Andrew Roane Dick (born December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his eccentric and controversial behavior. His first regular television role was on the short-lived but influential Ben Stiller Show. In the mid-1990s, he had a long-running stint on NBC's NewsRadio and was a supporting character on Less than Perfect. He briefly had his own program, The Andy Dick Show on MTV. He is noted for his outlandish behavior from a number of Comedy Central Roasts and other appearances.
Dick was born on December 21, 1965 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was adopted at birth by Allen and Sue Dick, and named Andrew Roane Dick. He was brought up Presbyterian. His father was in the Navy,
As a child, he spent time living with his family in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and Yugoslavia before moving to Chicago in 1979. He attended Lassiter High School, which was being temporarily housed at George Walton Comprehensive High School in Cobb County, Georgia. Dick appeared in numerous theater productions during his high school years and was elected homecoming king his senior year in 1983.
While in high school, he tended to use his surname as a joke; and one day, he dressed in a homemade superhero costume and presented himself at school as "Super Dick". Dick graduated from Joliet West High School in 1984, and is a friend of actor Anthony Rapp, whom he had known since childhood.
After high school, Dick joined Chicago's Second City, attended Columbia College Chicago, and took improv comedy classes at iO Theater.
Dick started his TV 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. Prior to this, Dick starred in an advertisement for the original Sonic the Hedgehog game in 1991.
In 1993, on the third 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.
Dick has been a series regular on several sitcoms for their entire duration, including NewsRadio on NBC (1995-1999), portraying Matthew Brock, and on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect as Owen Kronsky.
In 2001, his colleagues and producers, including himself, developed 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 had also had a guest shot on Star Trek: Voyager as the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark II in "Message in a Bottle".
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 Attell, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Yucko the Clown.
In 2008, Dick appeared on episode No. 3 of The Real World: Hollywood to tell cast members that they would be taking improv classes.
Dick has also made appearances on Comedy Central's The Gong Show hosted by Dave Attell. He also came out on VH1's Sober House 1.
Dick was a contestant on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars in 2013. He was partnered with former troupe member, Sharna Burgess, and placed seventh in the competition.
Dick was on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap on July 14, 2013.
One of his earliest film roles was a fictional version of himself the film adaptation of video game Double Dragon. In 1993, Dick played himself in the mockumentary The Making of... And God Spoke. He also starred alongside MTV comedian Pauly Shore in the 1994 war comedy film In the Army Now.
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.
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 nearsighted. He also provided the voice Mombo in 2007's Happily N'Ever After and the voice of Boingo in Hoodwinked!.
His feature film directing 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.
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 for the Hoodwinked! movies. In November 2016, Dick reprised his role as Nuka for The Lion Guard TV series.
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.
On August 19, 2009, Dick became a downloadable character in the PlayStation Network's video game Pain.
In 2010, Dick voiced Jesus Christ in an episode of Mary Shelley's Frankenhole on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
While under house arrest in 2009, Dick created and starred in the five-episode web series House Arrest with Andy Dick. The series features Dick's interviews with celebrity guests including Greg Grunberg, Drew Pinsky, Mo Collins, Joey Greco, and Jennifer Coolidge.
In 2012, Dick hosted Andy Dick Live!. Dick and Pauly Shore discussed the possibility of a sequel to In the Army Now during his appearance on the show.
On September 19, 2013, Dick appeared in the first episode of the web series All Growz Up with Melinda Hill to talk about his early career and give advice to aspiring performers.
Dick was married to Ivone Kowalczyk from 1986 to 1990, with whom he has a son, Lucas (b. 1988). He also has a son and a daughter with Lena Sved.
In a 2006 interview with The Washington Post, he said he is bisexual.
Drug and alcohol abuse
Dick states that he has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse over the years and has entered into rehab programs 20 times in an effort to become sober. He is a proponent of sober living.
Legal issues and controversies
Arrests and legal actions
On May 15, 1999, Dick drove his car into a utility pole in Hollywood. He was charged with the possession of cocaine, cannabis, and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and hit-and-run driving. He later pleaded guilty to the felony of cocaine possession and two other misdemeanor charges: cannabis 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.
On December 4, 2004, Dick was arrested for indecent exposure after he exposed his buttocks at a local McDonald's.
On July 16, 2008, Dick was arrested in Murrieta, California, on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery. He exposed the breasts of a 17-year-old girl when he allegedly grabbed and pulled down her tank top and brassiere. During a search of his person, police reported finding a small quantity of cannabis and one alprazolam (Xanax) tablet (for which Dick did not have a prescription) in his front pants pocket. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. Dick eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and marijuana possession. He was sentenced to three years probation, had to pay about $700 in fines, and was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet for one year.
On January 23, 2010, Dick was arrested about 4 a.m. at a bar in Huntington, West Virginia, on charges of sexual abuse after reportedly groping a bartender and a patron. He was released from jail after pleading not guilty and posting $60,000 bail. On June 29, 2011, Dick was formally indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury for two counts of first degree sexual abuse. Dick pleaded not guilty during a formal arraignment in Cabell County Circuit Court in Huntington on July 29, 2011. After receiving the not guilty plea, Judge Paul Ferrell set a trial date of January 17, 2012. After several delays, on May 21, 2012, Dick was given a six-month pre-trial diversion. An assistant prosecutor said that the agreement stated that if Dick would stay out of legal trouble for six months, the criminal charges would be dismissed. In January 2012, the two alleged victims filed a civil suit against Dick for unspecified damages.
In 2005, Dick dropped his pants and exposed his genitals to the audience at Yuk Yuk's comedy club in Edmonton, Alberta. He was ushered off the stage, and the second night was cancelled.
In August 2006, Dick attended the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. He licked the faces of Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, and Patton Oswalt. Mandy Stadtmiller wrote about being bitten by Dick in "Page Six" of The New York Post.
In December 2006, Dick upset an audience at The Improv 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. He later issued an apology via 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.— Andy Dick
In February 2007, Dick was forcibly removed from the stage during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, after repeatedly touching guest Ivanka Trump. Jimmy Kimmel called in his security guards, Uncle Frank and Veatrice Rice, who assisted as Kimmel dragged Dick off by his legs. Kimmel later said "Andy did a segment, he was a little out of it. came out, he wanted a big, wet kiss. It was time for Andy to go, so I escorted him out by his feet." Kimmel added, "He always makes me a little uncomfortable, you have no idea what he's going to do next." Kimmel also said he had spoken to Dick afterwards and that Dick was not upset about the incident.
In 2009, Dick appeared on Sober House, a spin-off of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, focusing on a sober living environment. Dick approached Drew Pinsky to ask for help with his addictions and agreed to enter the Sober Living facility. In the penultimate episode, Dick explained that his drinking led to many of the public incidents for which he had 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.
In October 2010, Dick was seen exposing himself and making a commotion at Café Audrey in Hollywood.
In January 2011, Dick was thrown out of the AVN Awards, a pornographic movie awards ceremony, after repeatedly groping and stalking adult film actress Tera Patrick and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue. He later claimed to have stayed clean for at least three months after this relapse.
In April 2011, Dick was at a party connected with the Newport Beach Film Festival. He appeared intoxicated, exposed himself, urinated on a backdrop and afterwards destroyed it by pulling it down. The organizers claimed that this caused thousands of dollars of damage and considered suing Dick over the incident.
In August 2011, Dick was a guest on Greg Fitzsimmons' radio show and made antisemitic statements about Howard Stern. Dick said Stern was a "money grubbing Jew" and repeatedly called him a "hook-nosed Jew". Dick later stated he had written an apology letter to Stern.
In October 2017, Dick was fired from a role in the independent film Raising Buchanan due to allegations of inappropriate behavior which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "included groping people's genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production". While he denied most of the allegations, he said "I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing - I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It's me being funny." It would later be revealed that in the same month he had also been fired and escorted off the set from another film, Vampire Dad, due to what was referred to as "multiple, flagrant acts of improper conduct and inappropriate contact with several crew members". He later said "I overtook my medication and took too many Xanax and I was a bit loopy". He said "I won't do it anymore. I won't lick anyone's face anymore. We have an agreement."
Feud with Jon Lovitz
On July 10, 2007, Dick and former Newsradio costar Jon Lovitz got into a physical confrontation at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. The two had a history of several previous disagreements concerning the death of their mutual friend Phil Hartman. According to Lovitz, Dick had given Hartman's wife Brynn cocaine at a Christmas party at Hartman's house in 1997; Brynn, a recovering addict, fell back into drug use, culminating in her killing Hartman and herself on May 28, 1998. When Lovitz joined the cast of Newsradio as Hartman's replacement, he and Dick got into an argument in which Lovitz reportedly said, "I wouldn't be here if you hadn't given Brynn coke in the first place." Lovitz reportedly later apologized to Dick for the remark.
In early 2007, Dick approached Lovitz at a restaurant and said "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you—you're the next to die." At the Laugh Factory, Lovitz demanded an apology from Dick, who refused and accused Lovitz of blaming him for Hartman's death. Lovitz then smashed Dick's head into the bar.
|1989||Elvis Stories||Allen||Short film|
|1993||The Making of '...And God Spoke'||Abel|
|1994||In the Army Now||Jack Kaufman|
|1995||Hotel Oasis||Nick||Short film|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Medieval Times Host|
|1997||Who's the Caboose?||Jason Reemer|
|1998||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||Nuka (voice)|
|1999||Advice from a Caterpillar||Spaz|
|1999||Laputa: Castle in the Sky||Henri (voice)||English dub|
|2000||The Independent||Maitre d'|
|2000||Loser||Another City Worker|
|2000||Road Trip||Motel Clerk|
|2000||Picking Up the Pieces||Father Buñuel|
|2000||Dude, Where's My Car?||Mark||Uncredited|
|2001||Zoolander||Olga, The Masseuse|
|2001||Scotland, PA||Jesse (Hippie #3)|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Lennie the Weasel (voice)|
|2003||The Hebrew Hammer||Damian Claus|
|2006||The Reef||Dylan / Curious Shark (voice)|
|2006||Employee of the Month||Lon|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Lon||Also writer and director|
|2006||Queer Duck: The Movie||Elizabeth Taylor / Rex (voice)|
|2006||Love Hollywood Style||Bobby Ireland|
|2007||Happily N'Ever After||Mambo (voice)|
|2007||The Comebacks||Toilet Bowl Referee|
|2007||Chasing Robert||The Wire|
|2010||Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face||Greasy Guy|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Boingo the Bunny (voice)|
|2011||Division III: Football's Finest||Rick Vice||Also writer and producer|
|2012||Freaky Deaky||Mark Ricks|
|2012||The Reef 2: High Tide||Dylan (voice)|
|2014||Live Nude Girls||Eddie|
|2015||L.A. Slasher||The Slasher (voice)|
|2016||Zoolander 2||Don Atari's Posse Member|
|2016||A Winter Rose||Billy Joe|
|1989||Anything but Love||Trell||Episode: "Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"|
|1990||Sydney||The Waiter||Episode: "Sydney's Mom"|
|1991||Earth Angel||Brownnoser||Television film|
|1992-1993||The Ben Stiller Show||Various characters||13 episodes|
|1993||Flying Blind||Film Student||Episode: "The Bride of Marsh Man 2: The Spawning"|
|1993||The Building||Joe||2 episodes|
|1994||The Nanny||Pepé / Bernie||Episode: "Maggie the Model"|
|1995||Get Smart||Zach Smart||7 episodes|
|1995-1999||NewsRadio||Matthew Brock||97 episodes|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Melon Head / Surfer Dude (voice)||Episode: "Beach Blanket Bravo"|
|1997||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Himself||Episode: "Boatshow"|
|1998||Star Trek: Voyager||EMH-2 Dr. Bradley||Episode: "Message in a Bottle"|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Kyle||Episode: "Finch Gets Dick"|
|2000||Dilbert||The Assistant (voice)||Episode: "The Assistant"|
|2000||King of the Hill||Griffin (voice)||Episode: "Movin' on Up"|
|2000||Caitlin's Way||William||2 episodes|
|2000||Hey Arnold!||Monkeyman (voice)||Episode: "Monkeyman!"|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Slim (voice)||Episode: "The Eggbaby"|
|2000||Sammy||Mark Jacobs (voice)||Multiple episodes|
|2000||Special Delivery||Lloyd Steadman||Television film|
|2001||Go Fish||Ernie Hopkins||5 episodes|
|2001-2002||The Andy Dick Show||Various characters||21 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2002||Family Guy||Himself||Episode: "Road to Europe"|
|2002-2003||Clone High||Mr. Sheepman / various characters (voice)||6 episodes|
|2002-2006||Less Than Perfect||Owen Kronsky||81 episodes|
|2004||Stripperella||Larry Talbot / Werebeaver (voice)||Episode: "The Curse of the WereBeaver"|
|2004||The Assistant||Presenter||Also executive producer|
|2004||The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson||Himself||Television special|
|2005||The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner||Himself||Television special|
|2006||Arrested Development||Himself||Episode: "S.O.B.s"|
|2007||ER||Tommy Brewer||Episode: "Crisis of Conscience"|
|2008||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Protestor (voice)||Episode: "Death of a Lesbian Bed"|
|2009||Head Case||Himself||Episode: "Tying the Not"|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Armory Dealer||Episode: "Blood Moon"|
|2010, 2011||Community||Tiny Man / Helicopter Pilot||2 episodes|
|2010, 2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Jesus Christ (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Jerry Driscoll (voice)||Episode: "Dawn of the Driscoll"|
|2013||Bad Samaritans||Floyd||Episode: "Middle School Detention"|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||J. Petto||Episode: "And the Broken Hip"|
|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Officer Doyle||Television film|
|2015||Maron||Himself||Episode: "Marc's Niece"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Andy Battlecorridor||Episode: "David Krumholtz Wears a Blue Zip-Up Jacket and Grey Sneakers"|
|2016||Workaholics||Mr. Buckley||Episode: "John Wilkes Booth"|
|2016||Great Minds with Dan Harmon||John Wilkes Booth||Episode: "John Wilkes Booth"|
|2016||The Lion Guard||Nuka (voice)||Episode: "Lions of the Outlands"|
|2017||Animals.||Andy (voice)||Episode: "Rats"|
|2017||Sense8||Kit Wrangler||Episode: "If All the World's a Stage, Identity Is Nothing But a Costume"|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Maurice, Talk Radio (voice)||Uncredited|
|2005||Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure||Aunt Beth (voice)|
Music Video Appearances
|2015||Just Like You||Falling in Reverse|
Andy Dick supports the following charitable cause: Teen Pregnancy.