John Lehr barely left our screens in the mid-2000s thanks to his humorous role in a series of high-profile commercials. But few would ever have recognized him walking down the street at the time. That’s because the stand-up comedian had been transformed into an entirely different person – or, more accurately, an entirely different species. Yes, Lehr appeared in the famous GEICO insurance ads as an intelligent – and often offended – caveman.
But it turns out that there’s more to Lehr’s talents than yelling “Not cool” while dressed from head to toe in hair. Over the years, in fact, the actor has co-created numerous TV comedies. And outside of his hirsute costume, he’s actually rather handsome, too. Here’s a look at Lehr’s career and the TV ads that helped to take it forward.