Early life, family, educational background
American actor Maximilian Deitch was born on June 6, 1967 in Washington, DC, USA – he has a brother, Lorenzo Deitch. Their mother, Doris Casella, is of Italian descent and was a social worker, and their father, David Deitch, is Russian Jewish and was a newspaper columnist.
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Max chose to use his mother’s last name professionally, but – as far as we know – still legally has his father’s last name.
He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but often plays New Yorkers because of his perfect accent. His parents are both from New York, so he grew up with a New York accent.
After high school, Max moved to New York and has lived there most of his life.
He attended Cambridge Rindge and the Latin School, the same school attended by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck and Traci Bingham. There he studied drama and had the same teacher as the other now famous actors. When he moved to New York, he studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Max’s career has constantly alternated between film and television, in a variety of genres, indicative of his ability, interspersed with stage appearances.
At 19, he appeared in 1983’s “Don’t Look Now!”, after which he concentrated on his education, so his next role wasn’t until 1989, but until 1993, he played Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Delpino in “Doogie Howser, MD”, an American medical drama series, on ABC television, with a total of four seasons consisting of 97 episodes. The series stars Neil Patrick Harris, a teenage doctor who balances the normal struggles of teenage life and practices medicine. David E. Kelley and Steven Bochco created the show.
Max voiced the titular character on the ABC series “Cro” from 1993 to 1994, and Studd Puppy from 1995 to 1996 in “The Adventures of Hyperman.”
From 2001 to 2007, he played Benny Fazio in the HBO series “The Sopranos” and joined the American crime drama television series in its third season. The David Chase-created show follows a New Jersey Italian-American, Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, as he balances family life and is a leading mobster. His struggles are discussed with his therapist, Jennifer Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco. The show also features Tony’s wife, Carmela, played by Edie Falco; his Mafia colleagues, his distant cousin and protégé, Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli; and the rest of his family. The series premiered on January 10, 1999 after the pilot was ordered in 1997.
The series aired until June 10, 2007, for a total of six seasons. Once the series ended, it aired internationally and in the US after the broadcast syndication took place.
Max immediately went on to play Dick Howser in the ESPN miniseries “The Bronx is Burning.”
In 2010, Max appeared as Leo D’Alessio in a season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” the American crime drama series created by Terence Winter. The show is set in the 1920s – specifically during the Prohibition era – in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main character is Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi.
Terence based the show on “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City,” a Nelson Johnson nonfiction novel, which focused on Enoch L. Johnson, a historical criminal protagonist. The entire series aired from September 19, 2010 to October 26, 2014, for a total of five seasons consisting of 56 episodes.
In 2016, he was in the main cast of “Vinyl” as Julian “Julie” Silver for its 10 episodes, then from 2017 to 2019, he played Michael Kessler in the American comedy-drama “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the web television series premiered on Prime Video on March 17, 2017, starring Rachel Brosnahan as main character, housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel, who discovers and decides to pursue a passion for stand-up comedy. in the male-dominated industry.
The series is set in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when there were not many female comedians. Other key cast members included Marin Hinkle, Alex Borstein, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Michael Zegen, Tony Shalhoub, and Caroline Aaron. season four was announced on December 12, 2019.
Max’s film debut was in 1992, when he played Racetrack Higgins in the Disney musical film “Newsies,” based somewhat on the 1899 paperboys’ strike against William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer in New York City.
In the film, ‘newsies’ fight for a fair working system and sing about their oppression. Upon its release, the film was a blockbuster; the film’s budget was $15 million, but it made less than $3 million at the box office. In the following years, however, the film gained many fans and was even adapted for Broadway, becoming a hugely successful musical. The film helped launch Christian Bale’s career along with other actors.
in 1994 he played Denny LeBlanc in “WildRunner”, starring Russell Means and Margot Kidder. That same year, he played actor Paul Marco in “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp in the American biographical drama comedy produced and directed by Tim Burton.
Johnny plays Ed during the time when he was making his most famous movies. The story also follows Ed’s relationship with fellow actor Bela Lugosi, who was played by Martin Landau, and the supporting cast included Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Patricia Arquette, and Lisa Marie. Max auditioned, was hired by Tim Burton and started filming the same day.
In 1996 he played Pvt. Dino Paparelli in “Sgt. Bilko,” Dr. Brown in “Trial and Error” in 1997, and Nicky Shivers in “Analysis This” in 1999.
In 2000, he voiced Tip in “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea”, and the same year he also voiced Zini in the CGI movie “Dinosaur”.
He played Howie in “The Notorious Bettie Page” in 2005; in 2008, Max Steiner in “Leatherheads”, and Dennis co-starred in “Scaring the Fish;” in 2008, he played Eddie in “Blue Jasmin” and Pappi Corsicato in “Inside Llewyn David.”
In 2015, he played Osgood in ‘Wild Card’ and Randy in ‘Christmas Eve’. The following year, he starred as Jack Valenti alongside Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie”, co-starring Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt and Billy Crudup. Pablo Larrain directed the film about the First Lady’s early days in the White House and her life immediately after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
— Eric Ducker (@ericducker) Dec 10, 2013
The film is loosely based on a November 1963 interview conducted by Theodore H. White for Life magazine with the widow in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Max recently played Ryan in 2017’s “Wonder Wheel” and appeared in “Late Night”, “Life Comes On” and “The Rhythm Section”.
Max played Timon in “The Lion King,” the 1997 original Broadway production, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and won a Theater World Award for his performance.
He returned to Broadway in 2000 to 2001 in the revival of “The Music Man”, as Marcellus Washburn.
In 2011, he co-starred with Richard Thomas at New York’s Public Theater in a Shakespearean production of ‘Timon of Athens’.
He voiced Daxter in the video game series “Jak and Daxter” from 2001 to 2012.
On February 7, 2002, he married Leona Robbins; they have two daughters together, Gioia and Mia, and the family lives in New York City.
Max is 1.7 m tall and weighs 75 kg. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Wealth and salary
His net worth is approximately $2 million, as of mid-2020.