Josh Meyers (actor)

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Josh Meyers
Born
Joshua Dylan Meyers

(1976-01-08) January 8, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2001–present
Parent(s)
  • Laurence Meyers, Jr.
  • Hilary Meyers
RelativesSeth Meyers (brother)

Joshua Dylan Meyers (/ˈm.ərz/ MY-ərz; born January 8, 1976) is an American actor and comedian, known for being a cast member of the sketch comedy series Mad TV and playing Randy Pearson in the eighth and final season of That '70s Show. He is the younger brother of former SNL cast member and Late Night host Seth Meyers.

Early life and education[edit]

Meyers was born in Bedford, New Hampshire[citation needed], on January 8, 1976, the younger of two boys born of Hilary Claire (née Olson), a French teacher, and Laurence Meyers Jr., who worked in finance.[1][2]

He attended Manchester High School West in Manchester, New Hampshire. He went on to graduate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Meyers' paternal grandfather was Jewish,[3][4] and his other ancestry is Czech–Austrian and Croatian (from his paternal grandmother), Swedish, English, and German.[5]

Career[edit]

Mad TV[edit]

Meyers officially joined the cast of Mad TV in 2002, as a featured performer for the eighth season. He would fill in the spot of the Spishak Spokesperson that David Herman and Pat Kilbane previously owned. Meyers was also known for his celebrity impersonations, including Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, various members of 'N Sync, rapper Eminem, and actor Owen Wilson.

Meyers's appearances on Mad TV on Fox aired directly opposite his brother Seth's appearances on Saturday Night Live on NBC. This was referenced on a season 28 episode of Saturday Night Live in which Seth appears on Weekend Update to talk to his father and tells him to turn off Mad TV and pay attention to him.[6]

Other work[edit]

When Topher Grace left That '70s Show at the end of the show's seventh season, Meyers was chosen as a replacement, starring as Randy Pearson during the eighth and final season.[6] In 2006, Meyers made an appearance in the feature film Date Movie, where he plays Napoleon Dynamite and Owen Wilson's character from Wedding Crashers.

Meyers has a supporting role in the 2008 film College Road Trip, and appeared alongside Pee-wee Herman in the 2010 stage show revival of The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Down ESU cop #5
2002 Snapshots Hooligan in red light district
2005 The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend Bar jerk Short film
2006 Date Movie Napoleon Dynamite/Owen Wilson look-alike
2007 Wrangling Coach Rankin Josh Short film
2008 College Road Trip Stuart
2009 Brüno Kookus
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Andy Conners
2013 Straight A's Jason
Inventing Adam Adam
The Sidekick Jimmy T Short film
Cafe Attitude N/A Short film
2014 Going to America Andy
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 Mad TV Various 47 episodes
2003 Half & Half Big Fat Slim Jim 2 episodes
2004 Life as We Know It Sam Conner Episode: "Family Hard-ships"
2005–2006 That '70s Show Randy Pearson Main cast (season 8); 21 episodes
2006 Lovespring International Cal Episode: "The Portrait and the Painter"
2011 The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway Various voices Television film
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Dr. Carl Rosen Episode: "The Gynecologist"
Breaking In Abe Frohman Episode: "Who's the Boss"
2013 Newsreaders Andrew Clatter Episode: "Unborn Again"
The Mindy Project Adam Episode: "Pretty Man"
Behind the Candelabra Liberace's attorney Television film
2014–2017 Red Oaks Barry Main cast
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Floored and Lifted Matthew Episode: "Matthew"
My Long Distance Relationship Professor Barnes Television film
2010 Pee-wee Gets an iPad! Clocky/Conky (voice) Funny or Die short
2011 Workshop Apartment leasing agent Episode: "Sparkle White Gum"
2012 Dark Prophet Agent Noah Parish Episode: "Pilot"
2013 The Awesomes Perfect Man (voice) 7 episodes
The Awesomes Thug #3 (voice) Episode: "Baby's Got Backstory"
2014 Charles, Your Hangover Rickey, the apprentice Episode: "The Apprentice"
2016 Kings of Con Kent O'Grady 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miss Hilary Olson marries Mr. Meyers". Boston Globe. July 5, 1970.
  2. ^ Prato, Alison (December 14, 2008). "SNL's Seth Meyers: The Power of Fun". New York Post. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. ...a father who worked in finance and a French teacher mom.
  3. ^ "Jewz in the Newz". The American Israelite. 2013-07-17. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  4. ^ "Watch Late Night: Seth Meyers "Seth's Story: Seth's Jewish Enough" Highlight - NBC.com". NBC. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Nate Bloom. "Seth Meyers Gets Engaged". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  6. ^ a b Rowles, Dustin (January 30, 2014). "Who Remembers That Seth Meyers' Little Brother Replaced Eric and Kelso on That '70s Show?". Pajiba. Retrieved February 22, 2015.

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