December 12, 1957 |
Toby Radloff (born 12 December 1957) is a former file clerk who became a minor celebrity owing to his appearances in Cleveland writer Harvey Pekar's autobiographical comic book American Splendor. He works at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. Radloff currently works as a courier.
Radloff has a distinctive manner of speech and quirky mannerisms. He is a self-proclaimed "Genuine Nerd," and is proud of it. He publicly came out as gay after the release of the American Splendor film in 2003.
Radloff met Pekar in 1980 when Radloff was hired at the VA Hospital, and soon became a recurring character in American Splendor. Radloff starred in such stories as "Lentils and Lent" (illustrated by Sean Carroll), "Double Feature Part 1: Footloose, Starring Toby Radloff" and "Double Feature Part 2: Revenge of the Nerds", (both illustrated by Bill Knapp), "Toby Saves the Day," (illustrated by Ed Wesolowski), and "Hollywood Reporter" and "Reduction" (both illustrated by Josh Neufeld).
His appearances in American Splendor eventually led Radloff to starring in a series of MTV segments throughout the 1980s, and acting in the low budget, cult horror films Killer Nerd, Bride of Killer Nerd, and Townies. He also appeared on the Public-access television cable TV The Eddie Marshall Show. He became a local celebrity for his takes on nerd topics such as cheese, yo-yos, hamburgers, the Internet, world politics and being a nerd.
In 2007, Toby appeared in various segments of Wayne Alan Harold's "Super Deluxe Revue" for Turner Broadcasting online comedy site SuperDeluxe.com. Radloff also supplied the title character's voice for the Lance Myers animated series The Ted Zone. "SuperDeluxe" was recently folded into Turner's AdultSwim.com. Currently, Radloff is appearing in videos at his official YouTube channel. The clips are created by his longtime producer, Wayne Alan Harold.
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