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Conan O'Brien



If Richie Cunningham and Phyllis Diller mated, would it equal Conan O'Brien? It's probably not a good enough match to poop on, but definitely one that has brought some laughs to television audiences everywhere. Conan Christopher O'Brien was born April 18, 1963, in Brookline, MA, to Ruth, a lawyer, and Tom, a doctor. He has three brothers, two sisters, and his cousin is comedian Denis Leary. At Brookline High School, he was on the debate team and served as editorial editor on the Sagamore. After high school, he attended Harvard University where he was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon; he graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in American history. After graduation, O'Brien went out to L.A. to put his education and sense of humor to work for him. He was on the writing staff of HBO's Not Necessarily the News for two years and worked with the improv group the Groundlings. In 1988, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels recognized O'Brien's talent and hired him as a writer for the show. He wrote for the show for three and a half years and in 1989, shared an Emmy with the writing team for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. In 1991, he left the show and pitched an idea to NBC for a series starring Adam West, but it was not picked up. Good thing, though, because O'Brien's next gig would be yet another high-profile show on its way to television history. As a writer and producer for Fox's The Simpsons, he wrote such hilariously memorable episodes as "Marge Vs. the Monorail" and "Whacking Day." After the much-ballyhooed decision that Jay Leno would replace Johnny Carson on NBC's Tonight Show instead of David Letterman, and when Letterman left for CBS, Letterman's old timeslot was left open. Enter one tall, funny Irish guy with a classically dry sense of humor to keep late-night audiences tuning in. Late Night With Conan O'Brien premiered September 13, 1993, with Michaels serving as executive producer. An aspiring writer/performer, Andy Richter, had hopes of getting on the team behind the new show, but instead wound up in the role of "trusty sidekick" to O'Brien. Rounding out the late-night backdrop was music director Max Weinberg, who had been the drummer with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and his backing band. This amalgam of performers, plus an Emmy-winning writing team, led to such comedic bits involving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Pimpbot 5000, and In the Year 2000. In 1997 and 2000, he and the writing staff won the Writer's Guild Award for Best Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series. Richter left in 2000 to work on his own television career, starring in Fox's Andy Richter Controls the Universe in 2002. O'Brien took over hosting The Tonight Show from Leno on June 1, 2009, but only held down the desk for a mere seven months. Network politics and the ratings game led to Leno returning to the job he left after his own show, which aired at 10 p.m., tanked. Instead of compromising himself and the show by accepting a later timeslot with Leno serving as the warm-up act, O'Brien chose to leave the network. Later in 2010, he signed a deal with TBS for his own show (Conan) for the fall.

O'Brien married advertising executive Liza Powell in January 2002 and welcomed daughter Neve in October 2003 and son Beckett in November 2005.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
  • Himself
2013
49% Now You See Me
  • Himself
2013
No Score Yet George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Pale Force
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Robot Chicken: Star Wars
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Queer Duck: The Movie
  • Himself
2006
No Score Yet Pittsburgh
  • Himself
2006
25% Bewitched
  • Himself
2005
No Score Yet Pale Force
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
  • Actor
2004
82% Gigantic
  • Actor
2002
53% Storytelling
  • Himself
2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Himself
2001
29% Pootie Tang
  • Actor
2001
78% Barenaked in America
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza!
  • Actor
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Deon Cole's Black Box
2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Himself
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Himself
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • Host
33% Super Fun Night
2013-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet CeeLo Green's The Good Life
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
2013-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Actor
81% Maron
2013
  • Himself
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
92% People of Earth
2016
  • Executive Producer
92% Nashville
2012
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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