Jon Lovitz is a Jewish American comedian, actor and singer who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990.
Jonathan "Jon" Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957, in Los Angeles, California. In 1979, Lovitz graduated from the University of California at Irvine, where he studied theater. He then studied acting at the Film Actors Workshop and joined the comedy troupe The Groundlings.
Lovitz joined the cast of the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1985. Some of his notable recurring characters included "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar," Hanukkah Harry, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, Harvey Fierstein and Michael Dukakis. Lovitz was nominated for an Emmy Award his first two years on the show and described his time there as the most memorable in his career. He left the cast in 1990.
Lovitz's first starring film role was in 1992's Mom and Dad Save the World. In addition to his film career, he has appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's play The Dinner Party, taking over the lead role from Henry Winkler. He also sang multiple times at Carnegie Hall (including Great Performances' Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall).
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