|Birth name||Chris D'Elia|
March 29, 1980 |
New Jersey, U.S.
|Relative(s)||Matt D'Elia (brother)|
Chris D'Elia (born March 29, 1980) is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, actor, writer and rapper. He is best known for the role of Alex Miller on the NBC sitcom Whitney and the role of Danny Burton on the sitcom Undateable which also airs on NBC.
D'Elia was born in New Jersey, the son of TV producer and director, Bill D'Elia, and interior decorator Ellie D'Elia (née Dombroski). He has a younger brother, filmmaker/actor Matt D'Elia. His father is first generation Italian-American.
D'Elia grew up in New Jersey until he was 12 years old, when his family relocated to Los Angeles.
D'Elia started acting in high school, did some guest starring parts on Chicago Hope. He went to New York University and studied acting but dropped out after a year because he didn't like college. He then got in a movie that went straight to DVD. During his downtime as an actor he started writing scripts. When he was 25 he decided to do standup, which is what he always wanted to do.
D'Elia has been doing stand-up comedy since 2006. He considers himself to be a standup comedian who acts, saying "Once I started doing stand-up, everything fell into place. That was when I started acting more; I felt like I’d found my place in the business." D'Elia has been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Comedy Central Presents as well as on Showtime's Live Nude Comedy. On December 6, 2013, D'Elia's first one-hour stand-up special, White Male Black Comic, aired on Comedy Central. It was directed by his dad.
D'Elia was introduced to a broader audience as a regular on the series Glory Daze, which ran for one season on TBS, playing "the Oracle", William Stankowski. He was originally only cast for the pilot but they made him a series regular. He co-starred in the NBC comedy series Whitney, opposite comedian Whitney Cummings for two seasons.
In March 2013, D'Elia was cast in the lead role of a new NBC sitcom called Undateable, which premiered on May 29, 2014. Bill Lawrence executive produced Undateable, a multi-camera sitcom with a live audience that was based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle. Undateable was unique in that it was a cast full of stand-up comics who were good friends before the show aired. The show often incorporates improv, with D'Elia playing Oscar to Brent Morin's straight-man Felix à la The Odd Couple.
D'Elia says he was raised Catholic. In a standup routine, he talked about how he recently attended a mass and joked about how creepy certain aspects of it are.
In 2006, D'Elia was married to actress Emily Montague. They divorced in 2010.
|2005||Bad Girls from Valley High||Gavin|
|2005||Fool in the Headlights||Stark||Short film|
|2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Snow White|
|2013||Funny: The Documentary||Himself||Documentary|
|1996–97||Chicago Hope||Luke Sarison||"Quiet Riot" (Season 2, Episode 21)
"Love on the Rocks" (Season 3, Episode 25)
|2000||Get Real||Chuck||"Choices" (Season 1, Episode 11)
"Absolution" (Season 1, Episode 12)
|2004||Boston Legal||Kevin Quinlan||"An Eye for an Eye" (Season 1, Episode 5)|
|2005||American Dreams||Phil Toolin||"California Dreamin'" (Season 3, Episode 15)|
|2005||Monk||Cal Gefsky||"Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" (Season 4, Episode 5)|
|2010–11||Glory Daze||Bill Stankowski||Main role|
|2011||Workaholics||Topher||"To Friend a Predator" (Season 1, Episode 8)|
|2011–13||Whitney||Alex Miller||Main Role|
|2012||Sullivan & Son||Ryan Capps||"The Fifth Musketeer" (Season 1, Episode 7)|
|2013||Chris D'Elia: White Male. Black Comic||Himself||Television special|
|2014–present||Undateable||Danny Burton||Lead role|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Adam||Story arc, 3 episodes|
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