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Denny Dillon

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Birth nameDenise Dillon
Birth dateMay 18, 1951 (age 60)
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active1973-present

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Denise "Denny" Dillon (born May 18, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American comedian and former cast member of Saturday Night Live. At 4'11" (150 cm), Dillon is the shortest cast member in the show's history. After a short stay on SNL during the troubled tenure of Jean Doumanian, Dillon eventually found more success as Toby Pedalbee, the abusive yet loyal assistant on the HBO cable sitcom Dream On.

Dillon has done voice-acting for animation, most recently in Ice Age. She is remembered for her cameo in the 1977 blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, in which she fawns over disco king Tony (John Travolta) while asking him if she can wipe the sweat from his forehead.

Dillon appeared in an episode of Night Court entitled Educating Rhonda (Dillon).

Dillon has had a distinguished Broadway career, appearing as Agnes in the 1974 revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury; in the 1975 revival of Thornton Wilder's Skin of our Teeth; in the 1980 stage version of Harold and Maude; and as Mickey in the 1983 Gershwin musical My One and Only, starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She was the voice of Meadow Morn in the 1983 animation The Magic of Herself the Elf. She later appeared as a replacement cast member in the 2003 play, Enchanted April.

In September 2007, Dillon starred as Beatrice in the world premiere of Tom Dudzick's Don't Talk to the Actors at Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, New York.


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