Max Casella

Actor, Box office clerk, Janitor
A baby-faced character actor, almost invariably cast in teenaged roles, Max Casella is perhaps best known as the wisecracking, sexually frustrated, Runyonesque sidekick to Neil Patrick Harris on the ABC comedy series ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1967 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

HBO/ Untitled Rock 'n' Roll Drama 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Card 2015 (Movie)

Osgood (Actor)

Scaring the Fish 2014 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

Stanley Kubrick (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 2013 (Movie)

Nick Bottom (Actor)

Blue Jasmine 2013 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

Pappi Corsicato (Actor)

Oldboy 2013 (Movie)

James Prestley (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Barry Caprio (Actor)

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 (Movie)

Canetti (Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Mack Steiner (Actor)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

Ed Small (Actor)

The Bronx Is Burning 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Howie (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

of Zini (Voice)

Freak Talks About Sex 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Nicky Shivers (Actor)

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 1999 (Movie)

of Tip (Voice)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

Dr Brown (Actor)

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Dino Paparelli (Actor)

The Adventures of Hyperman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Cro 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Paul Marco (Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Racetrack (Actor)

Newsies! Newsies! See All About It! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick Square 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Windrunner (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A baby-faced character actor, almost invariably cast in teenaged roles, Max Casella is perhaps best known as the wisecracking, sexually frustrated, Runyonesque sidekick to Neil Patrick Harris on the ABC comedy series about a pubescent physician, "Doogie Howser, M. D." (1989-93). The stage-trained actor was raised in the Boston area and made his professional acting debut in a local production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" in 1981. After achieving prominence as a TV player, Casella segued to movies with a supporting turn as the wisecracking Racetrack in the ill-fated musical "Newsies" (1992). He went on to land small roles in "Ed Wood" (1994), "Sgt. Bilko" (1996), "Trial and Error" (1997) and "Analyze This" (1999). Returning to his stage roots in 1997, Casella co-starred in the critically-praised Broadway musical version of Disney's "The Lion King" in the role of the meerkat Timon (voiced in the feature by Nathan Lane). Two years later, he co-starred as Marcellus in the revival of "The Music Man." The actor also enjoyed a prosperous second career as a voice performer in several animated projects, and he revived his television fortunes by appearing in a prominent supporting role as mob driver/enformer Benny Fazio in "The Sopranos" beginning with the 2002 season.

Relationships

Doris Casella

Mother
originally from New York City separated from Casella's father c. 1977 divorced c. 1980 Casella took his mother's surname after his parents' divorce

David Deitch

Father
once worked for The Boston Globe separated from Casella's mother c. 1977 divorced c. 1980

Lorenzo Deitch

Brother
born c. 1963 was already living on his own at the time of parents' divorce

EDUCATION

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1985

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2001

Joined the cast of the HBO drama "The Sopranos," playing Benny Fazio

2000

Voiced the lemur sidekick Zini in Disney's "Dinosaur"

2000

Cast as Marcellus in the Broadway revival of "The Music Man"

1999

Had featured role in "Analyze This"

1999

Co-starred as Steve Zahn's buddy in the comedy "Freak Talks About Sex"

1997

Broadway debut, co-starring as Timon in the Broadway musical version of "The Lion King"

1996

Co-starred in the screen comedy "Sgt. Bilko"

1994

Portrayed Paul Marco in the biopic "Ed Wood"

1992

Film debut, played Racetrack in the feature musical "Newsies"

1989

Essayed the role of Vinnie Delpino on ABC comedy-drama, "Doogie Howser, M.D."

1985

Moved to New York with his mother after graduating high school; began taking acting lessons

1981

First professional role in a Boston production of "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1979

Began acting in amateur theatricals in the Boston area after success in sixth grade production of "Pippin" (date approximate)

Played small roles on such TV series as "Kate and Allie" and "The Equalizer"

Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Apprenticed at Theater 22, an off-off-Broadway theater

Bonus Trivia

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Echoing sentiments reminiscent of those of his character on "Doogie Howser", Casella noted, "Vinnie is not as angry as I was when I was his age. There was anger about looking so young and not being able to do the girl thing when other guys were doing it." --Quoted in People, November 4, 1991.

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On his role in "The Lion King": "You wouldn't believe the physicality of this role--it's a workout. I think mine is the hardest puppet to manipulate. It's full-body, and it's strapped to me, so I have to move everything--my arms, my legs, my head--to bring it to life. I didn't think I could do it at first. There's so much to think about; your articulation and your expressions. It's like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time." --Casella to InTheater, November 21, 1997.

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"New York is everything. It's not clean and it's not orderly. It's like a hotbed of all these different ethnic backgrounds, it's like a lifeforce. That's why I love it here." --Casella to Show Music, Summer 2000.

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