John Michael Higgins


Date Of Birth

February 12, 1963


American actor John Michael Higgins was born on February 12, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts. He started his performing career in music, at one point heading the a cappella group The Zumbyes while studying at the Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He made his acting debut in 1986, when he starred in National Lampoon’s Class of ’86, and made occasional appearances afterwards, such as in the television shows Miami Vice and The George Carlin Show.

In 1996, Higgins earned wide recognition when he played late night show host David Letterman in the HBO television movie The Late Shift, in a performance that was mocked by Letterman himself (perhaps in jest) because of his lack of resemblance to the host, and his red hair. This was followed by more television guest roles, in shows such as Seinfeld, Party of Five, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show and Mad About You. He also starred in the films G.I. Jane and Bicentennial Man.

Higgins gained more recognition in the 2000s, when he scored recurring roles in different television programs. He played attorney-slash-therapist Steven Milter in Ally McBeal, senior partner Jerry Austin in Boston Legal, and lawyer Wayne Jarvis in Arrested Development. He also starred in films such as Evan Almighty, Fun with Dick and Jane and The Mighty Wind, a mockumentary by Christopher Guest, where he arranged the vocal harmonies sung by the New Main Street Singers. Higgins is also known as a voice actor, performing vocal duties for the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and the video game Halo 2. He was later cast in the sitcom Happily Divorced alongside Fran Drescher.

Higgins is also an accomplished stage actor, having appeared in several plays all over the country. Notable roles include Donald Rumsfeld in Stuff Happens and the title role in Big Bill. He also starred in the off-Broadway productions of Tiny Alice and Jeffrey, and in the Broadway production of La Bute.

Place of Birth

Boston, Massachusetts

Birth Name

John Michael Higgins



Fun Facts

- He married Margaret Welsh on February 1, 2003. They have two children together.

- He was one of those who did the vocal arrangement on Ed Helms' "Take A Chance on Me" performance on NBC's "The Office". He even sang back-up.

- He graduated from Amherst College.



2004: Florida Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Ensemble Cast for: A Mighty Wind
2003: Seattle Film Critics Awards - Best Music for: A Mighty Wind


2011: Happily Divorced (TV series) - Peter
2011: We Bought a Zoo - Walter Ferris
2011: 6 Month Rule - Paul
2011: Bad Teacher - Principal Wally Snur
2010-2011: Glory Daze (TV series) - Brother Jerrod
2011: The Suite Life on Deck (TV series) - Mr. Tipton
2010: Human Target (TV series) - Richard Applebaum
2010: Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV series) - Riddler
2010: Psych (TV series) - Clive Prescott
2010: Glenn Martin DDS (TV series) - Various
2009-2010: Community (TV series) - Professor Whitman
2010: Glee (TV series) - Russell
2010: The Burying Beetle (video short) - Philip
2010: My Uncle Rafael - Damon
2009: Raising the Bar (TV series) - Judge Albert Farnsworth
2009: Numb3rs (TV series) - Floyd Mayborne
2009: Couples Retreat - Therapist #1
2009: The Ugly Truth - Larry
2008-2009: Kath & Kim (TV series) - Phil Knight
2009: Fired Up! - Coach Keith
2009: Still Waiting... (video) - Dennis
2009: Untitled Family Pilot (TV movie) - Charles
2008: Yes Man - Nick
2008: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Video Game) - Mentok the Mindtaker (voice)
2007: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Record Producer
2007: Fred Claus - Willie
2002-2007: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (TV series) - Mentok the Mindtaker/Zardo/Announcer/… (voice)
2007: Evan Almighty - Marty
2007: The Thick of It (TV movie) - Albert Alger
2006: For Your Consideration - Corey Taft
2006: The Break-Up - Richard Meyers
2006: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Anthony Caprice
2006: So noTORIous (TV series) - Phillip Walker
2003-2006: Arrested Development (TV series) - Wayne Jarvis
2005: Fun with Dick and Jane - Garth
2005: Joey (TV series) - Albert
2005: English as a Second Language - Norman Benjamin
2005: Untitled Susie Essman Project (TV movie)
2004: Blade: Trinity - Dr. Edgar Vance
2004: After the Sunset - Hotel Manager
2004: Halo 2 (Video Game) - 2401 Penitent Tangent (voice)
2004: Boston Legal (TV series) - Jerry Austin
2004: Jiminy Glick in Lalawood - Andre Devine
2004: Monk (TV series) - Roddy Lankman
2004: Killer Diller - Deermont
2004: Game Over (TV series) - Sully/Various Characters (voice)
2003: George Lopez (TV series) - Charles
2003: A Mighty Wind - Terry Bohner
2003: Monte Walsh (TV movie) - Robert Slocum
2002: The Burbs (TV movie)
2002: The Kronenberg Chronicles (TV movie) - Dr. Kronenberg
2002: Teddy Bears' Picnic - Whit Summers
2000-2002: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Steven Milter
2001: Gideon's Crossing (TV series) - Dr. Plummer
2001: The Man Who Wasn't There - Emergency Room Physician
2001: Frasier (TV series) - William
2001: Bette (TV series) - Alex Berringer
2000: Best in Show - Scott Donlan
2000: Seven Days to Live - Social Worker
2000: Movie Stars (TV series) - Kurt Mason
2000: Get Real (TV series) - George Clark
1999: Bicentennial Man - Bill Feingold - Martin's Lawyer
1998-1999: Mad About You (TV series) - Patrick
1998-1999: Brother's Keeper (TV series) - Mark
1997-1998: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV series) - Ar'nox
1998: Guys Like Us (TV series) - Mr. Levin
1998: From the Earth to the Moon (TV mini-series) - Master of Ceremonies
1998: Nothing Sacred (TV series) - Father Jesse
1997: Wag the Dog - John Levy
1997: Party of Five (TV series) - Glenn
1997: G.I. Jane - Chief of Staff
1997: Weird Science (TV series) - Timidius
1997: Seinfeld (TV series) - Kurt
1996: Cybill (TV series) - Chip
1996: The Late Shift (TV movie) - David Letterman
1994: The George Carlin Show (TV series) - Dan Goodwin
1991: Mathnet (TV series) - I. M. Uppwardds
1988: Vampire's Kiss - Ed
1988: Miami Vice (TV series) - Murray Phillips
1986: Class of '86 (video) - Various


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