Terry Kiser

Active - 1968 - 2015  |   Born - Aug 1, 1939 in Elmhurst, llinois, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Action, Mystery, Adventure

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Chicagoan Terry Kiser has been a member of the movie character-actor pool since 1968. Kiser hasn't exactly scaled the heights of fame with such films as Friday the 13th Part VII, but he has paid his bills on time. His TV work has included a stint as Dr. John Rice on NBC's The Doctors, a recurring role as reporter Al Craven on the popular sitcom Night Court, and a sojourn as a member of Carol Burnett's repertory players on 1990's Carol & Company. Terry Kiser's most memorably recent film assignment has been as the scene-stealing corpse (!) in the two Weekend at Bernie's comedies of the 1990s.

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  • Attended college on football and theater scholarships.
  • Worked as an industrial engineer in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Moved to New York in 1965 to pursue acting full-time.
  • Was mentored by Lee Strasberg.
  • His stunt double in Weekend at Bernie's (1989) suffered injuries while filming, including breaking a rib during a boating scene.
  • Co-founder of The Actors Arena, an acting school in Austin, Texas.