Chris Elliott honed his craft throughout the 1980s under the sarcastic guidance of David Letterman, the beloved former "malcontent" of "Late Night." Son of the venerable humorist-performer Bob Elliott (one half of the celebrated whimsical duo Bob and Ray), the younger Elliott was an NBC tour guide in NYC when his future mentor arrived with his mother. A few years later, Elliott was working as a gofer for "Late Night" and entertaining the staff with his antics. He was soon hired as a writer. It wasn't long befor Elliott became a regular in sketches, usually playing disrespectful eccentrics and borderline psychos (notably "The Fugitive Guy" and "The Guy Under the Seats"), as well as offering baroque impersonations ranging from Marlon Brando to Morton Downey Jr.
The actor made his feature debut in Mann's psychological thriller "Manhunter" (1986) and his first TV dramatic guest spot on CBS' "The Equalizer" in 1987. He went on to pen and star in two Cinemax comedy specials in 1987, and appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed segment of "New York Stories" and Cameron's undersea thriller "The Abyss" (1989). Elliott gained a small but devoted following as the creator, producer, writer and star of "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990-92), about a 30-year-old paper boy.
Elliott's feature career resumed with substantial supporting roles in two 1993 features: the hip-hop spoof "CB4" and the superior Bill Murray vehicle, "Groundhog Day." He became a feature lead (and provided the story) with "Cabin Boy" (1994).
After a brief stint on "Saturday Night Live," Elliott returned to form with a supporting role in the Farrelly brothers comedy hit "There's Something About Mary" (1998), playing Ben Stiller's terribly creepy friend Dom. Elliott took a co-starring role as a lunatic snowplow operator in the family comedy "Snow Day" (2000), then appeared as a restaurant manager in the hit Eddie Murphy comedy "The Klumps" (2001) and had a key role in the comedy sequel "Scary Movie 2" (2001) before reuniting with the Farrellys for the part-animated "Osmosis Jones" (2001).
Taking a break from film, Elliott became a regular guest star on several popular series, including "The King of Queens," "Ed," King of the Hill," "Still Standing" and in a recurring role as Reverend Gaylord Pierson on "According to Jim." But Elliott may be best remembered for his recurring stint as Robert Barone's oddball comic book-loving brother Peter McDougal on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" beginning in 2003 and lasting through to the series finale in 2005.