Dana Carvey (born June 2, 1955) is an American actor and comedian from Missoula, Montana.
Carvey costarred 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 This Is Spinal Tap film, where he played a mime, with fellow comedian Billy Crystal.
In 1986, Carvey became a household name when he joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Carvey's SNL impressions and characters included Johnny Carson, Garth Algar (from Wayne's World), President George H. W. Bush, Ross Perot, The Church Lady, Franz (from Hans and Franz), President Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, John McLaughlin, Charles Grodin, and Woody Allen. Garth Algar is actually an affectionate caricature of Dana's brother, Brad Carvey, an accomplished electrical engineer who invented the Video Toaster. Carvey left the show in 1993.
In 1994, Carvey starred in Clean Slate.
In 1996, Carvey reprised many of his SNL characters for The Dana Carvey Show.
In 1997, Carvey underwent open-heart surgery for a blocked artery. Unfortunately, the doctors operated on the wrong artery. Carvey later sued for medical malpractice and was awarded $7.5 million. Carvey has had to undergo a total of five operations to correct his heart problems.
In 2002, Carvey returned to the silver screen in the comedy, Master of Disguise.
- Master of Disguise-2002 in film
- Little Nicky-2000 in film
- The Shot-1996 in film
- Clean Slate-1994 in film
- The Road to Wellville-1994 in film
- Waynes World 2-1993 in film
- Waynes World-1992 in film
- Opportunity Knocks-1990 in film
- Moving-1988 in film
- Tough Guys-1986 in film
- Racing with the Moon-1984 in film
- This is Spinal Tap-1984