For well over 3 decades, Max Casella has been delivering breathtaking performances both on the big screen and on the small screen. He has continued to entertain moviegoers and TV audiences across the globe one role after the other. The talented actor first achieved fame when he starred as Vinnie Delpino in Doogie Howser, M.D., a medical drama series which aired from 1989 to 1993.
His popularity soared in the early 2000s when he played a recurring role on the hit crime series, The Sopranos. More recently, he has come to be known for portraying the character Joe Delicious on the comedy series Vinyl. Casella has equally done very well for himself when it comes to feature film credits. Some of his biggest movies include the 2000 animated film, Dinosaur, and the 2016 biopic, Jackie.
Max Casella Bio
Max Casella was born in Brooklyn, New York on the 6th of June 1967. At birth, he was named Maximilian Deitch but he later adopted his mother’s maiden name, “Casella”, as his professional name.
He has Russian-Jewish ancestry on his father’s side and Italian ancestry on his mother’s side of the family. This actor was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and there, he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
As a teenager, Casella marked his screen debut on the kiddies show Don’t Look Now! (1983) produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. The show got cancelled after only a few episodes and Casella did not record any other screen appearance until the late 80s when he had attained adulthood.
Movies and TV Shows
After playing minor roles in a few TV shows, Max Casella landed his first major role as Vinnie Delpino on the medical series Doogie Howser, M.D.(1989-1993) starring alongside Neil Patrick Harris. The talented actor appeared in all 4 seasons of the highly successful show and his performance greatly endeared him to TV viewers. His next big role was on the animated series Cro (1993–94) in which he voiced the titular character – Cro. He also featured in another animated series, The Adventures of Hyperman (1994-95), in which he lent his voice to the role of Studd Puppy.
Also in the 1990s, Casella marked his feature film debut in the musical comedy Newsies (1992), starring alongside Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Ann-Margret. He also starred in other movies like Ed Wood (1994), Trial and Error (1997), Analyze This (1999), and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000). He voiced the character Zini in the highly successful animated adventure movie, Dinosaur (2000).
While his film credits soared, the talented actor landed the recurring role of Benny Fazio, a soldier, on the highly-acclaimed crime series, The Sopranos (2001-07) on HBO. Afterwards, he appeared in the ESPN mini-series, The Bronx Is Burning (2007), in which he played the role of baseball coach Dick Howser. He also starred in season 1 of the crime series Boardwalk Empire (2010) followed by a guest appearance on The Confession (2011). Casella was also on the main cast of the one-season-long series Vinyl (2016). More recently, he joined the cast of the comedy series, The Detour (2017-present), in which he plays the recurring character Joe Delicious. He has also had a recurring guest role in the long-running crime series Ray Donovan (2018).
The talented actor has also recorded some really impressive film credits over these years and they include Revolutionary Road (2008), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), Killing Them Softly (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Applesauce (2015), Jackie (2016), and Late Night (2019).
His Net Worth
Max Casella’s net worth is pegged at a conservative estimate of $2 million. This certainly comes as no surprise seeing that he has enjoyed a steady and lucrative career over the years. There is also a possibility that he may have been involved in other businesses, however, it is widely believed that the major source of his wealth is his acting career.
Other Facts About Max Casella
His Family Life
Max Casella has been married to Leona Casella (née Robbins) for nearly 2 decades. The couple tied the knot on February 7, 2002, and have remained inseparable ever since. They have two children together, a daughter named Mia and another daughter named Gioia.
Max’s Stage Performances
Max Casella equally has some notable stage credits to his name. Back in 1997, he played the role of Timon in the original Broadway production of The Lion King. This brilliant performance earned him the Theatre World Award and he was also nominated for the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.