Dana Carvey Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Jun 02, 2022
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About Dana Carvey

Did you know that Dana Carvey was born Dana Thomas Carvey?
Dana Carvey was the host of the famous comedy weekly 'The Dana Carvey Show' and a primetime Emmy award nominee. He has worked with prominent actors such as Steve Carrell in the show before the latter rose to fame.
Dana was born to parents who were teachers, but he transitioned into the show business by seeking out auditions for minor roles at first. He started by playing minor roles in several movies and television advertisements before his fantastic sense of humor was showcased to the industry in one of these films he was offered. That was the stepping stone for Dana, and he has gone on to release several comedy specials of his own alongside hosting primetime television shows. Dana Carvey received five Primetime Emmy nominations consecutively due to 'Saturday Night Live.' Read along to know more!

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Dana Carvey's net worth?

The net worth of Dana Carvey has been estimated at $20 million.

How much does Dana Carvey earn per year?

Dana Carvey has an estimated annual income of $3.5 million. His primary source of income is as a stand-up comedian and actor.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dana Carvey?

Dana Carvey is quite tall, standing at the height of 5 ft 8 in (172.72 cm).

How old is Dana Carvey?

Born on June 2, 1955, Dana Carvey is 66 years of age as of 2021.

Childhood And Education

Dana Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana, United States of America. Both his parents, Bud Carvey and Billie Dahl, were high school teachers, and he has four siblings by the names of Brad Carvey, Mark Carvey, Lori Carvey, and Scott Carvey. Brad Carvey is the video editing hardware and software setup engineer and founder called Video Toaster. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area at a very young age with his entire family and grew up in San Carlos, California.
Carvey started his education at Terra Linda Junior High, located in San Carlos, before attending Carlmont High School, located in Belmont, followed by the College of San Mateo. During his days at high school, he was a member of the cross country championship-winning team. He completed his bachelor's degree in broadcast communications from San Francisco State University, where he was also the winner of the Stand-Up competition.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Dana Carvey's partner?

Dana Carvey is married to his wife Paula Zwagerman, and the pair share two sons, namely Dex Carvey and Thomas Carvey. Carvey had also been previously married to his childhood love Leah Carvey. While getting married to Leah Carvey, Dana performed at the famous 'The Other Cafe.' He had taken a break from his career for a while to focus on his personal life, stating that he did not want to miss out on the opportunity of watching his kids grow up.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dana Carvey started his television career with several minor cameo roles in movies such as 'Halloween II' and 'One Of The Boys'. His biggest appearance on camera in his early career came when he was given the opportunity to work with his mentor Kurt Douglas in 'Tough Guys.' He was also a cast member in the comedy television series 'Blue Thunder.' While he also got a call up to be in the final round of auditions for hosting a Nickelodeon show, the 'Blue Thunder' star eventually withdrew his name from contention after getting the part at 'Saturday Night Live,' which was the pinnacle of his career.
Before Dana Carvey joined 'Saturday Night Live,' the show steadily declined, and Carvey was key to reversing that trend. The primary reason for the revived popularity of 'Saturday Night Live' that made it a must-watch was Carvey's character, the Church Lady. When speaking about it later, Dana Carvey said that he had modeled the character based on someone he knew at his church when he was a kid, someone who would keep a record of the other church members' attendances. The character became so popular that it earned Carvey the nickname 'The Lady' from his fellow cast members.
His other characters also include Garth Algar, which he modeled on his own brother, the Grumpy Old Man, and Hans. During the presidential elections, which George W Bush won, and subsequently, throughout his entire presidency, Dana Carvey was the primary impersonator of Bush and would appear regularly in the political sketches shown on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Following his departure from 'Saturday Night Live,' he went on to play a variety of roles in movies such as 'Clean Slate,' 'The Secret Life Of Pets', and 'Wayne's World.' Do you know that Carvey featured in 'Wayne's World' when he was 36?
His first stand-up comedy special was filmed with HBO, in which he recreated his impressions from 'Saturday Night Live.' Dana Carvey then launched his own show with ABC, the 'Dana Carvey Show.' The 'Dana Carvey Show' actually kickstarted the careers of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell.
Dana Carvey was also a cast member in 'The Master Of Disguise,' a spy comedy. He took a short break from acting to focus on his family but continued to perform stand-up comedy for various events. He eventually returned once again at the 2008 MTV Awards, where he revived his character of Garth Algar for a sketch. He also filmed his second stand-up comedy show with HBO titled 'Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies.' He also brought his impersonation of George W Bush from SNL to life, a part of the comedy ‘Presidential Reunion.’
Dana Carvey also created another stand-up special for Fox, titled 'Spoof.' The sketch saw Dana perform an impersonation of the famous scientist Charles Darwin, as well as a mimicry of the popular television series 'Lost.' His characters have also been used extensively for advertisements, with Uber Eats ads heavily featuring the character of Garth Algar. He has been a regular at 'The Late Show With Steven Colbert' where he has performed impersonations of past and present presidents, including Joe Biden. He has also been part of a podcast titled 'Deep Dive with Dana Carvey' and hosted by Conan O'Brien. It continued for six episodes.

Charity Work

Dana Carvey has made substantial contributions to charity, including a donation of $7.5 million, which he received after being victorious in a lawsuit. He has performed at various fundraising events for charities, including ensuring that less fortunate children in Los Angeles can have a better quality of life. Dana has also worked with his co-hosts from SNL to raise funds for the First Responders' Children Foundation, dedicated to supporting those children who have lost a parent in their line of duty.

What awards has Dana Carvey won?

Dana Carvey was nominated for the Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Award at the Primetime Emmy Award every year from 1989 to 1993. He has also been the Funniest Supporting Male Performer winner in a TV Series Award at the American Comedy Awards on three different occasions from 1989 to 1991 due to SNL. He also won the Best On-Screen Duo Award and Mike Myers in the MTV Movie and TV Awards of 1992. He was also nominated for the Best Standup Comedian Male Award at the Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards in 2018.

Other Interesting Dana Carvey Facts And Trivia

Dana Carvey's zodiac sign is Gemini.
Dana Carvey currently resides in Marin County in Calif0rnia.
He is also hugely popular on social media, having over 80,000 followers on his Instagram account and over 200,000 followers on his Twitter account.
Dana Carvey was suffering from a blocked artery for which he had to get surgery. Still, the doctor had accidentally operated on the wrong artery, making it necessary for Dana to get corrective surgery again.

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Dana Carvey Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Dana Carvey

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173 cm

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Actor, Stand Up Comedian


College of San Mateo

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Paula Zwagerman


Bud Carvey, Billie Dahl


Brad Carvey, Mark Carvey, Lori Carvey, Scott Carvey

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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