Chris Elliott

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Chris Elliott
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Elliott at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
BornChristopher Nash Elliott
(1960-05-31) May 31, 1960 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, director, author
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paula Niedert Elliott (1986-present)
ChildrenAbby and Bridey Elliott
ParentsBob and Lee Elliott
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Chris Elliott
Chris Elliott by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Elliott at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
BornChristopher Nash Elliott
(1960-05-31) May 31, 1960 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, director, author
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Paula Niedert Elliott (1986-present)
ChildrenAbby and Bridey Elliott
ParentsBob and Lee Elliott

Christopher Nash "Chris" Elliott (born May 31, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman, starring in the cult comedy series Get a Life on FOX and Eagleheart on Adult Swim, as well as his recurring roles as Peter MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mickey Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother. He has also starred in films such as Cabin Boy, There's Something About Mary, Scary Movie 2, and Groundhog Day.

Early life[edit]

Elliott was born in New York City, New York, and is the youngest of five children of Lee (née Peppers), a model and TV director, and Bob Elliott, who was part of the successful comedy team Bob and Ray.[1][2][3] He has English and German ancestry.[4] He grew up on the Upper East Side.[5] He attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in the spring of 1979.


Elliott became known in the mid-late 1980s, when he was a writer and performer on Late Night with David Letterman, playing an assortment of recurring quirky, oddball characters. His characters on the show included:

In 1986 Elliott starred in the Cinemax special FDR: A One Man Show, a spoof comedy about the life and times of the president. He looked and sounded nothing like the man; he portrayed events from Roosevelt's life that never happened, such as a Japanese bombing of the White House, and his crossing the Potomac in a rowboat. By the end of the show, he had performed Gallagher's shtick of smashing watermelons and other soft fruits on stage.

Chris Elliott at the 41st Emmy Awards in 1989

Many of Elliott's early film roles were as a supporting actor in non-comedies such as Michael Mann's Manhunter and James Cameron's The Abyss.

In 1990, Elliott created and starred in his own sitcom, which was called Get a Life, about a 30-year-old paperboy named Chris Peterson who lived at home with his parents. Elliott's real-life father, Bob Elliott, appeared in the show as Chris' father. The January 1999 issue of TV Guide called the "Zoo Animals on Wheels" episode the 19th funniest TV moment of all time.

In 1993, Elliott teamed up with producer Brad Hall and directed a series of critically acclaimed short films that Elliott showed when appearing on Late Show with David Letterman.

Elliott became a cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1994. Also that year, Elliott starred in his first movie—entitled Cabin Boy—which also featured a short appearance by Elliott's old boss, David Letterman, and was produced by Tim Burton. It was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst New Star.

In 2007 Elliott began reappearing on the Late Show with David Letterman with fellow former Letterman writer Gerard Mulligan. On average, these bits appear once per month.

His other television credits include the chowder taster on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, airdate 09/02/09, and the voice of Dogbert on the short-run show Dilbert for UPN. He played a serial killer in the series Third Watch in episodes 5, "The Hunter, Hunted," and 6, "Greatest Detectives in the World" from season six. He played the role of Peter in the last three seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond and a role in a semi-autobiographical sitcom pilot for CBS, entitled You've Reached the Elliotts, playing a man who tries to balance a modest show business career with his home life. As of 2009, Elliott has played the estranged father of How I Met Your Mother character Lily Aldrin, whose relationship has strengthened as the show has progressed. As well as multiple appearances on King of Queens, Elliott made guest appearances on the Late Show, That '70s Show episode "2000 Light Years From Home", and According to Jim. Since February 3, 2011, Elliott has starred in the Adult Swim series Eagleheart, produced by Conan O'Brien's production company, Conaco.

Elliott also appeared in a series of commercials for Tostitos tortilla chips in the late 1990s.


Elliott has written three books spoofing history or pseudo-history. Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father is a comedic fictionalized biography about growing up with his famous father, spoofing Christina Crawford's Mommie Dearest. The Shroud of the Thwacker is a historical novel about Elliott's investigation of a serial killer in 1882 New York City, spoofing London's infamous Jack the Ripper case. Into Hot Air tells the story of Chris climbing Mount Everest with a group of celebrities tagging along to underwrite the trek as he investigates his Uncle Percy's failed Everest expedition.

Personal life[edit]

Elliott has been married to Paula Niedert since 1986, she worked as a talent coordinator on Late Night with David Letterman when they met. They have two daughters: Abby and Bridey. Abby was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 2008 until 2012, making her the first SNL cast member to be the child of a past cast member. His father Bob Elliott of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray co-starred on a SNL Christmas episode in the 1978-1979 season fourth season,[6][7] making for three generations of Elliotts on SNL.

In the summer of 2008, Elliott and his family returned to Connecticut, purchasing a home in Old Lyme.


1983LiannaLighting Assistant
1985My Man AdamMr. Spooner
FDR: A One Man ShowFranklin Delano RooseveltTV Film
1987Action FamilyChris
1989The AbyssBendix
New York StoriesRobber
1992Medusa: Dare to Be TruthfulAndyTV Film
1993The Travelling PoetAlan SquireDirected by Chris Elliott
CB4A. White
Groundhog DayLarry
1994Cabin BoyNathanial MayweatherRazzie Award for Worst New Star
Poolside EcstasyThe Pool BoyDirected by Chris Elliott
Housewives: The Making of the Cast AlbumChris the DivaDirected by Chris Elliott
1995The Barefoot ExecutiveJase WallenbergTV Film
1996KingpinThe Gambler
1998There's Something About MaryDom Woganowski
2000The Sky is FallingSanta Claus
Nutty Professor II: The KlumpsRestaurant ManagerCameo
Snow DayRoger (The Snow Plow Guy)
2001Osmosis JonesBob
Scary Movie 2Hanson
2006Scary Movie 4Ezekiel
2007Thomas Kinkade's Home for ChristmasErnie Trevor
I'll Believe YouEugene the Gator Guy
2009Dance FlickRon
2010Speed-DatingInspector Green
2012The DictatorMr. Ogden
The LibraryHimself
2014The RewriteJim



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  1. ^ "Chris Elliott Biography (1960-)". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Brooks Maine - Pilley House Donation - Bangor Daily News Article". 2005-06-03. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
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  5. ^ Koepp, Stephen. "Off-the-Wall Comedy Lands Chris Elliott on TV, and His Dad, Bob (of Bob and Ray), Is Hooked Too". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 12, 2008). "'SNL' taps Abby Elliott, Michaela Watkins". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Zuckerman, Ed (November 24, 2009). "A Professionally Funny Family". New York Times. 

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