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Dana Carvey

  • Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana, the son of Billie, a schoolteacher, and William Carvey, a high school business teacher.
  • When he was three years old, his family moved to San Carlos, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his first drum kit at an early age.
  • In 1979, while performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, he met Paula Zwaggerman, who would later become his wife.
  • He had a minor role in Halloween II, and co-starred on One of the Boys in 1982, a short-lived television sitcom that also starred Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane, and Meg Ryan.
  • In 1984, Carvey had a small role in Rob Reiner's film This Is Spinal Tap.
  • In 1986, Carvey became a household name when he joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
  • Carvey's other original characters included Garth Algar (from "Wayne's World"), Hans (from "Hans and Franz"), and The Grumpy Old Man (from Weekend Update appearances).
  • During the 1992 US presidential election campaign, he did an impression of independent candidate Ross Perot; in a prime-time special before the election, Carvey played both George H. W. Bush and Perot in a three-way debate with Bill Clinton, who was played by Phil Hartman.
  • Carvey won an Emmy in 1993 for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program." He has a total of six Emmy nominations.
  • He held the record for having said "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" most often, until Darrell Hammond surpassed him.


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