Fast Facts

  • Earned a degree in finance from Georgetown University and worked as a litigation consultant in Florida before switching careers.
  • Performed first stand-up routine in 1991, and then spent four years scripting commercials and studying acting.
  • First appearance on David Letterman's show garnered Gaffigan acclaim and an offer to develop the sitcom Welcome to New York, which was canceled after three months.
  • Has appeared in more than 200 commercials, including campaigns for Saturn, ESPNews, Energizer, Barnes &, Kodak and Rolling Rock. His commanding presence in commercials earned him the title "Salesman of the Year" by Business Week in 1999.
  • Appeared in two movies chosen for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival: Super Troopers and Thirty Years to Life.
  • Featured in a Late Night with Conan O'Brien animated series called Pale Force.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 2011 in That Championship Season, opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.


  • Joe Gaffigan — Brother
  • Jack Gaffigan — Son
  • Marre Gaffigan — Daughter
  • Mitch Gaffigan — Brother
  • Jeannie Gaffigan — Wife
  • Michael Gaffigan — Son
  • Katie Louise Gaffigan — Daughter


  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC (MS in Business, 1988)


  • Birth Place: Chesterton, IN
  • Birthday: August 27, 1966,
  • Profession: Actor, Stand-up comic, Writer, Producer

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