An American comedian, singer, and actor Jonathan Michael Lovitz aka Jon Lovitz is well known for as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985-1990. He has also appeared in numerous of the television series and films and also starred as Jay Sherman in an American prime time animated series “The Critic.”
He has appeared in several films such as The Wedding Singer, Rat Race, High School High, Cats and Dogs and many more.
Jon Lovitz's Early Life and Education
Jon Lovitz was born in Los Angeles, California on July 21, 1957. His father was a doctor and he belongs to a Jewish family. He has a sister named Leslie Lovitz. When he was 5, he first fell in love with making others laugh. His passion was to become a comedian. His mother gave him The Collected Plays of Neil Simon as a gift.
His comic idols are Al Jolson, Marx Brothers, and Woody Allen. Actress Lisa Kudrow is his childhood friend.
Lovitz attended Harvard- Westlake School in Los Angeles upon graduating in 1975 he continued on the University of California, Irvine where he learned drama under famous acting instructor Robert Cohen.
He joined an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe in Los Angeles, after his graduation in 1979. He met fellow comedian Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman while working in Groundlings. He worked under acting coach Randy Bennett.
When Lovitz worked under the acting coach Randy Bennett, Bennett said that Lovitz was a challenging student. At first, he mumbled and didn’t fully commit to his characters. But he was funny and quick-witted.
When Lovitz cherished his time with Groundlings, he was hardly making any money and he has to work part-time as a messenger to makes ends meet.
His father loved opera and wished he had a career in it. He encouraged Jon to pursue whatever career he wanted.
Jon Lovitz's Career
From 1985-1990 he was the cast member of Saturday Night Live. Later he said in the interview for the book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live that was his time on SNL was the most memorable in his career.
In 2015 on the 40th Anniversary Special of Saturday Night Live he was seen in the montage of decreased SNL members with the camera cutting to him to show his reaction.
JON LOVITZ - HILARIOUS INTERVIEW
After leaving the cast of SNL in 1990 he continued his success as an actor on film, television, and stage. In 1992 he portrayed a memorable performance as a baseball scout in the film A League of Their Own. Moreover, he went on to feature in acclaimed comedies such as:
The Weeding Singer (1998), Little Nicky (2000), Small Time Crooks (2000), Rat Race (2001), The Producer (2005), Casino Jack (2010), Bula Quo (2013), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Mother’s Day (2013), Killing Hasselhoff (2017) and many more.
Likewise, his first stint as a regular in the situation comedy was as a mole in the short-lived series Foley Square starring Margaret Colin. Also, he was the 6th contestant fired from the show The New Celebrity Apprentice and he raised $50K for his charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For his first two years on SNL, he was nominated for the Emmy Awards. His most notable SNL character was The Pathological Liar, Tommy Flanagan and other recurring characters are Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Harvey Fierstein, Tonto, Mephistopheles. In 1995 he hosted the MTV Movie Awards along with Courteney Cox.
He also began his stand-up career at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles in 2003. After four years, in 2007, he opened his own comedy club named The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Aubergine. Later he changed the name of his theatre to The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and Podcast theatre.
At that time, a short comic film starring Ken Davitian and featuring Lovitz was filmed there which was directed by Brent Roske and written by Aaron Davitian. Sadly the club was closed in 2014.
In the song Well, Did You Evah of William’s album Swing When You’re Winning, he performed a duet with Robbie Williams at Royal Albert Halls. He appeared in a $33 million advertising campaign between 1999 and 2000 which featured a series of television commercials promoting the telephone directory of business Yellow Pages.
He lent his voice to several cartoons and films. He played the title character of Jay Sherman in the American prime time animated series The Critic. He has also made several appearances in The Simpsons, The Way We Was, A Streetcar named Marge and others.
Jon Lovitz's Net Worth
An American comedian and actor have estimated a net worth of $12 million. He earned salaries up to $500K from his acting career.
He has performed in many comedy films which have huge success in box office. Some of them are;
1.The Weeding Singer (1998)
Budget= $18million million
Box Office Collection= $123.3million
IMBD Rating= 6.8
2. Rat Race (2001)
Budget= $48 million
Box Office Collection= $85.5 million
IMBD Rating= 6.4
3. High School High (1996)
Box Office Collection= $21,302,121million
IMBD Rating= 5.5
4. Cats and Dogs (2001)
Budget= $60 million
Box Office Collection= $200.7million
IMBD Rating= 6.3
Starring= Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock, Jeff Goldblum.
Jon Lovitz's Personal Life
Jon Lovitz is active in social media like Instagram with 12.4K followers, Twitter 104K followers, and Facebook 6k followers.
According to some source, he is a married man and married Louisa Harrison but some sources include that he is not married. So we are not sure that he is married or not.
Some sources also state he was in a secret relationship with actress Janice Dickenson in 2004, Ava Fabian in 1999 and Brandi Brandt in 1996 but as of now, he is possibly single.
There was a rumor that he dated 31 years younger model Jessica Lowndes. Fans were shocked and confused at the relationship because of the 31-year age difference between them. But Lowndes later assured her fans that it was simply pranking to promote her new video. She continues to post pictures of the two of them together but now there's a clear April Fools label on all of her posts.