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Callen was born in the Philippines and later moved to India where his sister was born. His family then moved to Beirut, Lebanon where they lived for almost 3 years. This was followed by stints in Pakistan, and then back to Lebanon for another 2 years until the Lebanese Civil War broke out and the family was evacuated to Greece. Bryan's father, Michael Callen, worked for a time as an executive for Citibank. After 3 years in Greece, the family moved again to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The schools in Saudi Arabia only go to the 9th grade for foreigners; Bryan attended Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. After graduating, Callen attended American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his B.A. in History.
Callen was one of the eight original cast members when MADtv debuted in 1995. Callen's characters included Pool Boy from Cabana Chat with Dixie Wetsworth, motivational speaker Al Casdy, and "relationship-challenged" death row inmate Jeremy Anderson. Callen also performed impersonations of Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Al Gore, Luke Perry, Steven Seagal, Sammy Hagar, Kevin Bacon, Jim Carrey, Ted Knight, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Astin, and Frank Gifford.
Other television projects
Callen's television credits include Entourage, NewsRadio, Oz, Frasier, Suddenly Susan, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI, Sex and the City, 7th Heaven, Rude Awakening, Less Than Perfect, The King of Queens, Stacked, Las Vegas, and Reba. Most recently he starred in the Showtime series Fat Actress and How I Met Your Mother.
He is the spokesperson in commercials for Gilette's Fusion Proglide product line.
Callen is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and one of the original members of Rogan's Deathsquad crew. On January 21, 2012, Callen officially started his own podcast via Deathsquad Studios titled The Bryan Callen Show. He has since left Deathsquad and changed the name of the show first to "Man Thoughts" and then back to "The Bryan Callen Show".
|1998||Driven to Drink||Bartender|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Hollywood Agent|
|Live from Baghdad||American Hostage No. 2|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Theo Wilson|
|Bad Santa||Bar Owner who beats up the main character|
|The Goldfish||Duncan Poole|
|Old School||Avi, the Waiter|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||President's Aide|
|2007||I do & I don't||Bob|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Howard|
|2009||The Hangover||Eddie Palermos|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.||Jason Big Ups!|
|2010||The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It||Andy|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Samir|
|Warrior||Himself (color commentator)|
|2013||My Man Is A Loser||Paul|
|About Last Night||Trent|
|Planes: Fire & Rescue||Avalanche||Voice|
|1999||Frasier||The Chicken||Radio Wars|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bartender Barry Yoder||1|
|2003–2004||Sex and the City||Harry's bestman||1|
|2004||The West Wing||Louis||'Disaster Relief'|
|2004–2006||7th Heaven||George "Vic" Vickery||9|
|2005||Fat Actress||Eddie Falcone||7|
|2005||The King of Queens||Jared||1|
|2005–2009||How I Met Your Mother||Bilson||6|
|2008–present||truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...||Himself||77|
|2009||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Bob Underwood||2|
|2011||In Plain Sight||Mark||5|
|2011||Death Valley||Capt. Frank Dashell||12|
- Bryan Callen Biography
- Dream Crushers at the Internet Movie Database
- Sasso, Will. "Dream Crushers". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Gutelle, Sam. "Melinda Hill Seeking ‘Romantic Encounters’ On My Damn Channel Network". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Deathsquad | The Bryan Callen Show
- The Bryan Callen Show | I'm a man and they are my guests!
- TenMinutePodcast | with Bryan, Chris and Will