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      John Michael Higgins

      John Michael Higgins

      Highest Rated: 93% Best in Show (2000)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 12, 1963

      Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Best known for his hilarious, show-stealing performances in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), actor John Michael Higgins almost shot his career in the foot when he played David Letterman in the HBO docudrama, "The Late Shift" (1996), a behind-the-scenes look at the struggle between Letterman and rival Jay Leno (David Roebuck) for Johnny Carson's prized chair on "The Tonight Show." The real Letterman expressed his loathing of the movie in general and the actor's performance specifically, calling Higgins a "psychotic chimp." Letterman even bumped him from his late night talk show, "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993-2015), after inviting him on to be a guest. Actors of lesser caliber may have been stuck doing bit parts but Higgins' talent for both comedy and drama allowed him thrive on stage and screen as a dependable character actor in hit films like "Pitch Perfect" (2012) and co-starring on sitcoms such as the Tina Fey-created "Great News" (NBC 2017- ).

      Highest rated movies

      93% Best in Show
      90% Licorice Pizza
      87% A Mighty Wind
      86% Wag the Dog
      82% Pitch Perfect 75% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 74% Big Miracle
      71% The Best Man Holiday

      Photos

      John Michael Higgins Back In The Game, John Michael Higgins, 'Safety Squeeze', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/13/2013, ©ABC Back In The Game, John Michael Higgins (L), James Caan (R), 'Safety Squeeze', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/13/2013, ©ABC PITCH PERFECT 3, L-R: ELIZABETH BANKS, JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS, 2017. PH: QUANTRELL D. COLBERT/©UNIVERSAL PICTURES THE UGLY TRUTH, from left: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Nick Searcy, Bree Turner, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, 2009. Ph: Saeed Adyani/©Columbia Pictures Psych, John Michael Higgins (L), James Roday (R), 'Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is', Season 5, Ep. #4, 08/04/2010, ©USA Psych, John Michael Higgins (L), Jean Smart (R), 'Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is', Season 5, Ep. #4, 08/04/2010, ©USA Psych, John Michael Higgins (L), James Roday (C), Jean Smart (R), 'Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is', Season 5, Ep. #4, 08/04/2010, ©USA Psych, John Michael Higgins (L), James Roday (R), 'Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is', Season 5, Ep. #4, 08/04/2010, ©USA Community, John Michael Higgins, 'Comparative Religion', Season 1, Ep. #12, 12/10/2009, ©NBC Psych, John Michael Higgins, 'Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is', Season 5, Ep. #4, 08/04/2010, ©USA FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins, 2006. ©Warner Independent Pictures BEST IN SHOW, John Michael Higgins, 2000, (c) Warner Bros FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, Christopher Moynihan, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, 2006. ©Warner Independent Pictures Switched at Birth, John Michael Higgins, 'Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows', Season 4, Ep. #16, 09/28/2015, ©FREEFORM Switched at Birth, John Michael Higgins, 'Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows', Season 4, Ep. #16, 09/28/2015, ©KSITE Switched at Birth, John Michael Higgins (L), D.W. Moffett (R), 'Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows', Season 4, Ep. #16, 09/28/2015, ©KSITE YES MAN, from left: Jim Carrey, John Michael Higgins, 2008, © Warner Brothers Switched at Birth, John Michael Higgins (L), Paula Marshall (C), Adam Hagenbuch (R), 'Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows', Season 4, Ep. #16, 09/28/2015, ©KSITE ALMOST CHRISTMAS, l-r: Romany Malco, John Michael Higgins, 2016. ph: Quantrell D. Colbert/©Universal Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      39% 96% Prom Dates Unknown (Character) - 2024
      90% 66% Licorice Pizza Jerry Frick (Character) $17.3M 2021
      No Score Yet 32% Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island Alan Smithee (Voice) - 2019
      0% 49% Status Update Choirmaster (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 91% Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold Riddler (Voice) - 2018
      28% 43% Pitch Perfect 3 John (Character) $104.9M 2017
      40% 46% #Realityhigh Principal Dixon (Character) - 2017
      60% 59% Shimmer Lake Brad Dawkins (Character) - 2017
      48% 36% Mascots Upton French (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 37% Internet Famous Dave Larson (Character) - 2016
      49% 64% Almost Christmas Brooks (Character) $42.0M 2016
      0% 92% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Mayor Wally (Character) $39.4K 2016
      9% 50% Sundown Kent Hoagland (Character) - 2016
      65% 64% Pitch Perfect 2 John (Character) $183.7M 2015
      No Score Yet 24% Breaking the Bank Richard Grinding (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 38% Tell Huffman (Character) - 2014
      44% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Cad (Voice) $59.2M 2014
      No Score Yet 86% Terry the Tomboy Doctor Larry (Character) - 2014
      71% 83% The Best Man Holiday Stan (Character) $70.5M 2013
      24% 29% Rapture-Palooza Mr. Lewis (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 65% Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse Prince John (Voice) - 2012
      82% 83% Pitch Perfect John (Character) $65.0M 2012
      74% 64% Big Miracle Wes Handrick (Character) $20.1M 2012
      22% 38% 6 Month Rule Paul (Character) $11.2K 2011
      20% 81% My Uncle Rafael Damon (Character) $210.2K 2011
      65% 71% We Bought a Zoo Walter Ferris (Character) $75.6M 2011
      45% 36% Bad Teacher Principal Wally Snur (Character) $100.3M 2011
      No Score Yet 18% Still Waiting ... Unknown (Character) - 2009
      14% 60% The Ugly Truth Larry (Character) $88.9M 2009
      25% 52% Fired Up Coach Keith (Character) $17.2M 2009
      46% 66% Yes Man Nick (Character) $97.7M 2008
      75% 57% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Record Producer (Character) $18.3M 2007
      21% 45% Fred Claus Willie (Character) $72.0M 2007
      24% 52% Evan Almighty Marty (Character) $100.3M 2007
      34% 46% The Break-Up Richard Meyers (Character) $118.7M 2006
      No Score Yet 61% English as a Second Language Norman Benjamin (Character) - 2005
      29% 49% Fun With Dick and Jane Garth (Character) $110.3M 2005
      23% 33% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Andre Divine (Character) $25.7K 2004
      24% 58% Blade: Trinity Dr. Edgar Vance (Character) $52.4M 2004
      No Score Yet 74% Monte Walsh Robert Slocum (Character) - 2003
      87% 75% A Mighty Wind Terry Bohner (Character) $17.5M 2003
      0% 39% Teddy Bears' Picnic Whit Summers (Character) $28.0K 2002
      No Score Yet 23% 7 Days to Live Social Worker (Character) - 2000
      93% 88% Best in Show Scott (Character) $18.6M 2000
      37% 59% Bicentennial Man Bill Feingold (Character) $58.2M 1999
      53% 53% G.I. Jane Chief of Staff (Character) $48.2M 1997
      86% 76% Wag the Dog John Levy (Character) $43.0M 1997
      No Score Yet 57% The Late Shift David Letterman (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Classmates Dean Cain (Character) - 0000

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Split Second Host 2023-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America Says Host 2018-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2022
      No Score Yet 30% Celebrity Jeopardy! Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 88% Bob's Burgers Glencrest President (Guest Voice) 2012-2014 2017-2022
      88% 71% Saved by the Bell Principal Toddman (Character) 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018-2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 52% New Amsterdam Jacob Singer (Guest Star) 2020
      75% 91% The Cool Kids Bud Cooper (Guest Star) 2020
      36% 57% Sunnyside Wallace Furley (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 88% Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Mentok the Mindtaker (Voice) 2018
      No Score Yet 59% Big Hero 6 The Series Mini-Max (Guest Voice) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline & Friends Guest 2018
      84% 74% Great News Chuck Pierce (Character) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet 96% Sofia the First Flambeau (Guest Voice) 2014 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 63% 2 Broke Girls Elliot (Guest Star) 2016
      96% 74% Angie Tribeca Randy Zaius/Dr. Zaius (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 83% Switched at Birth Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      89% 79% The Legend of Korra Varrick/Guard No. 3 (Guest Voice) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Instant Mom Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 29% Sullivan & Son Gary (Guest Star) 2013-2014
      61% 84% Franklin & Bash Dominic (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Dr. Gayle Rosen (Guest Star) 2014
      93% 91% The Good Wife Rodney Jesko (Guest Star) 2011 2013
      No Score Yet 86% Men at Work Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Divorced Peter (Character) 2011-2013
      21% No Score Yet Man Up! Higgins (Guest Star) 2011
      75% 89% Human Target Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      88% 88% Community Professor Whitman (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      22% No Score Yet Raising the Bar Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      20% No Score Yet Kath & Kim Phil Knight (Character) 2008-2009
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      75% 85% Arrested Development Wayne Jarvis (Guest Star) 2003-2006
      86% 93% Boston Legal Jerry Austin (Guest Star) 2004
      89% 89% Monk Roddy Lankman (Guest Star) 2004
      36% No Score Yet Game Over Unknown (Guest Voice) 2004
      No Score Yet 81% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      95% 94% Frasier William (Guest Star) 2001
      62% No Score Yet Bette Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Patrick (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brother's Keeper Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guys Like Us Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weird Science Timidius (Guest Star) 1998
      89% 92% Seinfeld Kurt (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      71% 85% Miami Vice Murray Phillips (Guest Star) 1988