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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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|The Beautiful Phyliss Diller Show||1968||Writer||1|
|Saturday Night Live||1975 –present||Writer|
|The New Show||1984||Writer||1|
Guest Starring Roles
Specials and Made-for-TV Movies
Talk, News and Game Show Appearances
|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||September 26, 1997|
|Entertainment Tonight||April 10, 2015|