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Dana Carvey


Dana Carvey is a famous American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and impressionist. Dana Carvey is a cast member of the famous, ‘Saturday Night Live’.

Early Life and Childhood

Dana Carvey was born on 2nd June 1955 and is 65 years old. His zodiac sign is Gemini. Likewise, he was born in Missoula, Montana. She holds an American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity. He has English, German, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestry. Similarly, she was raised in a Lutheran Protestant family. Reflecting upon his family background, his parents were teachers. His mother is Billie Dahl who is a school teacher and his father is Bud Carvey who is a high school business teacher. Likewise, she also has a sibling whose name is Brad Carvey who is an engineer/designer of the Video Toaster.

Similarly, she moved to San Carlos, California in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of three along with the family. There he attended Tierra Linda Junior High in San Carlos. Furthermore, she completed high school at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. Moreover, he was a member of the Central Coast Section champion cross-country team at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo. Similarly, she enrolled at San Francisco State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications.

Professional life

Dana Carvey debuted with a minor role in the movie Halloween II. Furthermore, he co-starred in ‘One of the Boys’ which is a short-lived television sitcom starring opposite Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane, and Meg Ryan. Likewise, during the initial phase of his career, she played a small role in various movies like, ‘This is Spinal Tap’, and the action series ‘Blue Thunder’. Additionally, his career came into a breakthrough in the year 1986 when he played in the movie ‘Tough Guys’. This opportunity was a dream come true for her after starring opposite Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. He is a huge fan of Kirk Douglas and also showed an affectionate impression on his senior too.

Saturday Night Live

She became a popular name in every household after he joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the year 1986. The show regained its declining popularity and made SNL the most-viewed TV show once again. She joined the show along with newcomers Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon, Jan Hooks, and Victoria Jackson. Furthermore, the popularity in the show was made after she impersonated the role of ‘The Church Lady’ an uptight, smug, and pious host of the Church Chat. Likewise, he showed the character of a woman in the person he knew from church while growing up who would always keep track of the attendance of churchgoers.

Dana Carvey

Caption: Dana in his ‘The Church Lady’ impersonation. Source: Google

Likewise, her original characters include Garth Algar from Wayne’s World. This character was based upon his brother Hans from ‘Hans and Franz and The Grumpy Old Man from Weekend Update appearances. Moreover, during the time of the election for the presidency of George H.W. Bush, she became popular for impersonating the president which ultimately made him the lead actor of the regular political sketch on the show. Additionally, during the presidential election campaign of 1992 in the United States of America, she impersonated the role of Ross Perot. He gained wide popularity after he played George H.W. Bush and Perot in a three-way debate with Bill Clinton which was played by his co-actor Phil Hartman in the Prime-time special show.

After Saturday Night Live

Furthermore, in the year 1993, she left the show to pursue his career further in acting. Likewise, he gained his first role in the movie, ‘Opportunity Knocks’ which is a comedy genre movie. However, it failed to gain many views from the audience. Moreover, he also played in other movies like, ‘Clean Slate’, and ‘Trapped in Paradise. Similarly, she played in the suspense comedy movie ‘The Master of Disguise’. Likewise, after doing some movies, she frequently made an appearance on reality shows. He made frequent appearances in the famous ‘The Larry Sanders Show’.

The reality show premiered its own reality show ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ in 1996. However, after not gaining many views from the audience, they cancel the show after a few episodes within a month of time. Likewise, she made appearances in many reality shows like, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ in the year 2011. Additionally, she made an appearance in ‘Live with Kelly’ as a guest host and made a cameo in the American comedy movie ‘Jack and Jill’.

Net worth 2023

Dana has received the American Comedy Award for Television’s Funniest Supporting Male. Additionally, for Saturday Night Live, he won a ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program’.

She is a talented actor and comedian who has for more than three-decade in the movie industry. Likewise, his net worth is $30 million. However, there is no proper estimation of his asset value.

Relationship Status

Dana Carvey married Paula Zwagerman on 8th January 1983 and has two children Dex and Thomas together. Before Paula, she was married to his childhood sweetheart in the year 1979. However, after he met Paula during his performance in ‘The Other Café’ in San Francisco, his former relationship ended.

Health Issues

She went through a very terrible condition of wrong heart bypass surgery in the year 1997. Moreover, as the surgery was wrongly operated in the wrong artery, it blocked and deeply buried in his muscle. Furthermore, due to this, he continued to suffer from Angima Pectoris and as a result, he sued for $7.5 million for damage.

Dana Carvey – Body measurement

Dana Carvey has an average height and stands 5 feet 8 inches (68 inches) tall and 68 kg weight. Likewise, he has a fair skin complexion with light brown hair color and blue eyes. However, his body measurement is not available.

Dana Carvey – Social Media

Reflecting upon his social media presence, she is active on all social media platforms. His Facebook page is Dana Carvey. Likewise, she joined Twitter in March 2009 and has 226K followers. Similarly, his Instagram handle is @thedanacarvey and has 65K followers.