Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

  • Highest Rated: 96% Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013)
  • Birthday: May 31, 1960
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Chris Elliott may have been born with a funny spoon in his mouth -- he's the son of Bob Elliott, the more deadpan half of the famous comedy duo Bob and Ray -- but he's developed his own offbeat brand of humor and gained his own substantial cult following. Elliott began his show business career as a standup comic, but he first gained public attention as a writer and performer on Late Night With David Letterman, helping that show define a new age of ironic comedy, and winning two Emmys as part of Letterman's writing team. Elliott played the sarcastic firebrand to Letterman's perturbable Midwestern reserve. He starred in sketches as the Panicky Guy, the Fugitive Guy, and the Guy Under the Seats, a character who lived in a cramped passageway underneath the audience, and would occasionally interrupt the show to chat with Letterman. As a result of Elliott's growing popularity on Late Night, his acting career took off. Or, to be more precise, he got bit parts in Michael Mann's Manhunter, James Cameron's The Abyss, and the Francis Ford Coppola segment of New York Stories. Elliott also went on to star in two hilarious, but little-seen half-hour comedy shows for Cinemax. FDR -- A One Man Show featured Elliott playing Chris Elliott, a pompous egomaniacal actor portraying FDR in a one-man show of tremendous historical inaccuracy, while Action Family economically combined satire of TV police dramas with a satire of a typical living room family sitcom. Around this time, Elliott published a Mommy Dearest-style mock exposé about his childhood, Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life With a Famous Father, which featured chapter-by-chapter rebuttals from his father, Bob, and a foreword by David Letterman.In 1990, Elliott, with help from talented collaborators like David Mirkin, Bob Odenkirk, and Adam Resnick, starred in a bizarrely funny sitcom, Get a Life. The character Elliott played, Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old paperboy, was not a far cry from his previous television personae. Peterson was a dimwitted, balding, doughy, sarcastic, celebrity-worshipping dolt, with a hilariously high degree of self-regard. He was an utter failure who somehow convinced himself he was doing great. Bob Elliott played Chris Peterson's father on the show. The mucky mucks at the fledgling Fox network didn't understand the show, and were hoping Peterson would be cuddlier. Elliott would later remember a network exec optimistically comparing the character to "Tom Hanks in Big." The show had disastrous ratings. Despite support from savvier TV critics, Fox gave up on the show quickly, and canceled Get a Life after two seasons. The show had gained a passionate cult following and some episodes were eventually released on DVD and syndicated briefly on the USA Network. Get a Life was later recognized for its influence on other, more successful programs, including The Simpsons and South Park.Elliott also had key supporting roles in the smash hit Groundhog Day, opposite Bill Murray, and in the unsuccessful rap mockumentary CB4 with Chris Rock. In 1994, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Despite the addition of other talented comic actors (Randy Quaid, Michael McKean, and Janeane Garofalo), it was a dismal season, and Elliott was put off by the lack of collaborative spirit among some of the long-term cast members. He moved on after one season.This was also the period of Elliott's greatest professional disappointment -- the failure of the feature film he co-wrote and starred in, Cabin Boy. His frequent collaborator Adam Resnick co-wrote the film, and, at the urging of producer Tim Burton, also directed it. Letterman makes a brief, but very funny cameo appearance. The film has developed a small cult following, particularly among devotees of Get a Life, but it was a box-office flop. While the filmmakers themselves have acknowledged that Cabin Boy fell short of their expectations, Elliott was stung by the viciousness of the reviews. Elliott went through a creative dr

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

74% Clara's Ghost Ted Reynolds 2018
No Score Yet Better Off Single Angela's Dad 2016
66% The Rewrite Jim Harper $0.4M 2015
91% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Actor $22K 2013
4% Scary Movie 5 Actor $32.1M 2013
57% The Dictator Mr. Ogden $57.8M 2012
25% Speed-Dating Inspector Green 2010
18% Dance Flick Ron $25.7M 2009
No Score Yet Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Ernie Trevor 2008
No Score Yet I'll Believe You Eugene the Gator Guy 2007
35% Scary Movie 4 Ezekiel $90.7M 2006
55% Osmosis Jones Bob $12.4M 2001
15% Scary Movie 2 Hanson 2001
76% Moulin Rouge! Actor $55.1M 2001
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Restaurant Manager $122.4M 2000
29% Snow Day Snowplowman 2000
9% Eye of the Beholder Actor 2000
5% The Avengers Actor 1998
83% There's Something About Mary Dom 1998
50% Kingpin The Gambler 1996
No Score Yet The Barefoot Executive Jase Wallenberg 1995
46% Cabin Boy Nathaniel Mayweather 1994
55% CB4 White 1993
96% Groundhog Day Larry 1993
No Score Yet Medusa - Dare to Be Truthful Actor 1992
89% The Abyss Bendix 1989
74% New York Stories Robber $10.8M 1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition) Actor 1989
94% Manhunter Zeller 1986
No Score Yet My Man Adam Mr. Spooner 1985
81% Lianna Lighting Assistant 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

90% Schitt's Creek
2015
Roland Schitt
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% The Last Man on Earth
2015-2018
Glenn
  • 2017
94% Fresh Off the Boat
2015
Adam
  • 2017
  • 2016
50% Graves
2016-2017
Thomas Nash
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Pete Matthews
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Adrian Fluke
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
88% Community
2009-2015
Russell Borchert
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005-2011
Mickey
  • 2014
  • 2009
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Mickey
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2003
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Pete F. Moynihan
  • 2006
  • 2001
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Mr. Bray
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
1996-2005
Peter Peter MacDougall
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Jeffrey Barton
  • 2004
No Score Yet According to Jim
2001-2009
Reverend Pierson
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Bellafiore
  • 2001
No Score Yet Hercules
1998-1999
Voice
  • 1998
64% The Naked Truth
1995-1998
Bradley Crosby
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
Neighbor
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Steve
  • 1996
  • 1995
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer
  • 1995
  • 1994
77% Get a Life
1990-1992
Chris Peterson Producer
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Denny Allred
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Chris Elliott CHARACTERS

Larry
primadonnas
Larry
Prima-donnas.
Nathanial Mayweather
These pipes are cleaned!
Rita
Why would anyone wanna steal a Groundhog?
Larry
I can think of a couple of reasons, Pervert.
Larry
I can think of a couple of reasons, pervert.
Rita
Why would anybody steal a groundhog?
Rita
Why would anybody steal a groundhog?
Larry
I can probably think of a couple of reasons... pervert.
Larry
Did he actually refer to himself as "the talent"?