Early life, family, educational background
American actor Maximilian Deitch was born on 6 June 1967 in Washington, D.C., USA – he has a brother, Lorenzo Deitch. Their mother, Doris Casella, is of Italian descent and was a social worker, and their father, David Deitch, is Russian-Jewish and was a newspaper columnist.
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Max chose to professionally use his mother’s surname, but – as far as public knowledge goes – still legally has his father’s surname.
He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but often plays New Yorkers due to his perfect accent. His parents are both from New York, and so he grew-up speaking with a New York accent.
After high school, Max moved to New York and has lived there for the majority of his life.
He attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the same school attended by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, and Traci Bingham. There he studied drama and had the same teacher as the other now-famous actors. When he moved to New York, he studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Max’s career constantly moved between films and television, in a variety of genres, indicative of his ability, interspersed with appearances on stage.
As a 19-year-old in 1983 he appeared in “Don’t Look Now!”, then concentrated on his education, so his next role wasn’t until 1989, but th thenrough to 1993, he played Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Delpino in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” an American medical drama series, on ABC television, a total of four seasons consisting of 97 episodes. The series stars Neil Patrick Harris as the lead role, a teen physician balancing normal teenage life struggles and practicing medicine. David E. Kelley and Steven Bochco created the show.
Max voiced the titular character in the ABC series “Cro” from 1993 to 1994, and Studd Puppy from 1995 to 1996 in “The Adventures of Hyperman.”
From 2001 to 2007, he played Benny Fazio in the HBO series, “The Sopranos”, joining the American crime drama television series in the third season. The David Chase-created show follows a New Jersey Italian-American, Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, as he balances family life and being a lead mobster. His struggles are spoken about with his therapist, Jennifer Melfi, portrayed by Lorraine Bracco. The show also features Tony’s wife, Carmela, played by Edie Falco; his mafia colleagues, his distant cousin and protégé, Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli; and the rest of his family. The series premiered on 10 January 1999 after the pilot was ordered in 1997.
The series aired until 10 June 2007, totaling six seasons. Once the series ended, it was aired internationally, and in the US after broadcast syndication took place.
Max went straight on to play Dick Howser in the ESPN mini-series, “The Bronx is Burning.”
In 2010, Max appeared as Leo D’Alessio in one season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” the American period crime drama series created by Terence Winter. The show is set during the 1920s – specifically during the Prohibition era – in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main character is Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi.
Terence based the show on “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City,” a non-fiction novel by Nelson Johnson, which focused on Enoch L. Johnson, an historical criminal kingpin. The whole series aired from 19 September 2010 to 26 October 2014, totaling to five seasons consisting of 56 episodes.
In 2016 he was in the main cast of “Vinyl” as Julian ‘Julie’ Silver for the 10 episodes, then from 2017 to 2019, he played Michael Kessler in the American period comedy-drama, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The web television series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and premiered on Prime Video on 17 March 2017, with Rachel Brosnahan playing the main character, housewife Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, who discovers a passion for stand-up comedy and decides to pursue it in the male-dominated industry.
The series is set in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when there weren’t many female comedians. Other main cast members included Marin Hinkle, Alex Borstein, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Michael Zegen, Tony Shalhoub, and Caroline Aaron – the show was picked up by Amazon after the success of the pilot episode, and after three seasons, the renewal for season four was announced on 12 December 2019.
Max’s film debut was in 1992, when he played Racetrack Higgins in the Disney musical film, “Newsies”, somewhat based on the 1899 newsboys’ strike against William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer in New York City.
In the film, ‘newsies’ fight for a fair working system, and sing about their oppression. Upon its release, the film was a box office failure; the film’s budget was $15 million, but it made less than $3 million in the box office. However, in the following years, the film gained a lot of fans and was even modified for Broadway, and became an extremely successful musical. The movie helped launch Christian Bale’s career, along with other actors.
In 1994 he played Denny LeBlanc in “WildRunner,” which starred Russell Means and Margot Kidder. That same year, he portrayed the actor Paul Marco in “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp starred in the American biographical drama-comedy produced and directed by Tim Burton.
Johnny plays Ed during the time that he made his most famous films. The story also follows Ed’s relationship with fellow actor Bela Lugosi who was portrayed by Martin Landau, and the supporting cast included Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Patricia Arquette, and Lisa Marie. Max did his audition, was hired by Tim Burton, and began filming the same day.
In 1996 he played Pvt. Dino Paparelli in “Sgt. Bilko,” Dr. Brown in 1997’s “Trial and Error”, and Nicky Shivers in “Analyze This” in 1999.
In 2000, he voiced Tip in “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea”, and the same year he also voiced Zini in the CGI film, “Dinosaur.”
He played Howie in “The Notorious Bettie Page” in 2005; in 2008, Max Steiner in “Leatherheads”, and Dennis as a co-star in “Scaring the Fish;” in 2008, he played Eddie in “Blue Jasmin” and Pappi Corsicato in “Inside Llewyn David.”
In 2015 he played Osgood in “Wild Card” and Randy in “Christmas Eve.” The following year, he starred as Jack Valenti alongside Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” with co=stars including Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt and Billy Crudup. Pablo Larrain directed the film about the First Lady’s first days in the White House, as well as her life right after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
— Eric Ducker (@ericducker) December 10, 2013
The film is loosely based on an interview conducted in November 1963 by Theodore H. White for Life magazine with the widow at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Max has most recently played Ryan in 2017’s “Wonder Wheel”, and appeared in “Late Night”, “Life Comes On” and “The Rhythm Section”.
Max played Timon in “The Lion King,” the 1997 original Broadway production, being nominated for a Drama Desk Award and won a Theatre World Award for his performance.
He returned to Broadway in 2000 until 2001 in “The Music Man” revival, as Marcellus Washburn.
In 2011 he co-starred with Richard Thomas at New York’s Public Theater in a Shakespeare production of “Timon of Athens.”
He voiced Daxter in the video game series “Jak and Daxter” from 2001 through 2012.
On 7 February 2002 he married Leona Robbins; they have two daughters together, Gioia and Mia, and the family lives in New York City.
Max is 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall and weighs 165lbs (75kgs). He has black hair and brown eyes.
Net worth and salary
His net worth is approximately $2 million, as of mid-2020.