Casella, Max 1967–

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CASELLA, Max 1967–


Original name, Max Deitch; born June 6, 1967, in Washington, DC; son of David Deitch (a newspaper columnist) and Doris Casella (a social worker). Education: Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City. Avocational Interests: Collecting Sherlock Holmes memorabilia.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actor, voice performer, and producer. Theatre 22, off-off-Broadway, apprentice. Worked as a box office clerk and a janitor.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination (with others), outstanding young ensemble cast in a motion picture, Young Artist Foundation, 1993, for Newsies; Theatre World Award, outstanding Broadway debut, and Drama Desk Award nomination, both 1998, for The Lion King.


Film Appearances:

Racetrack Higgins, Newsies (musical; also known as Newsboys), Buena Vista, 1992.

Paul Marco, Ed Wood, Buena Vista, 1994.

Private Dino Paparelli, Sgt. Bilko (also known as Sergeant Bilko), Universal, 1996.

Dr. Brown, Trial and Error, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Nicky Shivers, Analyze This, Warner Bros., 1999.

Voice of Tip, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (animated), Buena Vista Home Video/Walt Disney Home Video, 2000.

Voice of Zini, Dinosaur (animated), Buena Vista, 2000.

Donny, Bristol Boys, 2005.

Dennis, Scaring the Fish, Headball Films, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Vinnie Delpino, Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1989–93.

Voice of Cro, Cro (animated), ABC, 1993–95.

Voice of Studd Puppy, The Adventures of Hyperman (animated), CBS, 1995–96.

Benny Fazio, The Sopranos, HBO, beginning 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Denny LeBlanc, Windrunner, The Disney Channel, 1994.

Freak's high school friend, Freak Talks about Sex (also known as Blowin' Smoke), Cinemax, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Help Save Planet Earth, 1990.

Host, Newsies! Newsies! See All about It!, syndicated, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Slick, "The Child Broker," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.

Mike Sheridan, "Chip's Notes," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1989.

Simon Cosler, "Comic Book Murders," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994.

Voices of Tony B. and Philly D., "Benchwarmer/Cool Jerk," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1996.

Voice, "Tarzan and the Enemy Within," The Legend of Tarzan (also known as Disney's "The Legend of Tarzan"), UPN and syndicated, 2001.

Nicky, "Shandeh," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2002.

Christopher Schiffer, "Case by Case," Queens Supreme, CBS, 2003.

Appeared as Quenten McCracken, Working, NBC and USA Network.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Maverick Square, ABC, 1991.

Max, Fenway, Fox, 1996.

Stage Appearances:

Cyrano de Bergerac, Boston, MA, 1981.

Timon, The Lion King (musical), New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Marcellus Washburn, The Music Man (musical), Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 2000–2001.

Scotch and Water, Parkside Lounge, New York City, 2002.

Footnote, Svejk, Theatre for a New Audience, Duke Theatre on Forty-Second Street, New York City, 2004.

Raffaele, Souls of Naples, Theatre for a New Audience, Duke Theatre on Forty-Second Street, 2005.



Himself and producer, Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square, 1991.

Video Games:

Voice of Daxter, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (also known as Jak and Daxter), Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 2001.

Voice of Daxter, Jak II (also known as Jak II: Renegade), Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 2003.

Voice of Daxter, Minn'na no gorufu 4 (also known as Hot Shots Golf Fore! and Minna Golf 4), Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 2003.

Voice of Daxter, Jak 3, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 2004.


Gordon Korman, Son of the Mob, Listening Library, 2002.



People Weekly, November 4, 1991, p. 105.