Al Franken Biography (1951?-)

Born May 21, 1951 (some sources cite 1952), in New York, NY (some sources cite Minneapolis, MN); son of Joe (a printing salesperson) and Phoebe (a homemaker and real estate agent) Franken; married Franni Bryson (a homemaker), 1975;children: Thomasin Franken Davis, Joe. Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (some sources citeWilliam Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775).

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, producer, actor, comedian
Birth Details
May 21, 1951?
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1975-1980, 1988-1995
  • Al Freundlich, Lateline, ABC, 1998
  • Mayor of Leonardo, Clerks (also known as Clerks TAS and Clerks: Uncensored), ABC, 2000
  • Specials
  • Host, "High School Video Yearbook with Franken and Davis," Cinemax Comedy Experiment, Cinemax, 1987
  • Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel, CBS, 1988
  • MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody, MTV, 1991
  • Pat Robertson and Paul Simon, Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash, NBC, 1992
  • Anchor, Indecision '92: The Republican National Convention, ComedyCentral, 1992
  • Anchor, Indecision '92: The Democratic National Convention, ComedyCentral, 1992
  • Why Bother Voting?, PBS, 1992
  • The American Television Awards, 1993
  • Correspondent, "Indecision '96: The Republican National Convention," Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Correspondent, "Indecision '96: The Democratic National Convention," Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Comic Relief American Comedy Festival, ABC, 1996
  • Panelist, Summit after Dark, Comedy Central, 1997
  • Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1999
  • Pat Robertson (in archive footage), Saturday Night Live: PresidentialBash 2000, NBC, 2000
  • Episodic
  • SHE-TV, ABC, 1994
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, beginning 1994.
  • Voice, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (animated), Comedy Central, 1995
  • Frank Gansmiller, "Dick the Vote," Third Rock from the Sun (also known as Life as We Know It), NBC, 1996
  • The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1996
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS, 1996
  • Himself, "The Roast," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, CBS, 1997
  • Jeopardy!, ABC, 1997
  • Himself, The Charles Grodin Show, CNBC, 1997
  • Himself, Larry King Live, CNN, 1998
  • Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, multiple episodes,CBS, 2000-2001
  • Himself, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 2000
  • "Ben Stein," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Other
  • Decline's henchman, All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles), 1978
  • Presidential science advisor Jerome Weisner, From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries), HBO, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1975-1980, 1988-1995
  • Cocreator and executive producer, Lateline, ABC, 1998
  • Television Producer
  • Specials
  • Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary, NBC, 1989
  • Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial (also known as The Best ofSaturday Night Live: SNL Goes Commercial), NBC, 1991
  • Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash, NBC, 1992
  • Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day, NBC, 1992
  • Consulting producer, Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000,NBC, 2000
  • Film Appearances
  • Al, Tunnelvision (also known as Tunnel Vision), World WideFilms, 1976
  • First baggage handler, Trading Places, Paramount, 1983
  • Paul Flum, One More Saturday Night, Columbia, 1986
  • (Uncredited) Copilot, When a Man Loves a Woman (also known as Significant Other, To Have and to Hold, and Cuando un hombre amaa una mujer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Stuart Smalley, Stuart Saves His Family, Paramount, 1995
  • Vagabond, The Definite Maybe, DJM Films, 1997
  • Film Work
  • (With Simon Maslow and Ron Bass) Executive producer, When a Man Lovesa Woman (also known as Significant Other, To Have and to Hold, and Cuando un hombre ama a una mujer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • RECORDINGS
  • Audio Books
  • I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me,Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1992
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Dove Audio, 1996
  • Videos
  • Appeared in the music video "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • One More Saturday Night, Columbia, 1986
  • (With Ron Bass) When a Man Loves a Woman (also known as Significant Other, To Have and to Hold, and Cuando un hombre ama a unamujer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Stuart Saves His Family (based on his book I'm Good Enough, I'mSmart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me), Paramount, 1995
  • Television Series
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1975-1980, 1988-1995
  • The New Show, NBC, 1984
  • Lateline, ABC, 1998
  • Television Specials
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • Bob and Ray and Jane, Laraine and Gilda, NBC, 1981
  • The 40th Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1988
  • Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial (also known as The Best ofSaturday Night Live: SNL Goes Commercial), NBC, 1991
  • Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash, NBC, 1992
  • Indecision '92: The Republican National Convention, Comedy Central, 1992
  • Indecision '92: The Democratic National Convention, Comedy Central, 1992
  • Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day, NBC, 1992
  • The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993
  • (For David Letterman) The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • "Indecision '96: The Republican National Convention," Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1996
  • "Indecision '96: The Democratic National Convention," Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley, NBC, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000, NBC, 2000
  • Television Pilots
  • The Coneheads (animated), NBC, 1983
  • Television Episodes
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1994
  • Videos
  • The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • Books
  • (Under pseudonym Stuart Smalley) I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me, Dell (New York City), 1992
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Delacorte(New York City), 1996
  • Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the FrankenPresidency, Delacorte, 1999
  • Oh, the Things I Know! A Guide to Success, or, Failing That, Happiness, Dutton/Plume (New York City), 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Newsmakers, Issue 3, Gale, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Christian Century, March 20, 1996, pp. 351-354
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 29, 1994, p. 53; March 22, 1996, p. 64
    • Financial Post, July 9, 1994, p. S7
    • Mother Jones, November/December, 1996, p. 22
    • National Review, May 30, 1994, pp. 62-63

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