Jon Lovitz has lent his voice to several cartoons including The Simpsons (as
Marge's ex-prom date Artie, a theater director [and his sister who runs a
daycare] on the season four episode A Streetcar Named Marge, and Jay Sherman
from The Critic in the season six crossover episode "A Star is Burns"), The
Critic (playing the titular character) and several animated films. One of his
most notable SNL characters was "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" that
generated the catch phrase, "Yeah! That's the ticket!" Some of his other
recurring characters included Master Thespian, Tonto, Satan, Hanukkah Harry, and
Michael Dukakis. Jonathan Lovitz is also well known for various characters with
an affected, faux British regal accent, most recently for a series of Subway
commercials. Lovitz succeeded Phil Hartman on the comedy series NewsRadio
following Hartman's death.
Jon attended and studied theater at the University of California at Irvine and graduated in 1979. He studied acting with Tony Barr at the Film Actors Workshop. He became a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe where he befriended Hartman and Paul Reubens. Lovitz later said in an interview, for the book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, that his time on SNL was the most memorable in his career. He went from having no money to being offered a $500,000 movie contract. Jonathan Lovitz was nominated for an Emmy his first two years on Saturday Night Live.
Jonathan Lovitz has appeared on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in Neil Simon's play The Dinner Party, taking over the lead role from Henry Winkler. Jonathan Lovitz sang at Carnegie Hall three times (including Great Performances' Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall) and sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open.
In the late 1990s, Jon was "the man who wrote the Yellow Pages." He also had a highly memorable cameo as a rival crooner to Adam Sandler in the movie The Wedding Singer.
On October 10, 2001, Lovitz sang a duet (with Robbie Williams) of the song Well, Did You Evah at the Royal Albert Hall in the UK. The recording can be found on the Swing When You're Winning album.
In 2005, Jon entered stand-up comedy for the first time in his career. He also appeared in the film The Producers as the strict accounting firm chairman, Mr. Marx.
In 2006, Jon became the spokesperson in an advertising campaign for the Subway restaurant chain.
Jon Lovitz is currently dating the self-proclaimed "World's First Supermodel" Janice Dickinson.
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