Chris Elliott - Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Elliott

Highest Rated:   96% Groundhog Day (1993)
Lowest Rated:   4% Scary Movie 5 (2013)
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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
No Score Yet Better Off Single
  • Angela's Dad
2016
64% 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
37% 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
86% Lianna
  • Lighting Assistant
2001
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
  • Restaurant Manager
$122.4M 2000
28% 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
52% CB4
  • White
1993
96% Groundhog Day
  • Larry
1993
No Score Yet Medusa - Dare to Be Truthful
  • Actor
1992
60% Get A Life
  • Actor
1990
89% The Abyss
  • Bendix
1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition)
  • Actor
1989
94% Manhunter
  • Zeller
1986
No Score Yet My Man Adam
  • Mr. Spooner
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fresh Off the Boat
2015
  • Adam
  • 2017
No Score Yet Schitt's Creek
2015
  • Roland Schitt
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
56% Graves
2016
  • Thomas Nash
  • 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 Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005
  • Mickey
  • 2014
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Russell Borchert
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet 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
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • 1995
  • 1994

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