When asked if he recalls his "first break", Larry Miller replies, "the very first time I decided to go on stage was in New York at The Comic Strip in 1976. I said to myself afterwards, I think Ive just done something that I could do again, and the truth is that I loved it then and I love it now, the same as I loved my first play, and my first line in a movie."
Fifteen years later from that first night on stage in New York, Larry Miller has developed a sense of style not often associated with stand-up comedians or actors. His memorable cameo as the pretentious boutique manager "sucking up" to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" left an impressionable mark as the film went on to become the smash hit of 1990. "1 was brought in to read for the role and when I got there, there were no lines for that particular role I was being considered for. I was later told, Mr. Marshall said you have the job. Just show up and youll know what to do! That was one of the greatest compliments from a director that I ever received and I ended up improv - ing the whole scene."
In the best Hollywood tradition of one memorable scene leading to larger roles, Larry spent the year following the release of "Pretty Woman" getting cast in, and filming, five co-starring roles in movies: "Necessary Commando" (Hulk Hogan and Christopher Lloyd), "Frozen Assets" (Shelley Long and Corbin Bernsen), and "Undercover Blues" (Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid).
Most recently Larry has been seen in "Corrina Corrina" (Ray Liotta and Whoopi Goldberg), "Dream Lover" (James Spader), "The Favor" and recurring roles on two television series: Law & Order," "Mad About You" and starring role on "Pursuit of Happiness". Larry also co-starred in the comedy "The Nutty Professor" with Eddie Murphy.
Larrys love for stand-up comedy continues with regular guest appearances on the "Tonight Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman". Miller also taped his second HBO special, "Just Words", in St. Paul, Minnesota.
As a classically trained musician (he began in his college years at Amherst), proficient on several different instruments, Larrys professors probably had an inkling of where he was really headed in life when he wrote, and had accepted, his music theory and composition thesis in "A Harmonic Analysis of Frank Zappa". After graduating, Larry played piano and drums in clubs in New York, did some studio work, and then, one night, decided to try his hand at joke-telling.
In 1981, Larry packed his bags and headed for Hollywood, sleeping on Seinfelds floor for six weeks, With the help of his other buddy, Jay Leno, Larry purchased a 63 Chevy for $600 and eventually got an apartment in Hollywood. While performing one night at the lmprov, Milton Berle caught his act and asked Larry to perform at SHARE, a star-studded annual charity affair. "Apparently, Nancy Sinatra was in the audience and really liked my act, because the next day she called her father and the day after I was renting a tux and flying to Vegas to open for Sinatra for a week at the Bally Grand. Not a bad way to break into Vegas, eh?"