Was praised for his performance as David Letterman in "The Late Shift," although Letterman himself mocked the bright red hair that Higgins sported in the role.
John Michael Higgins Detailed Biography -
John Michael Higgins is a gifted and incredibly diverse artist. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Scott Donlon in the Christopher Guest film Best in Show, as well as David Letterman in the HBO film The Late Shift. He has also starred in such hits as Barry Levinson's Wag the Dog and Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane.
Scores of television roles include everything from Elaine's bald boyfriend on Seinfeld to Carol Burnett's riverdancing paramour on Mad About You, as well as dramatic turns in Tom Hanks' From the Earth to the Moon and the controversial ABC drama, Nothing Sacred.
Higgins recently starred with Martin Short in Short's improvisational film LaLaWood, in addition to starring in a new pilot for the WB television network, Untitled Barcelona Pilot, which is being produced by Carsey Werner in conjunction with Mark Burnett (Survivor). He recently partnered with Bob Balaban (Gosford Park) to co-create, co-produce and star in a project for Imagine Television.
Higgins, a longtime veteran of Broadway and regional theatre, created the title role in Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey for the New York stage and is internationally recognized as a leading interpreter of Harlequin, from the Italian commedia dell'arte. He has played a litany of the great classical roles from Shakespeare and Shaw to Sheridan and is also a well-respected improviser and comedian, co-writing and starring in such Off-Broadway successes as The National Lampoon Revue for Showtime, and The Comedy of Errors for the New York Shakespeare Festival.