Chris Elliott

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1960 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Schitt's Creek 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rewrite 2015 (Movie)

Jim Harper (Actor)

Community 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eagleheart 1993 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2009, 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Birthday Boys 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 1993 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ed 1993 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1993 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Ogden (Actor)

The King of Queens 1993 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1993 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1993 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

SpongeBob SquarePants 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Futurama 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Speed-Dating 2010 (Movie)

Inspector Green (Actor)

Dance Flick 2009 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

King of the Hill 2003, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'll Believe You 2007 (Movie)

Eugene the Gator Guy (Actor)

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2007 (Movie)

Ernie Trevor (Actor)

Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in Christmas 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Ezekiel (Actor)

Everybody Loves Raymond 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jump Cuts 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2002 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Still Standing 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Scary Movie 2 2001 (Movie)

Hanson (Actor)

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dilbert 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

Restaurant Manager (Actor)

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

Snowplow Man (Actor)

The Naked Truth 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky Is Falling 1998 (Movie)

Santa Claus (Actor)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Dom (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kingpin 1996 (Movie)

The Gambler (Actor)

Springfield's Most Wanted 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barefoot Executive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Nathanial Mayweather (Actor)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

A White (Actor)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Get a Life! 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Robber (Actor)

Nick & Hillary 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Bendix (Actor)

Chris Elliott's FDR -- A One-Man Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Action Family 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

Zeller (Actor)

Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (TV Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Late Night With David Letterman 1981 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Action Family 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Paula Elliott

Wife

Abigail Elliott

Daughter

Bridget Elliott

Daughter

Bob Elliott Jr

Brother

Amy Elliott

Sister

Shannon Elliott

Sister

Colony Elliott

Sibling

Abby Elliott Actor

Daughter

Bob Elliott Actor

Father

Bob Elliott

Father
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

Lee Elliott

Mother
married Bob Elliott in 1954 (his second marriage)

Milestones

2000

Co-starred in the surprise hit family comedy feature "Snow Day"

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"

1997

Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"

1995

Guest starred on episodes of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) and "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1994

First feature as star, "Cabin Boy"; also wrote story; Letterman had cameo role

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"

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"

1987

First TV guest spot, "The Equalizer" (CBS)

1987

Executive produced "Chris Elliott's FDR--A One-Man Show", a "Cinemax Comedy Experiment"; also wrote and starred

1987

Wrote and starred in "Action Family", a "Cinemax Comedy Experiment"

1986

Feature acting debut, Michael Mann's "Manhunter"

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

Was a regular on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Hired as an office boy for "Late Night With David Letterman"

Voiced the character of Dogbert in the UPN animated series "Dilbert"

Became a staff writer for "Late Night With David Letterman"

Had featured role in the NBC sitcom "The Weber Show/Cursed"

Worked as an NBC tour guide in New York

Served as creator, producer, writer, and star of the Fox sitcom "Get a Life!"

Began writing and acting in his own sketches on "Late Night With David Letterman"

Bonus Trivia

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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'."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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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