• Maximilian Deitch was born on June 6th, 1967 in Washington D.C.
• He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
• He has acted in various television and film projects, including "Doogie Howser, M.D.", "The Sopranos", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", and "Jackie".
• He is married and has two daughters, and lives in New York City.
• He has a net worth of approximately $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 6, 1967
SpouseLeona Casella
MarkHeavy Brooklyn accent
FactHis father's ancestry is Russian Jewish and his mother's is Italian. Max's birth name is Deitch, though he professionally has long used his mother's maiden name, Casella.

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.

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.”

Max Casella

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.

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.

Personal life

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.

General Info

Full NameMax Casella
Date Of BirthJune 6, 1967
Height1.74 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor


SpouseLeona Casella
ChildrenGioia Casella, Mia Casella
ParentsDoris Casella, David Deitch


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
MoviesNewsies, Blue Jasmine, Killing Them Softly, Inside Llewyn Davis, Ed Wood, Wild Card, Oldboy, Fading Gigolo, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, The Last of Robin Hood, Analyze This, Revolutionary Road, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Sgt. Bilko, Dinosaur, Leatherheads, Applesauce, Windrunne...
TV ShowsVinyl, The Confession, The Bronx Is Burning, The Adventures of Hyperman, Cro, Doogie Howser, M.D.

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#Marks / Signs
1Heavy Brooklyn accent


1Although he often plays New Yorkers, he actually grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His parents are from New York and they taught him to speak with a New York accent. He moved to New York after high school and has lived there for most of his life.
2His father's ancestry is Russian Jewish and his mother's is Italian. Max's birth name is Deitch, though he professionally has long used his mother's maiden name, Casella.
3(December 2000-2001) Co-Starred on Broadway in "The Music Man" as Marcellus Washburn.
4Was in the original Broadway cast of "The Lion King" playing Timon. Won the Theatre World award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, as well as a Drama Desk nomination.




Untitled Woody Allen Project2017post-production
Live by Night2016completedDigger Pescatore
The Detour2017TV SeriesJoe Delicious
Crisis in Six Scenes2016TV SeriesBarber
Jackie2016/VJack Valenti
The Night Of2016TV Mini-SeriesEdgar
Vinyl2016TV SeriesJulie Silver
Christmas Eve2015Randy
The Sonnet Project2015TV Series
Wild Card2015Osgood
A Midsummer Night's Dream2014Nick Bottom
Oldboy2013James Prestley
Fading Gigolo2013Guy at Counter
The Last of Robin Hood2013Stanley Kubrick
Blue Jasmine2013Eddie
Inside Llewyn Davis2013Pappi Corsicato
Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon2013Tyler
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale2012Video GameDaxter (voice)
Killing Them Softly2012Barry Caprio
The Confession2011/IIIEddie
Somewhere Tonight2011Fred
The Confession2011TV SeriesEddie
PlayStation Move Heroes2011Video GameDaxter (voice)
Roasted: America Under the Influence2011ShortFrank Further
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son2011Canetti
Boardwalk Empire2010TV SeriesLeo D'Alessio
Hawaii Five-02010TV SeriesJoey
Passione2010Soldier / Jailor / Lover
Weequahic2009ShortAbie the Shtick
Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier2009Video GameDaxter (voice)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video GameUnion Official (voice)
Medium2009TV SeriesJoel Tiernan
Revolutionary Road2008Ed Small
Leatherheads2008Mack Steiner
Scaring the Fish2008Dennis
Pain2007Video GameDaxter (voice)
The Bronx Is Burning2007TV Mini-SeriesDick Howser
The Sopranos2001-2007TV SeriesBenny Fazio
Bristol Boys2006Donny Brascorelli
Daxter2006Video GameDaxter / Hotelier (voice)
Jak X: Combat Racing2005Video GameDaxter (voice)
The Notorious Bettie Page2005Howie
Jak 32004Video GameDaxter (voice)
Hot Shots Golf Fore!2004Video GameDaxter (voice)
Jak II2003Video GameDaxter (voice)
Queens Supreme2003TV SeriesChristopher Schiffer
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002TV SeriesNicky
Courage the Cowardly Dog2002TV Series
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy2001Video GameDaxter (voice)
The Legend of Tarzan2001TV Series
Behind the Seams2000Jeff
King of the Open Mics2000Heckler
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea2000VideoTip (voice)
Dinosaur2000Zini (voice)
Freak Talks About Sex1999Freak's High School Friend
Analyze This1999Nicky Shivers
Working1998TV SeriesQuinten McCracken
Trial and Error1997Dr. Brown
Real Violence1996ShortNicky
Hey Arnold!1996TV SeriesTony B. / Philly D.
Sgt. Bilko1996Spc. Dino Paparelli
The Adventures of Hyperman1995TV SeriesStudd Puppy (voice)
The Cosby Mysteries1995TV SeriesSimon Cosler
Cro1993-1994TV SeriesCro
Ed Wood1994Paul Marco
Windrunner1994Denny LeBlanc
Doogie Howser, M.D.1989-1993TV SeriesVinnie Delpino
New Year1993TV MovieDoorman
Newsies1992Racetrack Higgins
Race Against Tomorrow1991
Maverick Square1990TV Movie
Kate & Allie1989TV SeriesMike Sheridan
The Equalizer1988TV SeriesStreak
Ephraim McDowell's Kentucky Ride1981TV MovieJoseph McDowell (as Max Deitch)


The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea2000Video performer: "Tip & Dash"
Doogie Howser, M.D.1990-1992TV Series performer - 8 episodes
Newsies1992performer: "CARRYING THE BANNER", "KING OF NEW YORK"


Scaring the Fish2008co-producer
Real Violence1996Short executive producer / producer
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square1991Video short producer


Canceled Lives: Letters from the Inside1993Video documentaryHimself (voice)
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square1991Video shortHimself
Help Save Planet Earth1990TV SpecialHimself
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Death Battle2016TV SeriesDaxter
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2014Audience AwardNUHO - New Hollywood Online Film FestivalBest ActorTrust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon (2013)

Nominated Awards

2013BTVA Video Game Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GamePlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleEd Wood (1994)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureNewsies (1992)
1990Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesDoogie Howser, M.D. (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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