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Andrew R. "Andy" Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is perhaps best known for portraying eccentric characters in films and television series, as well as his sensationalistic and controversial behavior related to substance abuse. His best known roles to date are the roles of Matthew Brock on NewsRadio and Owen Kronsky on Less than Perfect.

Early life

Dick was born in Charleston, South Carolina and was adopted at birth by Sue and Allen Dick, a naval officer. He was raised Presbyterian.[2] As a child, he lived in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and Yugoslavia.[3] In 1980, he attended Lassiter High School, which was being temporarily housed at George Walton Comprehensive High School in Cobb County, Georgia. Dick was in numerous theater productions during high school and was elected homecoming king his senior year, in the fall of 1983. Even in high school, Dick tended to use his name as a joke; One day, he dressed in a homemade superhero costume and presented himself at school as "Super Dick".[4] Dick graduated from Joliet West High School in 1984, and is a friend of actor Anthony Rapp, who has known him since childhood.[5] After graduating from high school, he joined Chicago's Second City and attended Columbia College Chicago. Dick also attended Illinois Wesleyan University, but did not graduate.[6] He took improv comedy classes at iO WEST, a comedy club in Hollywood, California, during the mid-1980s.

Career

Television

Dick started his television comedy career as a cast member on the sketch comedy program The Ben Stiller Show, which aired on the Fox Network from September 1992 to January 1993.

In 1993, on the fourth night of David Letterman's new CBS show, Dick appeared as "Donnie the CBS Page Who Likes to Suck Up", during which he gave a watch to Letterman. The host then handed him a pencil, prompting Dick to cry and then walk backstage to much applause.

In 1994, Dick played the part of Pepé the stylist in the episode "Maggie the Model" on The Nanny. He also starred as Zachary Smart, the son of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 in the Get Smart Fox television remake (a role he reportedly tried to escape in order to go into work with NewsRadio). In 2001, Dick starred along with Kieran Culkin on the short lived NBC summer television series Go Fish.

Andy Dick has been a series regular on several sitcoms for their entire duration including NewsRadio on NBC (1995–1999) as portraying Matthew Brock, and on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect as Owen Kronsky.

In 2001, he created a show on MTV called The Andy Dick Show. The series ended in 2003 after three seasons. In 2004, he starred in a satirical reality television show, also on MTV, called The Assistant. The show spoofed themes and scenes from The Apprentice, The Bachelor, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Survivor, among others.

Dick competed in the eighth season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown. He finished in last place, behind Robin Tunney, Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, and Joy Behar.

On May 16, 2007, Dick was roasted on The Howard Stern Show by Artie Lange, Lisa Lampanelli, Reverend Bob Levy, Sal Governale, Shuli, Colin Quinn, Benjy Bronk, Dave Atell, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Yucko the Clown.

In 2008, Dick appeared on episode #3 of The Real World: Hollywood to tell cast members that they would be taking improv classes.[7][8]

Dick has also made appearances on Comedy Central's The Gong Show hosted by Dave Attell.[9]

He appeared on VH1's Sober House 1.[10]

Films

One of his earliest film roles was a fictional version of himself in video-game-to-film adaptation, Double Dragon.

In 1997, Dick had a supporting role alongside Luke Wilson and Jack Black in Bongwater, as Luke Wilson's gay friend who gives him a place to stay after his house burns to the ground. In 1999, Dick played a warm-hearted yet cowardly scientist that helped Dr. Claw in the movie Inspector Gadget.[11]

In 2000, he made a cameo role in the motion picture Dude, Where's My Car?. That same year, he also appeared in the teenage comedy film Road Trip, playing a motel clerk. In 2001, Dick made a cameo in Ben Stiller's comedy Zoolander as Olga the Masseuse (Dick also made a cameo in Stiller's directorial debut, Reality Bites, back in 1994). In 2002, he was featured in the band Ash's music video "Envy" as a taxi cab driver. In 2003, he appeared in Will Ferrell's Old School as a gay sex education teacher, and as a villainous Santa in the movie The Hebrew Hammer. In 2005, Dick was featured in the documentary The Aristocrats. In 2006, he appeared in the film Employee of the Month as Lon, the optician who is strongly near sighted.

His feature film directorial debut was the 2006 film Danny Roane: First Time Director.

In late December 2008, Dick announced on his official website that he had finished writing a script for a film starring his alter-ego Daphne Aguilera titled, Daphne Aguilera: Get Into It.[12]

Voiceover work

In 1998, he lent his voice to the villain Nuka in the Disney direct-to-video animated film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and provided the voice of Boingo Bunny for the 2006 animated movie Hoodwinked!

In 1999, he featured as the voice of Dilbert's assistant in the Dilbert animated series. He also was the voice of recurring character "Monkey Man" on the Nickelodeon TV series Hey Arnold.

In 2002, Dick provided the voice of Mr. Sheepman and various other characters in the short-lived animated series Clone High.

Dick provides the voice of Maurice from the radio station WCTR's segment "Gardening with Maurice" in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and he provided the voice of Aunt Beth in the 2006 video game Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. He also was the voice of Dylan in 'The Reef'.

As of October 2006, Dick has hosted his own radio program, The Shit Show, on Howard Stern's Sirius channel Howard 101 every Thursday night at midnight eastern.

Music

Dick is the lead singer of his comedy band Andy Dick and the Bitches of the Century. They have appeared together on television, and released a self-titled album in 2002. On occasion, Dick has Rodleen Getsic perform as his opening act. Each night she plays the song she wrote for him called "Fucker".

Producer

In addition to the television series he has produced for himself, Dick became a producer of The 1 Second Film by donating $111.11 to the non-profit collaborative film project in 2004, while dining at Swingers Diner in Los Angeles. Later that year at the Toronto Film Festival, comedian Tom Green became a producer by donating $120, effectively outbidding Dick. This sparked an ongoing bidding war in which Green and Dick battle for top billing in the film's credits, in which anyone can be listed for a minimum donation of $1. Both will be prominently featured in The 1 Second Film's feature-length making-of documentary, which will accompany the 90 minutes of producer credits.

Drug and alcohol use

1990s

On May 15, 1999, Dick drove his car into a utility pole in Hollywood. He was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and hit-and-run driving. He later pleaded guilty to felony cocaine possession and two other misdemeanor charges: marijuana possession and possession of "a smoking device". After Dick completed an 18-month drug diversion program, a judge dismissed the felony and misdemeanor drug charges against him.

2000s

In 2005, Dick stirred controversy in Edmonton, Alberta, at Yuk Yuk's comedy club when he dropped his pants and exposed his genitals to the audience. Amid the uproar, he was ushered off the stage and the second night was canceled.[13] On December 2, 2006, he angered an audience at the Improv Club in Los Angeles by shouting "You're all a bunch of niggers!" following an improvised set with comedian Ian Bagg. This was a direct reference to Michael Richards' use of the same epithet to insult hecklers two weeks earlier.[14] He later issued an apology through his publicist:

I chose to make a joke about a subject that is not funny, in an attempt to make light of a serious subject. I have offended a lot of people, and I am sorry for my insensitivity. I wish to apologize to Ian, to the club and its patrons and to anyone who was hurt or offended by my remark.

On August 16, 2006, Dick made a widely publicized appearance at the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. He licked the faces of Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, and Patton Oswalt, and groped and bit the hand of Mandy Stadtmiller, who wrote about Dick's appearance for Page Six of The New York Post.[15] Dick, who holds that Stadtmiller "slanted" the incident,[16] returned to rehabilitation after the roast.[17]

On February 2, 2007, Dick was forcibly removed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, after repeatedly touching guest Ivanka Trump. After Dick rubbed Trump's legs and touched her hair, Jimmy Kimmel begged him to behave himself. When Dick asked Trump to "give him a big, fat, sloppy kiss right on the lips" and grabbed her arm, Kimmel called in two security guards. Kimmel and the guards dragged Dick off-set.[18] On May 2, 2007, he made another appearance on Kimmel, which began by showing the clip of him being dragged out of his previous appearance, and then wheeled out, Hannibal Lecter-style, on a dolly. He exchanged some dialogue and playful touching with Kimmel's other guest, Danica Patrick.

On July 17, 2007, at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles, Dick was in an altercation with his former NewsRadio co-star Jon Lovitz, who claimed that, a year earlier, Dick had approached him at a restaurant and said, "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you; you're the next one to die," and demanded an apology from Dick. Lovitz has accused Dick of re-introducing Hartman's wife to cocaine, who had a relapse and five months later, she killed Hartman in his Encino, California home before committing suicide.[19] When Lovitz joined the cast of NewsRadio as Hartman's replacement ten years earlier, he told Dick: "I wouldn't be here now if you hadn't given Brynn that cocaine."[20] Additionally, as reported in TV Guide, Dick was the last person in the company of Suddenly Susan star David Strickland in Las Vegas on March 22, 1999. Strickland was scheduled to report to his drug rehab probation officer on a routine check-in within a day of his death.[21]

On August 31, 2007, Dick was cited by Columbus, Ohio, police for urinating on a sidewalk and a building. During his weekend in Columbus he was reported to be intoxicated during his standup performance and groped patrons at a comedy club. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to his residence to respond to a complaint that Dick was throwing beer bottles into his neighbor's yard. He also slapped a reporter in the face outside a Los Angeles nightclub.[22]

On July 16, 2008, Dick was arrested in Murrieta, California, on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery. He was arrested for allegedly grabbing and pulling down a 17-year-old girl's tank top and brassiere, thereby exposing her breasts. During a search of his person, police reported finding a small quantity of marijuana and one Xanax tablet (for which Dick did not have a prescription) in his front pants pocket.[23][24]

Dick appeared on Sober House, a 2009 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew spin-off focusing on a sober living environment. Dick approached Dr. Drew Pinsky to ask for help with his addictions and agreed to enter the Sober Living house. In the penultimate episode, Dick explained that his drinking led to many of the public incidents for which he has become notorious, and had ruined many of his relationships. In that episode, he visited a number of the people whose lives he had so affected, such as comedian Mo Collins, to apologize for disclosing information to her husband which led to her divorce.[25] On September 20, Dick appeared on The Adam Carolla Podcast and reported that he had been sober for approximately one year.[26]

2010s

On January 23, 2010, Dick was arrested around 4:00 a.m. at a bar in Huntington, West Virginia, on charges of sexual abuse after reportedly groping a bartender and a patron.[27] According to E! News, Dick had been "celebrating his sobriety" earlier in the day, but had fallen off the wagon by the end of the night.[27] On April 10, Dick, described as "definitely wasted", broke into a Los Angeles home and had a brief altercation with its residents. Police were called, but no charges were pressed.[28] Speaking several weeks later to Greg Fitzsimmons on his podcast, Dick said that the incident occurred after he had gone wine tasting but claimed that it was a momentary and one-time lapse in his newfound sobriety.[29] On May 5, he attended a club in Decatur, Georgia, where he appeared to be very drunk; he attempted to grope and kiss both a patron and security guard.[30][31][32] One month later, he was ejected from a Los Angeles area playhouse due to intoxication.[33]

Personal life

Dick was married to Ivone Kowalczyk from 1986 to 1990, and they have one son together, Lucas (b. 1988).[34] He also has two children from a different relationship. He describes himself as bisexual.[35]

Filmography

Films

Television

References

  1. According to his 2003-09-21 appearance on Loveline, his biological mother's last name was Thomlinson, but he has never carried this surname.
  2. http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Movies/2003/05/Andy-Dick-Finds-God-The-Hard-Way.aspx
  3. Crisafulli, Chuck (July 26, 1997). "What's the Frequency, Andy?". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. Guerrero, Lucio (June 4, 2006). Newsbank http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CSTB&p_theme=cstb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1120AF3DD7E5A918&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Wiegand, David (February 21, 2006). "From musical to memoir, actor Anthony Rapp comes up with dramatic making-of 'Rent' story and moving personal one". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  6. http://www.iwu.edu/aboutiwu/DidYouKnow.shtml
  7. Video of Episode 3 of The Real World: Hollywood at mtv.com
  8. Summary page for Episode 3 of The Real World: Hollywood at mtv.com
  9. The Gong Show at ComedyCentral.com
  10. Sober House
  11. Inspector Gadget (1999)
  12. Andy Dick confirms Daphne Aguilera movie at andydick.com
  13. "Dick Causes Storm In Club"
  14. (2006). "Andy Dick apologizes for racial slur" USA Today (accessed December 6, 2006)
  15. "Comic's Worst Gross-Out Ever" The New York Post, August 16, 2006
  16. "What Makes Andy Dick Tick?" The Washington Post, October 8, 2006
  17. Interviewed by Howard Stern, October 16, 2006
  18. Andy Dick Bothers Ivanka Trump & Is Forcibly Removed From Jimmy Kimmel Live Show
  19. Comic Clobbers Comic In L.A.
  20. "Comics' feud takes bloody turn". Boston Herald. 2007-07-18. p. 17. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  21. "Newsradio's Andy Dick Linked To David Strickland's Death". eBroadcast. 1999-06-03. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  22. Ticket for urinating marks comic's odd visit
  23. Dick Busted on Sex Charges Outside Chicken Joint
  24. "Andy Dick arrested in Murrieta on suspicion of drug possession, sexual battery"
  25. "Sober House Will Follow Celebrity Rehab Cast, Andy Dick in Sober Living" Realityblurred.com, December 19, 2008
  26. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2009/09/20/adam-and-andy-dick/
  27. 27.0 27.1 E! News article: "Andy Dick Arrested for Sexual Abuse".
  28. Inside Edition article: "Andy Dick, Breaking and Entering?"
  29. Fitzdog Radio page: "Greg and Andy Dick."
  30. http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/82491277.html
  31. "Andy Dick arrested for sex abuse in W. Va.: reports". New York Post. January 23, 2010. 
  32. http://ontheflix.com/2010/01/23/comedian-andy-dick-gets-arrested-for-2-counts-of-sexual-abuse/
  33. Contact Music article: "Drunk Dick Kicked Out Of Los Angeles Playhouse - Report."
  34. Top Pops
  35. Hariette Surovell (22 September 1998). "You Don't Know Dick". Salon. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 

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