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Louie Anderson



A former counselor of abused children from Minneapolis, MN, Louie Anderson has found great success as a standup comedian, author, provider of cartoon voices, and actor. Born in St. Paul as one of 11 children, Anderson began his performing career in late 1978 in a small Minneapolis comedy club in answer to a dare from a co-worker at the children's home where he worked. People responded well to his act and Anderson felt he'd found his true vocation. After winning the St. Louis Comedy Competition in 1981, Anderson became a gag writer for Henny Youngman and then moved to Los Angeles to try to launch his own career by getting a contract with one of the major television networks, but success did not come quickly to the portly, blond comedian and he returned to Minneapolis where friends and cohorts helped him finance a comedy special. Showtime bought and aired the show which became a hit and the highest-rated program on the network for a month. This led Anderson to take to the talk show circuit and also won him a coveted spot on Comic Relief. Anderson also began working as an actor on such television series as Remington Steele and Grace Under Fire. He began a career as a character actor in feature films in Cloak and Dagger (1984). Since he became a star, Anderson has gone on to make several more cable television specials. Originally, his humor was centered upon his obesity, but in time, he began to focus more on his childhood and the experiences he'd had growing up with an alcoholic father and many siblings. But though he often joked about it in public, he was haunted by painful incidents from his youth and, following his father's death, he began keeping a sort of diary comprised of letters to his dad. One of these was published in People magazine. Tremendous reader response led to his penning the best-selling Dear Dad -- Letters From an Adult Child. In 1993, he penned a second, more upbeat tome that reflected an upturn in his personal life, Good-bye Jumbo, Hello Cruel World. In 1994, he and Matt O'Callghan created the animated Fox series Life With Louie. For Anderson, it was his second stint as a voice artist; his first was with the animated feature film Bebe's Kids earlier that year. Life With Louie has since garnered high critical praise that culminated in his winning a daytime Emmy in May 1997.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pop Star Puppy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Louie Anderson Presents
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Do It For Uncle Manny
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Rockin' the Corps
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Back by Midnight
  • Game Show Host
2002
No Score Yet Life with Louie: The Masked Chess Boy
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Life With Louie: For Pete's Sake
  • Actor
1998
3% Mr. Wrong
  • Himself
1996
No Score Yet Louie Anderson - Mom! Louie's Looking at Me Again
  • Actor
1989
69% Coming to America
  • Maurice
1988
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys
  • Louie Anderson
1988
25% Ratboy
  • Omer Morrison
1986
60% Cloak and Dagger
  • Taxi Driver
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
70% Baskets
2016
  • Barbara Baskets
Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Actor
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Hoover Bendoff
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
No Score Yet Splash
2013
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet This Is Not Happening
2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Performer

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