Jonathan M. “Jon” Lovitz, 52
How We Were First Introduced:
Lovitz first starred on ‘The Paper Chase,’ a TV Series about a group of young people as they navigated law school. He attended Harvard School and studied theater at the University of California at Irvine and later became a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe, along with another SNL alum – and good friend – Phil Hartman.
Claim To Fame:
“Yeah, that’s the ticket!” and various other obnoxious phrases that seemed perfectly suited for the actor, who seemed to have a knack for playing creepy.
That’s The Ticket To Stardom:
Lovitz was best known for playing numerous popular characters, the biggest one being “Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar” whose catchphrase “Yeah! That’s the ticket!” caught on during the 1970’s pop culture landscape like wildfire. Other characters include Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, and Michael Dukakis. Lovitz was also once paired with William Shatner, as a virgin Trekkie who had never gotten laid. Hannukkah Harry was also one of Lovitz’ more infamous roles. He was man who lived in Mount Sinai and traveled the world atop a cart carried by donkeys, handing out bland gifts to Jewish children. He was a stand-in for Santa when the old man wasn’t around to do his job.
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Lovitz is currently divorced, but rumored to be dating Janie Dickinson.
Why he left SNL:
Towards the later part of his time on SNL, Jon began getting film roles, so he left the show.
Two Comedians Walk Into A Bar…And Punch Each Other Out:
Jon made headlines in 2007 when it was reported that he beat up fellow comedian Andy Dick. Lovitz has alleged that the death of his good friend Phil Hartman had a lot to do with Andy giving drugs to Hartman’s drug recovering wife, Brynn in 2006 – who would later shoot and kill Hartman. Dick reportedly accosted Lovitz at a bar and egged him on.
“He looked at me and said, ‘I put the Phil Hartman hex on you,’ recalled Lovitz. “You’re the next one to die,” I said that, ‘What did you say?’ and he repeated it. I wanted to punch his face in, but I don’t hit women.”
A year later, the pair got into a tussle at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, after heated words were exchanged. The comedy club’s owner, Jamie Masada, recalled the incident: “Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose.”
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Projects Since Then:
Southland Tales, The Benchwarmers, Farce of the Penguins, The Producers, The Stepford Wives, The Critic, NewsRadio, Coneheads, Loaded Weapon 1, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold. Lovitz also has opened a comedy club at Universal Studios City Walk.
Where did he go?
Lovitz seems to be staying quite visible throught the years after his SNL stint, appearing in various TV and film roles. His latest film, Casino Jack, is set for a 2010 release.