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John Michael Higgins

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John Michael Higgins (born February 12, 1963) is an American comic actor whose 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.

Early life

John Michael Higgins was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Known as "Mike Higgins," growing up, he went to high school in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1985, where he led the all-male a cappella group, The Zumbyes.


Higgins' numerous television credits include recurring characters on Ally McBeal, Brother's Keeper, Boston Legal and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. He played attorney Wayne Jarvis in five episodes of Arrested Development. Higgins arranged the dense vocal harmonies sung by the New Main Street Singers in 2003's A Mighty Wind. Recently, Higgins has gained more recognition by being featured in the films Fun with Dick and Jane and The Break-Up, for which he also wrote vocal arrangements. His work as a voice actor includes the role of Judge Mentok in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and 2401 Penitent Tangent in Halo 2. Higgins is also remembered for portraying David Letterman in the HBO made-for-TV movie The Late Shift. Higgins can also be seen in the introductory video for the Epcot attraction Test Track.

Higgins directs and appears on the stage from time to time as well. In 2004, he played Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the American premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2003, he played the title role in A.R. Gurney's Big Bill at New York's Lincoln Center Theater

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 1994.

Higgins currently appears in DirecTV's advertising campaign alongside fellow Christopher Guest co-star Ed Begley, Jr..

He also stars in season 2 of TNT's Raising the Bar as an openly-gay, rule-obsessed judge.

Personal life

He is married to actress Margaret Welsh. He has one daughter, Maisie, born August 3, 2003 and one son, Walter, born August 29, 2006.


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