Terry Kiser

Actor
A seasoned journeyman comic and light dramatic character player whose credits span daytime and primetime TV, Broadway and features, Kiser and his flexible body and rubbery face earned a boost when he was cast as the ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1939 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Flamingo Dreams 2014 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Alien Tornado 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Huntress 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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High Incident 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1988, 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1985 - 1988, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Two Guys and a Girl 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Will & Grace 1999 (Tv Show)

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Blossom 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Divorce, a Contemporary Western 1997 (Movie)

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Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Adam 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Forest Warrior 1996 (Movie)

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Live Shot 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Delicatessen Story 1996 (Movie)

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Get Smart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Pig Sty 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Pet Shop 1994 (Movie)

Joe Yeagher (Actor)

Tammy and the T-Rex 1993 (Movie)

Dr. Wachenstein (Actor)

Weekend at Bernie's II 1993 (Movie)

Bernie Lomax (Actor)

Into the Sun 1992 (Movie)

Mitchell Burton (Actor)

Carol & Company 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Mannequin Two: on the Move 1991 (Movie)

Sorcerer (Actor)

Side Out 1990 (Movie)

Uncle Max (Actor)

Weekend at Bernie's 1989 (Movie)

Bernie Lomax (Actor)

Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood 1988 (Movie)

Dr. Crews (Actor)

Off the Wall 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Offspring 1987 (Movie)

Jesse Hardwick (Actor)

Crazy Dan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Surf II 1984 (Movie)

Jocko's Father (Actor)

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Making Love 1982 (Movie)

Harrington (Actor)

Prime Suspect 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Ultra-Sav Day Manager (Actor)

Looker 1981 (Movie)

Commercial Director (Actor)

Six Pack 1981 (Movie)

Terk (Actor)

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Dave Pierce (Actor)

Steel 1980 (Movie)

Valentino (Actor)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

Ralph Harris (Actor)

Cops and Robin 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven 1978 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

The Rollergirls 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider 1977 (Movie)

Lester Neal (Actor)

The Bay City Amusement Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Change at 125th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor

Chameleons (TV Show)

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Dream On (TV Show)

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Good Company (TV Show)

Actor

Starflight One (TV Show)

Actor

Your Place or Mine (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A seasoned journeyman comic and light dramatic character player whose credits span daytime and primetime TV, Broadway and features, Kiser and his flexible body and rubbery face earned a boost when he was cast as the dead-but-still-partying boss in "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989).

Kiser had accumulated three full decades of credits before that "break". In the 1960s, he worked on such daytime dramas as "The Doctors" and "The Secret Storm" while he studied at the Actors Studio, often appearing in productions of both the Director's Unit and Writer's Unit. He also had a supporting role in Neil Simon's unsuccessful 1974 Broadway comedy "God's Favorite". Kiser also began a lucrative career as a commercial pitchman, earning three Clio Awards.

Kiser's feature debut came with the role of a preacher in Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), starring Joanne Woodward. Migrating to L.A., he appeared in dozens of TV episodes and in the short-lived series "Rollergirls" (NBC, 1978), as manager for a women's roller derby team. In 1984, he landed a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Night Court" as well as another recurring role, as Victor Hitler, on the NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues", for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Kiser seemed to have a penchant for TV projects that didn't have a long life, including the syndicated sketch comedy "Off the Wall" (1986) and Carol Burnett's much anticipated return to variety "Carol & Company" (NBC, 1990-91).

On the big screen, Kiser offered a humorous turn as the swinging father of an overachieving son in "Rich Kids" (1979) and played numerous small roles in features like "All Night Long" (1981), "Making Love" and "Six Pack" (both 1982). In "Weekend at Bernie's", his character dies twenty minutes into the film, yet is seen throughout as a cadaver, being dragged through more sand than the GIs at Omaha Beach. The film's success led to the inferior (and unnecessary) sequel, "Weekend at Bernie's II" (1993), in which the still-stiffed Bernie was possessed by a zombie curse and danced his way through the Caribbean.

Relationships

Sylvie Kiser

Wife
French

EDUCATION

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas
sports & dramatic scholarship; dropped out after two years

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied under Lee Strasberg

Milestones

1993

Reprised role as corpse in "Weekend at Bernie's II"

1990

Appeared as a regular on the variety series "Carol & Co."

1989

Played the title role, a corpse, in the feature comedy "Weekend at Bernie's"

1986

Starred in syndicated sitcom "Off the Wall"

1985

Recurring role as Victor Hitler on "Hill Street Blues"

1984

Cast in recurring role on "Night Court"

1978

TV series debut as a regular, "Rollergirls"

1973

Co-starred in Neil Simon's "God's Favorite" on Broadway

1968

Film debut, as a preacher, in "Rachel, Rachel"

Made off-Broadway debut in "Night of the Dunce"

Began studying at the Actors Studio; appeared in several productions there

Raised in Chicago, IL

Appeared on daytime dramas, including "The Doctors" and "Secret Storm"

Began appearing in commercials

Dropped out of college to pursue an acting career

Bonus Trivia

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Kiser once took two years from acting to travel through Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

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