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Dana Carvey

Highest Rated:   95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Lowest Rated:   1% The Master of Disguise (2002)
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Birthplace:   Missoula, Montana, USA
Comic actor Dana Carvey led a near-monastic existence while growing up in Montana, not out of choice but because the truly popular kids were bigger and better-looking. "I was a fetus in shoes" commented Carvey on his high-school years. While attending San Francisco State University, Carvey launched his career as a stand-up comic. The going was rugged for a while, but by 1981 Carvey had built up enough of a reputation to earn second billing on the Mickey Rooney TV sitcom One of the Boys. Though the show was cancelled by mid-1982, Carvey was now on a roll. In 1984, he showed up as a regular on the TV police adventure series Blue Thunder, and was spotlighted in the parody rockumentary film This is Spinal Tap; two years later he was signed as a regular on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Carvey's gallery of comic characterizations is too vast to fully recount here, but his greatest popularity rested on two recurring characters. As "The Church Lady" (an amalgam of all the well-meaning pious neighbors Carvey had known while growing up), Carvey entered the Catchphrase Lexicon with his oft-repeated "Isn't that special?" and "Could it be....SATAN?" And as mop-topped teenage couch potato Garth (again drawn from life--this time based on Dana's brother Brad), Carvey was teamed with Mike Myers in a flawless on-going parody of cheap cable-access television. After a misfire movie vehicle, 1990's Opportunity Knocks, Carvey became a major box-office commodity by co-starring with Mike Myers in the megahit Wayne's World (1992). While the 1993 sequel Wayne's World 2 didn't quite match the take of the original, Carvey was artistically satisfied that same year with an Emmy award for his performance as H. Ross Perot (among others) on TV's Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash. Undaunted by the lack of response to Opportunity Knocks, Carvey once again took a stab at solo success with the similarly panned Clean Slate in 1994. After appearing in a pair of supporting roles (Trapped in Paradise and The Road to Wellville (both 1994)) and a cameo (1996's The Shot) shortly thereafter, Carvey disappeared almost entriely from the public eye until resurfacing in the 1999 Saturday Night Live; Presidential Bash and once again taking a small role in Adam Sandler's Little Nicky (2000). Eager to resume his once lucrative career and make a feature that his children could enjoy, Carvey returned to the silver screen as an Italian waiter who takes the art of mimicry to new and uncharted heights in The Master of Disguise (2002). In 1997 he underwent a heart operation that was bungled to such a degree that he was awarded millions in a lawsuit, and had to undergo multiple procedures to correct the problems caused by the initial incident. He finally reappeared on big-screens in 2011 in the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
74% The Secret Life of Pets
  • Pops
$368.4M 2016
55% Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Dana
2015
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet 3 Still Standing
  • Actor
2014
3% Jack and Jill
  • Scraggly Puppeteer
$74.2M 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Dana Carvey - Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Tom Hanks
  • Actor
2005
1% The Master of Disguise
  • Screenwriter
$40.5M 2002
22% Little Nicky
  • Referee
$38.6M 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of Dana Carvey
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Shot
  • Dana Carvey
1996
41% The Road to Wellville
  • George Kellogg
1994
19% Clean Slate
  • Maurice Pogue
1994
10% Trapped in Paradise
  • Alvin
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Garth Algar
1993
86% Wayne's World
  • Garth Algar
1992
13% Opportunity Knocks
  • Eddie Farrell
1990
No Score Yet Moving
  • Brad Williams
1988
62% Tough Guys
  • Richie Evans
1986
No Score Yet Hot Shots
  • Actor
1986
60% Racing With the Moon
  • Baby Face
1984
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Mime Waitress
1984
31% Halloween II
  • Assistant
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% The Gong Show
2017
  • Judge
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet First Impressions with Dana Carvey
2016
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Actor
  • 2011
  • 2000
  • 1996
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • 2007
  • 2003

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