Dana Carvey

Actor, Comedian
One of the most popular performers on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during its revival in the late 1980s, Emmy winner Dana Carvey was responsible for such note-perfect impressions of figures like George H. W ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1955 in Missoula, Montana, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Conan 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Birthday Boys 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rick & Morty 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

Scraggly Puppeteer (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1986 - 1993, 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1986 - 1993, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

Pistachio Disguisey (Actor)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Referee (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dana Carvey: Critics' Choice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shot 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Who Makes You Laugh? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

1993: A Year at the Movies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Maurice Pogue (Actor)

The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

George Kellogg (Actor)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

Alvin Firpo (Actor)

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Garth Algar (Actor)

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live Halloween Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

Garth Algar (Actor)

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Opportunity Knocks 1990 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving 1988 (Movie)

Brad Williams (Actor)

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Slickers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Richie Evans (Actor)

Blue Thunder 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

Baby Face (Actor)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Mime Waiter (Actor)

One of the Boys 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Whacked Out 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Alone At Last II 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

Assistant (Actor)
Music (2)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

("'Wayne's World' Theme (Extended Version)") (Song Performer)

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

("Wayne's World Theme (Extended Version)") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

One of the most popular performers on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during its revival in the late 1980s, Emmy winner Dana Carvey was responsible for such note-perfect impressions of figures like George H. W. Bush, Ross Perot, Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart, as well as his own creations, the zealous Church Lady and Wayne's sidekick, Garth. Where most impressionists stuck to rote imitations of their subjects, Carvey took his subjects to surreal extremes, with Stewart becoming a vigilante in an alternate-world "It's a Wonderful Life" (1941) and Bush transforming from stiff martinet to self-amused, quote-spouting buffoon. His success on the series naturally led to a film career, but aside from his appearances in "Wayne's World" (1992) and its sequel, Carvey failed to find the proper vehicle for his talents. After a debilitating series of heart surgeries, he retreated from the spotlight in the late 1990s to focus on his family and work in stand-up, but his status as one of the brightest talents "SNL" ever fostered was never lost on his dedicated fans.

Relationships

Brad Carvey Actor

Brother
Born July 10, 1951; inspired brother's famous "SNL" character Garth

Bud Carvey

Father

Mark Carvey Assistant

Brother

Billie Carvey

Mother

Dex Carvey

Son
Born 1991; mother, Paula Zwagerman

Thomas Carvey

Son
Born August 1993; mother, Paula Zwagerman

Leah Carvey

Wife
Married 1979 Divorced 1980

Paula Zwagerman

Wife
Married Jan. 8, 1983

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California
graduated

Milestones

2011

Returned to feature acting with a cameo in "Jack and Jill," starring Adam Sandler

2008

Wrote and starred in HBO special "Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies"

2002

Returned to feature films as star of the comedy "The Master of Disguise"

2000

Appeared as a celebrity contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (ABC)

1997

Underwent double bypass surgery on his heart in September; in May 2000, sued doctor alleging surgeon operated on the wrong artery; settled for undisclosed amount which was donated to charity

1996

Headlined own short-lived sketch comedy series "The Dana Carvey Series" (ABC)

1993

Reprised role of Garth for the sequel "Wayne's World 2"

1992

Co-starred as Garth Algar opposite Mike Myers in the mega-hit "Wayne's World"

1990

Played first feature lead in "Opportunity Knocks"

1986

Joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a series regular; introduced and performed various characters such as Church Lady and Garth Algar; also impersonated George Bush and Ross Perot during Presidential elections

1984

Co-starred on the short-lived drama series "Blue Thunder" (ABC)

1982

Cast as a regular on the short-lived NBC series "One of the Boys"

1981

Moved to Los Angeles

1981

Feature acting debut with "Halloween II"

1980

TV acting debut with "Alone At Last II"

Bonus Trivia

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"I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face." – Carvey

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"I'm 38 and I'm playing a guy who just got pubes. That's in the movie. And, um...I hate that word. I'm sorry. Pubes and penis. Two words you hate in life." – Carvey on playing Garth in "Wayne's World" (1992)

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"I don't consider myself a great impressionist. I just tend to exaggerate. Darrell Hammond is more of a great impressionist. I just get bored real quick and want to take it further. I was lucky to get Perot and Bush in the same presidential season." – Carvey to The Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2002

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