Aug. 14th, 1945
Waco, Texas, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Ray Patterson (Voiced)
Simon the Pieman
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- Has a sister named Melinda.
- His performance as "Navin Johnson" in _The Jerk (1979)_ (qv) is ranked #66 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- As a vegetarian, he made fun of hot dogs in his 1970s stand-up act; a joke about hot dogs appears on his 1979 album "Comedy Is Not Pretty".
- Studied philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, and for a while, considered becoming a philosophy professor instead of an actor-comedian. He periodically spoofed his philosophy studies in his 1970s stand-up act, such as comparing Philosophy with studying Geology - "If you're studying Geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all, but Philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life.".
- Dated 'Anne Heche' (qv).
- 2005: Recipient of the 8th annual 'Mark Twain' (qv) Prize for American Humor, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- Is an accomplished banjo player and appears playing the instrument in 'Earl Scruggs' (qv) and Friends video for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," for which he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. This makes him rare in that he has won Grammies for both comedy and music.
- Was Warner Bros. second choice for the role of The Riddler in _Batman Forever (1995)_ (qv) (after 'Robin Williams (I)' (qv) ). However he turned it down as with the death of his good friend 'John Candy' (qv) and his divorce from 'Victoria Tennant (I)' (qv) he was too sad to make any movies.