Max Casella

  • Birth Name: Max Deitch
  • Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Is half Italian and half Jewish.
  • Birth name was Max Deitch, but took his mother's maiden name when he became an actor.
  • Went to the same high school as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck, and studied drama with the same teacher. 
  • Auditioned for the 1994 biopic Ed Wood, was hired by director Tim Burton and began shooting all in the same day.
  • Played actor Paul Marco in Ed Wood; the real Marco tried to evict him from his on-set trailer because the actors had their character names on the doors, leading Marco to believe Casella had taken his dressing room.
  • In 1997, played Timon in the original Broadway production of The Lion King. 
  • Starred with Richard Thomas in a 2011 production of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens at New York's Public Theater.


  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Gioia Casella — Daughter
  • Lorenzo Deitch — Brother
  • David Deitch — Father
  • Mia Casella — Daughter
  • Doris Casella — Mother
  • Leona Casella — Wife


  • Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States

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