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Born: January 27, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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Actor Todd Louiso was immersed in the entertainment industry from a young age, born to a dancer/choreographer father and singer/producer mother. A compact player usually sporting a shaved head, Louiso essayed a variety of characters and was most effective in evincing through physical as well as verbal performance the innate awkwardness of characters uncomfortable in their own skin. He attended Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts from the fourth grade through high school, landing roles in the syndicated "Young People's Specials" educational programs "That Funny Fat Kid" (1986) and "Narc" (1988). Louiso subsequently earned a degree in film (after a brief stint as a theater major) from NYU, and worked as an intern in the film production unit of NBC's "Saturday Night Live". He made his feature acting debut in 1990 with a small role in the melodrama remake "Stella" and had a similarly minor part in 1991's "Billy Bathgate". Working on the latter, Louiso established a friendship with screenwriter Tom Stoppard that led to his adaptation of Stoppard's play "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" into a boisterous 1995 short film which he directed, produced and starred in (as Ophelia). The film met...

Actor Todd Louiso was immersed in the entertainment industry from a young age, born to a dancer/choreographer father and singer/producer mother. A compact player usually sporting a shaved head, Louiso essayed a variety of characters and was most effective in evincing through physical as well as verbal performance the innate awkwardness of characters uncomfortable in their own skin. He attended Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts from the fourth grade through high school, landing roles in the syndicated "Young People's Specials" educational programs "That Funny Fat Kid" (1986) and "Narc" (1988). Louiso subsequently earned a degree in film (after a brief stint as a theater major) from NYU, and worked as an intern in the film production unit of NBC's "Saturday Night Live". He made his feature acting debut in 1990 with a small role in the melodrama remake "Stella" and had a similarly minor part in 1991's "Billy Bathgate". Working on the latter, Louiso established a friendship with screenwriter Tom Stoppard that led to his adaptation of Stoppard's play "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" into a boisterous 1995 short film which he directed, produced and starred in (as Ophelia). The film met with praise from critics and audiences alike upon screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, among others.

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  Love Liza (2002) Director

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 Switch, The (2010)
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 Meet Bill (2007)
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 Day I Saved America, The (2000) Voice
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 High Fidelity (2000) Dick
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1980:
Made acting debut in a fourth grade school production of "Don Quixote" (date approximate)
1984:
Acted in the syndicated "Young People's Specials" titled "That Funny Fat Kid" and "Narc"
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Interned at the film unit of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1990:
Landed cameo in the drama remake "Stella"
1991:
Appeared in the feature "Billy Bathgate"; established a friendship with screenwriter Tom Stoppard
1991:
Guest starred on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC)
1992:
Appeared in the feature "Scent of a Woman"
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a film and television acting career
1993:
Cast as a regular on ABC sitcom "Phenom"
1995:
Landed voice acting stints on Fox animated series "The Critic" (Fox) and "AAAHH!!! Real Monsters" (Nickelodeon)
1995:
Featured in the fact-based space travel drama "Apollo 13"
1995:
Produced, directed, and starred as Ophelia in the acclaimed festival-screened short "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet," based on Tom Stoppard's play
1995:
Appeared in the USA Network TV-movie thriller "Letter to My Killer"
1996:
Cast in action thriller "The Rock"
1996:
Delivered memorable supporting role as Chad, the jazz-loving nanny in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire"
1997:
Guest starred on an episode of NBC sitcom "Fired Up"
1997:
Featured as the medical student roommate of David Spade in the panned comedy "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag"
1998:
Played an uptight medical assistant in a recurring role on "Chicago Hope" (CBS)
1999:
Appeared in the drama "A Cool, Dry Place"
2000:
Co-starred as an awkward and reserved record store clerk in the Stephen Frears comedy "High Fidelity"
2002:
Screened his feature directorial debut, "Love Liza" at Sundance
2006:
Co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"
2006:
Played Eli, a shy guy looking for female companionship in Todd Phillips' "School For Scoundrels"
2010:
Appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman in the romantic comedy "The Switch"
2012:
Helmed romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going," starring Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner
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Education

School for the Creative and Performing Arts: Cincinnati , Ohio - 1979 - 1988
Tisch School of the Arts New York University: New York , New York - 1992

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father:
Jack Louiso. Dancer, choreographer. Artistic director of the Children's Theater in Cincinnati.
mother:
Suzanne Kitei. Singer, producer. Worked in advertising.

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