Dennis Miller

Active - 1984 - 2014  |   Born - Nov 3, 1953   |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Point Park College graduate Dennis Miller rose to national fame in 1985 as the new "Weekend Update" commentator on TV's Saturday Night Live. Miller's equal-opportunity bashing of political and showbiz celebrities earned him a reputation as a razor sharp satirist; his catchphrase "I'm outta here!" reverberated throughout the land for the next six seasons. The puckish comedian went on to turn out such comedy records as The Off-White Album and to host a batch of irreverent cable-TV specials. In 1994, he co-produced and starred in a nightly chat-fest appropriately titled Dennis Miller Live. Reportedly, certain intrigues involving the booking of guests caused a temporary rift between Miller and his longtime friend--and late-night rival-Jay Leno. Though Dennis Miller Live was unsuccessful, Miller has yet to wear out his welcome on cable TV, where his R-rated, libelous political commentary provides hilarious contrast to the PC japeries of network comics. Joining the cast of commentators on Monday Night Football in 2000, the snarky comic quickly learned that his heady brand of humor didn't exactly click with middle America, and his stint on the show only lasted a little over a year. Undaunted, he returned to television for yet another self-titled talk show in 2004, though that too failed to have genuine staying power. In time Miller seemed to find his footing as a conservative-leaning political commentator, with frequent appearances on FOX News paving the way for a radio talk show that went on the air in in early 2007, and was broadcast on over 250 radio stations across America.

In films, Dennis Miller has been seen in the Sandra Bullock thriller The Net (1995), the David Spade comedy Joe and served as star and producer of the "Tales From the Crypt" extravaganza Bordello of Blood (1996).