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Jonathan Michael Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, USA, into a Jewish family with roots traceable to Russia, Hungary and Romania. He is a comedian and actor, also known for his activities as a singer, perhaps still best known for his work on the television show, called “Saturday Night Live”, on which he worked from 1985 to 1990. During his career, Jon has won the Mark Twain Prize, Screen Actors Guild Award and Primetime Emmy Award twice. Lovitz has been working in the movie and television industries for more than 30 years and he is now one of the most experienced actors and comedians.

So how rich is Jon Lovitz? It is estimated that Jon’s net worth is over $12 million, undoubtedly mainly gained through his appearances in various shows and movies. In addition to this, Jon’s career as a comedian has also had a huge influence on the growth of his wealth. His other activities have also made this sum of money higher.

Jon Lovitz Net Worth $12 Million

Jon studied at the University of California at Irvine, from where he graduated with a degree in theatre. Later he met Tony Barr and together learned more about acting at the Film Actors Workshop. Soon Lovitz joined the comedy troupe called “The Groundlings”, and began his career as a comedian. In 1985 Jon started working on the “Saturday Night Live” show, and it had a huge impact on the growth of Jon’s net worth. Jon worked on this show until 1990 and it still remains one of the most famous projects that Lovitz was associated with. Other television shows that Jon has appeared in include “Married…with Children”, “Friends”, “The Naked Truth”, “Two and a Half Men”, “New Girl” among many others. In addition to this, Jon has acted in numerous movies, for example “Matilda”, “High School High”, “Rat Race”, “Grown Ups 2”, “Casino Jack” and others. All these appearances added significantly to Jon Lovitz’s net worth.

What is more, in 2007 Jon opened his own comedy club, called “The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine”, later changed to “The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre”. Sadly, in 2014 this club was closed. It is clear that Jon is a very busy person as he is a part of various upcoming movies and current television shows and even finds time for doing stand-up comedy as well. Undoubtedly, his hard-working personality helped him to become one of the most acclaimed and experienced actors, comedians in the industry.

In his personal life, Jon keeps it private, but is known to be romantically linked with actress Janice Dickenson. All in all, it can be said that Jon Lovitz is a very talented personality, who has achieved acclaim in various spheres of show business. As he has been working in this industry for a very long time, he can share his experience and knowledge with contemporary actors and comedians, who have only started their career. Jon has numerous fans who have been supporting him from the beginning of his career up till now and who will support him in the future as well. Undoubtedly, Jon’s achievements and talent will remain respected and acclaimed for a long time in the future even when he will decide to end his acting career.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death: Take 2 2017 post-production Lincoln Groome
Killing Hasselhoff 2016 completed Barry
Directors Commentary TV Series pre-production Director
Mother's Day 2016 Club Owner Wally Burn
Animals. 2016 TV Series Old Ben / Jon Lovitz
Jessica Lowndes: Deja Vu (Remix) 2016 Short Jon Lovitz
The Ridiculous 6 2015 Grant
The Simpsons 1991-2015 TV Series Artie Ziff Llewellyn Sinclair Jay Sherman ...
Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 Phantom of the Opera (voice)
Bark Ranger 2015 Ranger (voice)
Hawaii Five-0 2015 TV Series Barry Burns
A Mouse Tale 2015 King of Mice (voice)
Coffee Shop 2014
The Simpsons Take the Bowl 2014 Video Troy McClure / Himself
Birds of Paradise 2014 Video Skeeter (voice)
New Girl 2013-2014 TV Series Rabbi / Rabbi Feiglin
Mr. Box Office 2012-2013 TV Series Bobby Gold
Joe King: King of Cars 2013 Short Joe King
Grown Ups 2 2013 Squats Fitness Janitor
Bula Quo! 2013 Wilson
Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie 2013 The Mad Scientist (voice)
Jungle Master 2013 Mulla (English version, voice)
Sharkproof 2012 Max
Hotel Transylvania 2012 Quasimodo (voice)
Hot in Cleveland 2011-2012 TV Series Artie / Opera Guy
Jewtopia 2012 Dennis Lipschitz
Jon Lovitz Presents 2011 TV Movie
Last Day Foundation 2010 Short Drug Dealer
Casino Jack 2010 Adam Kidan
I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 Nathan
Southland Tales 2006 Bart Bookman
The Benchwarmers 2006 Mel
Two and a Half Men 2006 TV Series Archie Baldwin
Farce of the Penguins 2006 My Eyes Are Up Here Penguin (voice)
The Producers 2005 Mr. Marks
Bailey's Billion$ 2005 Bailey (voice)
Las Vegas 2004-2005 TV Series Fred Puterbaugh
Pancho's Pizza 2005 Short
The Stepford Wives 2004 Dave Markowitz
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 Sidney Wernick
Just Shoot Me! 2003 TV Series Roland Devereaux
Stripperella 2003 TV Series Cheap-o
Friends 1995-2003 TV Series Steve
Eight Crazy Nights 2002 Tom Baltezor (voice)
Son of the Beach 2002 TV Series Father of B.J.'s Baby
The Critic 2000-2001 TV Series Jay Sherman Jon Lovitz Goblin of Griffindor ...
Good Advice 2001 Barry Sherman
Rat Race 2001 Randy Pear
The Daily Show 2001 TV Series Man on Street
Cats & Dogs 2001 Calico (voice)
3000 Miles to Graceland 2001 Jay Peterson
Sand 2000 Kirby
Little Nicky 2000 Peeper
Small Time Crooks 2000 Benny
NewsRadio 1997-1999 TV Series Max Lewis / Mike Johnson / Fred
Lost & Found 1999/I Uncle Harry
Happiness 1998 Andy Kornbluth
The Wedding Singer 1998 Jimmie Moore (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 1985-1997 TV Series Various / Tommy Flanagan / Mephistopheles / ...
The Naked Truth 1997 TV Series Acer Predburn
For Goodness Sake II 1996 Short
High School High 1996 Richard Clark
Matilda 1996 Million $ Sticky Host (uncredited)
The Great White Hype 1996 Sol
The Critic 1994-1995 TV Series Jay Sherman Woody Allen Michael Dukakis ...
Seinfeld 1995 TV Series Gary Fogel
Trapped in Paradise 1994 Dave Firpo
The Larry Sanders Show 1992-1994 TV Series Jon Lovitz
North 1994 Arthur Belt
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 Glen Robbins
Coneheads 1993 Dr. Rudolph, Dentist (uncredited)
A League of Their Own 1993 TV Series Ernie Capadino
Loaded Weapon 1 1993 Tim Becker
The Buzz 1992
Mom and Dad Save the World 1992 Emperor Tod Spengo
A League of Their Own 1992 Ernie Capadino
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 Chula (voice)
Married with Children 1991 TV Series Jeff Littlehead
Tales from the Crypt 1991 TV Series Barry Blye
Mr. Destiny 1990 Clip Metzler
Cranium Command 1989 Short Right Brain
My Stepmother Is an Alien 1988 Ron Mills
Big 1988 Scotty Brennen
The Brave Little Toaster 1987 The Radio (voice)
¡Three Amigos! 1986 Morty
Ratboy 1986 Party Guest
Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 Doug
Shadoevision 1986 TV Movie Liar
Last Resort 1986 Bartender
Foley Square 1986 TV Series Mole
Hamburger: The Motion Picture 1986 Security Guard
The Paper Chase 1984 TV Series Levitz

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 TV Movie performer: "Away in a Manger" - uncredited
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz 2005 TV Special performer: "I've Never Been in Love Before", "The Little Drummer Boy", "Fascinating Rhythm" - uncredited
The Producers 2005 producer: "Goodbye!"
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 2004 performer - 3 episodes, 1991 - 2002
One Night with Robbie Williams 2001 TV Special documentary performer: "Well, Did You Evah"
The Wedding Singer 1998 performer: "Ladies Night"
The Critic 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Brave Little Toaster 1987 performer: "City of Light", "B-Movie Show", "April Showers"
Saturday Night Live 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz 2013 TV Series
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz 2005 TV Special uncredited
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1992 TV Movie creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Around the World w/ Ashlocke 2014 TV Mini-Series producer - 1 episode
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz 2013 TV Series executive producer
Jon Lovitz Presents 2011 TV Movie executive producer
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1992 TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ian Bagg: Getting to F**king Know You 2013 TV Special documentary special thanks: from Ian Bagg
1990 Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search 1990 TV Movie special thanks: for the inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Russell Peters Christmas Special 2011 TV Special Himself
Kendra 2011 TV Series Himself - Actor-Comedian
Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 2011 TV Special Himself - Roaster
Looking for Lenny 2011 Documentary Himself (as John Lovitz)
The Doctors 2011 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1985-2011 TV Series Himself / Tommy Flanagan / Various / ...
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2011 TV Series Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself
Shank! 2010 TV Series Himself
WWE Raw 2010 TV Series Himself
24th Annual Genesis Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Celebrity Liar 2010 TV Series Himself
Back from Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison 2010 TV Special Himself
The Bachelor 2010 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
Secrets of Life 2009 Documentary Himself
Godfrey Live 2008 TV Movie Himself - Guest
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget 2008 TV Special Himself - Roaster
Last Comic Standing 2008 TV Series Himself
The Best of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen 2008 Video Himself
USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Mark Twain Prize: Billy Crystal 2007 TV Special Himself
Heckler 2007 Documentary Himself
The Girls Next Door 2006 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2006 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2006 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2006 TV Series Himself
Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Open Access 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Music Cares Person of the Year: Brian Wilson 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The Wallflowers: Rearrange 2005 Video short Himself
Unscripted 2005 TV Series Himself
Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 TV Special Himself
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Stepford: A Definition 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Stepford Husbands 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Brilliant But Cancelled: Pilot Season 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Reel Comedy 2002 TV Series Himself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2000-2002 TV Series Himself
Lying for a Living 2002 Video documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks 2002 TV Special Himself
Primetime Glick 2002 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Making 'Rat Race' 2001 Video short documentary Himself
Wild Desk Ride 2001 Video Himself / panelist
One Night with Robbie Williams 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2001 TV Series Himself
Bette 2001 TV Series Himself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored 2001 Video documentary Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1997-2000 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey 1999 TV Special Himself / Michael Dukakis / Various Characters
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman 1999 TV Special documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Introducing Video
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1998 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1998 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 1997 TV Series Himself
1996 MTV Movie Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The Rodman World Tour 1996 TV Series Himself
Jeopardy! 1996 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-1996 TV Series Himself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
1995 MTV Movie Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Co-host
Showbiz Today 1992-1995 TV Series Himself
1995 Young Comedians Special 1995 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 TV Special Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Himself
VH1 Honors 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Back in the Saddle: The Making of 'City Slickers II' 1994 Video documentary short Himself
1993 MTV Movie Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 1993 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1988-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing
1992 MTV Movie Awards 1992 TV Special Jason Voorhees
The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Voices that Care 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself - Choir Member
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Himself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Dolly 1987 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program & Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Comic Relief 1986/I TV Special Tom Finnegan
The Apprentice 2017 TV Series Himself - Contestant
The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Player
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Gotham Comedy Live 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
First Impressions with Dana Carvey 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Expert
Made in Hollywood 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
I Am Chris Farley 2015 Documentary Himself
Hot in Cleveland 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2015 TV Series Himself
Conan 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Comics Unleashed 2006-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Sing Your Face Off 2014 TV Series Himself - Contestant / Himself - Special Performance
Birds of Paradise: Bringing the Characters to Life - At the Recording Studio 2014 Video documentary short
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer 2013 TV Movie Himself
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz 2013 TV Series Himself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2013 TV Series Himself
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Regardless: The Freddy Soto Story 2012 Documentary
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin 2012 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself
America Live 2012 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2012 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Live from New York! 2015 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special 2014 TV Special Tonto (segment "Thanksgiving Greetings")
Saturday Night Live: Halloween 2013 TV Special Tonto (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor 2012 TV Series Himself
Vanilla Ice Archive 2012 Documentary
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 TV Movie Various (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08 2008 TV Special Michael Dukakis
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media 2008 Video documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz 2005 TV Special Various Characters
The Best Damn Sports Show Period 2004 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks 2004 TV Special Himself / Various
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2004 2004 TV Movie Michael Dukakis (uncredited)
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Dave Markowitz
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary
Saturday Night Live Christmas 2002 2002 TV Special Various (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 2000 TV Special Himself (Various Characters)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler 1999 TV Special documentary Operaman's Older Brother (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Christmas 1999 Video Hanukkah Harry Mr. Potter Master Thespian
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers 1998 Video documentary Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman 1998 TV Special documentary Himself / Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin 1998 TV Special M (uncredited)
The Simpsons 1994 TV Series Artie Ziff
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 1992 TV Special Gov. Michael Dukakis (uncredited)
Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition 1992 Video Various Characters
Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1991 TV Special Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams 1991 Video documentary Himself / Various Characters

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble Happiness (1998) · Jane Adams
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Dylan Baker
· Lara Flynn Boyle
· Justin Elvin
· Cynthia Stevenson
· Lila Glantzman-Leib
· Gerry Becker
· Rufus Read
· Louise Lasser
· Ben Gazzara
· Camryn Manheim
· Arthur J. Nascarella
· Molly Shannon
· Ann Harada
· Douglas McGrath

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Hotel Transylvania (2012) · Adam Sandler
· Selena Gomez
· Andy Samberg
· Kevin James
· Fran Drescher
· CeeLo Green
· Steve Buscemi
· Molly Shannon
· David Spade
· Brian George
· Chris Parnell
· Rob Riggle
· Luenell
· Brian Stack
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live (1975)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live (1975)

TitleSalary
¡Three Amigos! (1986) $500,000

#Fact
1 His paternal grandparents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. His mother's family was Hungarian Jewish.
2 Owner of the "Jon Lovitz Theater".
3 Penny Marshall let him live at her house when he was first starting out in show business.
4 Sang with British pop star Robbie Williams in the song "Well, Did You Evah?" on Williams' album "Swing When You're Winning".
5 Began acting in plays in high school.
6 In the 1990s was featured as the "Author of the Yellow Pages" in comedic print ads and commercials.
7 Once worked at the New York Renaissance Faire (in Tuxedo, NY) and was almost fired for referring to himself as "the town Jew."
8 Had two guest appearances on the popular sitcom Friends (1994). His first appearance, as successful restaurant owner with a drug abuse problem and Phoebe's massage client Steve, in Season One was intended to be a one-time appearance, but he returned as Steve in Season Nine, set up with Rachel by Phoebe on what was an intentionally torturous blind date, In this appearance it was revealed in the eight years in between his first appearance, Steve had lost his restaurant to his addiction, was now silk screening shirts and had developed low self-esteem due to his weight gain and recent impotence.
9 Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1995 along with Courteney Cox.
10 Was originally considered for the role of Marcus Burnette in Bad Boys (1995), with Dana Carvey as Mike Lowrey. Director Michael Bay today says it would have ruined their careers.
11 Was in love with a woman older than he when he was a teenager. His heart was broken when this woman married someone else.
12 Worked various jobs while pursuing an acting career. He was a waiter, worked in a clothing store, was a messenger, worked in a copy shop, shoe store, and as a hospital orderly.
13 Father loved opera and wished he had pursued a career in it. He encouraged Jon to pursue whatever career he wanted.
14 Father was a doctor.
15 Is the only boy of 5 children.
16 Has a twin sister named Leslie.
17 Encouraged and was supportive with actresses Lisa Kudrow and Maeve Quinlan in pursuing acting careers.
18 Met Phil Hartman at the Groudlings in 1984. Suggested and encouraged Saturday Night Live (1975) creator Lorne Michaels to hire Hartman for the show, telling Lorne, "If you think I'm good, you should see Phil. He's even better!" He and Phil helped each other get acting jobs through the rest of Phil's life.
19 B.A. from University of California Irvine. [1979]
20 His Saturday Night Live (1975) character "Master Thespian" is an imitation of a professor he had at the University of California-Irvine.

#Quote
1 (2010, on landing Big) Penny Marshall gave me the part in Big. She goes, "You can improvise again." So I get on set and I start trying to improvise and she goes, "No, you can't do that." I said, "Penny, the part's nothing. You said I could." She said, "I know, but the writers don't want you to." I go, "Then what am I here for?" She didn't want me to do anything-just play it totally straight. I go, "Crap. I'll just be subtly funny. I'll sneak it in." And later on she goes, "See, that's why I said that. So you would do that." I worked on it for about a week, and one day I said, "Listen, I feel really sick. I think I'm going to throw up." She goes, "All right, well, try." We're doing a scene, and in the middle they go, "Cut," and I ran and threw up. I said to her, "I can't work anymore." I was sick as shit. So I went home, and I had the flu bad for about a week. And then I felt better, and I thought, "Maybe I should call her up and tell her I'm feeling better, see if she wants to put me back into the movie." But then I thought, "Ah, forget it! The part was nothing." And then it turns out to be this huge hit, and I'm like, "I'm an idiot."
2 (2010, on Trapped in Paradise) Well, I feel like I'm very fortunate to be in movies at all, but I called it Trapped In Shit. I love Dana Carvey, and Nicolas Cage was great and we became friends, but the director [George Gallo] just wasn't there. He wasn't directing. It was a bad time in my life personally, because my father had just died Dec. 25. And I'm up in the snow with no light-we did night shoots for six weeks. It was like 25-below. Everyone was fine, but after six weeks, the whole crew started going crazy 'cause there's no light. It really affects your mood. Then we moved to Toronto, so we're shooting inside. It wasn't fancy, but inside during the day, this was a luxury. It was like 31 degrees, but it felt like summer. So as soon as I worked during the daylight, my mood changed... But the director would say, "Just do whatever you want." He was bragging about what a great director he was before he hired us: "I'm as good as Rob Reiner and Martin Scorsese." This is George Gallo. I said, "Don't you think you should let other people say that?" We never even got to read the script. He'd go, "Well, let's rehearse this." I'd go, "Oh good, we get to rehearse." And he'd start screaming at me, "Do whatever you want!" And I go, "Saying 'do whatever you want' is not direction."
3 (2010, on Happiness) Todd Solondz was trying to decide if I would play that part or the part that Philip Seymour Hoffman played. I met with him once to talk about it. I didn't think I got it, and then five months after that meeting, they said he wanted me to play that scene. Here's the thing about that scene: It's very, very well written. A lot of times I get a scene, it's not very well written, and they'll say to me, "Can you add jokes? You've got to punch it up." And I don't mind doing that, but I kind of do, because I want to say, "Would you do your job? You didn't hire me to write the thing. Come on." This thing, though, was like Shakespeare. It's hard, because now you have to raise yourself to the level of the writing. It's like playing an easy piano piece like "Chopsticks" or playing Tchaikovsky-or Liszt or George Gershwin. It's fantastic, and it's very hard to play. I think it's a brilliant scene, but I don't take credit for it. It's like some guy wrote a great musical piece and goes, "Can you play it?" That scene is really funny and really sad at the same time, and it goes back and forth. It was hard to do-and it was hard to do because my character breaks down and cries. That's in the scene. It goes, "Breaks down and cries." So I had to cry all day for 12 hours, and I kept thinking of more and more sad stuff. Then it wouldn't work and I'd try something else. At first I'm crying about the scene. Then I'm thinking about a girl leaving me. Then I'm thinking about my dad-who's dead-waving to me. On and on, trying to make myself cry. By the end of the day I was exhausted, and then I was depressed for like two weeks. Because it's not real, but physically you're crying for 12 hours. Even though you're making it up, you're still doing it. Your body doesn't know that it's not real. Imagine for 12 hours-or even for 10 minutes-you have to cry and cry. It was hard... Everyone goes, "What's Todd Solondz like?" And I say, "Well, if Penny Marshall and Woody Allen had a kid, it'd be Todd."
4 (2010, on Tales from the Crypt in the episode "Top Billing") That was really fun. John Astin and Bruce Boxleitner were in it. I remember Joel Silver was producing the series and he asked me to do it. I had the lead, and when you have the lead, it's fun. I was playing a struggling actor, and it wasn't that long after I'd been struggling-maybe five years. I remember thinking, "I have to lose some weight. I'm too fat! I don't look like a struggling actor." I weighed 145 in high school; when I was in New York, when I was 24, I weighed 136 pounds. I didn't have much money to eat.
5 I like getting up in front of an audience. It's fun when you go to a baseball game and the crowd is cheering you. I can't deny it. And it's very funny, too. Sometimes you're shy; you go somewhere and everyone's looking at you, so you feel a little self-conscious.
6 At a certain point, if you work really hard and you get good and people like your work, you do deserve the fame -- but you shouldn't take it for granted.
7 [about his portrayal of Harvey Fierstein on Saturday Night Live (1975), and Fierstein's response to it] I did Harvey Fierstein. He didn't like it. He came in to the show to complain about it. His point was that he was getting more famous as me than as him . . . He came in to talk about it and, watching him, I realized that I was doing him quite well. He thought I was doing a gay stereotype.
8 [To Conan O'Brien] I heard you call me immature earlier. Well, you're just a big poop-head.

#Trademark
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