You probably know Chris D’Elia for his fantastic roles in television series such as Whitney, Undateable, The Good Doctor, and of course, Alone Together. But did you know the actor was born in a family with entertainment history? His dad, Bill D’Elia, is arguably one of the finest directors/producers/actors from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Chris, who was raised alongside his brother in the spotlight has since gone ahead to carve a niche for himself in the entertainment world. Besides being an exceptional actor, the younger D’Elia rakes in extra cash from writing, stand-up comedy, and hosting his own podcast.
Biography of Chris D’Elia
Chris is the first son of his parents. He was born in Montclair, New Jersey, in the United States on March 29, 1980. He was brought up together with his younger brother in his home town until the age of twelve when he moved to Los Angeles with his family.
The actor attended La Cañada High School, in La Cañada Flintridge, California, where he participated in the production of plays and also landed some guest-starring parts on the TV series, Chicago Hope. He graduated in 1998 and later proceeded to New York University to study acting. Chris, however, dropped out after spending one year in the institution because he didn’t like college.
The New Jersey native started out an actor and sometimes write scripts when he is not acting. Chris eventually decided to become a stand-up comedian at the age of 25. Since then, he has appeared on Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and Comedy Central Presents.
D’Elia, who sees himself to be a standup comedian who acts, skyrocketed to prominence after portraying “the Oracle”, William Stankowski, on the comedy-drama television series, Glory Daze.
As a podcast host, he has worked with American-Canadian actor Will Sasso and comedian Bryan Callen. He hosted the Ten Minute Podcast along with them from 2012 to 2015. The comedian has also hosted the weekly podcast Congratulations with Chris D’Elia since February 2017. The podcast has continued making waves in multiple countries, having charted in the top 20 comedy podcasts in several regions. Chris’ podcast style is said to have heavily influenced other podcasts such as The Fighter and the Kid, which is hosted by former MMA fighter Brendan Schaub and his friend Bryan Callen.
D’Elia’s debut one-hour stand-up special titled: White Male Black Comic, aired on Comedy Central on December 6, 2013. It was also in the same year that he released his debut parody rap album titled: ‘Such Is Life’. While the first project was directed by his father, the second was produced by fellow New Yorker Mr. Green, a DJ and producer. The comedian also plies his trade on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, where he boasts more than 2 million followers.
The Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles-based multi-hyphenate reportedly worths around $16 million, although some sites claim the value of Chris D’Elia’s asset value is bigger than this figure.
Chris’ Dad and Brother
Chris D’Elia is the son of Ellie D’Elia, an interior decorator and Bill D’Elia, a television producer, actor, screenwriter, and director. The two are also parents to his younger brother, Matt D’Elia.
A first-generation Italian-American, Bill launched his career in the year 1989 when he independently directed and produced the film, The Feud. A graduate of Ithaca College and William Paterson University, where he passed out from in 1972 with a master’s degree in communication arts, Chris’ dad has been nominated for Emmy Awards eight times – four as executive producer and four as director. Some of the projects he’s linked to include but not limited to Boston Legal, Glee, The West Wing, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Northern Exposure, and The Practice.
Currently, Bill works as a director and an executive producer for the television series, Grand Hotel, which airs on ABC. His youngest son, Matt has since followed in his footstep, just like Chris. Matt is an actor and filmmaker who made his first on-screen appearance in the film American Animal. He currently lives in Los Angeles
Wife or Girlfriend, Is He Married or Dating Someone?
Right now, there is no available information on Chris D’Elia’s love life. It appears he is flying solo, as he has not been in the news for dating any girl. Ever since the multi-talented comedian and his wife, actress Emily Montague, divorced in 2010, he hasn’t revealed much about his love life. He tied the knot with Emily in 2006 but their relationship fell apart four years later. Since then, he has successfully kept information about his personal life far from the media and his fans.
Chris D’Elia is 6 feet 2 inches tall, which is the same as 1.87 in metric units. Details of his other body measurements such as his weight, chest, biceps and waist are not readily available at this moment. For his other body features, Chris has dark brown eyes and black hair color.