Timothy Patrick Herlihy (born October 9, 1966) is an American screen actor, film producer, screenwriter, and Broadway show author.
Timothy Patrick Herlihy
October 9, 1966
Brooklyn, New York
|Education||New York University|
New York University School of Law
|Occupation||Screenwriter, actor, film producer|
Films written or produced by Herlihy have grossed over $3 billion at the worldwide box office. He frequently collaborates with Adam Sandler, who played a Saturday Night Live character, "The Herlihy Boy", in honor of Tim Herlihy.
While double majoring in accounting and international business at New York University, he roomed with Adam Sandler in the Brittany Hall dormitory. When Sandler began doing stand-up comedy during their sophomore year, Herlihy wrote material for Sandler as a lark.
After graduating in 1988, Herlihy spent a year as an accountant at Ernst & Young in Manhattan before returning to NYU for law school. While a student there, Herlihy collaborated with Sandler (who had recently been hired at "Saturday Night Live") on sketches, including Cajun Man. After law school, Herlihy worked as a securities lawyer at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in lower Manhattan.
While working as an attorney, Herlihy continued collaborating with Sandler on SNL sketches, including Canteen Boy. They also began working on a screenplay for Billy Madison, which Herlihy wrote at his law firm late at night.
Herlihy was hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live in March 1994. He remained at the show after Sandler left in 1995, rising to head writer and eventually producer. He wrote many political sketches leading up to the 1996 Presidential election, and co-wrote (with Tina Fey) the 1999 sketch in which Monica Lewinsky appeared. He left the show in 1999 to focus on film work.
Herlihy appeared in the film Big Daddy as the "Singing Kangaroo," and sang "The Kangaroo Song" on the film's soundtrack.
Herlihy played a bartender in both The Wedding Singer (1998) and The Ridiculous 6 (2015).
Herlihy has written for and/or performed on three of Sandler's comedy albums: They're All Gonna Laugh at You! (1993), What the Hell Happened to Me? (1996) (both 2x Platinum) and Shhh...Don't Tell (2004).
In 2006, Herlihy co-wrote the book and two songs for a Broadway musical version of The Wedding Singer. It opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 27, 2006 and closed on December 31, 2006 after 284 performances. Herlihy and Chad Beguelin's book was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and the show itself was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical. It subsequently has had many international productions.
In 2015, Herlihy co-wrote (with Sandler) the Western comedy film The Ridiculous 6, distributed by Netflix. Despite being universally panned by critics, on January 6, 2016, it was announced by Netflix that the film had been viewed more times in 30 days than any other movie in Netflix history.
Herlihy returned to Saturday Night Live for one episode in 2015, to work with Tracy Morgan on a recurring sketch they had created in the '90s, Brian Fellow's Safari Planet. That episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding writing, and won a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy/Variety sketch series.
- Saturday Night Live (1993–2000)
- Billy Madison (1995)
- Happy Gilmore (1996)
- The Wedding Singer (1998)
- The Waterboy (1998)
- Big Daddy (1999)
- Little Nicky (2000)
- Mr. Deeds (2002)
- Bedtime Stories (2008)
- Grown Ups 2 (2013)
- Pixels (2015)
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
- Billy Madison (1995) Architect
- The Wedding Singer (1998) Rudy the Bartender
- Big Daddy (1999) Singing Kangaroo
- Mr. Deeds (2002) Fireman
- Click (2006) Doctor
- Bedtime Stories (2008) Young Barry Nottingham
- Grown Ups (2010) Pastor
- Blended (2014) Basketball Dad
- Pixels (2015) Defense Secretary
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Nugget Bartender
- Sandy Wexler (2017) Mr. O'Mally
- Saturday Night Live (1997–2000) (producer)
- Anger Management (2003) (executive producer)
- The Longest Yard (2005) (executive producer)
- Click (2006) (executive producer)
- Grown Ups (2010) (executive producer)
- Just Go with It (2011) (executive producer)
- Jack and Jill (2011) (executive producer)
- That's My Boy (2012) (executive producer)
- Blended (2014) (executive producer)
- Pixels (2015) (executive producer)
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015) (executive producer)
- The Do-Over (2016) (executive producer)
- Sandy Wexler (2017) (executive producer)
- The Week Of (2018) (executive producer)
- Billy Madison (1995) (writer: "The Billy Madison Way")
- The Wedding Singer (1998) (writer: "Somebody Kill Me", "Grow Old with You")
- Big Daddy (1999) (performer: "The Kangaroo Song")
- 50 First Dates (2004) (writer: "Forgetful Lucy")
- My Only Ü (2008) (writer: "Kasama Kang Tumanda")
- Blended (2014) (writer: "Welcome To Africa", "Exciting, Amazing, Romantic", "You Suck", "Finally Blending", "Blending & Bonding", "Look They're Blending")
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015) (lyricist: "My Baby's Biscuits", "Yippee Yo Yo Yay")
- The Wedding Singer (2006) (writer/producer)