Maura Lynn Tierney is an American film and television actress best known for her roles as Lisa Miller on the sitcom NewsRadio, Abby Lockhart on the medical drama ER and Helen Solloway on the television drama The Affair for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016. The eldest of three children, Tierney was born and raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish Catholic family, her mother Pat is a real estate broker and her late father Joseph M. Tierney was a prominent Boston politician who served on the Boston City Council for 15 years. Tierney attended Mount Alvernia Academy Elementary School and Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts where her studies included drama, which led to her appearance at the Boston Globe Drama Festival. After graduation, she attended New York University, where she majored first in dance and in drama. After appearing in several plays, Tierney moved to Los Angeles, California in 1987 where her big break was a role in Disney's made-for-TV film Student Exchange.
Tierney's first starring role in a film was in a low-budget independent film called Dead Women in Lingerie, shot in 24 days. Despite receiving a DVD release in 2005, the film has yet to receive a theatrical release. Tierney had a number of small roles in film and television but first received regular national exposure with her leading role in the sitcom NewsRadio from 1995 to 1999. While part of the NewsRadio cast, she starred in several successful films of the late 1990s and early 2000s such as Primal Fear, Liar Liar, Primary Colors, Forces of Nature and Welcome to Mooseport. After NewsRadio was canceled, Tierney decided not to star in another sitcom: hen NewsRadio got canceled... I thought, there's not gonna be something like again for me... So when ER called..., a way to stay in that would remain interesting for me. From 1999 to 2008, Tierney played Nurse Abigail "Abby" Lockhart on ER, a character that began as a guest appearance in November 1999 and expanded in February 2000 to a full-time regular role as an ER nurse and after completion of medical school, a doctor.
She was reunited with her NewsRadio co-star Khandi Alexander, who at that time had a recurring role on ER. Within a year, Tierney's work on ER earned her an Emmy Award nomination, a recognition she credits to a "juicy" story arc featuring Sally Field as Lockhart's mother Maggie Wyczenski, who has bipolar disorder. Tierney confirmed in April 2008 that she would be leaving ER shortly after the beginning of the show's fifteenth season. In October 2008, she made her final regular appearance on the series after nearly 10 seasons on the show, she returned to make a cameo appearance in one additional episode in 2009 toward the end of the final season. Tierney's highest-profile film while being part of the ER cast was the 2002 film Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan; that same year, she starred in Scotland, Pa. where she portrayed a Lady Macbeth-like character written for her by Billy Morrissette, her husband at the time. She was praised by critics for her performance, she collaborated with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey for a special "Working with Joe Furey" featurette for Furey's film Love and Support.
In 2004, Tierney won the second-season tournament of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown against Lauren Graham, who had a guest role in the fourth season of NewsRadio. Tierney returned to the stage in May 2006 in an appearance opposite Eric McCormack in the Off Broadway premiere of Some Girl, she appeared in the 2008 films Semi-Pro, Baby Mama, The Go-Getter and Finding Amanda. Tierney played the role of Laurel in the Off Broadway play Three Changes with Dylan McDermott from September 16 to October 4, 2008. Tierney returned to television, playing the recurring character Kelly McPhee on the FX series Rescue Me in 2009 and 2011 during its final season, she replaced Joely Richardson as the female lead of the 2010 ABC television series The Whole Truth after Richardson dropped out to spend more time with her family. Tierney's role in the show, a legal drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, marked her return to television after recovering from breast surgery and cancer treatments. ABC canceled The Whole Truth after four episodes owing to low ratings.
In February 2011, Tierney made her debut at the Gate Theatre in the Dublin premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage alongside Ardal O'Hanlon. In 2011, Tierney appeared in one episode of The Office as Robert California's wife. In September 2012, Tierney began a recurring role on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife, playing Maddie Hayward. In 2013, Tierney joined the cast of Showtime's The Affair, playing Helen Solloway, for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 2016. In 2018, Tierney joined the cast of Beautiful Boy, based on the memoir of the same name by David Sheff, a dark family drama with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. In June 2018, Tierney joined the cast of The Report as "an intense, somewhat vengeful Counterterrorism expert determined to get behind any program that promises to get the intel that will stop another attack from happening." Tierney married actor/director Billy Morrissette on February 1, 1993, two days before her 28th birthday after the two met on the set of an unaired television series.
She filed for divorce in 2006 due to irreconcilable differences. They did not have any children. On February 1, 2009, the ordained Tierney officiated at the wedding of her friend and former ER co-star Parminder Nagra to photographer James Stenson. Tierney had surgery to remove a tumor from her breast in 2009, she had been cast in Parenthood but s
Lauren Shuler Donner
Lauren Diane Shuler Donner is an American film producer, who specializes in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainment. She owns The Donners' Company with director Richard Donner, her films have grossed about $4.5 billion worldwide due to the X-Men film series. Donner was born in Cleveland, the daughter of a wholesale distributor and a housewife, she was raised in Cleveland, where she took on photography and went to the movies with a cousin. She studied film at Boston University, specializing in editing. Following the advice of a teacher, she moved to Los Angeles in hopes of entering the entertainment industry; as Donner worked in Los Angeles as an assistant editor of educational and medical films, she sought other jobs and despite having no original intention to work in television, a chance meeting at NBC headquarters led her to leave her data there. In 1973, the network invited Shuler to a vacation relief program filling in for employees on vacation, she worked on many jobs, but decided that the best for her would be as a camera operator due to her photography experience.
After being taught about cameras by the crew of The Tonight Show, Shuler asked NBC to work on the local news. Afterwards she freelanced on Metromedia, working on rock concert sitcoms and TV movies. Donner was a rare camerawoman in a male-dominated field, being the first woman admitted to the IATSE Electrical and Camera Guild #659. Donner decided to work as an associate producer, in 1976 joining ABC's Wide World of Entertainment. After a traffic accident that had her hospitalized for months, Donner started working with screenwriter friends and became a creative executive/story editor on Motown Productions, her input on the script of Thank God It's Friday led her to become an associate producer for that film. Next she made her television producing debut in 1979 with the acclaimed Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, a television film written and directed by Joel Schumacher in the style of Robert Altman's Nashville, she got the job by directly asking NBC programming director Charles Engel. While working at Motown, Donner became a personal friend of National Lampoon writer John Hughes, convinced him to write a script that would become her feature film producing debut, the 1983 comedy hit Mr. Mom, starring Michael Keaton.
The following year she persuaded Richard Donner to direct Ladyhawke, the two fell in love, marrying a year after the film was released, 1985. She produced only two more of her husband's movies, Radio Flyer, Timeline, she said their professional relationship helped her learn how to work on action films: "if I hadn't seen how he did action movies, I wouldn't have had the wherewithal to pursue an X-Men or a Constantine, or any of those". Her experience with Schumacher and Hughes led them to invite her to produce St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink, both seminal films of the Brat Pack period. Donner had a successful year in 1993 overseeing two solid hits: Dave, a homespun political comedy, Free Willy, a family film about a boy and his whale. Donner has systemic lupus erythematosus, had kidney problems in her childhood, she has liberal political views and likes to work on movies that express her beliefs – Dave for politics, Free Willy for marine life and Hotel for Dogs for animal rights. She has served on the advisory boards of Planned Parenthood and TreePeople, was instrumental in the campaigning for California Proposition 2.
Donner has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008, right next to her husband's. In 2006, Donner was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award along with Jennifer Lopez and Diane Warren; as producer, except as noted. Thank God It's Friday Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill Mr. Mom Ladyhawke St. Elmo's Fire Pretty in Pink Three Fugitives Lethal Weapon 3 Radio Flyer Dave Free Willy Free Willy The Favor Maverick Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Assassins Volcano Free Willy 3: The Rescue Bulworth You've Got Mail Any Given Sunday X-Men Out Cold Just Married X2 Timeline Constantine She's the Man X-Men: The Last Stand Unaccompanied Minors Semi-Pro The Secret Life of Bees Hotel for Dogs X-Men Origins: Wolverine Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant X-Men: First Class The Wolverine X-Men: Days of Future Past Deadpool X-Men: Apocalypse Legion Logan The Gifted Deadpool 2 Dark Phoenix The New Mutants Lauren Shuler Donner on IMDb
Jackie Earle Haley
Jack Earle Haley is an American actor. His earliest roles included Moocher in Breaking Away and Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan. After spending many years as a producer and director of television commercials, he revived his acting career with a supporting role in All the King's Men; this was followed by his performance as pedophile Ronald James McGorvey in Little Children, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Subsequent notable roles include the vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen, horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Grewishka, a huge cyborg criminal, in Alita: Battle Angel, he stars as Odin Quincannon in Preacher and The Terror in The Tick. Haley was born and raised in Northridge, the son of Haven Earle "Bud" Haley, a radio show host/disc jockey and actor. Haley has appeared in numerous films, including Damnation Alley, John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust, Losin' It, as well as guest roles on TV.
A well known child actor, he starred as Kelly Leak in the comedy The Bad News Bears. He starred in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, he played Moocher in Peter Yates's acclaimed 1979 film Breaking Away and in the short-lived TV series of the same name. Throughout the 1970s, he played a tough, pimply, long-haired misfit. Haley shot a pilot for an American version of the popular British comedy The Young Ones titled Oh, No! Not THEM!. In 1974 he played Norm a misfit kid in the 12th episode of the Saturday morning children's show, Shazam! It is rumored that in 1984, Haley's friend Johnny Depp accompanied him to auditions for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. Haley's acting career went dormant during most of the 1990s and early 2000s, when he moved to San Antonio and turned to directing, finding success as a producer and director of television commercials. With the recommendation of Sean Penn, Haley returned to acting in 2006, first appearing in Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men alongside Penn as Sugar Boy, his bodyguard, before giving a critically acclaimed performance as a paroled sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children.
He stated that his preparation for the role was influenced by the relationship shared between his mother and his brother True, who battled a heroin addiction before he died of an overdose. Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this portrayal and in 2007 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Haley owns a production company, JEH Productions, in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008, he appeared in Semi-Pro and starred in Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning, he stars in Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen, as Rorschach, a masked vigilante working to find the identity of a costumed hero killer, a role which earned Haley praise from many reviewers. The film reunited him with Little Children co-star Patrick Wilson who played Nite Owl II, former partner of Rorschach. In 2010, Haley appeared in Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese, playing a patient of a hospital for the criminally insane.
Haley played the role of Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. He has signed on to play the role in three installments in the series. Haley was a series regular on Human Target as Guerrero, an ally of the main character, Christopher Chance; the series premiered on January 17, 2010 on Fox, lasted for two seasons before being cancelled in May 2011. He played Willie Loomis in the 2012 film adaptation of Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, played Confederate States Vice President Alexander H. Stephens in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. More he has played the supervillain "The Terror" in Amazon's re-boot of The Tick. Haley's first marriage was to Sherry Vaughan in 1979, he has two children: a son, a daughter, Olivia, by his second wife, Jennifer Hargrave. He married his third wife, Amelia Cruz, in 2004; the couple reside in Texas. Official website Jackie Earle Haley on IMDb
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
The Kentucky Colonels were a member of the American Basketball Association for all of the league's nine years. The name is derived from the historic Kentucky colonels; the Colonels won the most games and had the highest winning percentage of any franchise in the league's history, but the team did not join the NBA in the 1976 ABA–NBA merger. The downtown Louisville Convention Center was the Colonels' original venue for the first three seasons before moving to Freedom Hall for the remaining seasons, beginning with the 1970–71 schedule; the Kentucky Colonels were only one of two ABA teams, along with the Indiana Pacers, to play for the entire duration of the league without relocating, changing its team name, or folding. The Colonels were the only major league franchise in Kentucky since the Louisville Breckenridges left the National Football League in 1923; the Louisville-based Colonels started their time in the ABA as a colorful franchise, not just because of their bright chartreuse green uniforms.
Among the things they were known for was their "mascot" Ziggy, a prize-winning Brussels Griffon dog, owned by original team owners Joe and Mamie Gregory. They were famous for publicity stunts, their most famous coming in 1968 when Penny Ann Early, the first licensed female horse racing jockey, was signed to appear in an ABA game; the early color of their franchise began to wane during the 1970–71 season, when they signed another Wildcat star in All-American Dan Issel. They dropped the chartreuse green uniforms in favor of a blue and white scheme similar to that of the Wildcats. Another abnormality to the Colonels uniform change was that the players' last names on the back had only the first letter capitalized, as opposed to all capital letters, which are universally featured on the back of nearly every professional or collegiate basketball uniform which names on the back of jerseys are featured. Issel's signing helped. Despite an average record in the regular season, they made a serious run at the 1971 ABA championship.
They fell just short and lost to the Utah Stars in seven games. They proved to be better in 1971, with the signing of Artis Gilmore. Gilmore's signing would help make the Colonels a legitimate powerhouse for years to come; the Colonels won 68 games in his rookie campaign under coach Joe Mullaney. Yet, in the playoffs, they were upset by the New York Nets in the first round. Kentucky recovered and made another championship run during the 1972–73 playoffs, but lost a physical series to the Indiana Pacers in 7 games, 4 games to 3. After the season, the franchise was nearly moved out-of-state to Cincinnati, but was purchased by John Y. Brown, Jr. a future Kentucky governor who owned Kentucky Fried Chicken for years. Brown helped increase interest in the team, looked to improve its on-court performance by hiring popular ABA coach Babe McCarthy, but after they were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Nets, Brown gave McCarthy his walking papers. For the 1974–75 season, Brown hired Hubie Brown, a former NBA assistant coach, to give them that championship.
Unlike the past year, the Colonels would not be denied. After a torrid finish to the regular season, which saw them win 23 of 26 games, they ripped through the playoffs, beat their nemesis, the Indiana Pacers, in a dominant 4 games to 1 victory to win the 1975 ABA championship. Gilmore grabbed an amazing 31 rebounds in the final game; that same season the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Title. Colonels owner, John Y. Brown, offered the NBA Champs a million dollars to play a one-game world championship; the Warriors and the NBA refused. The celebration of the 1975 season ended when John Y. Brown, Jr. dealt Dan Issel to the ABA's new Baltimore Claws franchise for financial reasons. They acquired all-star Caldwell Jones to replace him. Jones was dealt mid-season for young Maurice Lucas. Hubie managed to make the team competitive, but they lost in the postseason to the Denver Nuggets in 7 games. Kentucky was one of the league's most talented teams, had one of its best fan bases, but during the ABA's talks of merging with the NBA, the Colonels were not a favorite to change leagues.
As a result, John Y. Brown, Jr. was forced to fold the Colonels. Brown would indeed get an NBA franchise: he purchased the Buffalo Braves in 1976 traded it for the Boston Celtics two years later. Colonels players were distributed to other teams in a dispersal draft, with Artis Gilmore being drafted first by the Chicago Bulls. Maurice Lucas went on to be an all-star for the Portland Trail Blazers and Louie Dampier, who ended up being the all-time leader in points and assists, ended his career as a sixth man for the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Hubie Brown went on to coach the Atlanta Hawks for five seasons after the merger before being fired; the Colonels won 448 games in the ABA, more than any other franchise. The Colonels' overall regular season record was 448–296; the Colonels' playoff record was 55–46. Only the Indiana Pacers won more ABA playoff games. On March 6, 1967, the American Basketball Association awarded the franchise that became the Kentucky Colonels to Don Regan f
David Michael Koechner is an American actor and comedian, best known for playing roles such as Champ Kind in the Anchorman films and Todd Packer on NBC's The Office. Koechner first became involved in performing when he began studying improvisational comedy in Chicago at ImprovOlympic, under the teachings of Del Close, before joining the Second City Northwest. After yearlong stints of doing sketch comedy on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the mid 1990s, Koechner began appearing with small roles in the films such as Wag the Dog, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Man on the Moon. While filming the country mockumentary film Dill Scallion in 1998, Koechner befriended actor/comedian Dave'Gruber' Allen, began performing as the comedy duo, The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show, a live musical comedy act; the act became a hit at Hollywood clubs such as Largo, Allen and Koechner were invited to open for Tenacious D. In 2007, Koechner and Allen created and starred together in a Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show sketch comedy series that ran for one season on Comedy Central.
After his breakout role as Champ Kind in the 2004 comedy Anchorman, Koechner began appearing with larger supporting roles in many high-profile comedic films including Talladega Nights, Thank You for Smoking, Waiting... Semi-Pro, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Extract, his first leading film role, as Coach Lambeau Fields in Fox Atomic's sports comedy, The Comebacks opened on October 19, 2007. More Koechner reprised his role of Champ Kind for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, co-starred in the horror-comedy Krampus, received praise from critics for his dark turn in the 2014 black comedy Cheap Thrills, he co-starred in the Comedy Central series Another Period. He co-stars in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs and the Netflix animated series F Is for Family. Koechner was born in Missouri, to Margaret Ann and Cecil Stephen Koechner, he has two brothers and Joe, three sisters, Mary-Rose and Joan. His father ran a business, he was raised Catholic, is of German and Irish descent. Koechner studied Political Science at Benedictine College and the University of Missouri, before he decided to pursue a career in improvisational comedy and moved to Chicago.
After studying at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, under famed improvisation instructor Del Close, Koechner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, graduating in 1994. In 1995, Koechner landed a year-long stint on Saturday Night Live, joining the show with Second City friends Nancy Walls and Adam McKay. During his time at SNL, he befriended guest-writer David'Gruber' Allen, castmate Will Ferrell; some of Koechner's recurring skits included Bill Brasky, the British Fops, Gary Macdonald, Will Ferrell's "Get Off the Shed" sketches, Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons. Koechner impersonated several celebrities, including Burt Reynolds, Mike Ditka, Charlie Sheen, Robert Shapiro, Willard Scott, Oliver Stone, Phil Gramm, David Kaczynski, Pat Buchanan. After his one season on SNL, Koechner joined the 1996–97 sketch cast of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. On the set of the 1999 country music mockumentary, Dill Scallion, Koechner struck a partnership with SNL friend David "Gruber" Allen, joining Allen's improvisational comedy act, The Naked Trucker Show.
Koechner joined the act as Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons, a character he had been playing on comedy stages for a few years, including a recurring character bit on SNL. Gerald Tibbons dates back to 1995, when he filmed a short television pilot based on the character's misadventures; the "Gerald" character, based on a real drifter named Four-Way George, became so popular that Koechner would go to auditions, only to find that directors were always demanding his stage persona. The stage act, a mix of stand-up comedy and off-color country songs, became a hit on the Hollywood improv circuit landing television performances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Real Time with Bill Maher. The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show toured with fellow comedic musical duo, Tenacious D. In 2004, Koechner landed his largest film role up to that point, as sports reporter Champ Kind in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; as part of the Anchorman ensemble, Koechner shared two MTV Movie Award nominations for Best On-Screen Team and Best Musical Performance.
MTV's initial press release accidentally listed Fred Armisen instead of David Koechner, but corrected the error on their website, crediting Koechner during the broadcast. Following this role, he landed small and supporting roles in such films such The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, The Dukes of Hazzard and Snakes on a Plane. In 2006, he made his voice acting debut in Barnyard as "Dag"; that same year, he had a supporting role as a gun lobbyist in the critically acclaimed satire, Thank You for Smoking. The three actors portrayed lobbyists for the tobacco, alcohol, & gun industries, dubbed The M. O. D. Squad. Thank You for Smoking was one of the best-reviewed films of Koechner's career, he was included in Fox Searchlight's Oscar campaign, among the film's listings for Best Supporting Actor. After co-starring in Anchorman and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, fellow Second City alum Steve Carell recommended Koechner for a recurring role on NBC's The Office, playing Todd Packe