Max Casella

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Max Casella
Born Maximilian Deitch
(1967-06-06) June 6, 1967 (age 49)
Washington D.C.
Residence New York City, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Leona Robbins (m. 2002)
Children 2

Max Casella (born Maximilian Deitch, June 6, 1967) is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the television series The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Doogie Howser, M.D., Vinyl, Cro and the voice of Daxter in the Jak and Daxter video game series.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Casella was born in Washington, D.C., the son of David Deitch (a newspaper columnist) and Doris Casella (a social worker). His father is Jewish and his mother is of Italian descent.[2][3] He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he attended the same school as Traci Bingham and Matt Damon. He married Leona Robbins in 2002, and they have two daughters, Mia and Gioia. They live in New York City. He also has a brother, Lorenzo, who is four years older.[4]


Casella played Vincent "Vinnie" Delpino in the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1989 to 1993 with Neil Patrick Harris.[5] In 1992, Casella played Racetrack Higgins in Newsies, which was based upon true events in the 1899 newsboys strike against Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. He appeared in WindRunner: A Spirited Journey, starring Margot Kidder and Russell Means as Jim Thorpe's ghost. In 1997, Casella played Timon in the original Broadway production of The Lion King; a performance for which he was awarded a Theatre World Award and received a Drama Desk Award nomination. From 2000 to 2001 he returned to Broadway as Marcellus Washburn in the revival of The Music Man. Casella portrayed Pvt. Dino Paparelli in Sgt. Bilko. He joined the cast of the HBO series The Sopranos during its third season, as Benny Fazio.[6] Casella also starred in Ed Wood and Analyze This. In 2007, Casella plays Dick Howser in the ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning. He also voiced Tip in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Zini in the CGI film Dinosaur and the titular character in ABC's Cro. In 2008, Casella played Mack Steiner in Leatherheads and Dennis, one of the main characters in Scaring the Fish. He also played Leo D'Alessio in season one of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Newsies Racetrack Higgins
1994 Ed Wood Paul Marco
1995 The Adventures of Hyperman Studd Puppy Voice
1996 Sgt. Bilko Pvt. Dino Paparelli
1997 Trial and Error Dr. Brown
1999 Analyze This Nicky Shivers
1999 Freak Talks About Sex Freak's High School Friend
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Tip Voice
2000 Dinosaur Zini Voice
2005 The Notorious Bettie Page Howie
2006 Bristol Boys Donny
2008 Leatherheads Max Steiner
2008 Revolutionary Road Ed Small
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Anthony Canetti
2012 Killing Them Softly Barry Caprio
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Pappi Corsicato
2013 Blue Jasmine Eddie
2013 The Last of Robin Hood Stanley Kubrick
2013 Fading Gigolo Guy at Counter
2013 Oldboy Jake Preston
2015 Wild Card Osgood
2015 Applesauce Les
2015 Christmas Eve Randy
2016 Jackie Jack Valenti
2016 Live by Night Digger Pescatore Completed
2017 Untitled Woody Allen project Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Equalizer Streak Episode: "The Child Broker"
1989 Kate & Allie Mike Sheridan Episode: "Chip's Notes"
1989–93 Doogie Howser, M.D. Vinnie Delpino 97 episodes
1993–94 Cro Cro (voice) 20 episodes
1995 The Cosby Mysteries Simon Cosler Episode: "Comic Book Murder"
1996 Hey Arnold! Tony B. / Philly D. (voices) Episode: "Benchwarmer/Cool Jerk"
1998 Working Quinten McCracken Episode: "Greenery"
2001–07 The Sopranos Benny Fazio 28 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicky Episode: "Shandeh"
2007 Queens Supreme Christopher Schiffer Episode: "Case by Case"
2007 The Bronx Is Burning Dick Howser 4 episodes
2009 Medium Joel Tiernan Episode: "Soul Survivor"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Joey Episode: "Malama Ka Aina"
2010 Boardwalk Empire Leo D'Alessio 7 episodes
2011 The Confession Eddie 2 episodes
2016 Vinyl Julian "Julie" Silver Main cast
2016 The Night Of Edgar Episode: "The Art of War"
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Barber Episode: "Episode 1"
Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Tip Voice
Video games
Year Title Voice role
2001–12 Jak and Daxter series Daxter
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! Daxter
2007 Pain Daxter
2009 Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Union Official
2011 PlayStation Move Heroes Daxter
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Daxter


  1. ^ "Gaming 2003". Spin. p. 90. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "'s Printer-Friendly Page". 
  3. ^ Eric Ducker. "Q&A: Inside Llewyn Davis and Oldboy's Max Casella on the Coens, Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and Surviving The Sopranos and Child Acting «". Grantland. 
  4. ^ "Hassan: Lights, cameras, action - ESPN Page 2". 
  5. ^ Rathe, Adam (3 May 2008). "Edge of his seat". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Lavery, David; Howard, Douglas L.; Levinson, Paul (2011). The Essential Sopranos Reader. University Press of Kentucky. p. 320. ISBN 9780813130125. 

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