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Steven Wright

Academy Award Winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. One of four children, Wright was raised in Burlington, MA. Upon graduating from Emerson College and holding a bevy of odd jobs, Steven attended an open mike audition and became a regular performer at Ding Ho's Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.

It was during this time, in August of 1982, that Steven got his big break and was booked for his first Tonight Show appearance. The king of late night enjoyed the performance so much he invited Steven to appear again within a week, a rarity on The Tonight Show. His back-to-back appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon found himself performing his off-beat routines on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, and numerous trips back to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Wright expanded his comedy career to include comedy albums, film and television appearances. His 1986 debut album, I Have A Pony, earned him a Grammy nomination. In 1988, Steven starred in his first HBO Special On Location: Steven Wright. In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film entitled The Appointments of Dennis Jennings in which he starred and co-wrote. Other stars of the film included Roseanne's Laurie Metcalf and British comedian, Rowan Atkinson. In September of 1990, Steven starred in his second stand-up special for HBO called Wicker Chairs and Gravity. The special included stand-up from The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto and a short film shot on location in New York and New Jersey.

Steven has been seen in numerous films. Most recently, he starred in Coffee and Cigarettes, directed by Jim Jarmusch. Other films include Desperately Seeking Susan, Mike Meyers' So I Married An Axe Murderer, and Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Steven starred with John Cleese and Jack Palance in New Line's animated film, The Swan Princess as the voice of Speed, the turtle.

He also has done memorable cameos in such films as Albert Brooks' The Muse starring Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, and Jeff Bridges, Half-Baked, starring Dave Chappelle, and was a featured voice in Babe 2: Pig in the City.

Steven wrote, directed and stars in a short film called One Soldier that was screened at numerous film festivals and can be seen on the Independent Film Channel. The film is the story of a man intrigued by the unanswerable questions of life.

Steven Wright is a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Steven Wright continues touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.

The website, www.stevenwright.com, features Steven's paintings, a song written and performed by Steven, written pieces, stand-up and film clips, tour dates and chat rooms.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Steven Wright Facts

OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayDecember 6, 1955 (61)
SignSagittarius
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Primal Fear
The Good Dinosaur
Barbershop
The Sound of Music
Casino Royale
Friday Night Lights
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Wiz
The Swan Princess
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