Lorne Michaels

Producer, Screenwriter, Executive
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that Canadian writer-producer Lorne Michaels had on modern American TV comedy and rock music programming. Perhaps more than any other figure, he was responsible for ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1944 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Producer (105)

DOCUMENTARY NOW! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 1975 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Man Seeking Woman 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Masterminds 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mulaney 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Portlandia 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 1975 - 1976, 2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Staten Island Summer 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Awesomes 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Maya Rudolph Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

30 Rock 2006 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Michael Buble Christmas Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

SNL Christmas 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Up All Night 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Guilt Trip 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Women of SNL 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

MacGruber 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Just Commercials 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Just Game Show Parodies 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '09 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: Best of Tracy Morgan 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: Best of Will Ferrell 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

To Love & Die 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sons & Daughters 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mean Girls 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tracy Morgan Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Christmas 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

50 Years of NBC Late Night 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Remembers John Belushi 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Colin Quinn Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: Mothers' Day Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: Best of Game Show Parodies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ladies Man 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 5 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial, Volume II 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black Sheep 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kids in the Hall 1989 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tommy Boy 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Continuing Adventures of The Rolling Stones: 25X5 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lassie 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

Executive Producer

The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wayne and Garth's Saturday Night Live Music a Go-Go 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live: All the Best For Mother's Day 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lookwell 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Rolling Stones: Terrifying 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Michelob Presents Sunday Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Kids in the Hall 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Shots in America 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Producer

Randy Newman at the Odeon 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Coneheads 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Show 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Producer

Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer

Nothing Lasts Forever 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Paul Simon Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

The Beach Boys Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Flip Wilson... Of Course 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Lily 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

The Lily Tomlin Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Bob & Ray & Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill (Movie)

(Producer)

Frosty Returns (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (33)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Portlandia: The Brunch Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Himself

Saturday Night Live Backstage 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Tina Fey: Mark Twain Prize 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: A Comic Life 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Lassie 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lily (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Perry Como Winter Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (5)

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Saturday Night Live) (Special Thanks)

It's Pat 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

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

Special Thanks

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 1985 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that Canadian writer-producer Lorne Michaels had on modern American TV comedy and rock music programming. Perhaps more than any other figure, he was responsible for mainstreaming so-called countercultural values - e.g., jokes about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; left-leaning politics - through that most pervasive of mediums. As the Emmy-winning creator and producer of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Michaels was not only responsible for helming one of the longest-running comedy and variety programs in television history, but for shepherding a bonafide pop culture phenomenon that, with few exceptions, remained as cutting edge and relevant in its later seasons as it did during its debut 1975 season. And his knack for picking comic talent gave early exposure to a staggering amount of popular performers in film and television through the decades, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell.

Relationships

Alice Barry

Wife
Michaels' assistant on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) Married 1991

Susan Forristal Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 13, 1981 Divorced 1987

Henry Lipowitz

Father
Died when Michaels was 14

Florence Lipowitz

Mother

Henry Michaels

Son
Born April 3, 1992; mother, Alice Barry

Rosie Shuster Writer

Wife
Met in high school when she was 14 and he was 16 Married Oct. 5, 1971 Divorced 1980

EDUCATION

Forest Hill High School

Toronto , Ontario

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1966

Milestones

2012

Produced road trip comedy "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen

2009

Executive produced "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," hosted by "SNL" alum Fallon

2006

Executive produced NBC comedy "30 Rock," created by and starring Tina Fey

2004

Executive produced hit comedy "Mean Girls," penned by "SNL" alum Tina Fey

2001

Co-produced with Mick Jagger World War II-set thriller "Enigma," directed by Michael Apted

2000

Produced "The Ladies Man," based on popular "SNL" sketch starring Tim Meadows

1999

Produced comedy "Superstar" based on popular "SNL" character Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon); helmed by "Kids in the Hall" member Bruce McCulloch

1999

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1998

Produced "A Night at the Roxbury"; film based on largely dialogue-free recurring "SNL" skit starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

1997

Entered into partnership with NBC Entertainment to create SNL Studios; named chair of enterprise; simultaneously renewed position as executive producer of "Saturday Night Live" through 2001

1996

Produced "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy," the feature film based on popular series

1996

Produced Farley and Spade follow-up "Black Sheep"

1995

Produced Chris Farley and David Spade buddy comedy "Tommy Boy"

1995

Producer Harold Ramis directed comedy "Stuart Saves His Family"; film based on recurring "SNL" sketch starring Al Franken

1993

Produced hit comedies "Coneheads" and "Wayne's World 2"; both films based on "SNL" skits

1993

Created and executive produced "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC)

1992

Produced hit comedy feature "Wayne's World"; film based on popular recurring "SNL" skit starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey

1990

Executive produced "Rolling Stones: Terrifying," a three-hour live Rolling Stones concert in New Jersey

1988

Produced syndicated late-night music series "Sunday Night"; later named "Michelob Presents Night Music"

1988

Executive produced (with Jeff Ross) Canadian sketch comedy series "The Kids in the Hall"; aired on CBC and HBO, and finally on CBS late night

1986

Produced and co-wrote (with Steve Martin and Randy Newman) "The Three Amigos," starring Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short

1985

Returned to "Saturday Night Live" as executive producer

1984

Produced short-lived NBC variety series "The New Show"

1983

Executive produced NBC animated special "The Coneheads"

1982

Produced romantic comedy "Nothing Lasts Forever," directed by Tom Schiller; shelved until 1984

1981

Left "SNL" after dispute with network

1980

Made feature debut as producer and writer with "Gilda Live," the concert film of Radner's one-woman Broadway show

1979

Produced (also directed and co-wrote) Broadway show "Gilda Radner Live from New York"

1979

Founded Broadway Video, Inc., a film and TV production company

1977

Broadway producing debut, "Appearing Nitely" featuring Lily Tomlin

1975

Hired by producer Dick Ebersol to help develop youth-oriented, late-night, comedy variety series to replace Saturday night reruns of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"

1975

Co-created and produced (with Dick Ebersol) "NBC's Saturday Night"; name changed 1977 to "Saturday Night Live"

1975

Served as producer and writer on comedy special "Lily" (ABC)

1973

Assisted in developing ABC series "Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour"

1973

Credited as a writer on "Lily" (CBS); shared 1974 Emmy win for comedy writing

1973

Clashed with Tomlin on creative grounds; narrowly avoided being fired; adopted policy of deferring to Tomlin

1973

Hired as writer for Lily Tomlin's CBS special

1972

Ended partnership with Pomerantz on less than cordial terms

1968

Hired (with Pomerantz) by CBC to produce own series of specials; made four specials a year for the next three-and-a-half years; format similar to what would later be used on "SNL"

1968

Hired (with Pomerantz) as junior writers on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC)

1968

Hired (with Pomerantz) as junior writers for NBC comedy-variety series "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show"; show cancelled after nine airings

1967

Hired (with Pomerantz) as writers and performers on "Five Nights a Week at This Time," a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio comedy show; left after repeated disputes with management

1964

While attending University College in Toronto, directed (also co-wrote) "Follies," a sketch comedy/musical variety show that was an early prototype of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1964

Formed stand-up comedy act with Hart Pomerantz; also worked as a comedy writing team

1961

With friend Howard Shore (future "SNL" music director and film score composer), began organizing productions of "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Fantastiks" at Camp Timberlaine in Ontario

Raised in Forest Hill, an affluent Toronto suburb

Bonus Trivia

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Michaels was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1998.

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He was honored with a Peabody Award in 2013 for his entire body of work.

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