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Max Casella Biography

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Birth Name: Max Casella
Born: 06/06/1967
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA

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.