Dennis Miller Biography
Dennis Miller is a political analyst, sports commentator, actor, and comedian from the United States. From 1985 until 1991, he was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and after that, he hosted a series of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and syndication.
How old is Dennis Miller? – Age
He is 68 years old as of 3 November 2021. He was born in 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. His real name is Dennis Michael Miller.
Dennis Miller Family – Education
He was born in Scotland. Miller was reared by his mother, Norma, a dietician at a Baptist nursing home, after his parents divorced. Miller avoids talking about his father, noting only that he “went on when I was quite small.”
Where did Dennis Miller go to College?
Miller went to a Catholic elementary school called Saint Anne School. He was a shy young man. Street football, backyard baseball, basketball at St. Anne’s, and a lot of television were among Miller’s favorite childhood activities. He was the coach of the Catholic Youth Organization basketball squad for boys aged 15–16 at St. Anne’s. Miller attended Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh.
Jonathan Winters and Tim Conway were two of his earliest comic heroes. He had already established a reputation for wit by high school. Miller joined the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at Point Park University.
Does Dennis Miller have a Brother?
He is the eldest of Norma’s five children, and he regularly cared about his younger siblings while they were younger. His brother Jimmy Miller is an actor.
Who is Dennis Miller’s Wife? – Husband
On April 24, 1988, Miller married Carolyn “Ali” Espley, a former model from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Espley is well remembered for playing the girl in Kajagoogoo’s 1983 music video “Too Shy.” The couple has two kids, Holden, born in 1990, and Marlon, born in 1993. They live in Santa Barbara, California. Jimmy Miller, his younger brother, is a partner in the Gold/Miller comedy management organization, which represents Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Dennis Miller Saturday Night Live
Lorne Michaels discovered Miller in 1985 at The Comedy Store. He tried out for Saturday Night Live in Los Angeles and got a second audition in Times Square. He went to supper with Michaels and Jack Nicholson after his New York audition. Miller took over as the host of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update from Christopher Guest. Dana Carvey, Tom Hanks, and Jimmy Fallon parodied his caustic tone, high-pitched chuckle, and regularly primped hair on Saturday Night Live. Mr. Miller Goes to Washington, a stand-up comedy CD based on an HBO special, was released in 1988.
How tall is Dennis Miller? – Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.75 m).
Dennis Miller House
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi paid $49 million for Miller’s custom Cape Dutch-style Montecito estate. But the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member turned podcaster and conservative political commentator isn’t going far from local favorites like Lucky’s Steakhouse, the Stonehouse, and the Montecito Country Mart – he won’t even need to hire a moving van. According to public records, Miller and his long-term wife Slim Paley paid $16.3 million for a Montecito home that is not just on the same street as the DeGeneres-de Rossi complex but is virtually directly across the street.
The estate has a nearly 6,400-square-foot Mediterranean property with a four-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom guest structure, guard quarters, and horse stables, all built in 1986. Gloria was sold by Sperling in November 2020 for $15.5 million to an unknown buyer who only kept it for three months before selling it to Miller and Paley for $800,000 profit before taxes and closing costs.
The main house is accessible through an extraordinarily long gravel driveway that leads through and under a forest-like canopy of evergreen greenery on its way to a spacious motorcourt, hidden behind massive 12-foot iron gates and some of Montecito’s tallest eucalyptus trees. The guesthouse also has its own motorcourt, which is shaded by a tall oak tree.
Dennis Miller KDKA-TV
Miller was hired by local television station KDKA-TV to shoot a feature for their Evening Magazine in 1980. He was the host of Punchline, a Saturday morning newsmagazine for youths, by 1983. He also did stand-up in New York City comedy venues like Catch A Rising Star and The Comic Strip during this time. In 1984, Leno got Miller an apartment in Los Angeles and arranged for him to make his debut at The Improv. In 1985, Miller performed on Late Night with David Letterman and Star Search, where he was defeated by fellow comedian Sinbad when the judges’ scores were tied, but Sinbad had a better studio-audience acceptance rate.
Miller subsequently fondly remembered “sitting at Jay Leno’s knee, asking Yoda” while Leno was late-night judging budding comics. His brothers worked at The Improv as bouncers, selling tickets, and booking shows.
Dennis Miller Stand-up
Miller began pursuing his dream of being a stand-up comedian in 1979 after witnessing a Robin Williams comedy special on HBO. Due to stage fear and frustration with himself over the dilemma of whether the want to perform was a need for approval from others, he backed out of his first two attempts to perform at an open mic. Miller hitched rides or used buses in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood because he didn’t have a car or much money. He moved to New York City after saving $1,000 to try to jumpstart his comedic career. Jim Miller tested out for and lost a spot in the Laff-Off Contest while working in New York City in the late 1970s.
Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Martin Mull, Art Buchwald, and Buck Henry were among the all-star panel who chose his jokes. During the day, he worked as a bartender and payroll clerk, and at night, he performed in nightclubs. He was named one of the “10 Funniest People in America You’ll Never See on TV” by Hustler Magazine.
Dennis Miller Show
Miller had an eponymous late-night chat show in syndication for seven months after departing SNL in 1992. It was an attempt by syndicator Tribune Entertainment to carve out a position in the late-night television landscape following Carson’s resignation from The Tonight Show in May 1992 and his replacement by Jay Leno. The Dennis Miller Show had a little following and was canceled in July.
Dennis Miller Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $100 Million.
Dennis Miller Live
Miller began hosting Dennis Miller Live, a half-hour HBO chat show, in 1994. The show’s theme music was Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” which featured a clip of the Rollins Band’s “Civilized.” The show was taped on the same stage as The Price Is Right at CBS Television City. Miller spoke to the largely invisible studio audience from a darkened stage, with a tiny set, sparse lighting, no band.
Each show included one guest with whom Miller discussed the day’s theme. Guests were initially interviewed live by satellite, but the majority soon appeared in the studio. A call-in portion was also included. The original phone number was 1-800-LACTOSE. Later, he simply used its numeric counterpart to refer to it (1-800-522-8673). Miller could usually only take two or three calls in the time he had available. In the latter few seasons of the show, he gradually phased out call-ins. During the nine-year span of the show, which aired 215 episodes, Miller and his writing team earned five Emmy Awards. The show was canceled by HBO in 2002.
Dennis Miller CNBC show
In 2004, CNBC hired Miller to anchor a prime-time political talk program weeknights at 9 p.m. (ET), pitting him against Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. He was a genuine candidate to contribute commentary on the broadcast, according to E! News, but the agreement fell through for unclear reasons. Mike Murphy, an aide to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was one of the show’s producers, according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
The hour-long show featured “The Daily Rorschach,” a wordy commentary on current events that was reminiscent of his work on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and his HBO show. Reviewers thought Miller’s riffs would benefit from a live audience, thus the concert began on March 9, 2004, with a “nightclub-style audience of 100 or so.” Miller had a chimpanzee named Ellie on the show at first, who was proclaimed a “consultant,” but after a few appearances, she was replaced with a smaller chimp named Mo. The show was overtly pro-President George W. Bush, and it premiered just as John Kerry was emerging as the Democratic front-runner. Ed Schultz, Gloria Allred, Willie Brown, David Horowitz, Mickey Kaus, Steven Katz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Phil Hendrie, and Harry Shearer were all frequent “Varsity” panelists. Miller’s audience had dropped to 107,000 by April 2005. (a 59 percent drop from the year before).
Dennis Miller Politics
Miller has been renowned for his neoconservative political views in recent years, despite being a committed liberal and outspoken critic of Republicans in his early years of popularity. He previously appeared on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes in a section called “Real Free Speech” and was a regular political pundit on The O’Reilly Factor in a program called “Miller Time.”
Miller used to make jokes about George W. Bush’s IQ, but after 9/11, he changed his mind. Bush pleased him by pursuing “the eradication of terrorism,” despite the fact that “it’s not going to be done in his lifetime.” “The secular state of Iraq and Islamic extremists cohabit,” Miller believed, since “they both think we’re Satan.”
Miller is a regular on conservative talk radio and contributes weekly political commentary to Hannity and Colmes. Miller was dubbed “the loudest pro-Bush/pro-war voice in Hollywood” by The Weekly Standard in 2003, and his comment on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was quoted. Miller supported for invading Iraq and expressed his disappointment with France’s opposition.
The Wall Street Journal asked Miller to write an opinion piece in response to Norman Mailer’s anti-war commentary in May 2003. “During the conflict, the only ‘race’ that came to mind was our Army’s run to Baghdad,” Miller stated. President Bush made a 30-minute appearance at a fundraiser luncheon for his re-election campaign on June 27, 2003, and raised $1.6 million. Miller made an appearance and was invited to fly on Air Force One and ride in the Presidential limousine.