- Childhood ambition was to be a pro baseball player; played in college and in the Army.
- Is an alum of numerous improv troupes, including Second City and Ace Trucking Company, which he cofounded.
- Received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his turn as a buffoonish TV commentator in Best in Show (2000).
- Major comic influences include Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Jonathan Winters.
- Often works with comic Martin Mull.
- Has appeared more than 50 times on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
- Appeared in four of director Christopher Guest's mockumentary films: Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006). The two also appeared in the mother of all mockumentaries, director Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
- In 2010, appeared on the comedy Web site "Funny or Die," playing a doltish dean welcoming freshmen to college.
- Is an animal-rights advocate; starred in an animal birth-control public-service announcement for PETA.
- 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Mary Willard — Wife
- Hope Mulbarger — Daughter
- Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA (BA in English)
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- Birth Place: Shaker Heights, OH
- Birthday: September 18, 1939, Virgo
- Profession: Actor, Comedian