Lorne Michaels

Highest Rated: 100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated: 11% The Ladies Man (2000)
Birthday: Nov 17, 1944
Birthplace: Not Available
Producer Lorne Michaels is almost solely responsible for introducing a staggering number of current celebrities into the world spotlight through his immensely popular weekly sketch-comedy series, Saturday Night Live: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Phil Hartman, and Will Ferrell, just to name a few. A native of Canada, Michaels earned an English degree from the University of Toronto and proceeded to leave the country for a stint as an automotive salesman in England. He returned to Canada in 1966 and became half of a popular comedy duo, with fellow writer/comedian Hart Pomerantz who performed on a CBC satire show. The duo's success led to the start of a new show entitled The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour. In the late '60s, the pair headed south to the States and found themselves writing for The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. While the show didn't last beyond six weeks, it did lead to assignments writing for such shows as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. In 1975, Michaels was approached to create a pilot for a late Saturday night spot that had been airing reruns of The Tonight Show. He gathered some unknown writers and comedians together and Saturday Night Live began its first season. Michaels stayed with the show until 1980, left for five years, and returned in 1985 at the request of Brandon Tartikoff, then the NBC chief of programming, in order to save what had since become a failing show. Saturday Night Live has received over 60 Emmy nominations, has won more than a dozen of them, and Michaels has himself earned no less than eight of the awards, five of which were the result of Saturday Night Live. In 1979, Michaels founded his production company, Broadway Video, through which he developed another sketch-comedy television series called The Kids in the Hall. First attaining success in Canada, the show launched the careers of David Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald, and later aired in the US where it gained a huge cult following. With 1992's Wayne's World, a big-screen adaptation of a popular SNL sketch, Michaels added box-office blockbuster film producer to his resumé. Over the ensuing years, he continued to work on feature film projects while remaining the head-honcho of Saturday Night Live. His films have been a mixture of hits (Tommy Boy) and bombs (The Ladies Man). In 2006 Michaels scored yet another small screen hit as Executive Producer of 30 Rock, the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom starring SNL alumni Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan as the head writer and star, respectively, of a popular television sketch comedy show (as well as featuring frequent SNL host Alec Baldwin as their arrogant boss), with additional producing duties on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Portlandia (featuring active SNL cast member Fred Armisen) serving to keep the television veteran active during the work week.

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89% Love, Gilda Actor 2018
33% Masterminds Producer $17.4M 2016
67% Brother Nature Producer 2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Producer $18.4M 2016
71% I Am Chris Farley Actor 2015
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
94% The Last Impresario Actor 2014
37% The Guilt Trip Producer $37.2M 2012
100% Under African Skies Actor 2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night Actor 2010
48% MacGruber Producer $8.1M 2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Actor 2009
64% Baby Mama Producer $60.3M 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s Director 2008
39% Hot Rod Producer $14M 2007
No Score Yet GE Smith - 50 Watt Fuse Actor 2006
No Score Yet 50 Watt Fuse Actor 2006
No Score Yet Comedy Gold: The Hilarious Story of Canadian Comedy Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Executive Producer 2004
84% Mean Girls Producer $86M 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special Director 2004
No Score Yet SNL: 25 Years of Music (Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music) Executive Producer 2003
72% Enigma Producer 2002
11% The Ladies Man Producer $13.4M 2000
63% Man on the Moon himself 1999
32% Superstar Producer 1999
40% Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy' Producer 1999
11% A Night at the Roxbury Producer 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy Producer 1998
28% Black Sheep Producer 1996
30% Stuart Saves His Family Producer 1995
42% Tommy Boy Producer 1995
88% Lassie Producer 1994
61% Wayne's World 2 Producer 1993
35% Coneheads Producer 1993
No Score Yet Frosty Returns Executive Producer 1992
84% Wayne's World Producer 1992
46% Three Amigos! Screenwriter Producer 1986
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Producer 1984
No Score Yet Gilda Live Producer Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Executive Producer Producer 1979
100% All You Need Is Cash Sleazy Merchandiser Executive Producer 1978

TV

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No Score Yet Alien News Desk
2019
Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Los Espookys
2019
Executive Producer
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74% Miracle Workers
2019
Executive Producer
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92% Shrill
2019
Executive Producer
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65% A.P. Bio
2018
Executive Producer
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94% Documentary Now!
2015
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Creator Producer Appearing Executive Producer
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40% Norm Macdonald Has a Show
2018
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93% Portlandia
2011-2018
Producer Appearing Executive Producer
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93% Man Seeking Woman
2015-2017
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2018
Appearing
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38% Maya & Marty
2016
Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
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17% Mulaney
2014-2015
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
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81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Producer Executive Producer
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71% Up All Night
2011-2013
Producer Executive Producer
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No Score Yet Sons & Daughters
2006
Executive Producer
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No Score Yet The Nanny
1993-1999
Barbra Streisand
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No Score Yet The Kids in the Hall
1994
Producer Executive Producer
  • 1988
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien
2009
Executive Producer

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