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Also Known As: Christopher T Titus, Chris Titus Died:
Born: October 1, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, California, USA Profession: comedian, actor, producer, playwright, screenwriter, author, TV series creator

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A lanky blond comic and actor, Christopher Titus parlayed his sardonic attitude and deeply personal stories into the acclaimed one-man play "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding" (1998) and the critically-praised, bracing sitcom "Titus" (Fox, 2000- ). By mining stories based on his dysfunctional family (including an alcoholic father and mentally unstable mother), he was able to prove that comedy could be found in the most unusual of circumstances.Born and raised in California, Titus had what may appear to an outsider as a Dickensian childhood. While still a toddler, he was the subject of a custody battle that saw his mother ship him to live with her grandparents in Detroit. His father ventured to Michigan with a scheme to snatch the boy, but as fate would have it, on the plane to Detroit, he recounted his plans to his seatmate who happened to be the city's district attorney. The lawyer offered advice on how Titus' father could gain full custody. Once achieved, he moved the boy to Northern California When Titus was 12, however, he decided to run away to Los Angeles to live with his mother, but soon wanted to return home. After a year, he was allowed back to his father's.By his own admission, Titus was a heavy...

A lanky blond comic and actor, Christopher Titus parlayed his sardonic attitude and deeply personal stories into the acclaimed one-man play "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding" (1998) and the critically-praised, bracing sitcom "Titus" (Fox, 2000- ). By mining stories based on his dysfunctional family (including an alcoholic father and mentally unstable mother), he was able to prove that comedy could be found in the most unusual of circumstances.

Born and raised in California, Titus had what may appear to an outsider as a Dickensian childhood. While still a toddler, he was the subject of a custody battle that saw his mother ship him to live with her grandparents in Detroit. His father ventured to Michigan with a scheme to snatch the boy, but as fate would have it, on the plane to Detroit, he recounted his plans to his seatmate who happened to be the city's district attorney. The lawyer offered advice on how Titus' father could gain full custody. Once achieved, he moved the boy to Northern California When Titus was 12, however, he decided to run away to Los Angeles to live with his mother, but soon wanted to return home. After a year, he was allowed back to his father's.

By his own admission, Titus was a heavy drinker as a teenager. He also had a few scrapes with the law, including stealing a postal box and driving with a suspended license. At age 17, after an accident in which he stumbled into a bonfire and burned the skin off his hands, Titus gave up drinking. Within two years, after a string of jobs, he began to hone his comedy act, appearing at open-mike evenings at clubs in the San Francisco area. It wasn't long before the rising comic was tapped to open for singers like Kenny Loggins and Michael Bolton.

Like many comics, Titus began to entertain other offers and made his film acting debut in the horror flick "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" (1988) and made his TV debut as a guest on an episode of Fox's popular "21 Jump Street" in 1989. He also continued to hone his skills as a live performer with his standup act and took inspiration from Lily Tomlin's one-woman play "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe." Titus began to fashion his own one-person stage show, "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding." By 1996, he had begun to interject personal stories into his comedy routines finding the humor in oddball situations like his parents' divorce, his mother's emotional instability and his father's drinking. After the 1998 L.A. premiere of "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding," Titus was courted by TV executives eager to find the next Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen or Ray Romano. 20th Century Fox Television tapped him with a development deal to create, produce and star in a sitcom, specifically impressed with Titus' brutal honesty and edgy tone. Drawing on Super-8 home movies and utilizing a black-and-white neutral space (indicative of the character's inner mind), the sitcom pushed boundaries when it premiered in March 2000. Critics fell over themselves to praise the show, the network enjoyed a hit and the star was able to achieve a goal of showing "that screwed-up people can handle anything."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad Parents (2013)
2.
 Scar (2011)
3.
 Remarkable Power (2010)
4.
 Deep Family Secrets (1997) Cowboy No 1
5.
 Grand Deceptions (1989) 1st Paramilitary Man
8.
 I Love the '80s (2002)
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Settled with father, who gained custody, in Northern California
1977:
At age 12, decided to live permanently with his mother and ran away from home (date approximate)
1985:
Began performing at "open mike" comedy clubs in San Francisco (date approximate)
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Hired as opening act for Kenny Loggins and Michael Bolton
1988:
Film acting debut in "Killer Klowns From Outer Space"
1989:
TV acting debut in an episode of Fox's "21 Jump Street"
1989:
Acted in the TV-movie "Grand Deceptions", an episode of "Columbo"
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Continued to perform standup comedy as well as made guest appearances on TV shows
1996:
Began telling personal stories in his standup act
1997:
Acted in the direct-to-video release "Crash Dive"
1998:
Wrote autobiographical play "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding" which detailed his mother's emotional instability and his father's alcoholism; premiered in L.A.
2000:
Debuted as star, co-creator and executive producer of the autobiographical sitcom "Titus" (Fox)
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Notes

Christopher Titus has written several articles about automobiles for several magazines. They may be accesses at his official website, www.christophertitus.com

"All this stuff in my life that people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in therapy on became jokes. I had group therapy with 300 audience members every night. Suddenly, it became 'They're all laughing so it must not suck that bad.'" --Christopher Titus quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 24, 2000.

While in high school, Titus was by his own accounts a hard-partier who more than dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He sobered up after an incident which he recounted in an interview: "One night I was with a bunch of buddies on the beach in Santa Cruz drinking all night. I had about 12 beers in me when I fell into a bonfire. I came close to death and still have scars on my head."

"The show is called "Titus"--it goes down and I get the blame, if it succeeds I get the credit. I might as well deserve the credit and I might as well deserve the blame. I am an intense guy, I am committed to excellence. What are they going to say about you in 50 years? You did some piece of crap where you and the goofy neighbor went on some caper?" --Titus quoted in Backstage West, January 6, 2000.

"All we want people to do is laugh. The show's not about triumph over tragedy. Life isn't a tragedy, it's just life. We all have crappy things happen to us. You can choose to let it ruin your life or you can make it work for you." --Christopher Titus quoted in Us Weekly, May 22, 2000.

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wife:
Erin Titus. Lived together for more than five years before getting married; married in April 1991.

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father:
Ken Titus. Salesman. Divorced from Juanita Herman; remarried five times; also lived with two other women during son's adolescence; died on January 6, 2001 at age 58.
mother:
Juanita C Holmes. Divorced from Ken Titus; according to her son, "she was in and out of mental institutions"; reportedly killed her abusive third husband; committed suicide on November 18, 1994 at age 64.
step-brother:
Dave Titus.
half-sister:
Kirsten.
half-sister:
Sharon.
niece:
Amy. Related to his wife; has lived with Titus and his wife.
daughter:
Kennie Marie Titus. Born on August 25, 2001; named after Titus' late father Kenneth.
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