Max Casella

Actor, Box office clerk, Janitor
As an actor who worked successfully on screen since the earliest days of his adulthood, actor Max Casella was equally well known for the roles he took on early in his career, like that of Vinnie on "Doogie Howser, M ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1967 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA


Actor (35)

Vinyl 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)


The Night Of 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


A Midsummer Night's Dream 2015 (Movie)

Nick Bottom (Actor)

Christmas Eve 2015 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

Wild Card 2015 (Movie)

Osgood (Actor)

Applesauce 2014 (Movie)


Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)

Guy At Counter (Actor)

Scaring the Fish 2014 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

Stanley Kubrick (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)


Hawaii Five-O 2010 (Tv Show)


Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Mack Steiner (Actor)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

Ed Small (Actor)

The Bronx Is Burning 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Sopranos 2001 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Howie (Actor)

Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

of Zini (Voice)

Freak Talks About Sex 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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)


Cro 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)


Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Paul Marco (Actor)

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


Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Racetrack (Actor)

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


Maverick Square 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Windrunner (TV Show)



As an actor who worked successfully on screen since the earliest days of his adulthood, actor Max Casella was equally well known for the roles he took on early in his career, like that of Vinnie on "Doogie Howser, M. D." (ABC, 1989-1993) and Racetrack Higgins in the big screen musical "Newsies" (1992), as he is for the roles he played later in life, like Leo D'Alessio on the period series "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-2014). Born in Washington D.C. and raised in the Boston area, Casella was encouraged to participate in school plays and local professional theater by his drama teacher. He was inspired to travel to New York after graduating to pursue acting full time, and soon landed his first TV role on an episode of "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-1989). Soon, the "Doogie Howser" role followed, making Casella a very familiar face to audiences all over America. In 1997. he branched into Broadway, originating the role of Timon in the musical "The Lion King." Still more roles would follow, including turns in "Boardwalk Empire" and in the acclaimed Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and the Woody Allen film "Blue Jasmine" (2013). In 2016, Casella joined the cast of the HBO series "Vinyl" (HBO, 2016-).


Doris Casella

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

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

Lorenzo Deitch

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


Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge, Massachusetts 1985

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York, New York



Joined the cast of the HBO series "Vinyl."


Appeared in the Woody Allen film "Blue Jasmine."


Appeared in the Coen Brothers movie "Inside Llewyn Davis"


Joined the cast of "Boardwalk Empire" as Leo D'Alessio.


Played Ed Small in the period drama "Revolutionary Road."


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


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


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


Had featured role in "Analyze This"


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


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


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


Portrayed Paul Marco in the biopic "Ed Wood"


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


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


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


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


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

Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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

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

Bonus Trivia


Was encouraged by his school drama teacher to begin acting professionally in plays around the Boston and Cambridge area while he was still in high school.


Worked day jobs as a telemarketer and at the New York Public Library to support himself before his acting career took off.


Played real life actor Paul Marco in the movie "Ed Wood," who eventually came onto the set to perform a cameo in the film. When the real Marco saw his name on the door to Casella's dressing room, he threw the actor's belongings out and claimed the room as his own.