Fast Facts

  • Was the youngest of 11 children.
  • Was employed full-time as a school counselor, specializing in helping troubled kids, before pursuing a comedy career.
  • Won first place at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition.
  • Got his big break appearing on The Tonight Show in 1984.
  • Won two Daytime Emmys for his 1990s animated series, Life With Louie.
  • Has written books focusing on the difficulties of growing up overweight and with an alcoholic father, including Dear Dad—Letters From an Adult Child, Good-bye Jumbo...Hello Cruel World, and The F Word: How to Survive Your Family.
  • Was extorted by an Arizona man, whom Anderson helped convict by cooperating with the FBI on a sting operation.
  • Cofounded H.E.R.O., a charity organization devoted to helping homeless people get back on their feet.


  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • Ora Anderson — Mother
  • Louie Anderson — Father


  • Birth Name: Louie Perry Anderson
  • Birth Place: Minneapolis, MN
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Author

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