Haley's background is in theater and stand-up comedy. In 1985, after 15 years in theater in his native Seattle, he began doing stand-up on the local circuit. A gig opening for the 1987 Saturday Night Live
touring act of Dana Carvey
and Dennis Miller
led to a role in the Robert Altman
CBS movie The Caine Mutiny Court Martial
. With several other TV credits soon under his bet Haley moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and won the Los Angeles Comedy Competition.
His proverbial big break came on a Friday in July, 1990 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Within a month his standup schedule was booked solid and he had a string of television and movie offers including an HBO special.
He has appeared in the films Little Giants, John Hughes' Baby's Day Out, Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! and the upcoming McHale's Navy. His television credits include The Drew Carey Show, Quantum Leap and Davis Rules. His Miller Lite Superbowl ad Elmer Bruker (a quarterback that was on every winning Superbowl team but never played) won a Cleo Award. Haley was a regular on the long-running NBC sitcom Wings last season as the new mechanic.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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