, bold and bafflingly odd. And funnier . . . Like his comedic forefather, Elliott eschewed jokes in favor of joking around. He walked (nay, banana-danced upon) the line between comedy and performance art. And long before they recorded "Man on the Moon", R.E.M.'s "Stand" stood as the theme to "Get a Life!" Elliott must be a genius; Michael Stipe says so." --from the article "The Other Man on the Moon", February 8, 2000.

Elliott on his on screen alter ego: "Anything I do, it's always Chris Elliott. He may be called different things but it's always the same guy.

"It's really just a matter of finding a palatable way to present that character to the public." -- to Daily News, February 9, 2000.

"I'm a guy who has kind of cut my own niche in this business. It's never just 'let's get somebody funny for this part' or 'who is available?' When people want me for a part, they are looking for me--which is nice. It might not happen that often, but I know when it does they really want me." --Elliott quoted in USA Today, February 10, 2000.

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wife:
Paula Elliott.

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father:
Bob Elliott. Humorist, broadcaster, actor, author, painter. Born in Boston on March 26, 1923; spent 40 years as one half of the celebrated comedy team Bob and Ray [Goulding] who performed on stage, screen, records, and most significantly, radio; appeared as a regular on the first season of "Get a Life!"; appeared with son Chris in his two Cinemax comedy specials "Action Family" and "FDR: A One Man Show"; also made cameo appearance in "Cabin Boy" (1993); co-authored "Daddy's Boy" with Chris.
mother:
Lee Elliott. Married Bob Elliott in 1954 (his second marriage).
brother:
Bob Elliott Jr.
sibling:
Colony Elliott.
sister:
Shannon Elliott.
sister:
Amy Elliott.
daughter:
Abigail Elliott.
daughter:
Bridget Elliott.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father" Delacorte

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