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Jim Gaffigan Biography

Birth Place:
Chesterton, Indiana, United States
Actor, stand-up comic, writer, producer

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 & Noble
  • com, 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
    • Mitch Gaffigan--Brother
    • Katie Louise Gaffigan--Daughter
    • Marre Gaffigan--Daughter
    • Jack Gaffigan--Son
    • Michael Gaffigan--Son
    • Jeanne Noth--Wife