John Lurieￂﾠ(born December 14, 1952) is an American musician, painter, actor, director, and producer. He co-foundedￂﾠThe Lounge Lizardsￂﾠjazz ensemble, has acted in 19 films, includingￂﾠStranger than ParadiseￂﾠandￂﾠDown by Law, has composed and performed music for 20 television and film works, and produced, directed, and starred in theￂﾠFishing with Johnￂﾠtelevision series. In 1996 his soundtrack forￂﾠGet Shortyￂﾠwas nominated for aGrammy Award, and his albumￂﾠThe Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hitsￂﾠhas been praised by critics and musicians alike. Since 2000 Lurie has suffered fromￂﾠchronic Lyme diseaseￂﾠand has focused his attention on painting.ￂﾠHis art has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. HisￂﾠprimitivistￂﾠpaintingￂﾠBear Surpriseￂﾠbecame anￂﾠinternet memeￂﾠin Russia in 2006.