Lorne Michaels Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameLorne Michael Lipowitz
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lorne Michaels was born on November 17, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), 30 Rock (2006) and The Kids in the Hall (1988). He has been married to Alice Barry since 1991. They have three children. He was previously married to Susan Forristal and Rosie Shuster.

Family (3)

Spouse Alice Barry (1991 - present)  (3 children)
Susan Forristal (13 September 1981 - 1987)  (divorced)
Rosie Shuster (5 October 1971 - 1980)  (divorced)
Children Henry Michaels
Relatives Neil Levy (cousin)

Trivia (25)

Was part of the famous "UC Follies" comedy troupe in Toronto.
Rosie Shuster is the daughter of Frank Shuster from comedy troupe Wayne & Shuster.
Attended University of Toronto.
Received an Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson University for his contribution to the television industry.
He received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (June 25, 2003).
Cousin of Neil Levy
Awarded the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (given by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).
Is a long-time friend of fellow New Yorker Paul Simon, which has led to Simon and/or his songs appearing in numerous Michaels productions, including Saturday Night Live (1975) (several appearances as both host and musical guest); The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) (brief appearance); and Coneheads (1993) (song "Kodachrome"). Michaels has also produced several of Simon's specials, including: The Paul Simon Special (1977); The Concert in Central Park (1982)_; and American Masters: Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time (1993).
Attended Forest Hill Collegiate highschool in Forest Hill, an area of Toronto
He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada)on May 1, 2002 for his services to the entertainment industry.
Is portrayed by Ari Cohen in Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002).
Best Man at Steve Martin's wedding to Anne Stringfield.
Counts Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) as a major influence on his Saturday Night Live (1975) sketches.
His office is adjacent to the Saturday Night Live (1975) studio located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
Received a dog-head inkwell as a gift from actress Reese Witherspoon after she emceed the first post 9/11 Saturday Night Live (1975) show.
His Saturday Night Live (1975) is the longest-running weekly late-night show in the history of television (as of 2008).
His cat Steve is a former Purina calendar model.
Like friend Steve Martin and fellow showbiz heavyweights Paul Simon and Mike Nichols, Michaels has had his portrait painted by Eric Fischl.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, by President Barack Obama, in a live televised ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, on November 22, 2016, along with twenty other recipients, the the largest, and final Medal of Freedom ceremony of Obama's presidency. At this ceremony, the twenty-one recipients, in alphabetical order, included: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elouise Cobell (posthumous award given to her son), Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Richard Garwin, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret Hamilton (as Margaret H. Hamilton), Tom Hanks, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (posthumous award given to her niece), Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Newton Minow, Eduardo Padron (as Eduardo Padrón), Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Vin Scully, Bruce Springsteen, and Cicely Tyson.
Born on the same date as Danny DeVito.
Father, with Alice Barry, of Henry Michaels.
He was a joke writer for Woody Allen.
Mike Myers did an impersonation of him for his Dr. Evil character in the "Austin Powers" films. Mark McKinney of "Kids in the Hall" did an impersonation of him for "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy" for his Don Roritor character.
A big fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Born on a kibbutz in British Palestine and immigrated to Toronto as an infant.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on John Travolta] John is the perfect star for the 1970s. He has this strange androgynous quality, this all-pervasive sexuality. Men don't find him terribly threatening. And women, well ...
[observation on his career, 2015] To use a tennis metaphor, after a certain point you can't keep charging the net, and you fall back to the lob game. But you can still win.I think I care just as much as I did at the beginning, and I think - at lots of levels - I'm better at it now. You learn to trust signs that something isn't going to work earlier than you used to, or that this person is talking nonsense earlier than you used to, and you're confident enough to to say, "We've got it. Let's move on".
[on Chris Farley, whom he fired from "Saturday Night Live" in 1995] I'd gone through hell with John (Belushi) back in the 1970's, and I had no intention of going through it again with Chris; so I dropped him from the lineup.

Salary (1)

Saturday Night Live (1975) $115,000 (1975 season)

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