Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien

  • Highest Rated: 100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Bewitched (2005)
  • Birthday: Apr 18, 1963
  • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
  • If Richie Cunningham and Phyllis Diller mated, would it equal Conan O'Brien? It's probably not a good enough match to poop on, but definitely one that has brought some laughs to television audiences everywhere. Conan Christopher O'Brien was born April 18, 1963, in Brookline, MA, to Ruth, a lawyer, and Tom, a doctor. He has three brothers, two sisters, and his cousin is comedian Denis Leary. At Brookline High School, he was on the debate team and served as editorial editor on the Sagamore. After high school, he attended Harvard University where he was the editor of the Harvard Lampoon; he graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in American history. After graduation, O'Brien went out to L.A. to put his education and sense of humor to work for him. He was on the writing staff of HBO's Not Necessarily the News for two years and worked with the improv group the Groundlings. In 1988, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels recognized O'Brien's talent and hired him as a writer for the show. He wrote for the show for three and a half years and in 1989, shared an Emmy with the writing team for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. In 1991, he left the show and pitched an idea to NBC for a series starring Adam West, but it was not picked up. Good thing, though, because O'Brien's next gig would be yet another high-profile show on its way to television history. As a writer and producer for Fox's The Simpsons, he wrote such hilariously memorable episodes as "Marge Vs. the Monorail" and "Whacking Day." After the much-ballyhooed decision that Jay Leno would replace Johnny Carson on NBC's Tonight Show instead of David Letterman, and when Letterman left for CBS, Letterman's old timeslot was left open. Enter one tall, funny Irish guy with a classically dry sense of humor to keep late-night audiences tuning in. Late Night With Conan O'Brien premiered September 13, 1993, with Michaels serving as executive producer. An aspiring writer/performer, Andy Richter, had hopes of getting on the team behind the new show, but instead wound up in the role of "trusty sidekick" to O'Brien. Rounding out the late-night backdrop was music director Max Weinberg, who had been the drummer with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and his backing band. This amalgam of performers, plus an Emmy-winning writing team, led to such comedic bits involving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Pimpbot 5000, and In the Year 2000. In 1997 and 2000, he and the writing staff won the Writer's Guild Award for Best Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series. Richter left in 2000 to work on his own television career, starring in Fox's Andy Richter Controls the Universe in 2002. O'Brien took over hosting The Tonight Show from Leno on June 1, 2009, but only held down the desk for a mere seven months. Network politics and the ratings game led to Leno returning to the job he left after his own show, which aired at 10 p.m., tanked. Instead of compromising himself and the show by accepting a later timeslot with Leno serving as the warm-up act, O'Brien chose to leave the network. Later in 2010, he signed a deal with TBS for his own show (Conan) for the fall. O'Brien married advertising executive Liza Powell in January 2002 and welcomed daughter Neve in October 2003 and son Beckett in November 2005.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

89% The Lego Batman Movie The Riddler $175.7M 2017
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Himself $33.3M 2013
50% Now You See Me Himself $117.7M 2013
No Score Yet George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You Actor 2012
No Score Yet Pale Force Actor 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s Actor 2008
100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars Actor 2007
No Score Yet Queer Duck: The Movie Himself 2006
No Score Yet Pittsburgh Himself 2006
25% Bewitched Himself $62.3M 2005
No Score Yet Pale Force Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Actor 2004
82% Gigantic Actor 2002
53% Storytelling Himself $0.9M 2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes Actor 2001
42% Vanilla Sky Himself 2001
27% Pootie Tang Actor $2.9M 2001
78% Barenaked in America Actor 2000
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza! Actor 1998

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

70% Final Space
2018
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest Performer
  • 2019
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Host Appearing Host
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
94% The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
2018
  • 2018
89% People of Earth
2016-2017
Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CeeLo Green's The Good Life
2014
Appearing
  • 2014
75% Maron
2013-2016
Himself
  • 2014
32% Super Fun Night
2013-2014
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
2013-2014
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Deon Cole's Black Box
2013
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2013
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2013
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
Guest
  • 2013
91% Nashville
2012-2018
Himself
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Penguins of Madagascar
2009-2015
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Himself
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2003
92% Andy Barker, P.I.
2007
Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 2007
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
Voice
  • 2007
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Himself
  • 2006
89% The Office
2005-2013
  • 2006
95% Andy Richter Controls the Universe
2002-2003
Freddy Pickering
  • 2003
88% The Osbournes
2002-2005
Himself
  • 2002
No Score Yet Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
1995-1999
Voice
  • 2002
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2001
95% Futurama
1999-2013
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
1997-2000
Guest
  • 1997
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice Screenwriter
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien
2009
Host Appearing
No Score Yet The Backyardigans
2004-2010
Voice
81% The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien
2010
Host

QUOTES FROM Conan O'Brien CHARACTERS

Conan O'Brien
I walked away from the greatest franchise in history, because I refused to go on at midnight. Here I am, on at midnight.
Conan O'Brien
Should I be worried that were opening in a town where nobody lives?