Craig Anton

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Craig Anton
Born Craig Ward Anton
(1961-01-26) January 26, 1961 (age 53)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, voice actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Lesley Barr (m. 1994–present; 2 children)

Craig Ward Anton (born January 26, 1961) is an American actor and comedian. Anton is most notable for being one of the original cast of comedians on sketch comedy television series MADtv and for his role as Lloyd Diffy on the television series Phil of the Future.

Early life[edit]

Anton, eldest son of Antoinette and Arthur Anton, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a younger brother, Brian and two sisters, Toni and Megan. Anton graduated from Omaha Burke High School in 1979.

Career[edit]

Anton started acting as a kid in Omaha, Nebraska and made his career as a stand-up comedian at age 17, performing in comedy clubs in 1978 while in high school. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Theater and English. Anton began his career as a college circuit comedian in the 1980s. In 1984, he traveled the Mediterranean and Middle East as part of an all-comedy USO tour, spending two months in Turkey, Greece, Bahrain, Italy, Israel and Spain entertaining troops. In 1985, he was named Showtime's Funniest Person in Nebraska. In the late 1980s, Anton moved to New York City and pursued some acting opportunities. Seeing there were more open fields in Los Angeles, he moved there instead.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Anton was nominated for the National Association for Campus Activities Campus Entertainer of the Year award three times.

Recent career[edit]

Anton guest starred on ABC's television drama series Boston Legal as Ray Richardson in the episode "Word Salad Days" on March 28, 2006. Anton made a guest appearance in HBO's television comedy series Entourage on July 23, 2006 in the episode "Strange Days".

Anton was in the movie Careless in 2007.

In 2010, Anton played the role of James Gilmore in The Mother of Invention.

Anton is a member of comedy group 2 Headed Dog with comedians Jim Turner, Mark Fite, and Dave (Gruber) Allen.

He played a part in an episode of the web series Oishi High School Battle as the school principal.

First Time Out and MADtv[edit]

In the fall of 1995, Anton booked two TV pilots in Los Angeles. He was cast as Nathan in the The WB sitcom First Time Out which premiered in September and was later cast on the FOX sketch comedy series MADtv in October. Anton's other show First Time Out was quickly cancelled two months after the premiere of MADtv. During his three-year tenure, Anton received very limited screen time on the show. He primarily did a stand-up segment called "You Know What I Hate?!" during some episodes, where he would literally come out in front of the audience with nothing but a towel around him and would ultimately shout "You Know What I Hate?!" to the audience. Aside from his stand-up routine, Anton was often cast as an extra or supporting character. Anton's most enduring character was Clorox from the "Star Trek: Deep Stain Nine" sketches. Clorox was supposed to be the main nemesis of the sketch and he was loosely based on Q from the Star Trek series. Anton also impersonated Dennis Miller and Nate Richert. Anton left MADtv in 1998 at the end of the third season.

Other television projects[edit]

Since leaving MADtv, Anton developed an extensive resume on television. He co-starred in several television series, including shows like The Army Show (1998), Random Play (1999), Primetime Glick (2001), Premium Blend (1997) and Late Friday (2001) where he performed his stand-up routine. In the 1990s, Anton's guest star television series credits included Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995); Expert Truck Singer and Coach (1996). During the 2000s, Anton appeared in guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000); The King of Queens (2001, 2005); Ally McBeal (2001); Lizzie McGuire (2001); Everybody Loves Raymond (2002), Weekends at the D.L. (2005), Two Broke Girls (2013), and Mad Men (2013).

Phil of the Future[edit]

In Phil of the Future Anton plays Lloyd Diffy, a father and a paranoid engineer trying to fix a broken time machine. Lloyd's main goal is to find a way so that he and his family can return to their home in the year 2121 from the year 2004, in which they find themselves stranded. In addition, Lloyd is a lover of older music and he works at a hardware store. He is also very paranoid about the government figuring out he and his family are from the future.

Television segments[edit]

Anton has also promoted the show in other mediums. He had also appeared on the Disney Channel's Express Yourself segments alongside other members of the Phil of the Future cast.

Film projects[edit]

Anton has appeared in many films. His film credits include Mail Bonding (1995), Deliver Us From Eva (2003), The Goldfish (2003) and Run Ronnie Run (2002). In 2005 he was in, D-WAR, in which he played a doctor. His most recent film is the 2010 film The Mother of Invention.

Voice acting projects[edit]

In 2004, Anton starred in the animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor. He provided the voice (and body) of one of the three city council members.

Tomorrow Show[edit]

Along with comedians Ron Lynch and Brendon Small, Craig hosted the Tomorrow Show, a weekly live comedy show at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, California. Though Anton and Small are no longer actively involved with the show the two occasionally make surprise appearances including a yearly anniversary performance.

Personal life[edit]

Anton married Lesley Barr in September of 1994. They gave birth to twin daughters Ruby and Delphine Anton in July of 1998. They currently live in Los Angeles, California. For the summers, Craig and his girls are a part of the Helena, Montana Summer Grandstreet Theater Camp. He is also a professor at the California State University, Long Beach teaching theater.

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Saw 8 Bad Dad
2010 The Mother of Invention James Gilmore
2007 Careless Officer Bill
2005 D-WAR Dr. Austin
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Theo Wilson
The Goldfish Duncan Poole
2002 Run Ronnie Run Hollywood Agent
1995 Mail Bonding Poet

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Roger Tamblin Season 3, Episode 9
2013 Mad Men Frank Gleason
2010 Workaholics Bart
2010 True Jackson VP Snackleberry Junction Chef
2004–2006 Phil of the Future Lloyd Diffy
2006 The Office Craig Regional Manager, Dunder-Mifflin Albany
2006 Boston Legal Ray Richardson
2005 Weekends at the DL Winston Sicklebee
2003 Lucky Unknown
2002 Live From Baghdad American Hostage #2
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond Neil
2001–2005 The King of Queens Neal Berger / Mitch
2001 Primetime Glick Various Characters
Ally McBeal Roger Clayton
Late Friday Himself
Lizzie McGuire Mr. Pettus
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Craig
1999 Random Play Various Roles
1998 The Army Show Lt. Branford Handy
Driven to Drink The Bartender
1996 Coach Brian
1995–1998 MADtv Various Characters Sketch Comedy
First Time Out Nathan

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tom Goes to the Mayor City Council Member/Various TV Series
1995 Mr. Show with Bob and David Expert Truck TV Series

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