Louie Anderson

Actor, Comedian
Following in the well-heeled footsteps of comics like Oliver Hardy (of Laurel & Hardy), Jackie Gleason and Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson built a successful comedy career using his weight as his number one asset. With an ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Splash 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Louie Anderson: Baby Boomer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Food Network Star 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Louie Anderson Presents 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Half & Half 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Comic Standing 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Feud 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Host

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Louie 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funny Things Kids Do 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Louie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Louie: Dad Gets Canned 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Louie Anderson: Louie in St. Louie 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Full Wax 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

of 1st Security Guard (Voice)

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Changes: Conversations With Jane Pauley 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Louie Anderson: Comedy on Canvas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Model Search: Look of the Year 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Louie Anderson Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bedtime Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Just For Laughs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Louie Anderson at the Guthrie 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Flower Deliveryman (Actor)

Funny 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

Tiny (Actor)

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

Omer Morrison (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cloak and Dagger 1984 (Movie)

2nd Taxi Driver (Actor)

For Hope (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Louie Anderson: Baby Boomer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Producer

The Johnsons Are Home 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

Louie Anderson: Baby Boomer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Following in the well-heeled footsteps of comics like Oliver Hardy (of Laurel & Hardy), Jackie Gleason and Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson built a successful comedy career using his weight as his number one asset. With an eternally adolescent look and a self-deprecating wit, all wrapped up in a tongue-in-cheek style, Anderson was best known for his stand-up comedy act, but also appeared in numerous television shows and films, wrote best-selling books - even revived the 1970's game show hit "The Family Feud."

Milestones

2010

Began performing regularly in Las Vegas at the Louie Anderson Theater at the Palace Station

2002

Published his third book, The F Word: How to Survive Your Family

1999

Hosted the new version of "Family Feud"

1996

Created and starred in the short-lived CBS series, "The Louie Show"

1995

Created and produced the animated series, "Life with Louie"

1994

Wrote a self-help book, Goodbye Jumbo... Hello Cruel World

1989

Published his bestselling first book, Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child

1987

Became a recurring guest panelist on "The New Hollywood Squares"

1986

Cast as the always-eating bicycle courier in "Quicksilver"

1986

Had a small role as the flower-delivery guy in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

1985

Cast alongside Bronson Pinchot on the pilot episode of "Perfect Strangers" for ABC; replaced by Mark Linn-Baker when the show was picked up as a series

1984

Made his feature debut in "Cloak & Dagger"

1984

Made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"

1981

Won first place at the Midwest Comedy Competition

Bonus Trivia

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In late 2003, Anderson had double-bypass surgery.

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Richard John Gordon tried to blackmail Anderson after the comedian reportedly propositioned him in 1993. Fearing the damage to his family-friendly image – including the animated children's show "Life With Louie" and his hosting of "Family Feud" – the comedian first went along and paid $100,000 in hush money.But when Gordon came back to Anderson for another $250,000, Anderson went to the authorities. Gordon ended up being arrested following a high-speed chase from the LAPD, and he eventually went to prison for the extortion attempt.

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