Jonathan "Jon" Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is an American actor, comedian and singer. He is best known for serving as a cast member of Saturday Night Live between 1985 to 1990 and voicing Jay Sherman on The Critic.
Lovitz was born in Los Angeles, California. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Romania who settled in Jacksonville, Florida. His maternal grandmother was an immigrant from Hungary, while his maternal grandfather was born in Chicago, but his family were immigrants from Russia. He attended Harvard School and studied theater at the University of California at Irvine and graduated in 1979. He studied acting with Tony Barr at the Film Actors Workshop. He became a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe where he befriended his future SNL fellow Phil Hartman.
Saturday Night Live
Lovitz was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He later said in an interview for the book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live that his time on SNL was the most memorable in his career. He went from having no money to being offered a $500,000 movie contract. He was nominated for an Emmy his first two years on Saturday Night Live. One of his most notable SNL characters was "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" who used the old catch phrase, "Yeah! That's the ticket!" as he, after visible effort, finally finished constructing his latest lie. Some of his other recurring characters included Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, and Michael Dukakis. In a 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live he played a virgin Trekkie, who was scripted to hang his head when asked by William Shatner if he had ever kissed a girl.
Hanukkah Harry, one of his most memorable roles, cast him in 1989 as a Jewish contemporary of Santa Claus who lives on Mount Sinai and travels the globe with a cart flown by three donkeys to give bland gifts to Jewish boys and girls. Harry is asked to fill in when Santa falls ill on Christmas Eve.
Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons and films. In the series The Critic he played the title character of Jay Sherman. On The Simpsons he played Marge's ex-prom date Artie Ziff, theater director Llewellyn Sinclair (and his sister, who runs a daycare center) on the season four episode "A Streetcar Named Marge", as well in the episode "Homer's Triple Bypass" as Andre, a man whom Patty and Selma attempt to set Marge up with, Jay Sherman again in the Season 6 crossover episode "A Star Is Burns", as well as Professor Lombardo and Aristotle Amadopolous, and paparazzo Enrico Irritazio in the season eighteen episode "Homerazzi". He was also the voice of Radio in the Hyperion-produced, Disney-distributed animated movie, The Brave Little Toaster and he lent his voice for a promo video for the video game Banjo-Kazooie.
Movie cameos and television guest appearances
In the late 1990s, Lovitz was "the man who wrote the Yellow Pages", in a series of commercials and print ads for the American Yellow Pages industry. He has also appeared in ads for Subway and in a cameo in the movie Matilda, as Million Dollar Sticky Man.
His first starring role was in Mom and Dad Save The World as the film's main character and antagonist Emperor Tod Spengo. He also starred in the film High School High also as the main character but this time he was the hero of the story, unlike Mom and Dad Save The World.
He also had an uncredited cameo as a rival crooner to Adam Sandler in the movie The Wedding Singer, and had a small role in another of Sandler's movies, Little Nicky. He also was a supporting character in "Mr. Destiny" with James Belushi.
Lovitz has also appeared on Friends twice. He first appeared in the Season 1 episode "The One with the Stoned Guy" as a restaurateur who gets stoned on marijuana just prior to interviewing Monica Geller for a job. He reappeared years later in the Season 9 episode "The One with the Blind Dates", where it is revealed that he lost his restaurant due to a drug problem.
In 1991, Lovitz appeared in the season six episode of Married With Children entitled "Kelly Does Hollywood part 2" as sleazy hollywood producer Mr. Littlehead. In 1998, Lovitz made a dramatic turn when he appeared in a small but pivotal role in Todd Solondz's film Happiness as a depressed man who attacks his date for thinking of him as nothing. His insults set the tone for her character throughout the film.
Lovitz guest-starred twice on Newsradio as two separate characters (a mental patient in the hospital where Phil Hartman's character was committed and a suicidal man threatening to jump off a window ledge outside the studio) before becoming a cast member in the show's final season. In the final season, he played Max Louis, the news radio announcer who replaced Phil Hartman's Bill McNeal.
In 2003, he appeared in an episode of Just Shoot Me! as a man married to Nina. He appeared on Two and a Half Men in 2006 as a jingle writer named Archie and has also had multiple guest appearances on the TV show Las Vegas as Fred Puterbaugh, up to the end of the second series.
He has appeared on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in Neil Simon's play The Dinner Party, taking over the lead role from Henry Winkler. He sang at Carnegie Hall three times (including Great Performances' Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall) and sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open.
On October 10, 2001, Lovitz sang a duet (with Robbie Williams) of the song "Well, Did You Evah!" at the Royal Albert Hall in the UK. The recording can be found on the Swing When You're Winning album.
In 1984, Lovitz entered stand-up comedy for the first time in his career. He also appeared in the film The Producers as the strict accounting firm chairman, Mr. Marx. In 1996, he became the spokesperson in an advertising campaign for the Subway restaurant chain.
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
On November 8, 2007 Jon Lovitz had the grand opening for his new comedy club "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine" in the Downtown Gaslamp District in San Diego, CA, sponsored by RR-Ex. It currently presents one show a night at 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The club has played host to David Spade, Ralphie May, Carlos Mencia, Dana Carvey, Jo Koy, Eric Schwartz, Craig Shoemaker, Joe Rogan, Russell Peters, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller, and Ryan Robinson.
There is also a second Jon Lovitz Comedy Club location on City Walk in Universal Studios, Hollywood. A comic short film starring Ken Davitian ('Borat') and featuring Lovitz was filmed there, directed by Emmy nominee Brent Roske and written by Aaron Davitian.
|1986||Hamburger... The Motion Picture||Security guard|
|Jumpin' Jack Flash||Doug|
|¡Kyle Nott's Pizza Party!||Kyle Nott Jr.|
|1987||The Brave Little Toaster||Radio||Voice|
|My Stepmother Is an Alien||Ron Mills|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Clip Metzler|
|1991||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Chula||Voice|
|A League of Their Own||Ernie Capadino|
|Mom and Dad Save the World||Emperor Tod Spengo|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Becker|
|1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold||Glen Robbins|
|Trapped in Paradise||Dave Firpo|
|1996||For Goodness Sake II||Unknown|
|The Great White Hype||Sol|
|Matilda||Million $ Sticky Host||Uncredited|
|High School High||Richard Clark|
|1998||The Wedding Singer||Jimmie Moore||Uncredited|
|1999||Lost & Found||Uncle Harry|
|2000||Small Time Crooks||Benny|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Jay Peterson|
|Cats & Dogs||Calico||Voice|
|Rat Race||Randall 'Randy' Pear|
|Good Advice||Barry Sherman|
|2002||Eight Crazy Nights||Tom Baltezor|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Sidney Wernick|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Dave Markowitz|
|Pancho's Pizza||Unknown||Short film|
|The Producers||Mr. Marks|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||"My eyes are up here" Penguin||Direct-to-DVD release|
|Southland Tales||Bart Bookman|
|2007||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Rob||Direct-to-DVD release|
|1984||The Paper Chase||Levitz||Episode 2.18: "Billy Pierce"|
|1985-1992||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||Main cast member; appeared in 92 episodes|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Barry Blye||Episode 3.5: "Top Billing"|
|Married... with Children||Jeff Littlehead||Episode 6.10: "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"|
|1991-2007||The Simpsons||Various characters (including Jay Sherman)||Appeared in nine episodes|
|1993||A League of Their Own||Ernie Capadino||Episode 1.1: "Dottie's Back"|
|1994-1995||The Critic||Jay Sherman||Appeared in all 23 episodes|
|1995||Seinfeld||Gary Fogel||Episode 6.13: "The Scofflaw"|
|1995, 2003||Friends||Steve||Episodes 1.15: "The One with the Stoned Guy" and 9.14: "The One with the Blind Dates"|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Acer Predburn||Episode 2.8: "The Scoop"|
|Episode 3.20: "Our Fiftieth Episode"|
Episode 4.1: "Jumper"
Main cast member in fifth season
|1997-2003||Just Shoot Me!||Roland Devereaux||Episode 7.15: "A Simple Kiss of Fate"|
|2000||Bette||Himself||Episode 1.15: "Polterguest"|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Father of B.J.'s Baby||Episode 3.14: "Bad News, Mr. Johnson"|
|2004-2005||Las Vegas||Fred Puterbaugh||Appeared in three episodes|
|2006||Two and a Half Men||Archie Baldwin||Episode 3.17: "The Unfortunate Little Schnauzer"|
|2010||WWE RAW||Himself||Guest Host |
- Cranium Command (1989) - Right Brain
- Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget (2008) - Himself
- The Critic (webisodes) (2000-2001) - Jay Sherman
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|MTV Movie Awards host
1995 (with Courteney Cox)
Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller