Dennis Miller Biography

Comedian(1953–)
Dennis Miller is an Emmy-winning comedian and actor known for his biting humor filled with esoteric and wide-ranging knowledge.

Synopsis

In 1985, Dennis Miller rose to national fame as Saturday Night Live’s new Weekend Update commentator, with his snide, deadpan bashing of political and showbiz celebrities. In 1994, he co-produced and starred in his own show, Dennis Miller Live, on HBO, for which he won two Emmys. In 2000, he provided play-by-play commentary for Monday Night Football but was replaced for the 2002 season. More recently, Miller launched his own radio show, The Dennis Miller Show. He also serves as commentator for The O'Reilly Factor.

Profile

Actor, comedian. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 3, 1953. An Emmy award-winning comedian and actor, Miller didn't get his start in comedy until after his graduation from Pittsburgh's Point Park College. It was in 1984, while doing standup at a Los Angeles comedy club, that he was discovered by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.

In 1985, he rose to national fame as the show's new Weekend Update commentator. Miller's snide, deadpan bashing of political and showbiz celebrities earned him praise from both viewers and critics alike. His "I'm outta here!" catchphrase was an SNL staple for six seasons. In 1992, Miller made his bid for late night viewers with The Dennis Miller Show. He competed against fellow talk show hosts Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall, but his show only lasted for several months before being canceled. 

Miller fared better on cable. In 1994, he debuted his own show, Dennis Miller Live, on HBO. Miller won two Emmys for his work on the program. In 2000, he moved to the sidelines to provide alternative play-by-play commentary for ABC's "Monday Night Football." After two years, and some harsh criticism, he was replaced by John Madden for the 2002 season.

Miller also launched a film career, and his appearances included Disclosure in 1994 and the Sandra Bullock thriller The Net in 1995. In 1996, he produced and starred in Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood. In 1997, he played a detective in Murder at 1600 and appeared as Buffalo Bill in Joe Dirt in 2001.

In 2004, Miller returned to hosting his own show on CNBC after working a commentator for the cable network. He later made the move to Fox News, becoming a contributor to The O'Reilly Factor. Miller has also made a name for himself in radio. He is the host of the nationally syndicated The Dennis Miller Show. In addition to his radio and TV work, Miller still performs live. He and fellow conservative Bill O'Reilly will be making a number of appearances together in 2015.

Miller married former model Ali Epsley in 1988. The couple has two children; Holden born in 1990 and Marlon born in 1993.

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