Larry Miller

Active - 1979 - Present  |   Born - Oct 15, 1953 in Valley Stream, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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A capable comic actor whose regular-guy looks and sharp wit have made him a popular character performer in both movies and television, Larry Miller was born on October 15, 1953 on Long Island, NY. Miller grew up with a keen interest in music, and graduated with honors from Amherst College, receiving a degree in music. Hoping to make a career as a musician, Miller moved to New York City and began playing the nightclub circuit as a pianist and drummer. Working the clubs inspired Miller to take a stab at comedy, and he began performing occasional sets at comedy clubs such as the Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. Within two years, Miller had put his musical career on the back burner and was touring full-time as a comic. Miller made his film debut in 1978 in the film Take Down, but it would be several more years before Miller found himself before the camera again; as his career as a standup comic rose, Miller began landing occasional television guest shots and bit parts in films, as well as appearing on several cable television specials devoted to comedians. But it was Miller's appearance in the 1990 film Pretty Woman that kick-started his screen career; playing an arrogant but all-too-eager-to-please salesman, Miller's brief moment in the film earned big laughs, and he soon became a frequent presence in movies and television. Miller was a regular on the TV series The Pursuit of Happiness, Life's Work, and Michael Hayes -- all three of which only lasted a season -- and played recurring roles on Mad About You, Dream On, DAG, and My Wife and Kids. Miller also made a surprising appearance in a dramatic role on Law & Order, in which he played a man accused of murder. Miller played a number of showy supporting roles in theatrical films, including Waiting for Guffman, The Minus Man, The Nutty Professor, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind.

His comedy chops only gaining more bite with the passing years, Miller would find only increasing success when he appeared on such small screen hits as Desperate Housewives and Boston Legal in the mid-00s. Of course Miller was still very much a feature man, with roles in the underseen sleeper Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Any Bully providing plenty of room for the comic talent to shine.

When not busy with his acting career, Miller still performs as a standup comic, and writes a humor column for The Daily Standard.

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  • Was a music major in college and became the drummer for the Comic Strip comedy club in New York after graduation.
  • Big break came when he appeared as an arrogant salesman in Pretty Woman.
  • Is frequently cast in films directed by Christopher Guest (Best in Show; A Mighty Wind; For Your Consideration).
  • Appeared in both the film and TV versions of 10 Things I Hate About You.
  • Published his first book, Spoiled Rotten America, in 2007. 
  • Is a contributing humorist for the Huffington Post and the Weekly Standard.
  • Records a weekly podcast called This Week With Larry Miller.
  • Was named by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time.