Dana Carvey is an American-born actress, stand-up comedienne, author, and producer. He achieved fame as an actor in the late 1980s in the long-running nighttime live TV show Saturday Night Live. The Emmy Award winner is known for his outstanding imitations of personalities in society, especially past and present presidents of the United States. As an actor, Carvey is best known for his leading role as Garth Algar in the Wayne’s World film series.
Dana Carvey’s Bio, Age
Dana Thomas Carvey was born on 2 June 1955 in Missoula, Montana. His mother Billie Dahl and his father Bud Carvey were both teachers. He is of English, German, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish descent and grew up with 4 siblings, brothers Dana, Mark, and Scott, and sister Lori. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California when Dana Carvey was a toddler. Young Carvey began his high school education at Tierra Linda Junior High in San Carlos and later moved to Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. He received his college education at San Francisco State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications.
Gifted in acting and comedy, Dana Carvey had several job options in the early days of his showbiz career. He had minor roles in a number of sitcoms and also starred in small movies such as Halloween II (1981), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), and Racing with the Moon (1984). 1986 can be called Carvey’s breakout year both in movies and on television. He made his feature film debut in the action-comedy Tough Guys (1986) and also landed a career-defining place in the cast of the nocturnal live television show Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Dana Carvey’s successful 7-year engagement in the SNL earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for individual achievement in a variety or music program in 1993, having also been nominated in the previous four years. His work on Saturday Night Live ended in 1993, but since then he has made several guest appearances on the show. For his guest role in the sitcom The Larry Sanders Show, the multi-talented artist also received another nomination for the 1993 Primetime Emmy Award. In addition to his flourishing career in television, Dana Carvey has also directed several stand-up comedy shows. Finally, in 1996, he launched his own variety show The Dana Carvey Show, in which he acted as host and lead actor, but which did not get beyond its first season.
On the big screen, Dana Carvey landed his first starring role in the 1990 comedy Opportunity Knocks, and gained even more attention with his starring role opposite Mike Myers in the highly successful comedy Wayne’s World (1992), and resumed his role in the sequel (1993). Dana Carvey also starred in the comedy Clean Slate (1994) and in the adventure comedy The Master of Disguise (2002), in which she also co-wrote. More recently, Dana Carvey has had voice-over roles in cartoon comedies such as Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016), both of which were box office monsters.
Dana Carvey is currently married to his wife Paula, who has been married for over 3 decades. The couple met in 1979 when Carvey performed at the famous comedy club “The Other Cafe” in San Francisco. After a few months of dating, the duo became engaged in 1981, and Dana Carvey and Paula Zwagerman finally entered into a marriage on January 8, 1983. The duo currently has two children. They welcomed their first son Dex Carvey in 1991 and their second son Thomas Carvey was born in 1993.
In the mid-1990s, when his career was getting into full swing, Dana Carvey took some time away from the limelight to raise his children. It also seems that his children also dragged their famous father’s way into show business. In April 2016, both of Carvey’s sons opened for him during his Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 stand-up comedy show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
As a multi-talent, Dana Carvey has had a really good time in almost all facets of show business. Besides a flourishing career as a stand-up comedian, the actress and comedian have remained a household name on American television, even though she was unable to start her own show at prime time. In terms of acting performance, Carvey has also appeared in a number of box office hits over the years. He currently has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Dana Carvey stands at a height of 173 cm (5 feet 8 inches). With an average body weight of 77 kg (170 lbs), the comedian also has a slim build.