American actress and comedian Cheryl Ann Oteri, more popular by the name of Cheri Oteri of Saturday Night Live(SNL) has Italian ancestry. She was born on September 19, 1962, in Upper Darby Pennsylvania, and later moved to Los Angeles at the age of 25.
|Full Name||Cheryl Ann Oteri|
|Known by||Cheri Oteri|
|Date of Birth||September 19, 1962|
|Height||5ft 2 inches|
|Father’s Name||Gaetano Thomas Oteri|
|Mother’s Name||Patricia Bean Oteri|
|Siblings||Denise, Brian and Tommy Jr.|
|Education||Archbishop Prendergast High School|
In Los Angeles, she worked on the promotional side of A&M Records for four years. A member of the comedy troupe ‘The Groundlings’, she got her place in SNL as a repertory performer in 1995.
Before Since then, she has been a part of various movies like ‘Scary Movie’, ‘Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd’ and ‘Shrek the Third’ and been in several magazines.
She has been a part of interesting TV shows and some of which never saw the light of day such as ‘Loomis’ (2001), ‘With you in Spirit’ (2003), and 'Stephen’s life’ (2005). Cheri is also the niece of famous production designer Barbara Pietsch.
As for her personal life, she makes it a priority to keep it under wraps but she has dated actor and SNL regular Alec Baldwin. The relationship didn't last too long and Baldwin is now happily married to someone else.
After SNL, Oteri chose to primarily work as a voice artist for various gigs including the popular 2019 Abby Hatcher: Fuzzy Catcher’ series where she is the voice of Abby Hatcher.
Her skill as a voice-over artist in movies like ‘The Ant Bully’ and ‘Shrek, the Third’ came to good use in the second innings of her career.
Besides that, she is also occasionally seen as a guest appearance on popular TV shows and lives off character acting works. In her Twitter handle, she also credits herself as a writer.
In 2021, she is currently shooting for the comedy series, ‘Zen Room’. In January, she was seen in SF Sketchfest’s ‘Festpocalypse’ and ‘George Lucas Talk Show’.
Cheri Oteri has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars, most of which comes from her SNL Stints (1995-2000) where she made as such as $53,000 per year, Movie and TV show appearances, brand endorsements, and voice-over work.
As a matter of fact, she became the face of 'Fiber One', a cereal brand in 2019.
Her father and record producer, Gaetano Thomas Oteri was murdered in 2008 at the age of 69 by his roommate and song-writer Richard Fagan in Nashville. He was wounded on the wrist of his right arm by a pocket knife that belonged to Fagan. Oteri bled to death due to the wound and Fagan was bailed $20,000 and was ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation center.
Hollywood is quite unsparing to age and as a result every other day we hear of at least one celebrity who has been under the knife. The same was the case for Cheri Oteri, who under the pressure of looking presentable and young, underwent plastic surgery.
It was an unfortunate incident that the results of the procedure, the nose job, changed Oteri’s life and career forever. She didn't look like herself and without her famous face she lost out on a lot of work. That started the downfall of her career and she resorted to working as a voice-over artist as a consequence.
Perhaps, Oteri was most famous for her roles and appearances in SNL. She created several original characters for SNL including Laura Zimmerman, Ariana, Adele, Joy Lipton, and Nadeem. One of her characters, Rita DelVecchio was inspired by her own grandmother.
Her stints on SNL showcased her remarkable talent as an impressionist as she did Ross Perot, Alanis Morissette, Barbara Walters, and Jennifer Lopez among others. And might we say she was great at her job!
Connie Carmichael, Miss Flap, and Helen Klench are some of the characters she gave her voice for after she quit SNL, besides working in animated films.
Oteri was once a celebrated and sought-after artist and has been awarded on several occasions for her performances. Several Award events have recognized her talent as a comedian. Some of which are: Primetime Emmy Awards in 2000, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in 2001, Behind the Voice Actors Awards in 2015.
She also won the award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for her performance in ‘Bad Parents’ at the Hoboken International Film Festival.