Chez Starbuck is a retired American actor, who gained his fame with the role of Cody Griffin in the television fantasy-comedy film “The Thirteenth Year” (1999), and with a supporting role in the romantic comedy film “Time Share” (2000), among other roles, he had during his career.
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Born Caesaray Sarnella on the 26th June 1982 in Lakewood, Colorado USA, he’s the son of Ed Sarnella, and his wife Lorelei, who was his agent at the start of his career.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t shared any other details from his early life, just that he was a member of a diving team as a teenager, which helped him acquire the role that launched him to stardom.
Career Beginnings and Instant Success
Chez was interested in performing arts from an early age, and was a child anchor for Channel 8 in Las Vegas. His mother was his agent at the time, and she drove him to Los Angeles for the audition for the television movie “The Thirteenth Year”.
Once he learned the plot of the film and the fact that he would turn into a merman on screen, he knew that his friends would make fun of him. At first take, he didn’t think that his audition went well, but he read his lines again and the casting directors sent him to a house in Hollywood Hills, where he showed his swimming skills. Because of his previous experience in water and acting skills as well, Chez was chosen for the role of Cody – the film received mixed to positive reviews, and though Chez’s performance wasn’t quite top shelf, he still won the hearts of many.
After this, he continued his career with the role of Tan Jock in the film “Time Share”, and also featured in the Olson twins’ project, “You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s School Dance Party”, both in 2000. The following year, Chez featured in the TV series “Undressed”, and also featured in the TV animated series “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”.
Career Decline and Other Projects
With the start of the 2000s, Chez wasn’t as much focused on show business, but pursued other interests.
Since 2001 he’s had only two more appearances, first as Jason Barrett in the television movie “Recipe for Disaster” in 2003, starring John Larroquette, Lesley Ann Warren and Melissa Peterman, and in 2016 he appeared in the indie short film “The Long and the Short”, with Mark Asphenleiter and Les Best.
He has several other interests, including painting and home storage designs, from the kitchen to the bathroom and the living room. He has shared a few of his own creations as a painter, particularly doing portraits of celebrities in his own style, such as Prince and Marilyn Monroe, which he did for a commission.
However, he has also done something on his own, as this pop-art creation. Chez has found yet another interest; he is the owner of CustomLivingofAustin, focused on improving storage and organizations and making easy to access shelves in the kitchen, bathroom and other spaces for people who have problems with movement. The business is local to Austin, Texas for now, and has operated since 2012.
Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Chez hasn’t been active in show business for a while now, but there are talks that the hit film from 1999 will get its sequel.
However, for now he lives off his past fame and his current business and projects. According to sources, Chez Starbuck’s net worth has been estimated at as high as $500,000, as of mid- 2020.
Chez Starbuck stands at 6ft 2ins (1.87m) tall, while he weighs approximately 200lbs ~ 91kgs, and an athletic figure with toned muscles. His eyes are green and he has brown hair.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Chez doesn’t talk much about his life, but it’s known that he is married. His wife’s name is Whitney Sarnella (nee Ward), and the two have been married since 2014, welcoming a daughter whose name is unknown, and a son named Saxon Lev, born in February 2020.
Chez Starbuck News and Facts
Chez is currently in talks for the sequel of “The Thirteenth Year”, but for now there is no information when and whether it will eventually happen; the original movie left space for a sequel, and Chez would be happy to return to acting. His parents started the company he owns and runs today, but as they became old, both developed diseases that rendered them unable to continue working, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. His parents now serve as his mentors, while his wife Whitney is his main helper.