John Michael Higgins

Actor
Best known for his hilarious, show-stealing performances in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), actor John Michael Higgins almost shot his career in the foot when he played David ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1963 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Great News 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Broke Girls 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Almost Christmas 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angie Tribeca 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Awkward. 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2012 - 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? 2016 (Movie)

Mayor Wally (Actor)

Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Sundown 2016 (Movie)

Kent Hoagland (Actor)

The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Instant Mom 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pitch Perfect 2 2015 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Switched at Birth 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Dandy #1 (Actor)

Jessie 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mike and Molly 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Cad (Voice)

Tell 2014 (Movie)

Graham Huffman (Actor)

Terry the Tomboy 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilfred 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Back In The Game 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking The Bank 2013 (Movie)

Richard Grinding (Actor)

Rapture-Paloooza 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Lewis (Actor)

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

6 Month Rule 2012 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

Wes Handrick (Actor)

Cybill 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Gideon's Crossing 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Happily Divorced 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2003 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mad About You 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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My Uncle Rafael 2012 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Party of Five 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pitch Perfect 2012 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Sullivan & Son 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The George Carlin Show 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Single Guy 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

Principal Wally Snur (Actor)

Glory Daze 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

Walter Ferris (Actor)

Glee 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

Fired Up! 2009 (Movie)

Coach Keith (Actor)

Kath & Kim 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ugly Truth 2009 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Corey Taft (Actor)

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Killer Diller 2006 (Movie)

Deermont Seers (Actor)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

Richard Meyers (Actor)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Garth (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

Andre Devine (Actor)

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

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Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Dr Edgar Vance (Actor)

Boston Legal 2004 (Tv Show)

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Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

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A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Terry Bohner (Actor)

Monte Walsh 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Whit Summers (Actor)

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Scott Donlan (Actor)

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

Bill Feingold (Actor)

Brother's Keeper 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Guys Like Us 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Living in Captivity 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

Chief of Staff (Actor)

Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

John Levy (Actor)

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

National Lampoon's Class of '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

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Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

The Late Shift (TV Show)

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Biography

Best known for his hilarious, show-stealing performances in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), actor John Michael Higgins almost shot his career in the foot when he played David Letterman in the HBO docudrama, "The Late Shift" (1996), a behind-the-scenes look at the struggle between Letterman and rival Jay Leno (David R buck) for Johnny Carson's prized chair on "The Tonight Show. " The real Letterman expressed his loathing of the movie in general and the actor's performance specifically, calling Higgins a "psychotic chimp." Letterman even bumped him from his late night talk show, "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993-2015), after inviting him on to be a guest. Actors of lesser caliber may have been stuck doing bit parts-like R buck since his Leno imitation-but Higgins' talent for both comedy and drama allowed him thrive on stage and screen.

Relationships

Walter Higgins

Son
Born August 29, 2006 mother, Margaret Welsh

Margaret Welsh Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Amherst College

Amherst , Massachusetts
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle

2011

Cast in the Cameron Crowe directed family feature "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson

2011

Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in the raunchy comedy "Bad Teacher"

2009

Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth"

2008

Cast on NBC's short-lived series "Kath & Kim" as Phillip 'Phil' Lesley Knight

2007

Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Claus," a comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother

2007

Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"

2006

Played Jennifer Aniston's brother in the comedy "The Break-Up"

2005

Cast opposite Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni in "Fun with Dick and Jane"

2005

Cast as the English-butchering euro-trash producer Andre Devine in Martin Short’s "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood"

2004

Directed his first play, "The Play’s the Thing," Ferenc Molnar’s farcical look at theater people engaged in a clash of wits over love and art in a castle on the Italian Riviera

2004

Played a psychiatrist opposite Wesley Snipes in David Goyer’s "Blade: Trinity"

2004

Starred in the title role of the A.R. Gurney play "Big Bill" at the Lincoln Center

2003

Reunited with Christopher Guest to star in "A Mighty Wind" as Terry Bohner, the color cultish leader of the New Main Street Singers

2003

Cast in a recurring role on "Arrested Development" (Fox) as the hard-nosed government attorney seeking to prosecute the Bluth family

2000

Portrayed the flamboyantly gay Shih-Tzu hander in Christopher Guest’s "Best in Show"

2000

Landed a recurring role as attorney Steven Milter, on the TV comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Cast as a sleazy senatorial aid in Ridley Scott’s "G.I. Jane"

1997

Played a press secretary opposite Robert De Niro in "Wag the Dog"

1997

Portrayed Elaine’s balding beau on an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1996

Played David Letterman in the highly acclaimed HBO film "The Late Shift"

1989

Made film debut in the little-seen horror comedy "Vampire’s Kiss"

Began acting after college, both on and off-Broadway

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