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Put These Pete Davidson Movies and TV Shows on Your Binge-Watch List

With the star of Bupkis on Peacock set to return to Saturday Night Live for the Season 49 premiere, let's look back at his roles to date.

By Megan Lasher

After leaving the cast at the end of Season 47Pete Davidson returned to Saturday Night Live on October 14 to host the Season 49 premiere.

How to Watch

Watch Saturday Night Live Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and next day on Peacock.  

Davidson has been extremely busy with roles in films and on TV—including his Peacock series Bupkis, which was renewed for Season 2

Bupkiswhich Davidson co-wrote, executive produced and starred in, is unlike anything else on television. It's summarized as a "heightened yet still fictionalized version of Davidson’s real life," starring Edie Falco, Joe Pesci, Kenan Thompson, and dozens more recognizable faces who play the fictional Davidson's family and friends. 

Before taking on this creative endeavor, Davidson solidified his name in the comedy world through a handful of roles, big and small. Revisit the rise to fame that made Pete Davidson a household name below.

Where is Pete Davidson from?

Staten Island.

Davidson is very proud of his childhood roots in Staten Island, New York (the setting of Bupkis). His father, Scott Davidson, was a firefighter who died while responding to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Episode 2 of Bupkis, "Do as I Say, Not as I Do," tells part of this story, showing a young Davidson at his uncle's wedding just weeks after the attack. 

Pete Davidson (Pete Davidson) and Uncle Tommy (Bobby Cannavale) appear in a scene from Bupkis.

How did Pete Davidson get famous?

A stand-up comedy pro, Davidson did his first set at age 16 in a bowling alley in response to a dare from his friends. This led him to pursue stand-up in his teens—which gave him opportunities like appearing on the series Guy Code and Failosophy. In 2013, Davidson appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

According to his biography, Davidson's life changed for good when he joined the cast of Amy Schumer's film Trainwreck (2015). The movie co-starred Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, who was impressed by Davidson and introduced him to Lorne Michaels. 

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When did Pete Davidson join SNL

After Hader's introduction, Davidson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for its 40th season in 2014, when he was just 20 years old. He immediately became a beloved part of the show, as his Weekend Update appearances and delightfully goofy characters took off. 

Davidson has used SNL connections to further his standup comedy career. He's paired up with former SNL writer John Mulaney for several standup comedy tours like Sundays with Pete and John and 2023's John & Pete engagements. In 2015, he appeared on Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast.

Bupkis Season 1 Episode 7 -- Pictured: Pete Davidson as Pete Davidson.

What movies has Pete Davidson been in?

Besides his life-changing role in Trainwreck, Davidson has appeared on the silver screen quite a few times. He had a key role in the popular Netflix movie Set It Up (2018) and starred in Hulu's Big Time Adolescence (2019). 

In 2020, Davidson starred in The King of Staten Island, a film that's also somewhat autobiographical as it focused on the grief of losing a parent in the 9/11 attacks. He co-wrote the movie with Judd Apatow and David Sirus and it got a great deal of critical acclaim after its release. 

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Since the success of his own film, Davidson has also had roles in The Suicide Squad (2021) and I Want You Back (2022). He starred as David in the critically-acclaimed horror comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022), about a wealthy friend group experiencing a hurricane together in what became a deadly night. He also played love interest to Kaley Cuoco in the 2022 rom-com Meet Cute. 

In 2023, Davidson voiced the character Mirage in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and had a hilarious scene in the Fast & Furious film Fast X as a character named Bowie. He was also in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 alongside Chris Pratt.

Originally published Jun 10, 2023.