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John Michael Higgins

Peter Lovett

John Michael Higgins was born in Boston, MA. He studied literature at Amherst College and has since become a prolific actor on the big and small screens.

In movies, Higgins has played characters ranging from a gay Shih-Tzu handler in the Christopher Guest mockumentary Best in Show to late-night talk show host David Letterman in the HBO film The Late Shift. He also played Terry Bohner, of the New Main Street Singers, in another of Guest’s films, A Mighty Wind. In addition to hiring Higgins to act, Guest asked him to write original satirical songs and arrange music for the movie.

Higgins has also appeared in a number of fantasy comedies, including Fred Clause, Evan Almighty and Yes Man, plus romantic comedies like The Break Up.

In addition to his work on the big screen, Higgins has had success in live theater. He played legendary American tennis player Bill Tilden in A.R. Gurney’s play “Big Bill,” which earned him a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play from the Drama Desk in 2004.

Higgins’ television career began in the 1980s, when he appeared on notable series like Miami Vice, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Frasier, Cybill, Ally McBeal and Party of Five. He went on to star opposite Selma Blair and Molly Shannon in the comedy series Kath and Kim, and he had recurring roles in Raising the Bar, Boston Legal and Arrested Development. His voiceover work includes Cartoon Network’s Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law and Fox’s CGI animated show Game Over.

Higgins stars opposite Fran Drescher in TV Land’s new sitcom Happily Divorced. He plays Drescher’s husband, who announces he is gay after 18 years of marriage.

Higgins has two new projects in the works. He plays Principal Wally Snur in the movie Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, and he is working on Cameron Crowe’s dramedy We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. Both movies are scheduled to be released in 2011.

Higgins lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his two children.

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Character Bio

Peter Lovett is Fran’s ex-husband who, after 18 years of marriage, came out as gay. He sells real estate – or, more accurately, tries to sell real estate. He’s neurotic and fastidious, but deeply loyal to Fran and closer to her family than he is to his own. To relax, Peter unwinds with an appletini at THERE Bar, where Fran’s best friend Judi sings his favorite show tunes.

Happily Divorced TV Schedule

Saturday
September 6
4:00am
Swimmers and Losers
As Fran comes to terms with the fact that she won’t have kids, she decides to embrace the next exciting chapter of her life with Peter. But when Peter agrees to donate sperm so an old friend can have kids, Fran wonders if she closed that chapter too soon.
TV-PG
4:30am
Newman vs Newman
After a big blowout with her husband, Dori moves into Fran and Peter’s house. With Glen and Dori unwilling to resolve their fight, Fran steps in to get her parents back together.
TV-PG
5:00am
Adventure Man
When Fran believes that a rugged, outdoorsy man is her soulmate, Peter and her family are skeptical. However, a weekend camping trip with him gives Fran the chance to prove them wrong… or right.
TV-PG
5:30am
Time in a Bottle
Fran jogs everyone’s memory about what it was, after eighteen years of marriage, that finally gave Peter the courage to come out two years ago. In the process, however, she realizes that some stones are best left unturned.
TV-PG
Saturday
September 13
4:00am
Fran-alyze This
Peter sets Fran up on a date with a doctor that doesn’t go well and pushes her back to Elliot. When Elliot asks Fran to join him at therapy to work on his commitment issues, she agrees not expecting that she’s the one to have the breakthrough. guest star: Dan Aykroyd
TV-PG
4:30am
Cesar's Wife
When Fran learns that Cesar and his wife Teresa are having marital trouble, she steps in against Peter’s advice to try to help them. But Fran quickly realizes that when couples spend time together, sometimes less is definitely more.guest star: Judy Reyes
TV-PG
5:00am
Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place
When Fran meets Frankie, an adorable New Yorker opening a pizza parlor in LA, she thinks she may finally have found love again. But when Elliot pops back into Fran’s life and says he is finally ready to commit, Fran finds herself caught between a rock and a pizza place. Guest Star: Ralph Macchio
TV-PG
5:30am
Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place, II
When Fran finds herself torn between Elliot and Frankie, she realizes she has to finally make a choice between her two suitors. She feels confident about the choice until Peter's new boss makes her question the decision.
TV-PG