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- 7 November 1964 New York City, New York, USA
- 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Fred began work as a stand-up comedian in the early days of the "comic boom" in Los Angeles and started submitting jokes to Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, et. al., which propelled him from performing into writing. After a series of smaller writing assignments, Fred's big break came when he was asked to be a staff writer for SNL in the early 80s. His success there springboarded into a series of plum writing jobs, and after SNL went through a down period, they re-structured their staff, replaced all the prime-time players and asked Fred to come back in head-writer capacity ostensibly to help in righting a sinking ship. After 4 years as head writer, the show re-gained some of its old luster and gave Fred a picture deal with Paramount, the parent company of SNL. Since then, Fred has been the key writer or secondary writer in 4 #1-in-the-box-office movies and has been able to satisfy some of his former performance cravings by taking small acting roles in these movies.