Lorne Michaels

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Lorne Michaels
Birth name Lorne Michael Lipowitz
Born November 17, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Notable Shows Saturday Night Live
Awards 12 Emmy Awards

Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Lipowitz) is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing the long-running Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series, and The Tonight Show.

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Biography

Michaels was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Florence (Becker) and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, a furrier. He was the oldest of the Lipowitz children. He has a sister, Barbara Lipowitz, who is currently living in Toronto, and a brother, Mark Lipowitz, who died from a brain tumor. Michaels attended the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto and graduated from University College, University of Toronto, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels' career started as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio. In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He starred with Hart Pomerantz in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series that ran briefly in the 1970s.

In the 1960s, he married Rosie Shuster, who later worked with him as a writer on Saturday Night Live. She was the daughter of Frank Shuster, who was one half of famous comedy team Wayne and Shuster. In 1980, they filed for divorce.

In 1975, Michaels, fellow NBC employee Dick Ebersol, and then president of the network Herb Schlosser created the sketch comedy NBC's Saturday Night, which later changed its name to Saturday Night Live in 1977.

Producer

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Saturday Night Live 1975 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
The New Show 1984 Executive Producer 1
The Kids in the Hall 1988 –1995 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 –2009 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Sons & Daughters 2006 Executive Producer 1
30 Rock 2006 –2013 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 –2014 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6
Portlandia 2011 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Up All Night 2011 –2012 Executive Producer 1 2
I Wanna Have Your Baby 2011 Executive Producer 1
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4
Mulaney 2014 –2015 Executive Producer 1
Man Seeking Woman 2015 –2017 Executive Producer 1 2 3
Documentary Now! 2015 –present Executive Producer 1 2
Detroiters 2017 –present Executive Producer 1
A.P. Bio 2018 –present Executive Producer 1
Miracle Workers 2019 –present Executive Producer 1

Writer

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Beautiful Phyliss Diller Show 1968 Writer 1
Saturday Night Live 1975 –present Writer
The New Show 1984 Writer 1

Roles

Starring Roles

Recurring Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour September 19, 1971
The Midnight Special Episode 921 February 20, 1981
Late Night with David Letterman February 14, 1983
Showbiz Today March 10, 1992
Showbiz Today October 5, 1992
Showbiz Today April 5, 1995
Charlie Rose (1991) September 26, 1997
Entertainment Tonight April 10, 2015

Awards and Accolades

Trivia