Lorne Michaels Biography (1944-)

Original name Lorne David (some sources cite Lorne Michael) Lipowitz; born November 17, 1944, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; immigrated to the United States; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1987; son of Henry Abraham (a furrier) and Florence (maiden name, Becker) Lipowitz; married Rosie Shuster (an actress and comedy writer), November, 1967 (some sources cite 1973; divorced 1980); married Susan Forristal (an actress and art gallery owner), September 13, 1981 (some sources cite 1984; divorced 1987); married Alice Barry (in the television industry), April, 1991; children: (third marriage) three. Addresses: Office: Broadway Video, Inc., 162 Fifth Ave., Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10010-5902; SNL Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Dressing Room Building, Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90038.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., BeverlyHills, CA 90212.; Manager: Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 40 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019 and 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Producer, writer, director
Birth Details
November 17, 1944
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour (series of specials), CBC (Canada), beginning c. 1971
  • (And creator and director) Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1975-81, 1985-
  • (And creator) Michelob Presents Sunday Night (also known as Michelob Presents Night Music and Sunday Night), NBC, 1987-90
  • The Kids in the Hall (also known as On Location), CBC, 1989-95, HBO, 1989-92, CBS, 1992-95
  • The Vacant Lot, CBC, 1993-94, Comedy Central, 1994
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1993-
  • (And creator) The Colin Quinn Show, NBC, 2002
  • The Tracy Morgan Show, NBC, 2003-2004
  • Sons & Daughters, ABC, 2006
  • Television Producer
  • Series
  • The New Show, NBC, 1984
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (also known as All You Need IsCash and The Rutles), NBC and BBC-2, 1978
  • Bob & Ray & Jane, Laraine & Gilda, NBC, 1981
  • Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park (also known as Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park), HBO, 1981
  • Randy Newman at the Odeon, Showtime, 1983
  • Simon and Garfunkel in Concert, HBO, 1983
  • Big Shots in America, NBC, 1985
  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary, CBS, 1986
  • (With others) Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 Years of Rock 'n' Roll (also known as Rolling Stone: The First Twenty Years, Rolling StoneMagazine's 20th Anniversary Special, and Rolling Stone Presents TwentyYears of Rock & Roll), ABC, 1987
  • (And creator) Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock (also known as Live: The Hard Rock), NBC, 1988
  • The Rolling Stones' 30 Years of Rock 'n' Roll, ABC, 1988
  • Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel, CBS, 1988
  • Rolling Stones: Terrifying (also known as The Rolling Stones and Rolling Stones: The Steel Wheels Concert), Showtime and Fox, 1989
  • Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary, NBC, 1989
  • Paul Simon Live in Central Park: Born at the Right Time Tour: One Night Only, ABC, 1991
  • Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial (also known as The Best ofSaturday Night Live Goes Commercial), NBC, 1991
  • Saturday Night Live Halloween Special, NBC, 1991
  • 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1992
  • Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day, NBC 1992
  • Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash (also known as SaturdayNight Live: Election Special), NBC, 1992
  • Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones: 25X5, PBS, 1993
  • The Second Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993
  • Wayne and Garth's Saturday Night Live Music a Go-Go, NBC, 1993
  • Saturday Night Live Presents Bill Clinton's All-Time Favorites, NBC, 1994
  • Frosty Returns (animated), CBS, 1995
  • (And creator) The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1998
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien 5, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial, Volume II, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: Best of the Clinton Scandal, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special (also known as Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary), NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: Best of Game Show Parodies, NBC, 2000
  • Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000, NBC, 2000
  • 50 Years of NBC Late Night, NBC, 2001
  • Saturday Night Live: Mother's Day Special, NBC, 2001
  • Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra, NBC, 2001
  • Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra II, NBC, 2001
  • America's Most Terrible Things, 2002
  • NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell, NBC, 2002
  • Saturday Night Live Remembers John Belushi, NBC, 2002
  • The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, c. 2002
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2003
  • Night of Too Many Stars, NBC, 2003
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Kattan, NBC, 2003
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alex Baldwin, NBC, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri, NBC, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken, NBC, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks, NBC, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2004, NBC, 2004
  • Television Producer
  • Specials
  • Perry Como's Winter Show, NBC, 1973, broadcast as The Perry Como Winter Show, CBS, 1973
  • Flip Wilson ... of Course, NBC, 1974
  • Lily, ABC, 1975
  • Lily Tomlin (also known as The Lily Tomlin Special), ABC, 1975
  • The Beach Boys Special, NBC, 1976
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Things We Did Last Summer (also known as Saturday Night Live: Things We Did Last Summer), NBC, 1977
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade, NBC, 2000
  • Producer of other programs, including Today Makes Me Nervous, CBC(Canada).
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 40th Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1988
  • Pilots
  • The Coneheads (animated), NBC, 1983
  • The Kids in the Hall, HBO, 1988
  • Lookwell, NBC, 1991
  • Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car (animated; also known as Toonces and Friends), NBC, 1992
  • (And creator) The Colin Quinn Show, NBC, 2002
  • Sons & Daughters, ABC, 2006
  • Thick and Thin, NBC, 2006
  • 30 Rock (also known as Untitled Tina Fey Project), NBC, 2006
  • Pages, Fox, c. 2006
  • The Weekend, CBS, c. 2007
  • Producer of other pilot projects.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • That's Show Biz, CBC (Canada), beginning c. 1970
  • The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour (series of specials), CBC, beginning c. 1971
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV (also known as The Greatest), VH1, 2000
  • Specials
  • Lily, CBS, 1973
  • Sleazy merchandiser, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (also knownas All You Need Is Cash and The Rutles), NBC and BBC-2, 1978
  • The Canadian Conspiracy, CBC (Canada), 1986
  • Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary, NBC, 1989
  • The Story of Lassie (documentary), PBS, 1994
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • Audience member, Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Children (also known as VH1 Divas Live), VH1, 1998
  • Himself, NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Himself, Steve Martin: A Comic Life, Comedy Central, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special (also known as Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary), NBC, 1999
  • Himself, "Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens-A Life in Animation," Great Performances, PBS, 2000
  • The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television, ABC, 2000
  • The Joke's on Us: 50 Years of CBC Satire, CBC, 2002
  • (In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Kattan, NBC, 2003
  • (In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alex Baldwin, NBC, 2004
  • Comedy Gold, CBC, 2005
  • Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live, NBC,2005
  • Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found, NBC, 2005
  • Awards Presentations
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1999
  • The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating Steve Martin, PBS,2005
  • On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize Celebrating LorneMichaels, PBS, 2005
  • Episodic
  • Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1983
  • "Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time," American Masters, PBS, 1993
  • Himself, "John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: John Belushi), Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Guest, Showbiz Today, Cable News Network, 1995
  • Himself, "Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge," Biography (also knownas A&E Biography: Richard Pryor), Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Himself, Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live: TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • (In archive footage) Himself, 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Himself, 60 Minutes (also known as TV Land Legends: The 60 Minutes Interviews), CBS, 2004
  • Appeared in numerous episodes of Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC.
  • Film Producer
  • Executive producer, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, New Line Cinema, 1979
  • Gilda Live, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Three Amigos!, Orion, 1987
  • Wayne's World, Paramount, 1992
  • Coneheads, Paramount, 1993
  • Wayne's World 2, Paramount, 1993
  • Lassie, Paramount, 1994
  • Stuart Saves His Family, Paramount, 1995
  • Tommy Boy, Paramount, 1995
  • Black Sheep, Paramount, 1996
  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (also known as Brain Candy, Kids in the Hall: La pilule du bonheur, and La pilule du bonheur), Paramount, 1996
  • A Night at the Roxbury, Paramount, 1998
  • New Kid on the Block, 1999
  • Superstar, Paramount, 1999
  • The Ladies Man (also known as The Ladies' Man), Paramount,2000
  • Enigma (also known as Enigma--Das Geheimnis), Miramax, 2001
  • Mean Girls (also known as Untitled "Queen Bees and Wannabees" Project), Paramount, 2004
  • Hot Rod, Paramount, 2006
  • The Closet, Miramax, c. 2006
  • Key Party, Paramount, c. 2006
  • Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill, Paramount, c. 2007
  • Groupies, Paramount, c. 2007
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Man on the Moon (also known as Der Mondmann), Universal, 1999
  • Stage Producer
  • (With others) Appearing Nitely, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Gilda Radner--Live from New York, Winter Garden Theatre, New YorkCity, 1979
  • (With others) Colin Quinn--An Irish Wake (solo show), Helen HayesTheatre, New York City, 1998
  • Stage Director
  • Gilda Radner--Live from New York, Winter Garden Theatre, New YorkCity, 1979
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Appeared in Five Nights a Week at This Time, CBC Radio.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Video Executive Producer
  • The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • Saturday Night Live--Robin Williams, 1986
  • Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition, 1992
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live Christmas (also known as Saturday Night Live Christmas Past), 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon, 2003
  • Video Producer
  • The Best of Chevy Chase, Lorimar, 1987
  • The Best of Gilda Radner, 1989
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan, Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment, 2004
  • Video Appearances
  • (In archive footage) The Best of Chevy Chase, Lorimar, 1987
  • (In archive footage) Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition,1992
  • (In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers,1998
  • "Mean Girls": Only the Strong Survive, Paramount Home Video, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan, Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment, 2004
  • Growing Up Farley, Paramount Home Video, 2005
  • "Tommy Boy": Behind the Laughter, Paramount Home Video, 2005
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays
  • with Others; Series
  • The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, NBC, 1968
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (also known as Laugh-In), NBC,1968-69
  • Barris & Company, CBC (Canada), beginning 1969
  • The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour (series of specials), CBC, beginning c. 1971
  • The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, ABC, 1973
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night,"Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL25), NBC, 1975-81, 1985-
  • The New Show, NBC, 1984
  • with Others; Specials
  • Lily, CBS, 1973
  • Perry Como's Winter Show, NBC, 1973, broadcast as The Perry Como Winter Show, CBS, 1973
  • Flip Wilson ... of Course, NBC, 1974
  • Lily, ABC, 1975
  • Lily Tomlin (also known as The Lily Tomlin Special), ABC, 1975
  • The Beach Boys Special, NBC, 1976
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (also known as All You Need IsCash and The Rutles), NBC and BBC-2, 1978
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day, NBC, 1992
  • The Second Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993
  • Saturday Night Live: Mother's Day Special, NBC, 2001
  • Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra II, NBC, 2001
  • NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002
  • Screenplays
  • with Others
  • Gilda Live, Warner Bros., 1980, based on the stage production Gilda Radner--Live from New York, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • (With Steve Martin and Randy Newman) Three Amigos!, Orion, 1987
  • Writings for the Stage
  • with Others
  • Gilda Radner-Live from New York, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979, released as the film Gilda Live, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Writings for Radio
  • with Others; Series
  • Wrote for Five Nights a Week at This Time, CBC Radio.
  • Video Scripts
  • with Others
  • The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 62, Thomson Gale, 2005
    • Cader, Michael, and Edie Baskin, Saturday Night Live: The First TwentyYears, Houghton Mifflin, 1994
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 142, Gale, 1994
    • Contemporary Canadian Authors, Volume 1, Gale Canada, 1996
    • Hill, Doug, and Jeff Weingrad, Saturday Night: A Backstage History ofSaturday Night Live, Morrow, 1987
    • McKenzie, Michael, Backstage at Saturday Night Live: An Unauthorized Portrait, Scholastic, 1980
    • Mohr, Jay, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of "SaturdayNight Live," Hyperion, 2004
    • Shales, Tom, and James Andrews Miller, Live from New York: An Uncensored History of "Saturday Night Live" as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests, Little, Brown, 2002
    Periodicals
    • Interview, June, 1988, pp. 53-61, 113-15
    • Maclean's, July 26, 1993, p. 32
    • Playboy, March, 1992, pp. 51-64
    • Rolling Stone, January 27, 1979; June 19, 1986, pp. 33-34, 96
    • TV Guide, September 26, 1998, pp. 29-33
    • U.S. News & World Report, November 8, 2004, p. 18
    • Washington Post, June 16, 2004, pp. C1, C4; October 24, 2004, pp.N1, N4

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