John Michael Higgins: Get to know the Massachussetts-born American actor

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John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins is easily one of America’s best actors who give people value for their time spent watching movies and series on the screens.

From 1985 till now, John Michael Higgins has appeared in thousands of films and Television series playing various characters. That is some longevity for a field that demands so much. John Michael Higgins has also been a successful TV host and does comedy as well.

Who is John Michael Higgins?

John Michael Higgins was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America on February 12, 1963. An actor, comedian, and TV host, his film credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, the role of David Letterman in HBO’s “The Late Shift,” and a starring role in the American version of “Kath & Kim.”

He portrayed Peter Lovett in the TV Land original sitcom “Happily Divorced” and provided the voice of Iknik Blackstone Varrick in The Legend of Korra and Mini-Max in Big Hero 6: The Series.

He also starred in the NBC sitcom Great News as Chuck Pierce for 2 seasons.

John Michael Higgins current engagement

He currently hosts the game show “America Says,” which earned him a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host, but he lost to Alex Trebek.

Starting his career in 1985, John Michael Higgins has, thus far, starred in so many films and Television series.

In 1991, Higgins was featured in Broadway’s La Bête and, in 2000, he was seen Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in a production of Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice.

He also originated the title role in Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey Off-Broadway in 1993.

Higgins’s numerous television credits include recurring characters on Ally McBeal, Brother’s Keeper, Boston Legal, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show.

John Michael Higgins
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In Season 8 of Seinfeld, he portrayed Elaine’s boyfriend Kurt.

He also played attorney Wayne Jarvis in five episodes of Arrested Development.

John Michael Higgins arranged the dense vocal harmonies sung by the nine-part (“neuftet”) New Main Street Singers in 2003’s A Mighty Wind, a change from the writers’ original concept to have the group sing in unison, leveraged by Higgins’ musical talent.

John Michael Higgins films

John Michael Higgins countless film appearances and the roles in played in each of them include the following:

1986 National Lampoon’s Class of ’86  Various characters

1988 Vampire’s Kiss Ed

1997 G.I. Jane Chief of Staff

1997 Wag the Dog John Levy

1999 Bicentennial Man Bill Feingold

2000 Seven Days to Live Social Worker

2000 Best in Show Scott Donlan

2001 The Man Who Wasn’t There Emergency Room Physician

2002 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Whit Summers

2003 A Mighty Wind Terry Bohner

2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Andre Devine

2004 After the Sunset Hotel Manager

2004 Killer Diller Deermont

2004 Blade: Trinity Dr. Edgar Vance

2005 English as a Second Language Norman Benjamin

2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Garth

2006 The Break-Up Richard Meyers

2006 For Your Consideration Corey Taft

2007 Evan Almighty Marty Stringer

2007 Fred Claus Willie

2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Record producer

2008 Yes Man Nick

2009 Still Waiting… Dennis

2009 The Ugly Truth Larry

2009 Fired Up Coach Keith

2009 Couples Retreat Therapist

2010 The Burying Beetle Philip

2011 Bad Teacher Principal Wally Snur

2011 6 Month Rule Paul

2011 We Bought a Zoo Walter Ferris

2012 My Uncle Rafael Damon

2012 Big Miracle Wes Handrick

2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse Prince John (voice)

2012 Pitch Perfect John Smith

2013 Rapture-Palooza Mr. Lewis

2013 Super Buddies Drex (voice)

2013 The Best Man Holiday Stan

2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Dandy #1

2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Cad (voice)

2014 Tell Huffman

2014 Breaking the Bank Richard Grinding

2015 Pitch Perfect 2 John Smith

2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Mayor Wally

2016 Sundown Dad

2016 Internet Famous Dave Larson

2016 Mascots Upton French

2016 Almost Christmas Brooks

2017 Shimmer Lake Brad Dawkins

2017 Pitch Perfect 3 John Smith

2017 Reality High Principal Dixon

2018 Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Riddler (voice)

2018 Status Update Mr. Moody

John Michael Higgins Television series appearances


Year  Title  Role  Notes

1988 Miami Vice Murray Phillips  Episode: “Hell Hath No Fury”

1991 Mathnet I. M. Uppward Episode: “The Case of the Poconos Paradise”

1994 The George Carlin Show Dan Goodwin Episode: “George Expresses Himself”

1996 Cybill Chip Episode: “Cybill Does Diary”

1996 The Late Shift David Letterman Television film

1997 Seinfeld Kurt Episode: “The Little Jerry”

1997 Weird Science Timidius Episode: “I, Chettus”

1997 Party of Five Glenn Episode: “S’Wunnerful Life”

19971998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Ar’nox 3 episodes

1998 From the Earth to the Moon Master of Ceremonies Episode: “The Original Wives Club”

1998 Nothing Sacred Father Jesse Episode: “HIV Priest! Film at Eleven”

1998 Guys Like Us Mr. Levin Episode: “Maestro’s First Crush”

19981999 Brother’s Keeper Mark 3 episodes

1998–1999 Mad About You Patrick 2 episodes

2000 Get Real George Clark Episode: “Guilt”

2000 Movie Stars Kurt Mason Episode: “Who’s on First?”

2000–2002 Ally McBeal Steven Milter 13 episodes

2001 Bette Alex Berringer Episode: “Big Business”

2001 Frasier William Episode: “It Takes Two to Tangle”

2001 Gideon’s Crossing Dr. Plummer Episode: “The Mistake”

2002 George Lopez Charles Episode: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Honey”


2018 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Mentok the Mindtaker, Zardo, Grape Ape, Various (voice) 31 episodes

2003 Monte Walsh Robert Slocum Television film

2003–2006 Arrested Development Wayne Jarvis 5 episodes

2004 Game Over Sully / Guidance Counselor / Proctor (voice) 4 episodes

2004 Higglytown Heroes Tow Truck Driver Hero Episode: “All Tire’d Out”

2004 Monk Roddy Lankman Episode: “Mr. Monk and the Game Show”

2004 Boston Legal Jerry Austin 2 episodes

2005 Joey Albert 2 episodes

2006 So Notorious Phillip Walker Episode: “Whole”

2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Anthony Caprice Episode: “Time of Your Death”

20082009 Kath & Kim Phil Knight 17 episodes

2009 Numbers Floyd Mayborne Episode: “Dreamland”

2009 Raising the Bar Judge Albert Farnsworth 9 episodes

2009–2010 Community Professor Eustice Whitman 3 episodes

2010 Glee Russell Episode: “Dream On”

2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Various (voice) Episode: “Funshine, USA”

2010 Psych Clive Prescott Episode: “Chivalry Is Not Dead… But Someone Is”

2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Riddler (voice) 2 episodes

2010 Human Target Richard Applebaum Episode: “The Other Side of the Mall”

20102011 Glory Daze Brother Jerrod 2 episodes

2011 The Suite Life on Deck Mr. Tipton Episode: “Twister: Part 3”

2011 Man Up! Mr. Tipton Episode: “Camping”

2011–2013 Happily Divorced Peter Lovett 34 episodes

2011–2013 The Good Wife Rodney Jesko 2 episodes

2011–2014 Wilfred Dr. Cahill 4 episodes

2012 Doc McStuffins Star Blaster Zero (voice) Episode: “Tea Party Tantrum/Blast Off!”

2012 Cars Toons Stanley (voice) Episode: “Time Travel Mater”

2012–2014 Sullivan & Son Gary Barton 3 episodes

2014–2018 Bob’s Burgers Doug Wheeler, various voices 6 episodes

2013 Men at Work Lindsey Tucker Episode: “The New Boss”

2013 Good Morning Today Reverend Jeremiah Phelps (voice) Episode: “Episode Three”

2013–2014 The Legend of Korra Varrick / Various (voice) 22 episodes

2014 Mike & Molly Dr. Gayle Rosen Episode: “Mind Over Molly”

2014 Terry the Tomboy Doctor Larry Television film

2014 Phineas and Ferb Additional characters (voice) Episode: “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars”

2014 Franklin & Bash Dominic Episode: “Love Is the Drug”

2014 Jessie Carlisle Episode: “Between the Swoon and New York City”

2014–2017 Sofia the First Flambeau (voice) 3 episodes

2014–2015 Instant Mom Hoyt Ebnetter 3 episodes

2015 Turbo FAST Pasadena Paul / Trash Fire Snail (voice) Episode: “Groundhog, Stay!/Gone Guys Gone”

2015 Switched at Birth Larry Shimingo Episode: “Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows”

2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Evan Television film

2015 Adam Ruins Everything Sommelier Episode: “Adam Ruins Restaurants”

2016–2017 Angie Tribeca Randy Zaius / Dr. Zaius 2 episodes

2016 The Tom and Jerry Show Uncle Harry (voice) Episode: “Say, Uncle”

2016 2 Broke Girls Elliot Episode: “And the Pity Party Bus”

2016–2017 All Hail King Julien Barty (voice) 7 episodes

2016 Tween Fest Todd Crawford 8 episodes

2016 Awkward Garrett Gibson Episode: “Happy Campers. Happier Trails”

2017–2018 Great News Chuck Pierce 23 episodes

2017 Dropping the Soap Flock Deluge Episode: “Man Musk”

2017 Niko and the Sword of LightKing Scampi (voice) 3 episodes

2017 Goldie and Bear Pops Weasel Episode: “Pops Goes the Weasel/Fairy Godmother Gets Grounded”

2018–2020 Big Hero 6: The Series Mini-Max (voice)

Civilian (voice)

Rich-Looking Driver 1 (voice)

Guy In Shorts (voice)

Ticket Taker (voice)

Knit Hat Guy (voice) 17 episodes

2018America Says Himself (host) 400+ episodes Nominated -Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (2019)

2018 Drunk History Wilhelm Von Osten Episode: “Animals”

2018–2019 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Warren Stone (voice) 5 episodes

2019 Just Roll with It General Caleb Barnswallow Episode: “General Nuisance”

2019 Sunnyside Wallace Furley Episode: “The Ethiopian Executioner”

2020 Single Parents Bud Cooper Episode: “The Angie-Man”

2020 Saved by the Bell Principal Toddman Main role

2021 Monsters at Work Argus (voice) Episode: “The Cover Up”

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