May. 21st, 1951
New York City, New York, USA
Al Franken's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2004 - Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
2004 - The Manchurian Candidate
2001 - Harvard Man
1995 - Stuart Saves His Family
1994 - When a Man Loves a Woman
1983 - Trading Places
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Humorist (segment "O'Reilly")
Mayor McCheese (Voiced)
Al Franken is best known for nearly two decades of work on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). During that time he wrote, performed in and produced hundreds of sketches, including "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" and "The Final Days," a piece about the last days of Richard M. Nixon's presidency. A noted political commentator and satirist, Franken also produced and starred in the NBC sitcom "LateLine" (1998) and wrote two books about politics, including "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot." A graduate of Harvard, Franken lives in Minnesota with his wife and two kids.
- Announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate in 2008 representing the state of Minnesota.
- Elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008. The election was so close that there was a subsequent recount and legal battles, and he was not officially sworn in as a Senator until July 7, 2009.
- His book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," provoked a lawsuit from Fox News claiming copyright infringement of the phrase "fair and balanced." It was quickly dismissed as being without merit and is credited with increasing sales of the book. In fact, the publisher moved up its release date to capitalize on the publicity the suit had brought.
- He received a perfect score (800) on the math section of the SAT.
- Grammy award, Best Spoken Comedy Album, "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot," 1997.
- Left Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured cast member in 1995 after his request to be the Weekend Update news anchor was denied.
- When ex-President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) was on book tour for his autobiography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he saw Franken and said, "My hero's here." (reported in USA Today, July 21, 2004)
- Has two children, daughter 'Thomasin Franken' (qv) and son 'Joe Franken' (qv).
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